Alireza Masrour is Managing Partner at Plug and Play Investment Arm a place where he led more than 100 investments for the firm since 2008.
Alireza is either a Plug and Play representative or works closely with the management teams of PiCloud (backed by Andreessen –Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Lightspeed), Retailigence (backed by Quest, DFJ), CreditSesame (backed by Inventus, Menlo Venture and Globespan Capital , Infoaxe (backed by DFJ and Angels),Vivu (backed by DFJ and acquired by Polycom), eyeIO (backed by group of angel investors), YourMechanic (Backed by Andreessen-Horowitz), Alii Technology (backed by group of Angles), AiryLabs (backed by Foundation Capital and Google Venture), Aarki (backed by Walden Capital), GetGoing, SourceNinja (backed by Interwest Capital and acquired by KissMetrics), Mindsumo (Backed by Voyager Capital), PixOWL, Kloudless (Backed by DFJ and Global Brain), Virool ( Distributes advertisers videos through a network of publishers), FormaFina (Home decor for Latin America), and SkyTree (Big Data Analytics, Backed by Javelin Venture Partners, USVP, UPS with $18m new round), ngData, Mozio, Calco, Reachli, HealthPocket (Backed by LightSpeed), Fido Labs.
Alireza is founding Partner of Plug and Play Startup Camp a place who is advising over 100 start ups: Aarki, Aisle411, ImprintEnergy, Mobspire (Acquired by Aarki), Indigio, Mozio, PiCloud, Kloudless, Skypaz, Intentionis, SpotFodo, Kidzloop, MerryMarry, BrightBlu, Reachli, Second Funnel, TimeCros, Global Trek, Bonica, Radius, Kermdinger, SmartTaxi, ShoppingPal, ProVital, CrowdSync, Globial, Promolta, Glan.se, SEM+, CityBlis, Symynd, Sha-Sha Entertainment, VissTech, TrustGo, SimMachines, Decisyon, Matcha, Retailigence, Virool, Vizl, Zappo.TV …
Prior to Plug and Play, Alireza was Founder and CEO at NekaTel, one of the largest Internet Airtime Distribution Networks, with over 800 retailers and millions of subscribers. Alireza grew NekaTel’s revenue from $0 to over $45M in less than 2 years. He was also Founder of VidaTel, offering mobile airtime distribution technology and sold the technology in 2007. Additionally, he was CEO and board member of Science and Arts Foundation, an International non-profit organization which helps empower the youth via new technologies. He has prior Engineering and Management background at Chemical, Computer, Telecom and Oil industries. Alireza published “Crossing the Digital Divide: What’s Next” in Information Technologies and International Development Journal published by Harvard Business School for UN’s World Summit on the Information Society.