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Harvard University, BA
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Harvard University, MS
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Hadi Partovi

Hadi is an entrepreneur and investor, and also co-founder of education non-profit As an entrepreneur, he was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As an angel investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Zappos, Dropbox, OPOWER, Flixster, Bluekai, and many others.

A graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. After the release of IE 5.0, Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks. Tellme was acquired by Microsoft for a reported $800 million. Hadi was General Manager of during MSN’s only year of profit, where he delivered 30% annual growth and incubated (now

After leaving Microsoft a second time, Hadi co-founded iLike with twin brother Ali Partovi, and together they built the leading music application on the Facebook platform. in 2009, iLike was acquired by MySpace where both Partovis worked as Senior Vice Presidents.

Hadi is a strategic advisor to numerous startups including Facebook, Dropbox, OPOWER, and Bluekai, and serves on the board of TASER International. He is also an active angel investor with a wide range of investments.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Hampton Creek Foods 2/2014Series B$23M12
Vamo 7/2013Convertible Note$1.6M24
FiveStars Loyalty 8/2012Series A$14.5M6
Practice Fusion 6/2012Series C$34M11
Practice Fusion 1/2012Venture Round$2M3
Practice Fusion 9/2011Venture Round$6M9
Livestar 6/2011Seed$2M10
Familiar 5/2011Seed2
Thinkfuse 3/2011Angel$520k9
inDinero 9/2010Seed$1.2M11
Opzi 9/2010Angel$1M9
Thumbtack 6/2010Angel$1.2M14
JamLegend 12/2009Series A$2M1
Farmigo 8/2009Series A$2M1
BOKU 6/2009Series A$13M5
VigLink 6/2009Seed$800k8
Dropbox 9/2008Seed$1.2M4
BlueKai 4/2008Series A$3.2M4
WideOrbit 2/2008Series C$14.5M6
Opower 8/2007Series A$1.7M4
Causes 1/2007Series A$2.35M4
Break Media 3/2006Series B2
Flixster 2/2006Angel$175k3
Viagogo 10/2005Angel2
Fonality 6/2005Series A$800k2
Edusoft 2/2002Angel$1M3
iLike 1/2002Angel$700k4
2Web Technologies 12/2001Angel2
Zappos 1/2001Angel2
Tellme 6/1999Series A$6M3



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  1. Plant-Based Food Startup Hampton Creek Foods Raises $23M Round Led By Horizons Ventures ( [edit]
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