Avid Larizadeh Duggan
Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, and investor for over 20 years. She started her investing career at Accel Partners in 2006 and was a General Partner at GV (Google Ventures) from 2014 to 2018. With a portfolio of over 25 companies, Avid is also an active angel investor in high growth technology companies globally.
Avid has held product management roles at Tellme Networks (acquired by MSFT), Skype (acquired by MSFT) and eBay where she was granted a patent for her work. She was the co-founder and COO of Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger). Most recently she was the COO at Kobalt Music Group, the leading music and technology company built for artists, songwriters publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model.
Avid is a non-executive director on the board of Barclays Bank UK and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She also led Code.org and the Hour of Code in the UK from 2013-2015 getting over 22 million people to try an hour of code. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was appointed Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for services to the economy, business and education. Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow.