Zain Jaffer

Member Since 2022

Zain Jaffer

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Zain Ventures

San Francisco Bay Area

Zain Jaffer is an entrepreneur and investor with a diverse portfolio of real estate, startups, crypto, and other assets. He is the founder of Zain Ventures, a family office that is dedicated to supporting and encouraging visionary entrepreneurs who are looking to shake up industries and create new ones. Zain Jaffer founded his first major startup, Vungle, in 2011 when the mobile app industry was in its infancy. Vungle provided in-app video ads on mobile phones and eventually scaled to reach 1B+ people per month across 100,000 mobile apps. The company's revenues eventually grew to in excess of $400M and the company was profitable. In 2019, Vungle was acquired by private equity giant Blackstone for $780M. Since then, Jaffer has turned his attention to the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors, making a number of investments in promising startups through Zain Ventures, Blue Field Capital VC Fund and 44.Capital, a VC fund that he advises. Some of his notable investments in these sectors include Digibuild, Lofty.ai, Akru, QuantmRE, Fabrica, Robinland, and HoneyBricks. Jaffer's background in the tech and real estate industries gives him a unique perspective on the world of investing. 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 wealth of experience has allowed him to develop a successful and effective investment strategy for Zain Ventures.


SKILLS

  • Venture Capital
  • Startup Founder
  • Monetization

RECENT CONTENT

January 24th, 2023

7 ways to address the dev talent shortage in the crypto industry

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January 17th, 2023

10 practices crypto can borrow from TradFi to better protect customers

The crypto industry would be wise to learn from and adopt the proven principles and processes TradFi relies on to protect consumers.

January 12th, 2023

15 ways crypto companies can be more transparent with customers

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December 27th, 2022

Crypto self-custody faces hurdles before widespread adoption

The recent crash of centralized crypto exchange behemoth FTX has again brought the original intent of Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto to the fore.


COMPANY INFO

Zain Ventures

Zain Jaffer, a successful entrepreneur and investor, created Zain Ventures as a family office to support and encourage those seeking to disrupt industries and create new ones. The company has a diverse portfolio that includes real estate, startups, cryptocurrencies, security tokens, and more. Its investment approach is simple: invest directly in or partner with intra-industry innovators and place strategic capital with the best fund managers. To execute this well-thought-out investment management strategy, Zain Ventures works with over 100 highly respected and industry-leading fund managers in the fields of public equities, fixed income, and alternative investments. These fund managers are chosen based on their ability to generate strong returns for the company's portfolio and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Zain Ventures holds a varied portfolio of assets and has the freedom to invest across a range of asset classes, geographies, return profiles, timelines, and strategies. All investments and funds under management belong to the personal estate of Zain Jaffer, which allows the company to make investment decisions independently. With a significant amount of experience in the tech and real estate industries, Jaffer has served in various roles including as a founder, CEO, board member, shareholder, sponsor, co-investor, and limited partner. This has given him a unique perspective on the world of investing and enabled him to develop a successful investment strategy for Zain Ventures. Overall, Zain Ventures is committed to making a positive impact through its investments and partnerships. Whether supporting visionary entrepreneurs or investing in innovative technologies, the company aims to make a difference in the world.


AREA OF FOCUS

  • Angel Investment
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Commercial Real Estate

INDUSTRY

Investment Management