Avid Larizadeh Duggan
Avid is Executive Vice President at Kobalt, leading global strategy and business development efforts. Kobalt is a New York-based music tech company that acts as a publisher and provides royalty tracking services across various digital platforms.
Avid became a founding partner of Google Ventures (GV) Europe in September 2014, focusing on investments in European startups, primarily in the Internet and software sectors. Kobalt was one of her portfolio investments at GV
In early 2010, Avid became the co-founder of Boticca, an online marketplace for independent designers of jewelry and accessories around the world. She is also the UK lead for Code.org, an organization promoting children's learning computer programming through fun, game-based activities.
From 2006 to 2009 Avid was an Associate at Accel Partners in London where she focused primarily on software and internet investments. She has been a board observer for MindCandy, MyThings, and Spreadshirt and was involved in the firm's investments in MyHeritage and Gameforge.
Before joining Accel Partners in 2006, Avid worked in a number of product management roles at Skype Technologies, eBay, and Tellme Networks. At Skype, she created and implemented usability processes across departments and facilitated the strategic migration from early adopters to mainstream customers. At eBay, Avid spent 3 years in product management and handled the deployment of over $10 million of development resources per year. She launched eBay's first global online selling tools, Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro for which she has a patent pending. She also led the design and launch of eBay's Picture Services, a $40 million per year revenue generating business in 13 countries. Before that, Avid worked at Tellme Networks, Inc. where she designed and built a voice application to enable people to trade on eBay using the phone.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Avid earned her BS in telecommunications engineering and her MS in management science and engineering at Stanford University where she was a Mayfield Fellow and a member of the Cap and Gown Honor Society. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Avid grew up in France until she moved to the United States in 1996. She is fluent in English, French and Farsi, and conversant in German.
Avid completed her fellowship at Accel Partners in London under the mentorship of Judy Gibbons as a member of Fellows Class 11.