Prior to co-founding Aldrich Capital Partners, Mr. Zia was a Managing Director in the Principal Investment Area (“PIA”) of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he helped launch the growth equity investing practice. Over the course of his private equity investing career, prior to launching Aldrich Capital Partners, he was a part of a team that invested approximately $634 million of capital across 12 growth equity investments from 2003 until August 2014.
Mr. Zia has worked extensively with technology businesses and helped companies in areas such as sales and marketing, channel distribution, acquisitions, new product launches and R&D. Raz was the co-founder and CEO of Knumi, Inc, a mobile application software company that sold solutions to major enterprises. He led the successful sale of the business to Houghton-Mifflin.
Mr. Zia has served on the boards of many technology companies including American Traffic Solutions (acquired by Platinum Equity), AnchorFree (acquired by syndicate led by WndrCo Holding), Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: “BNFT”), BuyerZone (acquired by Reed-Elsevier), Cambridgesoft (acquired by Perkin Elmer), Cofense (formerly PhishMe, an Aldrich Pre-Fund Investment; acquired by BlackRock and Pamplona Capital), iHealth Technologies (merged with Connolly Solutions), Imaging Advantage (acquired by Envision Healthcare), InfusionSoft, Spring Mobile, SyncSort (acquired by Clearlake Capital), TrialCard (acquired by Excellere Private Equity) and Wall Street On Demand (acquired by Markit).
Mr. Zia currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aldrich portfolio companies Decisions, eHealth Technologies, Lavu, Paymerang, ProcessMaker, Woundtech, PRIA Healthcare, Compliancy Group and OnePlan.
Mr. Zia has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Advanced Computing from London University England, and a BEng with honors in Microelectronic Systems Engineering from Manchester University. He was also a qualified Chartered Accountant (inactive).