Semyon Dukach Speaking Engagement

Semyon8.jpgSemyon Dukach,our founder, was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team and a professional blackjack player.  He had played with the team Strategic Investments, which was formed by John Chang, Bill Kaplan and Massar in 1992.

Semyon later became the leader of the team and the founder of Amphibian Investments. This team's experiences were chronicled in the famous book Busting Vegas. The team was also referred to in the famous book, Bringing Down the House which had later been made into the Movie 21. Dukach had been the main character in the book, Busting Vegas and was, interestingly enough, the only member who had been referred to by his own name in the book.

Dukach was born in 1968 in Moscow and had later moved to US. He studied at the Columbia University and later enrolled in MIT in 1993.

While Dukach had been in MIT, he had been recruited in the MIT team. He was trained and coached to use the card counting techniques and had been made a member of the Strategic Investments team in 1992. Semyon Dukach was an important member of the MIT Team and had been greatly successful in the early years of the team.

Once Strategic Investments ended, he still continued to play blackjack. He then formed his own team in 1994 with a few players which was named Amphibians Investments. Other than the card counting techniques, Dukach's team also made use of various other advanced strategies and techniques like card sequencing. Dukach finally quit playing blackjack professionally towards the end of 1990s and since then he has not been very involved in the game.

However, Semyon continued to speak at events and he formed the Blackjack Science website which coaches interested players in the blackjack techniques.

In his life after blackjack, Semyon Dukach is currently the Managing Director of Techstars in Boston.

Prior to joining Techstars, Semyon was a prolific angel investor in Boston and a friend to the startup community. Semyon made over 75 angel investments, and his philosophy has been to focus on helping his founders at all costs. Prior to becoming a full time angel, Semyon has co-founded several companies including Vert, Pdffiller, Global Cycle Solutions, and Fast Engines, which was sold to Adero in 2000. He is the Chairman of Nasdaq listed SMTP, a director of Terrafugia, and the founder of the Troublemaker Award.

Semyon enjoys flying helicopters, windsurfing, biking, and spending time with his family. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University and his Master’s degree from MIT, where he designed the original SNPP Internet payment protocol.

Xconomy lists Semyon as a top Angel Investor in New England, and he is also known for leading one of the MIT blackjack teams in the 90s.

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