Partner, Signia Venture Partners
Menlo Park, CA
@zawthet Zaw Thet is a veteran entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of search, social networking, mobile and advertising since the age of 19.
In 2011, Zaw was selected as one of ten entrepreneurs to serve on the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Currently, Zaw is incubating two stealth projects, as a co-founder and chairman of the board (plyfe.me and haulerdeals.com), that cross between the mobile, social, gamification, loyalty, ecommerce, video and advertising sectors. His success as an entrepreneur and angel investor has enabled him to raise more than $100mm in venture funding for his category-defining companies.
Most recently the Founder and CEO of 4INFO, which he founded 2004, the AdHaven division of 4INFO has become the largest mobile advertising platform in the US under his leadership: working with thousands of top tier publishers, advertisers, online advertising partners and platforms, and reaching hundreds of millions of mobile users every month. Among his many accolades, Zaw was selected as one of Business Week’s “Mobile Barons” and he is quoted in the national press on a regular basis in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
He is also dedicated to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector: Zaw is the Chairman & Founder of Palindrome Advisors, a nonprofit he launched in March 2011 whose mission is to change how leaders give back and over 100 elite business leaders that have taken Palindrome Pledge and are matched with nonprofit boards. He is also is on the national board of After School All Stars, founded by Gov. Schwarzenegger, the largest nonprofit serving underprivileged 6-8th graders across the country. He is also an honorary board member of the San Francisco SPCA. Zaw studied Political and Computer Science at Stanford, where he was a President’s Scholar. He also received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Soros Fellow, and is still the youngest graduate in the school’s history.