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UNC-Chapel Hill, MBA 1982
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Auburn University, BS 1980
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Michael Parekh

A Wall Streeter for over 20 years, former partner at Goldman Sachs, and founder of its Internet Research effort in 1994, Michael has been living online since the early days of CompuServe in the 80s and AOL in the ’90s.

Michael helped build the Internet Research effort at the firm, which eventually comprised of many analysts covering major internet segments around the world.

A native of India, Michael, aka Mukesh, grew up in the Middle East, coming to the US in 1977 for college. He got his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, and BSc at Auburn University in 1980.

Michael started his career at Goldman Sachs in 1982, developing the firm’s equities business in the Middle East, with high net worth family offices and sovereign wealth funds.

In 1989, Michael shifted focus to Institutional Equities Sales at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he launched a pioneering effort providing dedicated Technology Research Sales to buy-side Institutional counter-parts. This initiative became a mainstay Institutional service at many investment banks in the 1990s.

In 1994, Michael moved to Equities Research at Goldman Sachs, starting a career as a Technology Research Analyst.

His focus spanned Internet sectors from software, access, infrastructure, and wireless to online commerce and content companies worldwide.

Michael was the lead research analyst for the IPOs of Internet companies like UUNET, Yahoo!, eBay, DoubleClick, Webex, Real Networks, Exodus, LoudCloud, Equinix, amongst many other pioneering companies, as well as covering companies like America Online and Netscape.

He was an Institutional Investor ranked analyst for several years. Michael also helped build the Internet Research effort Goldman Sachs, which eventually comprised of many analysts covering major internet segments around the world.

After over two decades at Goldman Sachs, Michael now serves on various advisory boards of start-up internet companies. As an active investor, he is focused on both private and public, technology-driven opportunities.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
just.me 7/2011Seed$500k8
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
Fluidinfo 8/2010Series A$1.79M12
Bump Technologies 10/2009Series A$3.4M7
StockTwits 9/2008Angel7
Blekko 5/2008Series B$3M7
EQAL 4/2008Series A$5M7
Seesmic 11/2007Series A$6M13
Blekko 9/2007Series A$2M6
Rupture 7/2007Angel$3M6
Fraudwall Technologies 3/2007Series A$1.1M3
Anchor Intelligence 1/2007Series A$2M8
Dogster 9/2006Angel$1M8
Loomia 6/2005Seed$1M7
Answers Corporation 4/1999Series B$1.36M5

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  1. Stealth Social Mobile Startup just.me Raises $600K From Google Ventures, SV Angel And Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. techcrunch.com [edit]
  3. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
  4. Bump Technologies Confirms Sequoia Funding, Reveals Roster Of Angels. (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. StockTwits.com Closes Angel Funding (alleyinsider.com) [edit]
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  7. Lonely No More: Lonelygirl15 Production Company EQAL Gets $5 Million Funding (paidcontent.org) [edit]
  8. Loic Le Meur's Blog (loiclemeur.com) []
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  10. techcrunch.com [edit]
  11. FraudWall raises $1.01 million (venturebeat.com) [edit]
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  13. Softech VC (blog.softtechvc.com) [edit]
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