D. Scott Phoenix

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My goal is to accelerate a positive singularity by:

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About me:

I am a Partner at Fifty Years, a deep tech pre-seed and seed stage VC firm. We back founders and scientists working on the world's biggest problems, like Solugen, Astranis, Athelas, BillionToOne, Opentrons, Substack, and more.

Before that, I was cofounder and CEO of Vicarious, an AGI and robotics startup backed by ~$250M from Dustin Moskovitz, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, DCVC, 8VC, and many others. At Vicarious, I worked with my cofounder Dileep George and our talented research team to publish peer-reviewed research in Science, NeurIPS, ICML, and more.

Vicarious was acquired by Alphabet in 2022. After the acquisition, I spent a year as the Chief Product & Revenue Officer of Intrinsic, Alphabet’s “other bet” focused on robotics and AI.

Before Vicarious, I was an entrepreneur in residence at Founders Fund, started a company in the Y Combinator 2008 batch, and built an open source game. I also invest in hard tech startups like Sila Nano, Psi Quantum, Verge Genomics, and Science, and advised venture funds like Felicis Ventures, Base10, and 8VC.