Partner Lead - VCs and Startups, Google; Co-Chairman of the Board and Head Mentor, TechWadi.org; Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Sharif is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive, who currently serves as a partner to VCs and startups at Google, In his role, he works with top tier VCs and their most promising startups on a ‘One Google’ approach. During the five years prior, he was the Headof Performance Solutions Activation team where he was responsible for the commercialization of Google’s performance advertising products and solutions which cover Mobile, Search and Display. In this role, he focused on helping the world’s largest advertisers reach their marketing objectives, and worked with Google’s product and engineering teams to provide guidance on the needs of marketers.
Sharif began his time at Google focused exclusively on mobile and helped clients plan and execute best-in-class mobile strategies. He joined Google as part of the company's acquisition of AdMob, the world’s largest mobile ad network, where he was an early member of their performance sales team and pioneered their mobile syndication product. Before AdMob, Sharif founded or co-founded several start-ups in consumer Internet, social, video and mobile.
In addition, Sharif currently serves as the co-Chairman of the Board and Head Mentor of TechWadi.org, a Bay Area non-profit aimed at bridging Middle East entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley. He is also a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, and serves on several advisory boards for startups in the MENA region and Silicon Valley.
Sharif is passionate about helping people and has more than eighteen years of experience in product, marketing, sales and operational functions. He has advised hundreds of companies on their digital go-to-market strategies, and is an active angel investor, advisor andmentor to several start-ups. Sharif currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children. He earned his bachelors degree in Neuroscience from UCLA and an MBA from UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business.