General Partner + COO
"As investors, our role is to provide advice, encouragement and support. You can depend on my partners and me for insight, experience, relationships and enthusiasm to help your company overcome its challenges and accomplish its goals."
Khaled joined InterWest's IT team in 2005 to invest in mobile, cloud and data center infrastructure, including systems, software and semiconductors. In 2016, he became InterWest’s chief operating officer, and is responsible for all of the firm’s financial, fundraising, investor relations and administrative functions. Khaled is also a director of Aryaka, Welltok and Splice Machine. His recent exited investments include Virsto Software (acquired by VMWare), NexPlanar (acquired by Cabot Microelectronics) and DataRPM (acquired by Progress Software).
Prior to joining InterWest, Khaled was a GP at Alta Partners where his investments included Synad (acquired by ST Microelectronics), Netli (acquired by Akamai), Celetronix (acquired by Jabil) and Occam Networks (OCNW; acquired by Calix). Prior to that, he spent 16 years in sales, marketing and general management positions in a succession of successful networking and telecommunications startups. He was president and chief executive officer of FlowWise Networks, and general manager and vice president, International at Ipsilon. Before that, Khaled served as chief operating officer at Advanced Computer Communications (ACC), and as vice president of marketing and services with Premisys Communications. From 1987 to 1992, Khaled served as vice president of network services with Newbridge Networks.
Khaled received his B.A. and M.A. in mathematics and social and political sciences from Cambridge University.
I've spent the past 28 years in the exciting world of technology startups, the first 17 in a variety of senior operating roles, the last 11 as an investor. During that time, I've lived through three boom and bust cycles and experienced many ups and downs. I've learned that, with very few exceptions, the difference between success and failure comes down to the quality, commitment, focus and work ethic of the founders, management team and employees, and, of course, their ability to identify and address a large market with unmet needs. As an investor, my role is to be an accessible sounding board to management and to provide advice, encouragement and support. I'm very glad to be at InterWest, a firm that offers the right combination of intelligence, experience, relationships and enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs maximize their chances of success.