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Bobby Yazdani

Bobby Yazdani is an entrepreneur & investor.

He is an active investor in early stage technology startups. Drawing from over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in Silicon Valley, he mentors, develops and supports entrepreneurs in their journey of building great companies.

Bobby founded Saba in 1997 and took the company public in 2000. Today, Saba, is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management solutions. Saba’s applications are used by more than 19 million people worldwide. Prior to founding Saba, Bobby worked at Oracle Corporation in various R&D roles from 1988 through 1997.

In 2001, Yazdani was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Based on his leadership and vision, InformationWeek ranked Saba #27 on its Innovation 100 list and Computerworld named Saba to its list of 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001.

He has successfully mentored entrepreneurs and invested in over 60 early stage start-ups including Aardvark (acquired by Google in February 2010), Addepar, Bina Technologies, Bonobos, BrightContext, Clearspring, CleverSense (acquired by Google in December of 2011), Dropbox, Genophen, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), KissMetrics, Klout, Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), Medialets, NextBio, Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), PassBan (acquired by EMC/RSA in July 2013), Qwiki (acquired by Yahoo in July 2013), Webs.com (acquired by VistaPrint in December of 2011) and many more.

He holds a B.A in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Canary 3/2014Series A$10M3
UpCounsel 10/2013Seed$1.5M6
InstaEDU 8/2013Series A$4M8
Cloudtop 6/2013Seed$1.8M10
YouEye 5/2013Angel$3M5
InstaEDU 5/2012Seed$1.1M7
Sociocast 12/2011Venture Round$1.5M4
Shelby.tv 7/2011Seed$1.5M7
Boticca 5/2011Seed$2.5M2
Klout 1/2011Series B$8.5M13
Shelby.tv 1/2011Seed$225k6
Qwiki 7/2010Seed$1.5M9
Clever Sense 6/2010Series A$1M2
Klout 4/2010Series A$1.5M18
Medialets 5/2009Series A$4M3

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  1. Canary Smart Home Security System Nabs $10 Million Series A From Khosla Ventures (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. Online Attorney Marketplace UpCounsel Raises $1.5 Million, Opens Its Patent Practice To All (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Main Event Page video Online Tutoring Platform InstaEDU Raises $4 Million Series A Led By Battery Ventures (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac source [edit]
  5. YouEye Raises $3M For Its Webcam-Based Usability Testing Service With Emotion Recognition (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. InstaEDU On-Demand Video Tutoring Gets An A+ and $1.1M Seed From Chamath’s Social+Capital Partnership (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  7. Sociocast Raises $1.5 Million For "Big Data" Analytics Solutions (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  8. Shelby.tv Raises $1.5 Million To Give You Personalized Channels Of Online Video (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  9. Boticca's high-end designer marketplace scores £1.5 million (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  11. TechStars NYC: Where Are They Now? (betabeat.com) [edit]
  12. Qwiki raises $1.5 million in seed funding (alacrastore.com) [edit]
  13. Cellixis gets $1M for personalized recommendations (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  14. Klout Raises $1.5 Million To Measure Influence And Authority On Twitter (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  15. Medialets Raises $4m Series A Financing (medialets.com) [edit]
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