Bobby Yazdani

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Bobby Yazdani
Born
Babak Yazdani
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationFounder & Managing Partner of Cota Capital Founder & Managing Partner of Signatures Capital
OrganizationCota Capital
Known forEntrepreneur & Venture Capital
WebsiteCota Capital Signatures Capital

Babak "Bobby" Yazdani (born 1963)[1] is an Iranian-American entrepreneur and a venture capitalist.

Career[edit]

He is the founder of Saba Software and venture capital firms Cota Capital and Signatures Capital. Yazdani founded Saba in 1997 and took the company public in 2000. Yazdani grew Saba into a US$100+ million business, making Saba Software one of the fastest growing software companies in the world.[2]

Yazdani began investing in 1989 and officially founded his investment firm, Signatures Capital, in 2006.[citation needed]

In 2014, Yazdani was ranked #1 out of 2000 angel investors in a report by CB Insights as having the most successful track record for investing in companies that received follow-on funding.[3]

Saba Software[edit]

Yazdani started Saba in 1997. Saba Learning was the first product; since then, the product line has integrated and expanded into a unified suite of People Cloud Applications delivered as software-as-a-service. Under his leadership, Saba acquired THINQ Learning Solutions[4] in May 2005, Centra Software[5] in 2006 and Pedagogue Solutions and Comartis in June 2011.

Through his personal and Signatures Capital investments, Yazdani's portfolio includes Dropbox, Google,[6] Uber, Bonobos,[7] Bina, Salesforce.com, Monica + Andy,[8] Klout, KISSmetrics,[9] Qwiki,[10] Webs.com,[11] Masimo,[12] Boticca,[13] Clearspring,[14] Atheer Labs,[15] Nextbio,[16] SoundHound,[17] Adrise,[18] and Blocks.[19]

In 2014, Yazdani agreed to an SEC-negotiated 'clawback' of USD $2.5 million in earnings and bonuses to be reimbursed to Saba.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Memarian, Jahandad (2017-07-12). "Babak "Bobby" Yazdani: Bridging Abstract Thought and Entrepreneurship". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  2. ^ "Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business -- Bobby Yazdani, Saba". Forbes. October 25, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "We Analyzed 2000 Angel Investors. Here are the Top 1%". CB Insights. June 21, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Growing through challenges at Saba". Silicon Valley Business Journal. December 16, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Saba Software to acquire Centra for $60M". Boston Business Journal. October 6, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "FundersClub's New "Partnerships" Let You Start A Venture Capital Fund Or Invest In One". TechCrunch. July 15, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Meet the Uber Rich". Fortune. June 5, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bobby Yazdani - the Founder of Cota Capital on Investing in + Advising Entrepreneurs". 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "With $6.25M In Tow, Bina Technologies Wants To Bring Big Data Insight To Genomic Sequencing". TechCrunch. March 25, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Facebook Billionaire Eduardo Saverin Leads Qwiki's $8 Million Round". TechCrunch. January 20, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Freewebs takes aim at new funding, MySpace.com". Washington Business Journal. April 3, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  12. ^ "Masimo: 25th Anniversary Report — P. 20" (PDF). Masimo. November 6, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "Boticca's high-end designer marketplace scores £1.5 million". TechCrunch. May 16, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "Venture-Backed Clearspring Technologies Introduces Widget Syndication Services". FinanzNachrichten. November 6, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  15. ^ "Atheer Labs launches Indiegogo campaign for 3D wearable computer glasses". VentureBeat. December 19, 2003. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "NextBio on AngelList". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "SoundHound on AngelList". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  18. ^ "Tubi TV Free Internet Video Service Launches with 20,000 Shows and Movies". Variety. April 16, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  19. ^ "Meet The Iranian Entrepreneur Taking On Apple Watch". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  20. ^ https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2014/34-73201.pdf