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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, BS 1981
Computer Science
California Polytechnic University, Bachelor of Science
Computer Science

Current Companies

Board Member & Platform Thought Leader
Member of the Board of Trustees
Board Member & Advisor
Board Member & Co-Founder

Former Companies

Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President of Communication Services
Vice President of Web and Media Server Division
Senior Software Engineer
Software Engineer

Web Presences


Photo Credit

Farzad (Zod) Nazem

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.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Apptimize 1/2014Seed$2.1M32
Washio 1/2014Seed$2.25M16
Amitree 1/2014Venture Round$2.7M8
Xola 2014Angel$1.8M8
Panorama Education 10/2013Seed$4M20
Comprehend Systems 7/2013Series A$8.4M6
Virool 2/2013Seed$6.62M21
FundersClub 10/2012Seed$6.5M25




Added: 1/14/14


  1. Mobile A/B Testing Startup Apptimize Raises $2.1M, Launches A Tool For Non-Developers ( [edit]
  2. On-Demand Laundry Startup Washio Raises $2.25 Million In Seed Funding ( [edit]
  3. Amitree, The Company Behind Home Buying To-Do Service Closing Time, Raises $2.7 Million ( [edit]
  4. Citation Needed [add]
  5. Panorama Education Wants To Help Fix Schools With Surveys And Analytics, Gets $4M From Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education, Google Ventures And More ( [edit]
  6. Comprehend Raises $8.4M In Series A Funding ( [edit]
  7. YC-Backed Virool Raises $6.62 Million “Seed” Round To Help Make Videos Go Viral ( [edit]
  8. To Turn The Crowd Into Venture Capitalists, FundersClub Raises $6M Seed Round -- Biggest In YC History ( [edit]
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