Vijay Ullal, CEO Seabed VC

My life's journey has been contrarian from its outset. I was born into a family of lawyers and was expected to continue the tradition in India; I decided to do engineering and move to the US. After school, I switched fields entirely from chemical engineering to electronics. I only got my first job after sending over 200 job applications, and reading the first few chapters of an introductory electronics book on the cross-country plane ride to my interview.

By choosing the path less travelled, I've had the privilege of leading technology development, operations and business units at companies like Maxim, from early start-up days to a company with a $10B market cap, and Fairchild, the founding company of the Silicon Valley. I've led operations, business units and entire companies at every stage of a company's life cycle

Through it all, my first loves have remained the same: new technology, new products and growing things from zero to one. The transition to investing in early stage companies has been natural - nothing short of a perfect fit.