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Azita Sharif

Daedalus Software

Azita Sharif is the founder and CEO of Daedalus Software, Inc., a healthcare software firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA, focusing on products and solutions for drug discovery, oncology and transplant surgical applications.

Azita has significant experience with start-ups through her work as a principal and Kauffman Fellow at Advent International Global Private Equity, where she managed investment programs in both the US and Argentina.

Since 1997, while pursuing a dual graduate degree program at Harvard, Azita has advised a number of seed-stage start-ups on writing business plans and seeking venture funds. As a result of her efforts, a number of these companies were able to close funding. Azita also participated in the start-up of a new venture fund, Triton Venture Management ($45 M under management), in Austin, TX. Before entering the venture capital industry, Azita worked in the semiconductor industry with Praxair, Inc. both in Research & Development and in Sales and Marketing.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Azita earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, with Honors, in mechanical and biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master's degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She speaks English, Farsi, German and Spanish.

Since the mid-1990s, she has served as a judge in the annual International Moot Corp. Business Plan Competition, and has served as Director of the Executive Board of the Women's Leadership Initiative at the JFK School of Government at Harvard.

As a Charter Class member, Azita served her fellowship under mentor Dennis Costello at Advent International in Boston.