Steve Nasiri - Founder
Steve Saeed Nasiri comes from modest beginnings and immigrated to the United States from Iran in December of 1972 to seek higher education. Once he landed in San Francisco, he had to learn how to fully support himself taking various jobs in restaurants and working full-time through out his education to finance his university and living expenses. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in December of 1977 with degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started working at National Semiconductor in Silicon Valley immediately after graduation. Later he also completed his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and received his MBA from Santa Clara University.
Very early on in his career, with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Steve showed an interest in innovation and leadership. He accepted his first job in a startup company back in 1982 and since then, he has been an early executive and co-founder in 6 startups. He founded his last startup, InvenSense, from his kitchen table and provided the company's initial seed money in 2003. InvenSense went public in November of 2011 at nearly $800M. Steve served as the company's Founder, CEO and Chairman for ten years until he stepped down in October 2012.
Some of Steve’s key accomplishments: He has nearly 100 patents published and filed, the development of the Nasiri Fabrication process which is the foundation of InvenSense technology, and was the recipient of various accolades and awards, including the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.
Since leaving InvenSense, Steve is an active Angel Investor with Band of Angels and enjoys being a mentor and advisor for start-up companies specializing in semiconductors and MEMS technology.
Shanna Nasiri - Fund Manager
Shanna has been managing the foundation since its inception. She received her B.A. in Business Marketing from the University of San Diego in 2011 and a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, in 2016. Shanna is passionate about opportunities for technology to accelerate social welfare and create sustainable impact. She values bold ideas that disrupt the status quo, collaboration, and risk-taking. Early in her career, Shanna gained experience in market research, corporate communications, and event planning while working at technology companies, Qualcomm and InvenSense. Shanna also serves as a Board Member for Wishbone.org and GreatNonProfits.org.