Adam Dell

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Adam Dell
Born (1970-01-14) January 14, 1970 (age 49)
OccupationAttorney, venture capitalist
Children1 (with Padma Lakshmi)
RelativesMichael 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 and education[edit]

Dell was born in Houston, Texas to a German-Jewish family. 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 four companies, Clarity Money, which was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2017; Civitas Learning;, which was acquired by AutoDesk in 2002; and MessageOne,[5] which was acquired by Dell, Inc. in 2008.[6]

Dell has served as an adjunct professor at both the Business School at Columbia University and the University of Texas School of Law,[7].

Personal life[edit]

Dell has a daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi, with Padma Lakshmi.[8][9][10]


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