WHO ARE WE?

A team of successful repeat entrepreneurs and senior executives, with the vision and operational expertise to identify trends, invest in great teams at early stage and support nascent companies through their growth and scaling processes.


CANDOU TEAM

Founding General Partner

Faraj Aalaei

Faraj has raised funds in excess of $400 million for his semiconductor companies from private and public investors, executed several M&A deals and as CEO taken two previous start-ups, Centillium and Aquantia through IPO.
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Managing Partner

Susan Akbarpour

As a media guru, product designer, serial entrepreneur and investor, Susan Akbarpour has over 30 years of hands-on experience building innovative products and businesses in technology and media.
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Founding General Partner

Shahin Hedayat

Shahin Hedayat has passion for high tech startups aiming to solve complex problems through collective human ingenuity. Shahin is the Founding General Partner at Candou Ventures which he co-founded in 2015.
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Operating Partner

Laleh Masnavi

Laleh is an entrepreneur at heart, committed to driving business growth at scale through improved operating performance and disciplined strategy. She has proven success at driving collaboration and influencing at all levels of the organization.
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