• TRYING TO MAKE

    THE WORLD

    A BETTER PLACE

     

     

    Hi, my name is Ahmed Mirza,

    and I'm most passionate about using technology to build meaningful products.

     

    A little about me: I've spent the majority of my career in finance transacting technology mergers and acquisitions. I've also spent time as an entrepreneur launching two separate ventures. But that's only one-side to who I am.

     

    Come see below how I've tried to make the world a better place.

  • Some things I'm working on.

    My commitment goes beyond the confines of my professional career. I've spent time helping technology entrepreneurs build products, serving as a mentor to low-income high school students, and providing thought leadership.

     

    UCLA Anderson School of Management

    Fully-Employed MBA Student

    Attend MBA program on a part-time basis, while working full-time.

    • Leadership: Director of Outreach for EA, Entrepreneurial Leadership Development Program (ELDP), Amazon Case Finalist
    • Membership: Entrepreneur’s Association (EA), AnderTech, Design for America, and Net Impact 

    Tungsten Corporate Advisors

    Senior Associate

    Tungsten provides a full range of M&A advisory services for sellers and buyers alike.

    • Helping technology entrepreneurs reach the next stage in their company's lifecycle
    • Focusing on strategy, corporate development and investment banking
    • Researching industry dynamics and supporting all aspects of business combinations and turnarounds

    Pro Bono Strategic Consulting

    Consultant

    Work with companies to accelerate strategic planning into actionable solutions.

    • 100% focused on startups, entrepreneurship, and venture capital
    • Some companies I've advised: Gustav, BondView, Pioneera, DataMunch and Colddrive

    iMentor

    High School Mentor & TiP Founding Member

    iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.

    • Meet and brainstorm solutions with high school administrators to evaluate curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
    • Lead workshops on relationship building and coach student teams during hack-a-thons

    Startup Weekend

    Member and Business Model Hacker

    In 54 hours, Startup Weekend provides the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.

    • Build startups on select weekends throughout the year
    • Provide expertise in strategy and finance

    Successful Sundays [S/S]

    Coach

    Thought leadership on emotional intelligence, covering topics from leadership to productivity.

    • Research and create weekly podcasts relating to emotional intelligence
  • Successful Sundays.

    S/S showcases my thoughts on emotional intelligence and introspection, covering topics from leadership to productivity.

     

    After numerous failures, defeats, and missteps, I've learned a thing or two about emotional willpower that I'd like to share with you. I finally stopped being afraid of what could go wrong, and started being excited of what could go right.

     

    Follow my weekly blog on Medium and get a head start on the week.

  • What I did before.

    I've had some successes and some failures, but I continue to learn everyday.

    TechTeam has acquired Onvaio

    ELEVATE

    Founder & CEO

    • Developed a concierge personal training web-service that connected individuals with health coaches and customized exercise plans
    • Fall '14: Startup NEXT

    SIGNAL HILL CAPITAL

    Investment Banking

    • Spent three years as a technology investment banker with a focus on IT Services, FinTech and Enterprise Apps
       
    • Transacted on 10+ deals

    UPDATA ADVISORS

    M&A Research

    • Managed a M&A database tracking deals across multiple technology verticals
    • Covered mostly IT Services, FinTech, Internet, Enterprise Apps and Security

    MERRILL LYNCH & CO.

    Equity Research

    • Spent two years as an equity research analyst covering energy and natural gas MLPs
    • Mastered Excel, Powerpoint, and Seamless :)

    QUALITY 99

    Founding Member

    • Discount retail store aimed at bringing household products priced under $1
    • Scaled business to ~$1M in annual revenue

    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

    Student

    • Studied economics and business
    • Participated in new venture and business case competitions
  • Where you can find me...

    ...on the Internet and in real life: