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Prasanna Krishnan

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Prasanna is General Manager, Travel Planning at travel startup Jetsetter.com, a member of the Gilt Groupe.

Before that she was Director of Strategy & Business Development at Comcast Converged Products, a startup group at Comcast, looking at convergence of internet & traditional media. Previously she was an Associate at DFJ where she invested in software and consumer internet companies. Prior to joining DFJ, Prasanna worked as a Program Manager at Microsoft on WinFS, a new storage system for next generation Windows PCs. Prasanna was selected into the Microsoft Select Fast-track Program as one of 15 employees who demonstrated potential to be future leaders at the company. She also worked at McKinsey & Co. in their Philadelphia office, at Internet Capital Group and at Novell Software Development Ltd. in India.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Prasanna holds an MBA from the Wharton School where she graduated as a Palmer Scholar. She has an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was a Siebel Scholar, and received the C.W. Gear Outstanding Graduate Student award for research and service. As part of her Master’s thesis, she designed and led a DARPA-sponsored team to build an innovative communication software upgrade scheme for sensor networks.

Prasanna holds a BE in computer science from BITS, Pilani, India where she received the University Fellowship awarded to the top 10 undergraduates each semester. She was also awarded the BITS Alumni Association’s "30 under 30" award.

Prasanna is a trained Indian classical dancer. She enjoys hiking and travelling, and camped for eight days in Antarctica. She is an environmental enthusiast and an active volunteer in non-profit organizations focused on child welfare.

Prasanna is a member of Fellows Class 13 and served her fellowship under the mentorship of Tim Draper at DFJ and at Comcast.