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Cairo University, BS

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Youssri Helmy

Youssri brings over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management, marketing, and business development in a wide range of technologies to Rising Tide Fund. He is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully cofounded, operated and exited several startups globally.

He is an active angel investor and advisor to numerous high technology startups in Silicon Valley, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to Rising Tide, Youssri cofounded and served as Chairman of IdealRatings, a global financial information provider for socially responsible investors.

Prior to IdealRatings, Youssri co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of ITWorx, growing it to become the largest software services provider in the Middle East with 800+ professionals. ITWorx was acquired in 2007 by a private equity consortium. While at ITWorx, Youssri led the acquisition, scaling, and successful exits of and

Youssri was also co-founder and CTO of Swan Labs. As the original inventor, Youssri capitalized on the then nascent network optimization segment, leading Swan to acquisition by F5 Networks for $46 million, doubling investors’ money in less than 12 months.

Youssri received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Cairo University and sits on the Boards of TechWadi and Endeavor Egypt.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Cloudera 3/2009Series A$5M9



  1. Cloudera Raises $5 Million ( [edit]
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