Avid Larizadeh Duggan
Avid Larizadeh-Duggan (born 1978 or 1979) is an Iranian-French-American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. She is Chief Operating Officer at Kobalt Music Group and a non executive director of Barclays Bank UK.
Larizadeh Duggan was born in Dallas Texas right before the Iranian Revolution. She has a sister, Roxanna Larizadeh. They are the grandchildren of Kazem Khosrowshahi, the cofounder of pharmaceutical conglomerate KBC – a company nationalized in 1980 after the Iranian Revolution. Kazem Khosrowshahi entered politics in August 1977 as Minister of Commerce, but his tenure was short lived due to the Revolution. Larizadeh Duggan’s father, also an entrepreneur, and her mother had to leave Iran in 1979 and start over in Europe where they immigrated. Larizadeh Duggan and her sister grew up in Paris, France.
Larizadeh Duggan attended L’Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel before studying at Stanford University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and master’s degree in 2001 both in engineering. While at Stanford, Larizadeh Duggan was a Mayfield Fellow and a Member of Stanford’s Women Honor Society, Cap and Gown.
After graduating from Stanford, she joined eBay on the product management team. She launched eBay’s first suite of global online selling tools, Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro, for which she holds a patent. She also led the design and launch of eBay’s picture services.
While at Harvard Business School, she also worked in product management at Skype Technologies. In 2006 after graduating from Harvard Business School, she joined Accel Partners in London as an Associate where she focused on software and Internet investments.
She left Accel Partners in 2009 to cofound Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories, where she was the COO, running product, engineering and editorial. Boticca was featured in Vogue, selected by Lady Gaga for her 2011 European tour, and worn by Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba. Boticca was acquired by Wolf & Badger.
In 2014 Larizadeh Duggan joined Google Ventures (now GV) as the only female General Partner when GV launched its European fund. She was an investor, director and advisor to a variety of businesses, most in the software and Internet domain, including Kobalt, Lost My Name, Yieldify, Resolution Games and Breather.
In February 2018, She left GV to join Kobalt, one of her portfolio companies as EVP Group, Chief Strategy and Business Officer. She now serves as Chief Operating Officer.
Larizadeh Duggan has been named one of the 50 most inspiring female influencers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and policy makers from across Europe three years in a row from 2015 to 2017. She has been named as “one of the most influential European female VCs” by Tech.eu “one of the 50 most influential women in UK IT” by Computer Weekly.
Larizadeh Duggan has been involved with various organizations linked to education. She is on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Founders4Schools. She led Code.org in the UK , founded by her cousins Hadi and Ali Partovi, and helped over 13 million people try an hour of code in the UK. She has contributed to Forbes and the World Economic Forum.
She lives in London with her husband and daughter.
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