Zack’s belief that systems-level thinking integral to environmental science, coupled with deep tech and computation, can help address pressing real-world challenges led him to co-found DCVC. He brings to bear nearly 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, advisor, attorney, and angel investor. Zack’s investment interests include next-generation space informatics platforms like Planet Labs, disruptive financial services platforms using machine learning to serve the unbanked and underbanked more quickly and fairly, like Tala & LendUp, and AI & robotics platforms for computational drug discovery like Recursion Pharmaceuticals & Vium. Zack also leads DCVC’s investments in other transformational companies like Merlon Intelligence, Plenty, and Opus 12.
In 2015, the World Economic Forum named Zack a Young Global Leader in recognition of Zack’s leadership at the intersection of transformative technology and urgent global issues, and he is active in the Davos community, including his annual “Deep Tech in Davos” event. As an angel investor, Zack invested in startups like Square (SQ), Docker, and Uber. Zack co-founded and is a managing partner of Founders Den, one of the first modern co-working spaces and communities of experienced technology entrepreneurs. Zack previously co-founded and ran Montara Capital Partners, a real estate fund, and practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Zack serves on the non-profit boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School, where he was executive editor for The Tax Lawyer.