Faculty Biographies

The course has an official faculty instructor, Prof. Roger Bohn, and two other co-faculty: Parand Darugar, and Paul Kedrosky.

Parand (Tony) Darugar,
Founder or co-Founder of 3 companies.

GM Coupa Expenses, VP Software Architecture  Coupa Software – NASDAQ:COUP. 2013-Present

Joined as part of Xpenser acquistion, oversaw fastest growing product segment of the Coupa product line. Helped grow company from 120 to 850+ employees, through IPO. Responsible for big data and machine learning groups (community intelligence).

Founder, CEO Xpenser

Pioneer of mobile-first expense management. Founded and bootstrapped company, grew from initial product development through large scale customer adoption and eventual acquisition by Coupa Software.

Directory of Architecture Yahoo!

Member of founding team of the Panama project, responsible for design, architecture, and oversight of the targetted advertising systems (~70% of Yahoo! revenue). Managed architecture and big-data teams for advertising systems, as well as Java and Oracle Platform centers of excellence. Led adoption of Hadoop and related big-data technologies across the advertising business unit.

Co-Founder, Chief Architect. Blue Titan.

Responsible for product architecture and implementation. Worked with CEO and sales/marketing to define market strategy and product . Designed and deployed highly scalable, fault tolerant products at large accounts. Co-Founder, CEO

Co-Founder, CEO, VelociGen

A pioneer of high performance, scalable web infrastucture. Oversaw growth of company from founding, through fundraising and large customer deployments, to acquisition.


MS, Computer Science, UC San Diego  (Not completed)

BS, Computer Science UC San Diego


Paul Kedrosky, Venture Capitalist/Analyst

Managing Partner SK Ventures
2011 – Present

Early stage venture capital investor. Interests include digital medicine, computer vision, fintech, crypto, nanobio, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and sensors. Co-investors include Foundry Group, Upfront, Andreessen Horowitz, and True Ventures.

Advisor/Co-founder Garibaldi Capital Advisors
2013 – Present

Co-founder of boutique investment bank that performs advisory work for high growth firms.

Contributing Editor, Bloomberg.
2012 – 2016

Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation
2007 – 2013

Conducted growth entrepreneurship and economic policy research for world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship. Keynoted events around the world, as well as publishing multiple influential policy papers on technology, venture capital, and economic growth.

Executive Director William J. von Liebig Center, UC San Diego
2005 – 2007

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
1997 – 2001

Vice President & Equity Analyst, HSBC Securities
1993 – 1996

Created technology equity research group at major international brokerage firm. Specialized in software, telecommunications, and semiconductor. Highly-ranked in first year of coverage. More than $2 billion in public market value created. Interviewed in Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, and ABC Nightline.


PHD, University of Western Ontario

Economics and technology. Thesis work was on the evolution of de facto standards in markets, with an emphasis on markets, like technology, where there is a tendency for so-called “Matthew effects”.

M.B.A., Queen’s University

BACHELORS, Carleton University

Roger Bohn, Professor at UC San Diego

Email: Rbohn@ucsd.edu

Bohn Official faculty page.