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Physical Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), The Anderson School of Management, MBA 2001
University of California, Berkeley, BS 1990
Chemistry (& Physics)

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Daniel Leff

Daniel is Founder & Managing Director of Luminari Capital. Luminari Capital is a digital media fund with a targeted focus on the innovation and disruption happening globally throughout the $500B+ video ecosystem. The firm’s investment thesis is based on mapping key technology themes (cloud computing, big data, SaaS, social, & mobile) to the fundamental transformations happening in content creation, distribution, and consumption.

Prior to founding Luminari Capital, Daniel was most recently a Venture Partner with Globespan Capital Partners, a global venture capital firm broadly focused on technology, media, and telecom (TMT), with over $1 Billion AUM. Daniel was based in the firm’s Palo Alto office and evaluated investment opportunites in a wide range of areas including Internet, digital media, systems and peripherals and consumer Internet financial services. Daniel has been the lead or supporting partner working with several Globespan-backed companies such as Credit Sesame, Nantero, Pelican Imaging, and Roku (current member of the Board of Directors), and also worked on a number of other portfolio companies while at the firm.

Prior to joining Globespan in 2008, Daniel was an Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a publicly held venture capital company (NASDAQ:TINY). While at Harris & Harris Group, Daniel established the company’s first West Coast office and led investments in Adesto Technologies, Bridgelux, Cambrios, Innovalight (acquired by DuPont), Molecular Imprints, Neophotonics (NYSE:NPTN), and Solazyme (NASDAQ:SZYM).

Earlier in his career, Daniel worked for Redpoint Ventures and Sevin Rosen Funds. He also previously held engineering, marketing and strategic investment positions with Intel Corporation.

In addition, over the last 10 years, Daniel has been an active Angel and individual investor in leading, private technology companies such as Bridgelux (a provider of high power, energy-efficient and cost-effective LED solutions), SandForce (the pioneer of SSD Processors- acquired by LSI Corporation), MOVL (developer of KontrolTV, the leading cloud-based platform that enables multi-screen experiences in the living room- acquired by Samsung), and DanceOn (the #1 video programming brand in dance entertainment and the #1 dance network on YouTube).

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, where he was an Anderson Venture Fellow.

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