Ali Rowghani

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Ali Rowghani
Born (1973-01-21) January 21, 1973 (age 46)
ResidenceOakland, California, United States
Alma materStanford University (B.A., M.B.A.)
OccupationCOO of Twitter

Ali Rowghani (Persian: علی روغنی‎, born 21 January 1973) is an Iranian-born American businessman.[1]

He was raised in Dallas, Texas, where he attended the St. Mark's School of Texas, graduating in 1991.[2] He then graduated from Stanford University.

Rowghani worked in finance at Pixar for nine years, serving as Chief Financial Officer between 2002 and 2008.[3][4] He helped with the restructuring of Disney Animation with the entrance of John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. In 2008, he left Pixar to become CFO for Twitter, a post he held for four years until he became Twitter's Chief operating officer.[3][4] He left Twitter in 2014.[5][6]

In November 2014, Rowghani joined Y Combinator as a part-time partner focusing on helping YC alumni scale their companies.[7] He launched Continuity, a $700 million investment growth-stage fund, which was closed in 2015.[8][9] He is now a managing partner of YC Continuity at Y Combinator.[10]

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  3. ^ a b "Former Twitter COO Ali Rowghani To Lead Y Combinator's $700 Million Growth Fund". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  4. ^ a b "Ex-Pixar And Twitter Exec Ali Rowghani Joins Y Combinator As A Part-Time Partner". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  5. ^ "Meet Twitter's Mr. Fix-It: Ali Rowghani", April 29, 2014, Yoree Koh,
  6. ^ Yarow, Jay (June 12, 2014). "Twitter COO is out". Business Insider.
  7. ^ "Former Twitter exec Ali Rowghani joins Y Combinator as a part-time partner", November 6, 2014, Kia Kokalitcheva,
  8. ^ "Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  9. ^ Peisner, David (2018-10-23). "Dara Khosrowshahi and 39 other Iranians who power Silicon Valley". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  10. ^ "People". Retrieved 2019-03-18.