Venrock has a 40-year history of investing across technology and healthcare, including more than a decade at the intersection of those two sectors. Earlier this month we expanded our technology investing team with the addition of Tom Willerer.  Continuing to increase the depth and breadth of Venrock’s value-add to entrepreneurs, we are honored that DJ Patil is joining Venrock as an Advisor to the Firm.

According to DJ, “Venrock has a long and incredible history of helping entrepreneurs create new categories – Apple; Cloudflare; Dollar Shave Club; Gilead; Illumina; Nest; Athenahealth. Given their experience across healthcare and technology, they are well-situated to help build an entirely new generation of data science/AI, healthcare, security, as well as consumer and enterprise internet companies. I have known this team for years and am eager to help their effort going forward.”

Best known for coining the term “data science”, DJ helped establish LinkedIn as a data-driven organization while serving as the head of data products, Chief Scientist and Chief Security Officer from 2008 – 2011.  DJ spent the last several years as the Chief Data Scientist of the United States, working in the White House under President Obama. The first person to hold this role, DJ helped launch the White House’s Police Data Initiative, Data-Driven Justice, and co-led the Precision Medicine Initiative.  Immediately prior to the White House, he led the product team at RelateIQ prior to its acquisition by Salesforce.

DJ will be working with the Venrock investing team and advising Venrock portfolio companies on healthcare, security, data and consumer internet challenges and opportunities. His decades working in the tech industry, combined with his expertise in government, will be a great asset to the Venrock ecosystem.