Tue, 8 September 2020
In this episode, Hall welcomes Ziad Moukheiber, President & CEO of Boston Harbor Angels.
Founded around 2005, Boston Harbor Angels, like a lighthouse, helps entrepreneurs navigate and grow their startup businesses through the treacherous waters of an increasingly competitive environment in our global economy.
Boston Harbor Angels is a group of proven business leaders interested in investing a portion of their assets in high-growth, early-stage companies. Since 2004, they have made investments in companies in medical devices, IT, consumer products, business products, specialty materials, Internet, aviation, etc. They believe they contribute more than money to the companies they fund and welcome the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs who are open to taking advice, yet have the smarts and determination to make their company successful.
Ziad is the President and CEO of Boston Harbor Angels and is also Managing Partner at EQX Fund LLC, an angel and early-stage investment fund based in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on Life Sciences and IT.
A business leader with over two decades of experience in building scalable organizations and advising companies in sales, marketing, operations, IT, service delivery, and customer service, Ziad founded SilverSword in 1998. He and his team built SilverSword into a leading IT consulting company that provides an outstanding customer service experience for their New England area clients. Silversword was acquired in 2015 by NSK Inc.
Ziad is an active angel investor and is on the board of businesses and nonprofit organizations with a special interest in technology. Ziad is also a mentor with BUILD, a nonprofit organization using entrepreneurship to help at-risk students in the Boston area.
Ziad earned his BA at the American University of Beirut (1992) and his Master's degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (1996). Founded in 1979 as the first graduate education program in alternative media, ITP is internationally recognized as a unique and vital contributor of new ideas and talented individuals to the professional world of multimedia and interactivity.
Ziad speaks with Hall about how he sees the industry evolving for angel groups and angel networks, the biggest challenge he faces, and he shares some beneficial criteria for entrepreneurs. He explains the investment thesis of Boston Harbor Angels and cites some companies which fit their thesis.
You can visit Boston Harbor Angels at www.bostonharborangels.com/.