Desh Deshpande is the President of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office. Desh is also the Chairman of A123 Systems (AONE), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Tejas Networks and HiveFire. Desh co-founded Sycamore Networks in 1998. Prior to that Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. Dr. Deshpande serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous donations have made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, Deshpande Foundation has set up three other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, Merrimack Valley Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.