Darian Shirazi

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Darian Alexander Shirazi (Persian: داریان شیرازی‎, born December 23, 1986) is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and venture capitalist. He currently serves as General Partner at Gradient Ventures.[1], Google's AI-focused[2] venture fund[3]. Previously, he founded Radius. At age 19, he became the first intern hired by Facebook[4].


Shirazi was born in 1986 in Stanford, California to Iranian-American parents and grew up in Atherton, California. He is the only child of Sharam and Susanne Pari Shirazi. His father is a serial entrepreneur, known for his involvement with the founding of Zilog[5][6] and TIBCO Software in the 1980s. His mother is a published fiction author[7] and recurring op-ed columnist[8]. His grandparents founded the Alborz Investment Company prior to the Iranian Revolution which was later nationalized causing his broader family to relocate to the United States in the late 1970s. He is related to Dara and Hassan Khosrowshahi[9].

At the age of 15, Shirazi interned at eBay as a software test engineer working on various features. In 2005, he joined Facebook as the company's first intern and reported to Mark Zuckerberg. After three years delaying matriculation to the University of California, Berkeley to work at Facebook, Shirazi left Facebook and spent two years studying Philosophy and Computer Science at Berkeley. In 2010 he dropped out of school to pursue a career in startups. He first advised the founding team at Udemy and became one of the first investors in the company. He is also an early investor in a number of significant companies including Palantir, Carbon Health, Lyft, Osaro, DoorDash, and many others[10].

In 2012 he founded Radius which raised $80MM of venture capital and served Fortune 500 customers worldwide[11]. In 2019, Radius was acquired by Kabbage[12] which was subsequently acquired by American Express for $850MM[13].

In 2019 he joined Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused venture fund, as General Partner[14]. He has since led Seed and Series A investments in dozens of startups. In 2013, he was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30[15]


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  8. Pari, Susanne (2004-06-20). "LIVES; Talking Him Out of It (Published 2004)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  9. "Uber's CEO Comes From What May Be the World's Most Techie Family". Fortune. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
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  11. Kim, Eugene. "Facebook's first intern just landed $50 million from Peter Thiel and other investors". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  12. "Kabbage acquires Radius Intelligence, the marketing tech firm with a database of 20M small businesses". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  13. "Amex acquires SoftBank-backed Kabbage after tough 2020 for the SMB lender". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
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