FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF PELTA INC.
PROGRAM ADVISOR, PITCH JUDGE
Decades in Silicon Valley
Hoofar is an entrepreneur, investor and operator with more than twenty years of experience in Silicon Valley. He has been active in technology companies in both consumer as well as enterprise segments and has focused on category defining products and opportunities. He is currently serving as the founder and president of Pelta Inc., a new venture focusing on user data privacy and management on the internet. Prior to Pelta, Hoofar was at Foundation Capital, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital fund with more than $3 billion invested to date where he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
On the enterprise side, Hoofar has had leadership roles at companies such as VMware, Network Appliance and FastForward Networks (acquired by Yahoo) where he focused on the beginnings of now mature categories such as enterprise mobility, storage virtualization and content delivery networks. Hoofar also helped found a mobile music company (mSpot, acquired by Samsung) with category defining new services such as online music lockers, streaming radio services and personalized music channels.
Hoofar started out his career at Silicon Graphics and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he finished his degree in two years with Dean’s honors, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University where he was part of the FLASH multiprocessor research group.