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 over 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, disruptive financial services platforms using machine learning to serve the unbanked and underbanked more quickly and fairly, like Tala, and AI and robotics platforms for computational drug discovery like Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Zack also leads DCVC’s investments in transformational companies for the climate like Twelve PBC and Oklo.
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 and Uber. 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.