He is Semyon Dukach: the Managing Director at Techstars Boston, a fast-rising angel investor, the former CEO and current chairman of e-mail marketing firm SMTP (NASDAQ: SMTP), and a former leader of the famed MIT blackjack team.
Semyon recently has become one of the most active angel investors in Boston. Of his 75 company investments overall—most of them made in the past two years—about 55 are based in the Boston area. They include Bolt (an accelerator-like program for hardware startups), CoachUp, CO Everywhere, Crunchbutton, Freight Farms, Ovuline, Socrative, Wanderu, and Zagster. Some are Techstars companies, some are not. He also serves on the board of Terrafugia, the Boston-area “flying car” company.