Reformed VC, Consultant, Hilarious
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a comedian, storyteller, television host & entrepreneur. She has sold-out shows in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley at such venues as at the San Jose Improv, San Francisco’s Punchline and historic Purple Onion, the Los Angeles Comedy Store, and New York’s Gotham Comedy Club.
She is a favorite at comedy festivals such as Sketchfest San Francisco, The Boston Comedy Festival, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland, Oregon). She has performed at Universities including Stanford University, Massacusetts Institute of Technology, University of San Francisco, and University of California at Santa Cruz. She has performed internationally, including in Singapore, winning the “Ultimate Comedy Challenge” sponsored by Comedy Central Asia.
She hosted the Emmy Award winning series “High School Quiz Show” which premiered on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) station WGBH in 2010. She was a featured Storyteller on the PBS station, KQED, for the Black History Month series, on the RISK! Live podcast, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s “Snap Judgment” a storytelling program, which Ira Glass called, “Amazing. Like a cousin of ‘This American Life’ that grew up in a wildly different neighborhood…”
Dhaya is the winner of the grand prize in the first-ever corporate sponsored comedic storytelling competition based on travel horror stories, sponsored by ON24. She hosts the Moth Story Slam, a monthly event, in San Francisco, CA. Dhaya is a sought-after consultant & speaker on branding, human interface, and relationship management. She brings humor and storytelling to all her endeavors. A sample list of her clients includes Wells Fargo, Seven Figures Management, Yelp, Columbia University, individual entrepreneurs, and political candidates. She has been an invited speaker at over a hundred panels and conferences. She was hired by the Entrepreneurs Organization to speak about Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation in Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Calcutta, and Kathmandu. Dhaya also speaks about women’s and Asian American leadership. She has spoken at the Kappa Alpha Theta national conference, Chevron Corporation’s Asian American Awareness month, Invent your Future, and the American Association of University Women.