Mr. Ivan Nikkhoo serves as Managing Partner at Navigate Ventures. He also serves as Board Member at Blue Software. Mr. Nikkhoo served as a Managing Director at Siemer & Associates. He is also Vebture partner at SaaS Funding. At at Siemer & Associates, responsible for all facets of the practice including business development, deal sourcing, origination, conversion and executing client mandates. As an advisor, he brings to Siemer Ventures over 27 years of industry experience in various senior capacities both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining the firm, He was the Head of the Technology Practice at Barrington Associates, a division of Well Fargo Securities, focusing on advising emerging technology companies. Before that, he served as the Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for N3 Technology Fund, a long/short hedge fund co-managed with Dalton Investments. He has also served as the General Manager & Executive VP at SOA Software, responsible for mergers, acquisitions, investments, strategic alliances and joint ventures, as well as President of Vertex Systems, where he was focused on technology strategy, implementation and IP monetization. In addition, he has served as Director of European Operations for TLD Systems in Paris, France, providing software for European space and military projects. In addition to being very active in the tech community, Mr. Nikkhoo is a Wexner Heritage Program Fellow and a member of Young Presidents' Organization. He was a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award and serves on the boards of a number of charity and business organizations including the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), LA Chamber of Commerce, USC Marshall Partners, Junior Achievement of Southern California and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business and has been featured in numerous publications including Fortune Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Additionally, Mr. Nikkhoo is a partner at a venture fund focused on investing in emerging technology companies and serves on the boards of several technology companies. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and his B.S. in Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD).