Technology

Hootan Rashidifard

Principal / East Coast

Since 2017

Hootan loves investing at the earliest stages of company building; he primarily focuses on product-led, bottom-up SaaS and fintech. He also works closely with Canaan Beta, the firm's consumer seed program. Prior to Canaan, Hootan spent three years on LinkedIn’s business operations team in Silicon Valley, where he worked on the mobile and feed consumer product teams and oversaw mobile growth from 30% to 70% in total site engagement. Prior to LinkedIn, he was a tech investment banker. Hootan graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.

Hootan in 5

Accomplishments: Attempted to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome to conquer my fear of heights

Travel: Drove a 1973 BMW racecar 430 miles non-stop, while inhaling gas fumes

Talent: Was once sponsored for mountain biking

Dream Job: To be a vintage Porsche race car driver

Bucket List: Hit a golf ball straight. One day...

Investments

Latest

Forbes: Tia raised $100M to turbocharge women’s health

TechCrunch: Tropic picks up $25M to streamline software procurement experiences

Bloomberg: 'Tattoo for a year' startup inks a $20M funding round

TechCrunch: Spotify acquires Podz, a podcast discovery platform

Forbes: Ephemeral Tattoo, The first-ever made-to-fade tattoo company, rethinks the traditional tattoo parlor

Fast Company: Would you get a tattoo that fades in a year? Ephemeral is banking on it

Forbes: This fintech startup wants to cover your overdraft fees, and it just announced $35M in Series A funding

The Wall Street Journal: Apartments become Silicon Valley’s hot new thing

Announcing three team promotions

TechCrunch: The Inside adds sofas to its custom furniture lineup

Variety: Superplastic raises $10M to turn Janky and Guggimon into animated Instagram stars

Bloomberg: Ikea startup boot camp tests life beyond flat-pack furniture

Forbes: Is Silicon Valley coming for rosé?

Axios: Drake invests in esports startup Players' Lounge

Vogue: Meet Tia, the new women’s clinic making gynecologist visits less stressful

TechCrunch: Tia launches a clinic that places the menstrual cycle at the center of care

WSJ: The Inside founder's guide to scoring décor deals online

Fast Company: Your Wes Anderson fantasy room is just a few clicks away with The Inside

Entrepreneur: 'Fast' furniture? This founder spent years forming her business idea -- and launched when the timing Was right

Inc: Bumblebee Spaces named a world-changing startup to watch

Forbes: Hootie Rashidifard named to 30 under 30

VentureBeat: Drivetime raises $4M for voice-based trivia game for drivers

CNBC: Bumblebee Spaces is making robotic systems for your home so you can store stuff on the ceiling

VentureBeat: Skale Labs raises $9.65M for better blockchain infrastructure

NYT: Get in bed with Skynet and Bumblebee Spaces

Blockhous Investor Spotlight: Hootan Rashidifard talks crypto & the growth of blockchain tech

Forbes: This VC firm just gave two twenty-something investors $20 million to find the next Snapchat

Fortune: Ticketfly Cofounder and Monero Ringmaster Start New Blockchain Project, Tari

Hootan in 5

Accomplishments: Attempted to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome to conquer my fear of heights

Travel: Drove a 1973 BMW racecar 430 miles non-stop, while inhaling gas fumes

Talent: Was once sponsored for mountain biking

Dream Job: To be a vintage Porsche race car driver

Bucket List: Hit a golf ball straight. One day...