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Meet Ziad Moukheiber of Boston Harbor Angels in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ziad Moukheiber.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After graduating from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, I moved to Boston, where I started my first business, Silversword LLC. Silversword LLC provided IT services to small and medium sized companies in New England. During the eighteen years running Silversword, I learned a tremendous amount about entrepreneurship. Not only from my own business, but also from the hundreds of clients I worked with in many different Industries. In 2015 Silversword was acquired by NSK Inc. During that period, I started getting involved in Angel Investing, and the early stage Boston startup ecosystem. I partnered with Mic Williams to run Boston Harbor Angels. I also launched Beacon Hill Ventures, an early stage investing and consulting company. In addition, I partnered with Jason Kraus and launched EQX Fund, an early stage industry agnostic fund mainly focusing on investing in entrepreneurs.

My new career and my early success led me to participate in very interesting and exciting projects, speaking engagements, mentorship opportunities, and advisory and board participation. Mentoring entrepreneurs is my favorite activity in my new career, and is the most rewarding. I also mentor young students as a participant in the non-profit BUILD and BUILDboston. BUILDboston is using entrepreneurship to change the lives of young students in high schools around Boston.

I learned early on in my career that there is more to learn from failure than from success, and that is why I launched a podcast with my friend David Powsner focusing on all aspects of failure. It is called FAILURE – The Podcast.

Has it been a smooth road?
Entrepreneurship is never an easy road. Running a business requires so many skills. The most important skill for an entrepreneur is persistence in the face of challenges.

The persistence of the entrepreneur is a great predictor of success. With all the challenges of running a business, I face the additional challenge of my disability. I am legally blind, diagnosed with a disease similar to macular degeneration. Fortunately I live at a time with many technological innovations that make my life easier.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Boston Harbor Angels is one of the preeminent angel investing groups in the nation, with successes such as SmartCells, Carbonite, and Corbus Therapeutics. We invest in early stage companies across many industries, which makes it very exciting for our member. We see hundreds of deals per month and winnow it down to four potential investments. Our group is made up of a diverse group of people who have worked in many different industries.

We are different from many angel groups because our members are free to invest or not invest in any company. We provide so much expertise to the companies we invest in, from mentoring to plugging into our vast network of contacts.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Boston is an amazing city for angel investors. The breadth and depth of companies we see speaks to the quality of its universities, its biotech industry, its IT and AI industry. It is also a city on the move, attracting talent and companies from all over the US and the world. We see startups from Canada, Latin America and Europe. It is a very exciting time for Boston and for those of us who live and work here.

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