Saed Nashef is a partner in Sadara Ventures, which makes investments in export-oriented, high-growth software companies and start ups originating in the Palestinian Territories. He is the founder and CTO of Equiom, Inc., a 70-person software consultancy and project outsourcing firm with operations in Washington and Colorado, and founder and Managing Director of Equiom-MENA, which provides offshore software outsourcing services from the West Bank to companies in the US and Europe. He also serves as member of the Board of Directors at G.ho.st (Global Hosted Operating SysTem).
Saed brings to the Fund extensive expertise in building effective technology teams in software development organizations in both startup as well as established business environments. He has worked in a consulting role with incubation teams at companies, including Microsoft, to help validate technology and analyze the competitive landscape for new products.
Prior to founding Equiom, Saed worked closely with the founders of Fidesic, a venture-backed Internet startup, where he led delivery of key service infrastructure. Before that, Saed spent 6 years with Microsoft in various software engineering and leadership roles in the development organization.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Saed studied computer science at California State University, Long Beach. While not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, flying single-engine Cessnas, snowboarding, and riding Harleys.
As a member of Class 14, Saed served his fellowship at Sadara Ventures under the mentorship of Yadin Kauffman of Veritas Venture Partners.
Saed was the recipient the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to his class and the program.