Ali Partovi is presenting at South Summit on Oct 5, 2016  

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Co-Founder @
Investments
33 Investments in 31 Companies
Gender:
Male
Location:
San Francisco
Website:
http://www.partovi.org
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Person Details

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Based in San Francisco, Ali is an angel investor, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur. Ali is also a co-founder of computer education non-profit Code.org and an active investor in sustainable food systems.Ali co-founded and sold two high-profile startups: iLike, acquired by MySpace in 2009, and LinkExchange, acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. Ali's portfolio as an investor / advisor has included such successes as Zappos, Facebook and DropBox, as well as newer ventures such as Viagogo and OPOWER.

As a visionary, Ali was among the first people to see the potential of the Facebook Platform and among the earliest to grasp the business opportunity of search. Ali's current passion is sustainable food and agriculture, based on his articles Food is the New Frontier in Green Tech and Hacking the Food System Focus on the Supply Chain and related angel investments in Farmigo and BrightFarms and serves on the board of school food non-profit FoodCorps.Ali co-founded iLike with his twin brother, Hadi, serving as CEO and President respectively. They created iLike in an effort to reinvent GarageBand.com, which Ali ran after acquiring the assets of the company from the original owners. iLike created the first successful application on the Facebook Platform, which remains the most popular music app on Facebook today.

In 2009, Myspace acquired iLike and Ali served as Head of Business Development at MySpace until transitioning to a strategic advisory role in April 2010. Ali originally established himself as an entrepreneur by co-founding LinkExchange, which was acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998.

From 1998-2000, Ali worked at Microsoft and created "Keywords," a pilot project to develop pay-for-placement, keyword-targeted text ads on alongside MSN Search results (essentially equivalent to Google AdWords, but many years earlier). Ali left Microsoft when the Keywords pilot program was shut down. Ali also co-founded "DrinkExchange," a monthly social event that spread from San Francisco to Washington, London, Tokyo, and Sydney.

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Co-Founder

Feb, 2013 - Current   (over 3 years)
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DateInvested InRoundDetails
Aug, 2016$1.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2015$2.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2015$3.2M / Series APersonal Investment
Aug, 2015$7M / Debt FinancingPersonal Investment
Jul, 2015$1.7M / SeedPersonal Investment
Dec, 2014$25M / Series CPersonal Investment
Apr, 2014$600k / SeedPersonal Investment
Feb, 2014$23M / Series BPersonal Investment
Jul, 2013$1.6M / Convertible NotePersonal Investment
Aug, 2012$14.5M / Series APersonal Investment
Jun, 2012$34M / Series CPersonal Investment
Jan, 2012$2M / VenturePersonal Investment
Sep, 2011$6M / VenturePersonal Investment
May, 2011undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2011$520k / AngelPersonal Investment
Sep, 2010$1M / AngelPersonal Investment
Jun, 2010$1.2M / AngelPersonal Investment
Jun, 2009$13M / Series BPersonal Investment
Jun, 2009$800k / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2008$3.2M / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2008$14.5M / Series CPersonal Investment
Sep, 2007$1.2M / SeedPersonal Investment
Aug, 2007$1.7M / Series APersonal Investment
Jan, 2007$2.35M / Series APersonal Investment
Mar, 2006undisclosed amount / VenturePersonal Investment
Feb, 2006$175k / AngelPersonal Investment
Oct, 2005undisclosed amount / AngelPersonal Investment
Jun, 2005$800k / Series APersonal Investment
Feb, 2002$1M / AngelPersonal Investment
Jan, 2002$700k / AngelPersonal Investment
Dec, 2001undisclosed amount / AngelPersonal Investment
Jan, 2001undisclosed amount / AngelPersonal Investment
Jun, 1999$6M / Series APersonal Investment

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South Summit

October 05, 2016 - October 07, 2016

Las Ventas, Madrid, Las Ventas, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

The South Summit is one of the leading startup conferences in Europe aimed to prove to the world the talent, the innovation.

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