“I had to do what nobody else was doing at the time — activate an unconventional investing strategy and prioritize relationships with founders.”
Aydin Senkut is the Founder and Managing Partner of Felicis. An original super angel turned multi-stage investor, he has been named on the Forbes Midas List for the past nine years (2014-2022) as well as the New York Times Top 20 Venture Capitalists list for four consecutive years (2016-2019). His recent focus areas include infrastructure, security, and future of health.
He is well-known as an early backer of a number of iconic companies including Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), Credit Karma (Acquired by Intuit), Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), Guardant Health (NASDAQ:GH), Guideline, Notion, Opendoor (NASDAQ: OPEN), Pluralsight (NASDAQ:PS), Rovio (HEL:ROVIO), Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), and Soundhound (NASDAQ:SOUN).
Prior to starting Felicis, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google responsible for strategic partner development and account management in Asia Pacific, including Japan. Aydin joined Google in 1999 as its first Product Manager to launch Google’s first 10 international sites, its first online search licensing products, and its first Safe Search. He then became the first International Sales Manager at Google, responsible for worldwide licensing deals. Before joining Google, Aydin was the Product Manager for Data Visualization and Data Mining software MineSet at SGI.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Honors from Boston University. He also earned an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School and a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid pilot, loves playing tennis, and speaks five languages: English, German, French, Portuguese, and Turkish.
Aydin and his wife Sonia have backed biotech research at UCSF, and sponsored various scholarships at the University of Pennsylvania. Aydin sits on the Graduate Board of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.