About us

Meet the team

About Us

We are an international group of young engineers, artist, scientist, designers, and entrepreneurs in 5 countries.

A bit of history

Founded in 2007 by Azn Alahah, Netgroup is a Bay Area-based private equity/consulting/research firm interested in positive social impact. We are particularly interested in new platforms and in the use of information technology to achieve those goals. We are headquartered in Berkeley, Ca in a unique building where we have our lab, shop, garage and workspace in one location.

VISION

In addition to our own home-grown projects, we look for emerging companies with entrepreneurs that have the vision, passion and discipline to transform an industry.

INVESTMENTS

We invest in emerging companies as well as venture spinouts and restructurings that are at an inflection point of a market opportunity.  Our geographic focus is companies whose headquarters are in North America, with approximately 50% of our investments outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our investment pace is highly selective, averaging 4 to 6 new investments per year.

RELATIONSHIPS

Netgroup partners have built the Netgroup Network, which includes enduring relationships with hundreds of important industry executives and entrepreneurs.  We work actively with members of this broad network to provide key value-add to our portfolio companies such as customer introductions, team and board recruitment/enhancement, technology, business development, sales and marketing partnerships, investment and acquisition. 

TRUSTED ADVISORS

Successful venture-backed companies are built upon trusted relationships among venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.  We strive to be the go-to advisor for our portfolio company management teams, and the most active board member, in and out of board meetings. 

RESEARCH

Independent of due diligence on any particular company, the Netgroup team conducts ongoing primary research projects into important technology industry sub-sectors. These research projects help us create and update our investment roadmap, target specific new investment opportunities, and increase our domain knowledge, and it helps our portfolio companies identify the most promising market opportunities worth pursuing.

REALIZATION

With category defining outcomes five times in the last decade, Netgroup has realized successes through our strategy of investment selection and active guidance to help our portfolio management teams build large and sustainable businesses. As venture investors we recognize that over 80% of our successful investments are likely to be acquired by strategic partners, and therefore believe it is critical to start planting the seeds for an eventual outcome early on in the company’s lifecycle.

THE NETWORK

Netgroup has relationships with hundreds of industry-leading companies across every major sector of business. 

A day in the life

We like to get things done. We also like to have a bit of fun doing it. If you'd like to buy us pizza or a carton of diet coke to help us perform at our best, we should talk.

Photo by Azn Alahah. Someone had to take the pic.

Azn Alahah

General Partner

Azn Alahah is a founding General Partner with Netgroup Associates. He is based out of Boston, Ma where he and his team are seeking out new technologies, startups and disruptive ideas. He brings with him a combination of technical expertise and hands on start-up experience, including founding University Student Movers, where he built much of the key team, network and technological infrastructure.

Jason Harding

Technician

I am enthusiastic about Web Standards; proficient with MySQL; I swear by the Unix/Linux command line; PHP is my second language. I'm an Object Oriented PHP & MySQL Application Developer with 7 years of professional experience developing website applications.

Aleksey Sizov

Director

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Jay Lee

Partner

I really like being in the company of people that are direct in communication, have a sense of whats going on around them, and that may have an outrageous or dark sense of humor.....humor is important. I am straight forward and try to live my life with intention, continuously improving and growing into that person that all my friends and family can depend on. I am more directionally orientated than goal orientated-although I have those too. I am motivated by peak experiences, like travel, family, friendships....