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Apptimize on January 22, 2014

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Farzad (Zod) Nazem has been an independent investor and advisor since his retirement from Yahoo! in June 2007.

He joined Yahoo! in 1996 as Vice President of Engineering and was appointed Chief Technology Officer a year later. He is credited with pioneering the massively scalable and cost effective web operations that allowed 600 million users make Yahoo! their reliable home on the internet. During his 11 year tenure at Yahoo!, Mr. Nazem helped acquire and integrate over 50 companies.

Between 1985 and 1996, Mr. Nazem held various software development and management positions at Oracle Corporation culminating in his role as Vice President of Media and Web Server Division. His tenure at Oracle also included membership in the company's Product Division Management Committee which set overall strategy for Oracle products.

From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Nazem was a senior engineer at SYDIS, Inc., an office automation software and hardware start-up. Previously, Mr. Nazem was recruited by Rolm Corporation to be a software engineer in the VLCBX division, from California Polytechnic State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science with highest honors.

Mr. Nazem serves on the boards of Apixio Inc., NextBio, Nueva School and HAND Foundation. He lives with his wife and two kids in Atherton, California. He enjoys golf, racquetball and travel.

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