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.