Payam Zamani is a die-hard entrepreneur, Internet pioneer and angel investor who has founded several technology and Internet-based companies, including Autoweb.com, the first online car buying service, which completed a successful IPO in 1999 reaching a market cap of $1.2B; BuyerLink (formerly Reply.com), Contractors.com and Shout The Good. He is currently the founder, chairman and CEO of One Planet Ops Inc, a unique hybrid firm combining operating technology companies, a socially-responsible angel fund and a startup business incubator, all designed to run, build and invest in disruptive technology businesses—while attempting to run these businesses in a humble spirit of sustainable service to humanity.
Born in Iran, Payam was raised a member of the Baha’i faith, a peaceful religion focused on bringing about love and unity amongst people of all races and backgrounds. Payam left Iran in 1987 at the age of 16, fleeing religious persecution and ended up in Pakistan before being granted asylum in the U.S. and landing in San Francisco in June 1988.
Thrilled for the opportunity to attend University (Baha’i’s are still not able to attend University in Iran), Payam put himself through college and earned a B.S. in environmental toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Shortly after graduating, he began his entrepreneurial journey founding and helping others launch Internet-based businesses.
Payam currently serves or previously has served on the Board of Directors or Advisors to many technology-based startups, including The RealReal, TalkWheel, ChatSports, Fundly, SoulPancake, EnerAllies and Les Concierges.
Payam is the founder and the editor-in-chief of BahaiTeachings.org – a spiritual enlightenment website. He is also currently a board member at Tahirih Justice Center, which protects immigrant women and girls fleeing violence, and previously was an advisory board member at The Mona Foundation, which supports grassroots educational initiatives and seeks to raise the status of women and girls worldwide.
|Jul, 2016||BestMile||$2.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2014||Verbling||$2.7M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||Talkwheel||$1.2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2013||Qlika||$1.7M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2012||Chat Sports||$300k / Angel||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2012||The RealReal||$7.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2012||The RealReal||$1.1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2011||Fundly||$5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2011||CrowdMob||$1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
BS, Environmental Toxicology1994
|Jul 27, 2016||Startup Ticker (Switzerland) - BestMile brings Silicon Valley investor on board|
|Nov 4, 2014||TechInAsia - How small-scale philanthropy can help Asia’s tech startups grow faster|
|Feb 16, 2013||Venture Beat - 6 things climbing Mount Kilimanjaro taught me about being an entrepreneur|
|Nov 10, 2012||Venture Beat - Universal philanthropy: Even cash-strapped startups should give back|
|Dec 21, 2011||Venture Beat - Rainn Wilson calls on Silicon Valley to give back this holiday season (video)|
|Feb 22, 2010||Venture Beat - Reply.com files for $60 million IPO|
|Apr 4, 2007||Venture Beat - Reply raises $6M more for homes and auto marketplace, talks of IPO possibility|