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Drew Volpe is cofounder and managing partner of First Star Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund based in Boston. First Star partners with entrepreneurs using data and machine intelligence to create impactful companies solving real-world problems, focusing on applications of frontier technologies such as AI, computational bio, connected sensors, AR/VR, and blockchain.
Prior to moving into venture capital, Drew was an accomplished entrepreneur and technologist. Most recently, he was the founding VP of Product Development for conversational AI startup Semantic Machines. He cofounded and was CTO of Locately where he invented and led the development of location-based analytics technology from founding through successful acquisition by SMG. Prior to Locately, Drew was Director of Product Development at Endeca Technologies, a pioneer in search and unstructured database systems, acquired by Oracle for $1.1 billion. Drew is an active speaker and mentor for startups at MassChallenge, Techstars, MIT, Harvard, and other innovation centers.