Candou is truly a value-add investment firm that brings decades of entrepreneurial and technical experience as well as a healthy network to support their portfolio companies. We have received unconditional support from Candou since closing the seed round. In particular, Shahin Hedayat has introduced us to potential customers, has played a crucial role in refining the direction of the business as a board member, and has been personally coaching the founders in order to maximize the chances of success.– Muhammad Faisal, CEO @ Movellus Circuits Inc.
The first capital to a startup is like first date to a marriage, it sets the tone for the life of your company! You want capital that transpires into trust at the board level, culture of innovation and dedication at the employee level, and ultimately create value that is greater than sum of its parts! Shahin’s entrepreneurial experience, steady approach and connection to other investors were instrumental in Apixio’s journey in becoming a category leader in 3 years.
Startups are all about people. The chemistry between founders, team and early investors shape companies in profound ways and set trajectories good or bad that can be hard to change. Faraj Aalaei was one of the first investors in Right90, a Sales Forecasting Company. He helped us define the product, win customers, and raise our first round of institutional funding. Without Faraj we would not have been able to turn the company into a real business and see it acquired 7 years later. Because Faraj has successfully started, run, and grown companies, his advice is practical and relevant for those building companies. Faraj is a huge asset to any team.– Kim Orumchian, Founder & CEO @ Right90