Laleh Masnavi

Operating Partner

About Laleh

Laleh joined Candou Ventures in 2020 as an Operating Partner. She is a technology veteran and entrepreneur 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.
At Candou Ventures, she is focused on sourcing new investment opportunities, providing support to portfolio companies, cultivating strategic partnerships, and extending Candou’s strategy and operating model.

Prior to her time with Candou, she worked at BootUP Ventures for over 3 years as the Head of Operations, and VP of Business Development and Global Strategic Alliances in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. She sourced unicorns such as Luminar Technologies and Robinhood, and facilitated the expansion of companies such as ByteDance at BootUP’s venture studio.

Laleh got her beginning at Cisco Systems as a high-touch focal engineer for Microsoft MSN, T-Mobile, and USAA where she developed her passion and experience for customer advocacy and supporting her customers on multiple technologies and end-to-end Cisco solutions. She was also responsible for outbound and inbound technical marketing and worked in an organization driving a $1B P&Ls for Switching Business Unit. An electrical engineer and a technologist, Laleh founded her IT Consulting business after Cisco.

She enjoys mentoring and giving guidance to young entrepreneurs of Palo Alto High School’s advanced authentic Research & Innovation programs.