Pejman Nozad
Founding General Partner

Pejman is one of the most successful angel investors in Silicon Valley, whose steady rise and involvement in building some of high tech's most notable startups was praised by Forbes Magazine as "the Silicon Valley Cinderella" story. (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2012/0409/feature-pejman-nozad-tech-silicon-valley-cinderella.html)

Pejman started his Silicon Valley career in sales and business development by joining the Amidi Group in 1994. In the span of few years, he became a top grossing salesman and launched a number of successful initiatives for the Amidi Group. Amidzad was one of those initiatives, created to seize on the early stage investment opportunities that Pejman would source in his activities.

Some of Pejman's notable investments include Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Bix (acquired by Yahoo!), Powerset (acquired by Microsoft), Sabio Labs (acquired by Magma), Vudu (acquired by Walmart), Webs.com ( acquired by VistaPrint), Clever Sense (acquired by Google), Milo (acquired by eBay), Sendori (acquired by IAC/Ask.com), Extreme DA (acquired by Synopsys), ParAllele (acquired by Affymetrix), Dropbox, Path, Zoosk, Causes, Addepar, Badgeville, Backplane, Soundhound, Peek, Zenpayroll, Fundersclub, Ark ,Tapin.tv, Filepicker.io, Rolepoint, Keen.io, Wedding Party App, Delphi Solutions, Nou Data, Contapps, Social Gaming Network (SGN), Qwiki, Clearspring (Addthis), TokBox, Graphdive, Jaxtr, Optrip, InMage, Quantenna and Picaboo.

In addition to investing, Pejman has had founding and advisory roles with numerous startups including Clever Sense (subsequently acquired by Google), Swapmeback, a financial social network for college students founded by Stanford students, Social Stock, and isoccer.org. Pejman has also been instrumental in creating “Plug and Play Tech Center,” the world’s most successful technology community center which has been home to more than 500 tech start-ups.

Pejman is an avid sports enthusiast and an athlete. He is a member of the prestigious International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Toop Magazine (an annual international soccer magazine), covering two FIFA World Cups (1998 and 2006) as an accredited reporter for his own website (www.footballmedia.net). He sits on the executive board of International Children Games in San Francisco 2008. He played professional soccer for 3 years in Iran.

pejman@amidzad.com

 

   Activities:

soccer, running, chasing over-achievers, seeding technology startups, making peace

  Interests:

family, friends, soccer, traveling, movies, philanthropy

  Favorite Music:

Persian Music

  Favorite TV Shows:

PBS, Fox Sport, American Idol

  Favorite Movies:

life is beautiful, cinema paradiso, under the olive tree, Born ultimatum

  Favorite Books:

The Alchemist, Rumi, Hafiz

  Favorite Quotes: