Faruq Ahmad is founding partner of Palo Alto
Capital Advisors, a silicon-valley based firm which provides advisory services
to institutional investors, venture capital firms, and companies. Prior to his role as institutional investor, he was a venture capitalist, and earlier the founder of a venture backed software company.
Before founding Palo Alto Capital, Mr. Ahmad was Vice
President at C.M. Capital (the Cha Group), a silicon-valley based investment
firm with strong China
links. The firm has invested continuously in leading venture capital funds for over 25 years, from its headquarters in downtown Palo Alto. In addition, funds
sponsored by the firm include Charter Ventures, Charter LifeSciences, Focus
Ventures, and Mingly Capital.
Mr. Ahmad was Director at Mingly Capital, which invested in funds and companies in silicon-valley and China. He currently advises institutional investors, venture funds, and selected companies.
Mr. Ahmad has a B.S. degree from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. degree in Computer Systems from StanfordUniversity,
and an M.B.A. degree from StanfordUniversity. He resides in
the San Francisco Bay Area.