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Zain Jaffer

CEOZain Ventures

San Francisco, CA

Member Since December 2022

Skills

Entrepreneurship
Start-Ups
Social Networking

About

Zain Jaffer is a successful entrepreneur and investor with a diverse range of business ventures. He has a passion for using technology to solve problems and create value, and has spent his career finding innovative ways to do so. Jaffer's first major startup was Vungle, a company that provided in-app video ads on mobile phones. Founded in 2011, when the mobile app industry was in its early stages, Vungle was able to scale and reach over 1 billion people per month across 100,000 mobile apps. The company's revenues eventually grew to over $400 million and it became profitable. In 2019, Vungle was acquired by private equity giant Blackstone for $780M, marking a major milestone in Jaffer's career. In addition to his work with Vungle, Jaffer is also a partner at Blue Field Capital, a US real estate investment firm. At Blue Field Capital, he works with other real estate investors and manages the Bluefield Strategic Fund, a venture capital fund that has invested in over 20 companies. Jaffer is also a board member for several of the fund's portfolio companies, including Visual Feeder, Canopy Analytics, and Basking.io. Alongside his work with the Bluefield Strategic Fund, Jaffer is also involved in a range of commercial real estate ventures, including multifamily, hospitality, senior care, and construction. Expanding on his work in the tech and real estate industries, Jaffer also runs a family office called Zain Ventures. This company allows him to invest across a range of different asset classes and has currently appointed over 100 fund managers. Through Zain Ventures, Jaffer is able to support and encourage visionary entrepreneurs who are looking to shake up industries and create new ones. In addition to his business endeavors, Jaffer is also actively involved in philanthropy and giving back to the community. He runs a private foundation that supports causes all over the world, such as climate change documentaries about India, funding clean water infrastructure in Africa, and supporting organizations like Moms Against Poverty. Jaffer believes in using his success and resources to make a positive impact on the world and has supported numerous charitable causes over the years.

Published content

Three tips for managing your remote team

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Taking the time to understand how to make the dynamics of your remote team better can definitely pay off in good business results.

8 factors design teams must consider before beginning a project

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You may have a groundbreaking design 'solution,' but have you thought about the following points? Whether your creative design team has been tapped to incorporate a new outdoor green space in a public setting, or partner to develop a community recreation center where residents can gather to spend quality time with their family and friends, the first step is for business leaders and staff to understand who they serve.  In fact, reaching out to local residents from the broader community, upfront, is a better way to build bridges, gather feedback, and understand the pain points that may (or may not) need to be solved. Doing so will also help cut down on any unnecessary investments that are not a good fit for the intended audience being served. Below, eight members from Fast Company Executive Board share one thing that company leaders need to consider both socially and culturally when integrating a sustainable design solution into the marketplace.

12 certifications that are worth your time and investment

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What's your business specialty? Use this list as a starting point for growth, development, and long-term career success in design. As the current market continues to evolve and grow more complex, it's a benefit to have years of practical, on-the-job training on your resume. It's a bonus if you can also find the time to become certified in a niche industry or specialization in your specific field that will put you in the driver's seat when determining the direction you want to take in your career. Here, 12 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each suggest one certification that every aspiring design leader should consider to enhance their current and future business options in their field of choice.  

10 steps to completing a cost-effective, sustainable design project

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Think outside the box to save your team time and money, so they won't have to reinvent the wheel. It's always an exciting time when upper management green-lights a team to work on a new design project that, once completed, will have a positive impact on the company's staff and clients, and improve the organization's potential for sustainable growth over time.  But when it comes to resources, whether your funds are unlimited or you can't afford to overspend, there are smarter ways to consider how to complete the project without breaking the bank. Here, 10 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each share one tip to help design leaders and their teams repurpose existing structures or materials to reduce waste and promote a circular economy.

Thinking about repackaging your brand's product image?

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14 steps to consider before making a marketing design switch that could confuse or alienate loyal customers.  It may be time to update your product in the marketplace; however, it's important to do your research and revisit how and why the brand was successful in the first place. You may not necessarily need a full overhaul to remain competitive and relevant in the current market space. It may just take a tweak here and there to highlight a timeless feature that consumers still care about. Taking this approach and reaching out to collaborate with your PR department is a smart way to put your brand over the top for continued success among competing companies in the industry. Below, 14 Fast Company Executive Board members each offer one idea to keep in mind when preparing for a package redesign of an established product that needs a bit of modernization in these current times.

Work-life balance is not just time based: The importance of quality time outside work

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Your career and company may be extremely demanding on your time, but it doesn’t mean you can't have a quality relationship with your loved ones as well.

Company details

Zain Ventures

Company bio

Zain Ventures is a family office founded by entrepreneur and investor Zain Jaffer. With a diverse portfolio of real estate, startups, and other assets, Zain Ventures is committed to supporting and encouraging visionary entrepreneurs who are looking to shake up industries and create new ones. The company's investment approach is simple: place strategic capital with the right fund managers and partner with or invest directly in intra-industry visionaries. To execute this carefully developed investment management strategy, Zain Ventures engages over 100 highly respected and industry-leading fund managers across the fields of public equities, fixed income, and alternatives. These fund managers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, and are carefully selected for their ability to deliver strong returns for the company's portfolio. At Zain Ventures, the team is committed to investing in innovation, industry disruption, and breakthrough thinking. The company holds a diverse portfolio of assets and is able to invest freely across a variety of asset classes, geographies, return profiles, timelines, and strategies. All investments and funds under management belong to the personal estate of Zain Jaffer, affording the Zain Ventures team the unique capacity to make investment decisions without external constraints. As a lifelong entrepreneur and investor, Zain Jaffer has a wealth of experience in the tech and real estate industries. He has dealt with external angel venture capitalists and investors in various capacities, including as a founder, CEO, board member, shareholder, sponsor, co-investor, and a limited partner. This experience has given him a unique perspective on the world of investing and has allowed him to develop a successful and effective investment strategy for Zain Ventures. Overall, Zain Ventures is a company that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the world through its investments and partnerships. Whether it's supporting visionary entrepreneurs or investing in innovative technologies, Zain Ventures is committed to making a difference in the world.

Industry

Technology

Area of focus

Venture Capital
Stock Exchanges
Angel Investment

Company size

2 - 10