Naayl Kazmi

Associate

Based in San Francisco

About Naayl

Naayl is an Associate on the Sapphire Partners team. He joined the firm as a member of the investment team in 2021, and primarily focuses on the firm’s fund investments in the US and internationally, as well as early-stage direct co-investments. Prior to joining Sapphire, Naayl was an investment banking associate with J.P. Morgan, where he focused on Technology executing multi-billion-dollar IPOs, direct listings, carve-outs, and special situation transactions across the software and internet verticals. Naayl has also worked in equity research with BofA Merrill Lynch, and was a one-time startup founder in the crypto space.

Naayl graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a B.S. in Business Administration. In his spare time, Naayl is an avid cyclist, skier, and amateur mechanic. He enjoys reading, crypto, and meeting with other VCs and founders.

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Focus Areas

  • Early-stage venture fund investing