Hassan Ahmed, our Executive Chairman, was most recently Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks, which he co-founded in 2010. Mr. Ahmed was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations and oversaw its sale to Microsoft in April 2020. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Ahmed was Chairman and CEO of Sonus Networks, a company that actively transformed telephony. Mr. Ahmed led Sonus Networks for ten years, overseeing the company through its IPO on the Nasdaq in 2000. Before joining Sonus, Mr. Ahmed was EVP and GM of the Core Switching division of Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent for $20.3 billion) and Chief Technology Officer of Cascade Communications (acquired by Ascend for $3.7 billion). He also served on the Board of Directors at Airvana Networks until it was acquired by Siris Capital. Currently, Mr. Ahmed is a member of the Board of Directors of Ciena Corp (NYSE: CIEN) and KINS Technology Group (NASDAQ: KINZU, KINZ, KINZW) and a Senior Advisor at Charles River Ventures. Mr. Ahmed holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University. He also received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
CEO and Director
Osman Ahmed, our CEO, has significant principal investment experience from origination through exit in B2C and B2B platforms. Mr. Ahmed is currently an investor at KCK Group, a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Ahmed was previously the CFO at Beehive3D, a KCK Group Portfolio company, and has held roles at Volition Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Stifel Financial. Mr. Ahmed currently serves on the Board of Directors of Harvest Sherwood Food Distributors and KCK Frontier Investments Ltd. From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Ahmed served on the Board of Directors of Kaidee and, from 2015 to 2016, was a Board Observer at Hibernia Networks. Previously, Mr. Ahmed was a Board Observer at Yield Engineering Systems and Emerging Markets Property Group. Mr. Ahmed has led and participated in investment rounds for companies such as Axcient (acquired), Hibernia Networks (acquired), RingCentral (IPO), TraceLink (active), and Kaidee (acquired). Mr. Ahmed holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
CFO and Advisor
Manpreet Singh, CFA, is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Singh Capital Partners (SCP), a multifamily office that directs investments into venture capital, private equity, and real estate. SCP invests capital on behalf of Fortune 500 CXOs, unicorn founders, and operators and has executed investments in North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Singh has made over 50 private investments over the last decade including Baazarvoice, Alibaba, Uber, Spotify, Duo, PayTM, Impossible Foods, Cohesity, DocSend, SoFi, Carta, SpaceX, MindBody, Robinhood, and Postmates. Prior to starting SCP, Mr. Singh was the Co-Founder and President of TalkLocal, a venture backed local services marketplace that serviced customers in 49 states and placed over 2 million calls to contractors. Prior to TalkLocal, Mr. Singh was the longest tenured employee at Profit Investment Management (PIM), a DC-based firm where he helped to grow assets under management from $20 million to over $2 billion through various roles in trading, marketing, research, investing, and operations. He was eventually responsible for managing over $1 billion invested across technology companies globally while at the firm. Mr. Singh serves on the boards of Acquco, US Inspect, Snowball Industries, Embrace Software, Shukr Investments, TalkLocal, the Suburban Hospital Foundation, and the Dingman Center at the Smith School of Business. Mr. Singh received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business in Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Real Estate. He also holds a B.S. in Finance with a citation in Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a CFA charterholder.