May 11, 2018
Salman Azhar to Become Managing Director of Duke Angel Network
[Originally posted by Duke I&E— May 9, 2018]
Salman Azhar was announced today as Managing Director of the Duke Angel Network, effective May 15.
Azhar comes to the Duke Angel Network, housed within the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, from his position as a faculty member at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and an Entrepreneur in Residence in the Computer Science Department. He has spent more than 25 years in industry and academia, during which time he has led start-ups in developing and launching state-of-the-art software systems while also serving on the boards of multiple start-ups.
“The Duke Angel Network plays a pivotal role in funding and supporting Duke-affiliated teams and helping to launch new ventures that can impact the world. Salman is the ideal person to come in and drive this work forward. With his decades of experience building start-ups and also bringing innovation into some of the world’s best known brands, he will be a perfect addition to I&E at this time of continued growth.” said Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Interim Director, Jon Fjeld.
Azhar’s professional expertise lies in the areas of product management, predictive computing, natural language processing, financial systems, automotive, and health information systems. He co-founded DecisionStreet, Swans International, SoftWeb, and over 30 other startups in the areas of predictive computing, business intelligence, data analytics, and decision support. His current and former clients include Honda, Toyota, Lamborghini, Audi, Sony, SAP, HP, ADP, i2, Western Digital, Oracle, Agilent, Outcome, and several startups.
“I am honored and excited about carrying on DAN’s remarkable progress. As an alumnus and a parent, I am indebted to Duke and look forward to contributing to the Duke community through Duke I&E. I take my new responsibilities seriously, and will work hard to leverage my experience as an entrepreneur and an investor to continue DAN’s evolution. I thank John Glushik for agreeing to stay with DAN until June 30th to transition the current pipeline, and be available as consultant in the future. I welcome the Duke community to reach out to me to understand how I may best be of service in this new role.” said Azhar.
The Duke Angel Network (DAN) brings together the Duke entrepreneurial community, Duke alumni network, and innovative private companies to empower the businesses that drive our future. DAN’s mission is to support the global Duke entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund (the Duke Innovation Fund) that engages and leverages the power of the Duke alumni network.