Prior to co-founding Aldrich Capital Partners, Mr. Raheel (“Raz”) Zia was a Managing Director in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman, Sachs & Co. based in San Francisco, where he helped launch the Growth Equity investing practice. Over the course of his private equity investing career, he has been responsible for over $480mm in equity investments in growing technology companies, resulting in numerous successful outcomes in the form of Initial Public Offerings, Strategic Sales and other Liquidity events.
He has worked extensively with growing, entrepreneurial businesses and helped many executives and entrepreneurs attain their growth objectives, supporting management in areas such as sales & marketing, international expansion, acquisitions, new product launches and R&D.
Raz was the co-founder and CEO of Knumi, Inc, a mobile application software company that sold solutions to major enterprises. He led the successful sale of the business to Houghton-Mifflin.
Raz has served on the Boards of many successful technology companies, including Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: “BNFT”), Wall Street On Demand (acquired by Markit), Cambridgesoft (acquired by Perkin Elmer), BuyerZone (acquired by Reed-Elsevier), iHealth Technologies (merged with Connolly Solutions), SyncSort (acquired by Clearlake Capital, TrialCard (acquired by Excellere Partners). He was also formerly a member of the Board of Directors of AnchorFree, American Traffic Solutions, Imaging Advantage, InfusionSoft, Spring Mobile, SyncSort and TrialCard. He currently works closely with PhishMe and Lavu.
Mr. Zia has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, M.Sc. in Advanced Computing from London University (England), and B.Eng (Hons) in Microelectronic Systems Engineering from Manchester University. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.