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Rachel Pike

Grand Rounds

Rachel is the Director of Physician Engagement at Ground Rounds, a San Francisco-based startup that makes world-class medical care broadly accessible by connecting patients in need to the expert physicians best able to help them.

Previously, Rachel was a principal at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where she supported the firm's portfolio, managed deal flow, and performed due diligence. She was deal lead for WaterSmart, Karma, and Zapier, and worked on deal support for EdeniQ, Synthetic Genomics, and Angellist.

Rachel is active with the firm’s work in clean technology and consumer internet businesses. She is a board observer for WaterSmart Software, a software company building a consumer engagement and conservation platform as well as an enterprise suite for water utilities. She is also a board observer for EdeniQ, Tioga Energy, and Synthetic Genomics.

In addition to her portfolio work, Rachel plays a key role in deal sourcing and targeted diligence. She also takes an active role working with female entrepreneurs.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Rachel is a graduate of Cambridge University, where she completed a PhD in atmospheric chemistry and computer modeling in 2010. She served as President of the Gates Cambridge Scholars and gave a TED talk on her work. Rachel earned her BA in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2006, where she co-founded Fusion Dance Company and spent a year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Rachel is also the youngest board member of the Ploughshares Fund.

A member of Class 17, Rachel served her fellowship at DFJ under the mentorship of Managing Director Josh Stein (Class 9; Kauffman Fellows board member).