Desh Deshpande

Desh Deshpande

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC and founded Cascade Communications and Sycamore Networks. He has chaired and funded several other companies and is a life-member of the MIT Corporation. Jaishree Deshpande is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation and the Treasurer of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office.

The Deshpande Foundation supports Social entrepreneurship and provided the founding grant for NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) and Deshpande Center at MIT. 

Gururaj Deshpande holds a B. Tech. from Indian IIT-Madras, M.E. from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and Ph.D. from Queens University, Canada. He co-chaired the National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy from 2010 to 2015.