Ivan Nikkhoo

Venture Partner

With over 32 years of experience in various senior capacities internationally, Ivan is the Managing Director of N3 Capital, LLC. N3 Capital is a catalyst to help entrepreneurs create and grow disruptive technology platforms by providing seed and early stage investing, raising growth capital, and offering educational seminars and strategic board advisory services.

Ivan has deep domain expertise in software and SaaS, eComemrce, marketplaces, platforms, digital media, and consumer Internet He has an extensive background in venture capital, private equity, operations & management, sales & marketing, and tech M&A. He has a strong global network with long-standing VC, PEG, and CEO level relationships and has the proven ability and expertise in guiding tech companies on their growth strategies, capital needs, strategic direction, and exit strategies.

He is an active seed and early stage investor with a number of portfolio companies and co-invests with leading funds and regularly hosts a series of CEO dinners ina number of cities where he invites the leading tech CEOs, VCs, PEGs, and industry executives to network and dicsuss the latest industry trends and updates.

Ivan is also an Adjunct Professor at USC Marshall School of Business where he teaches classes on growth financing, M&A, and eCommerce. He lectures on the same topic at the London Business School and other universities and professional organizations.

Ivan was most recently a Managing Director at Siemer & Associates, a leading global boutique merchant bank, where he was responsible for all facets of the practice including business development, deal sourcing, leading deal teams, executing client mandates, and negotiations.

Prior to Siemer, Ivan was the Head of the Technology Practice at Barrington Associates, a division of Well Fargo Securities, focusing on advising emerging technology companies on their growth strategies. Prior to WFS/Barrington, he served as the Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for N3 Technology Fund, a long/short technology hedge fund.

Prior to N3, he was the Executive Vice President & General Manager at SOA Software (now Akana), responsible for the professional services division, mergers, acquisitions, investments, strategic alliances and partnerships, and joint ventures. Prior to SOA Software, Ivan was the co-founder & President of Vertex Systems, a leading consulting firm focused on technology strategy, implementation, integration, and monetization with clients around the world. Prior to Vertex, he was the Director of European Operations for TLD Systems in Paris, France, providing software for European space and military projects.
Ivan has been featured in numerous publications including Fortune Magazine, LA Times, and LABJ. He is a CNN guest contributor and is regularly published on a number of tech sites including CNN Business, SoCalTech, and AlwaysOn. He is a frequent speaker at industry events including the INC 500 Conference, OnMedia, AlwaysOn, LAVA and was the finalist, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is an advisor to several incubators, accelerators, and funds, and serves on a number of corporate, business, government, and non-profit boards.

Mr. Nikkhoo received his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business and his Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from McGill University. He has completed executive education programs at HBS and Stanford and is a General Securities Principal licensed with FINRA/SIPC.