Paul Ferris is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners and has over 21 years experience working with high growth technology companies, with the past 15 years investing directly in consumer, communications technology, mobile, cloud applications, gaming and digital media related companies for Azure. During his career Paul has helped drive over 30 successful venture backed
Paul Ferris is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners and has over 21 years experience working with high growth technology companies, with the past 15 years investing directly in consumer, communications technology, mobile, cloud applications, gaming and digital media related companies for Azure. During his career Paul has helped drive over 30 successful venture backed outcomes, both as an advisor and investor. Over the course of his career, Paul has provided strategic and investment advice to numerous leading technology companies. Notable firms include Notable firms include The Bouqs, Broadcom, Calix (IPO in 2010), Cerent (acquired by Cisco Systems), Com21 (IPO), The Cotery, Cyan (IPO in 2013; acquired by Ciena in 2015), Efficient Networks (acquired by Siemens), Matter.io, Next Level Communications (IPO), Nortel Networks, Packet Engines (acquired by Alcatel), Phanfare (acquired by Carbonite), Phone.com (IPO), PumpUp, Ranovus, Siara Systems (acquired by Redback Networks), Siemens, Sliderocket (acquired by VMware), SubPac and Yik Yak. Prior to founding Azure in 2000, Paul worked at several investment banks, including Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was the Global Head of the Communications Investment Banking Group, and at Deutsche Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley, where he focused on emerging technology companies.
Paul received his B.A. degrees in Computer Science and English from Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude.
General Partner @ General Partner @ Azure Capital Partners is a venture capital firm with over $750 million under management, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Our goal is to identify, invest in and help build early stage information technology companies that are at the forefront of a transformative opportunity for growth. Our partners have a long track record of identifying and helping to build some of the most successful companies in consumer, enterprise and core IT segments. The Azure team is recognized for industry thought leadership and a unique professional investment approach to venture investing. Our proven methodology and primary research enable us to identify young companies in attractive markets whose business models provide sustainable competitive advantage. From April 2000 to Present (15 years 9 months)
BA, Computer Science, English, summa cum laude @ Amherst College Paul Ferris is skilled in: Strategy, Venture Capital, Start-ups, Strategic Partnerships, Enterprise Software, Business Strategy, Management, Mobile Devices, Entrepreneurship, Mergers & Acquisitions, E-commerce, IOT
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