Fellows Directory

Samir Kaji

First Republic Bank

Samir Kaji is a Senior Managing Director at First Republic Bank, where he leads a team managing venture capital and start-up company relationships, with a particular emphasis in micro-VC and seed-stage financing. He has spent nearly 17 years working within the venture capital industry. During this period, he has assisted or advised over 700 companies and 300 venture capital firms.

Prior to joining First Republic, Samir spent 13 years at Silicon Valley Bank in various roles, where he completed over 400 financing transactions, totaling over $4.0B in committed capital. Since 2008, Samir has led teams focused on providing services to venture capital firms and directly led engagements with several of the leading venture capital firms in the industry.

Samir also has been an active angel investor, having made over 40 investments in companies and venture funds. He also serves as an an advisor to over 25 venture capital funds and early stage companies.

Samir also maintains a venture capital blog focused on providing unique insight and data to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Samir is a graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance, as well as Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, where he earned his MBA with a concentration in finance.

Samir served his fellowship at First Republic under the mentorship of Cota Capital founder Ullas Naik. He is a member of Class 20.