Top Iranian entrepreneurs

we all heard the news about Dara Khosrowshahi who became the CEO of Uber company. But who else can be named as a successful Iranian entrepreneur in Silicon Valley? Here is the list of these people.

Let’s take a look at the list and know more about Iranian entrepreneurs:

Dara Khosrowshahi: CEO of Uber. Ex-CEO of Expedia.

Ali & Hadi Partovi: Ali co-founded LinkExchange and Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks. Both companies were acquired by Microsoft. The brothers are early investors in Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, Uber, Zappos, and many other startups. They then started Code.org, a non-profit organization which teaches computer science and coding to students.

Amir Khosrowshahi: Co-founder of Nervana (AI company) acquired by Intel for $400M. Bonus point: The 4 people above, as well as some other prominent entrepreneurs are all relatives

Shervin Pishevar: Co-founder/executive chairman of Hyperloop One and co-founder/managing director of Sherpa Capital. Previously he was a managing director at Menlo Ventures where he led investments in Uber and Warby Parker. Before that he founded WebOS.

Pierre Omidyar: Founder of eBay.

(Sepideh Nasiri is the founder and CEO of Persian Women in Tech (PWIT

Pejman Nozad: Co-founder and managing director of Pear Ventures which has invested in Dropbox, LendingClub, Gusto, Guardant Health, Philz Coffee, DoorDash, etc. Previously he invested in PayPal as part of Amidzad Ventures. He has an amazing (someone should literally make a Hollywood movie!) life-story, read it here.

Arash Ferdowsi: Co-founder/CTO Dropbox

Omid Kordestani: Executive Chairman of Twitter and previously Chief Business Officer of Google

Bob Miner: co-founder of Oracle

(Keyvan Beykpour: Co-Founder/CEO of Periscope (acquired by Twitter

Bobby Yazdani: co-founder and managing director of Cota Capital and Signatures Capital where he has invested in Google, Dropbox, Uber, Bonobos, Bina, Salesforce, etc. Previously he founded Saba Software and took it IPO.

Saeed Amidi: Founder/CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center, one of the largest start-up incubators and super early stage investors in Silicon Valley.

Sean Rad: Founder of Tinder

Lily Sarafan: CEO of Home Care Assistance (HCA) with 6,500+ employees and $200M+ in annual revenues

Ali Rowghani: CEO of YCombinator Continuity (YC’s $1B investment fund). Previously CFO of Pixar, and CFO then COO of Twitter.

Kamran Elahian: Chairman and co-founder of Global Catalyst Partners, an international multi-stage Venture Capital. Previously founded Cirrus Logic (took to IPO) and many other semiconductor companies.

Mohsen Moazami: Managing Director at Columbus Nova Technology Partners. Previously he was a VP at Cisco and before that, he founded Stanford Business Systems which was acquired by Kurt Salmon Associates.

Shane Tedjarati: President/CEO of Honeywell’s High Growth Regions (Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Eastern Europe). Honeywell ranks 73 in the Fortune 100 list.

Hossein Eslambolchi: former CEO of AT&T Labs, and former Global CTO of AT&T

Farhad Mohit: Serial entrepreneur, Founder/CEO at Flipagram, BizRate, Shopzilla where they were all acquired.

Ali Vahabzadeh: Co-founder/CEO of Chariot acquired by Ford.

Darian Shirazi: Founder of Radius, a marketing platform for small businesses which has raised over $80M in venture capital

Farzad Nazem: ex-CTO of Yahoo! Now he and his wife, Noosheen Hashemi, manage the Hand Foundation and various other non-profit organizations.

Salar Kamangar: ex-CEO of YouTube and 7th employee to join Google

Pedram Keyani: Uber’s Director of Engineering

Bijan Sabet: General Partner Spark Capital investor in Twitter and Tumblr

Shahin Farshchi: Partner at Lux Capital investing in deep tech companies

Touraj Parang: VP Corp. Development at GoDaddy. Previously founding COO of UpCounsel, VP Strategy of Webs, and founder of Jaxtr (acquired)

Shayan Zadeh & Alex Mehr: Founders of Zoosk, an online dating company with over $180M annual revenue.

Babak Pahlavan & Nima Asgharbeygi: Founders of CleverSense Acquired by Google and now executives at Google.

Amin Zoufonoun: VP Corporate Development Facebook. Previously Director of Corporate Development at Google.

Max Gazor: General Partner at Charles River Ventures. Previously Corp. Development Manager at Cisco.

Narges Baniasadi: Founder/CEO of Bina Technologies, a bioinformatics company, which was acquired by Roche. Now she serves as a VP at Roche.

Keyvan Mohajer: Founder/CEO of SoundHound, a Natural Language Processing company with over $75 in investment.

Hessam Esfandyarpoor: Founder/CEO of Genapsys, a Genetics company, with over $45M in investment.

Mostafa Ronaghi: CTO of Illumina a gene sequencing company with a $28Bn market cap.

AmirAli Talasaz: Co-Founder/President at Guardant Health which recently raised $550M in venture capital for cancer detection using blood tests

Nima Ghamsari: CEO at Blend, a mortgage lending technology platform, which has raised $160M in venture capital.

Falon Roz Fatemi: Founder/CEO of Node.io with $18M+ funding (Mark Cuban is an investor!). The previously youngest employee at Google.

Arad Rostampour: Founder/CEO of ZenHealth (YC backed) and co-founder of SocialShielf acquired by Avira.

Saam Motamedi: Investor at Greylock Partners, previously founded Guru Labs.

Yasmin Razavi: Investor at Spark Capital, previously at Index Ventures and McKinsey.

Parsa Saljoughian: Vice President at Institutional Venture Partners. Previously at SnapChat

Payam Banazadeh: Co-Founder/CEO at Capella Space, building space infrastructure, which has raised $12M

Ali Kashani,: Founder of Lux.io (AI in food company) acquired by PostMates and now an executive at PostMates.

Mehdi Samadi: Founder of Solvvy, an AI-based CRM company which was featured in WSJ, etc. and raised $4.5M.

Maryam Ziaei & Shadi Saberi: Founders of iSono Health, backed by Ycombinator

Ehsan Saeedi & Danial Ehyaie: Founders of Gate Labs, the smart lock company.

Ben Nader: Founder/CEO Butterfleye, a security solutions company with $4M+ in funding.

Babak Elmieh: Founder/CEO of Nascent Objects acquired by Facebook

Daniel Ahmadizadeh: A recent YCombinator backed company building a product for real estate agents which has raised over $3M in venture capital.

Padideh Kamali-Zare and Kaveh Vejdani: founded Darmiyan, a YC-backed software platform to detect Alzheimer’s disease.

And the youngest one to join the club, a 15 year old entrepreneur, Soroush Ghodsi!

Soroush Ghodsi: The youngest founder ever to join Ycombinator who has started Silk.ai which is a lead generation company.

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