Niket Desai

Class of 2009


Investment Fellow
University of California Office of the President, Investment Office

What did you do after graduating from Cal?
Started a company in the digital loyalty & mobile space.

What are you currently working on?
Investing UC money to help cultivate, support, and capture entrepreneurship value.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Saying no to a ton of incredibly smart and passionate people.

Who is your hero and why?
Feynman. He seemed to have fun with things he both understood and things he realized he would never understand.

What was the most important thing you learned while studying at Cal?
School was secondary to learning.

Do you have any advice for current IEOR students?
The framework(s) you develop in our program are applicable everywhere. Don't settle for the obvious places to apply them.