Joined CMEA: 2007
Years Experience Building Companies: 15
Education: BS, Symbolic Systems; BA Economics with Honors in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University where he was a President’s Scholar
Investments: Blekko , Evolution Robotics, Inc. (Observer), Jobvite, Luminate, Inc., Zaarly
Deal Starters: Big ideas, World Changing Entrepreneurs
Non-starters: The Status Quo
Outside Activities: Film Investing, Social Entrepreneurship
Saad Khan is a Partner at CMEA Capital where he invests exclusively in bad-asses. That includes leading all seed and early stage investments in the people behind Zaarly, Blekko, Luminate, Jobvite, MediaSpike, Evolution Robotics (now iRobot) and some awesome others you’ll hear about. Prior to CMEA, he was a Venture Partner at Garage.com where he helped build Silicon Valley’s first startup incubator. In addition to his day job, he co-founded the Film Angels (working with actors and producers like Carlos Santana and Barrie Osborne, producer of Lord of The Rings). He is also an Advisor to Lending Club (peer-to-peer lending platform), SamaSource (micro-work for the next billion), and the Thiel Fellowship’s 20 under 20 program.
Saad has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Design School (the Liberation Technology Program) and the UC Berkeley Business School. He is a frequent speaker at the US State Department and served as a delegate for the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), the initiative started by Hillary Clinton to improve the US ties to the Muslim world. He can be found supporting the cause of entrepreneurs from GEP Turkey, Startup Weekend in Egypt to “Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia”. He's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes, who recently gave Saad a Silicon Valley Makeover (he's also an advisor to Forbes 30 under 30).
Saad grew up between Pakistan and the Bay Area, attended an American high school in Karachi where his soccer tournaments and theater performances were often played out in locations including Kathmandu, Delhi, and Islamabad.
Here he is, waxing philosophical:)
TechCrunch — Robotics Revolution
Forbes -- Entrepreneurs are the New Asset Class
Mashable – Hactivism: Startup Mentality for the Non-Profit Sector
VentureBeat – Want to Succeed? Build an ‘anti-advisory board’
Forbes – The Arab World Needs (Entrepreneurial) Heroes
The New York Times -- The Like-ification of 2011
On his recent trip to Malaysia:
Fast Company: Road Trip! Founders of YouTube, LinkedIn, Others Tackle Brain Drain in Malaysia: