Adam Dell

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Adam Dell
Born (1970-01-14) January 14, 1970 (age 47)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Attorney, venture capitalist
Children Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell (daughter)
Relatives Michael Dell (brother), Steven Dell (brother)

Adam R. Dell (born January 14, 1970) is an American venture capitalist and is the brother of Michael Dell, the founder of computer manufacturing company Dell Inc.[1]


Early life[edit]

Adam Dell was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Memorial High School, Tulane University and the University of Texas School of Law.


He began his career working as a corporate attorney for Winstead Sechrest & Minick, in Austin, Texas, before joining the venture capital firm of Enterprise Partners in La Jolla, California, in 1997. He then joined Crosspoint Venture Partners, in Woodside, California where he became a partner in 1999.[2] In 2000 he formed Impact Venture Partners,[3] an early stage venture capital firm, in New York City.[2][4] Dell is currently a Venture Partner at Austin Ventures.

During the course of his career, Dell has invested in numerous technology companies such as, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2002; Connectify, which was acquired by Kana Software in 2000; Ingenio, which was acquired by AT&T in 2007; and OpenTable. He has founded two companies,, which was acquired by AutoDesk in 2002, and MessageOne,[5] which was acquired by Dell, Inc. in 2008.[6]

Dell was a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law,[7] where he taught a class on the role of law in innovation.

In October 2016, Dell launched the consumer financial app, Clarity Money. The startup, backed by George Soros and Bessemer Venture Partners, claims to "use artificial intelligence and data science to help consumers make smarter financial decisions."[8]


Dell has a daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with Padma Lakshmi.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Weler, Mary Hayes (February 12, 2008). "Dell Acquires His Brother's SaaS Company For $155 Million". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ a b Saracevic, Alan T (January 25, 2000). "Venture capital company launched by brother of Dell Computer CEO". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  3. ^ Impact Venture Partners
  4. ^ Gallagher, Leigh (February 21, 2000). "Dell ringer". Forbes. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  5. ^ Pletz, John (March 11, 2002). "Adam Dell's Message One Tries to Tame E-Mail Beast". Austin American-Statesman. Austin, Texas. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  6. ^ REUTERS (February 13, 2008). "Dell to Buy E-Mail Service to Better Compete With Rivals". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  7. ^ University of Texas School of Law
  8. ^ Clarity Money (October 20, 2016), "Adam Dell Launches Clarity Money, Revolutionary New Personal Finance App", BusinessWire, retrieved 2017-04-21 
  9. ^ "Padma Lakshmi Gives Birth To Daughter". Access Hollywood. February 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ McNeil, Liz (March 18, 2010). "Adam Dell Is the Father of Padma Lakshmi's Daughter". Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  11. ^ AGENCIES (March 19, 2010). "Adam Dell fathered Padma Lakshmi's daughter". The Times of India. Retrieved 2010-10-22.