Laila is an investor, serial entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trained executive who enjoys working with fast-growing technology companies. As a Techstars Managing Director, she works in partnership with Stanley Black & Decker on an accelerator, investing in startups building artificial intelligence solutions for advanced manufacturing. In the 12 years leading up to this role, Laila founded and led a range of start-ups from communications technology spin-outs out of Caltech and MIT to innovative mobile and SaaS companies in retail and sustainability.
She has strong operational and technology innovation training from her tenure at Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital arm. Laila was an investor and group manager during Intel Capital’s formative years, investing in early enabling technologies such as RIM (the first mobile email provider) and in Red Hat and VA Linux (early leaders in the Linux/Open Source market). While at Intel, she was also part of the executive team that launched Itanium microprocessor family; her formation of the Intel 64 Fund provided the basis for a Harvard Business School case study. Laila has a BA with Honors from Wellesley College.