Palo Alto Capital Advisors

Faruq Ahmad  Founding Partner

Mr. Ahmad’s experience allows him to develop and quickly assess strategic plans, set goals, determine execution strategies and execute on the resulting plan. The company could be a start-up, a corporate spinout or strategic initiative, a growth stage company, a turn-around or restructuring or other special situation. He is effective in playing multiple roles to help create success. He is also mentor at TiE Launchpad and Blue Startups, and connected with other accelerators and innovation centers.

Mr. Ahmad is Advisor to Correlation Ventures, which focuses exclusively on providing co-investment capital to venture backed companies. Through the use of sophisticated analytics, Correlation is able to respond rapidly to provide capital behind a lead-VC in full alignment with negotiated terms, and without a Board seat.  


Mr. Ahmad is an MIT-EE graduate with a Stanford MS in computer systems and a Stanford MBA.  He has over 20 years of experience with technology companies, including a decade of venture capital experience. He has worked in change-management roles with large established companies as well as lead a venture-backed startup to successful exit, and done venture capital investing in Silicon Valley and Asia. 


Mr. Ahmad was part of the founding management team of two startup software companies, one in tools and one in mobile applications.  His semiconductor experience includes managing Intel's telephony chipset and investing in and serving on the board of advanced architecture startups. His communications industry experience includes management positions with Sprint and AT&T.  He has also been involved with projects that range from biofuels to advertising to medical devices to retail.  His broad experience allows him to quickly come up to speed in a new area.