LA Venture Podcast


Pejman Nozad — Pear VC

October 27, 2021


Pejman Nozad tells us about investing in Dropbox, DoorDash and how he picks winners.

He also talks about Pear's current initiatives: Pear Accelerator, Pear Fellows, Pear competition and Founder Circles.

A lot to learn in this episode!

Full transcript

Pejman Nozad is a founding managing partner at Pear VC. He is often cited as one of the most successful angel investors and now seed investor with over 300 investments, including seed investments in Dropbox, DoorDash, Gusto, Lending Club, and many others.  

After an amazing career in the Bay Area he recently bought a house here in LA. Pejman, so good to have you on the show today.

Minnie, thank you so much for inviting me. I'm so excited to be here. And I really appreciate it.

Great. Well, and I think that, you know, you have a really well-known brand, in the bay area, but you know, we have a mostly LA audience. I don't think everyone really knows your story. So if you could humor me a little bit and start me on sort of how you, moved to the U S and sort of how your journey.

I'm actually venture capitalist by accident. So it wasn't, the usual path to become a venture capitalist, but maybe going back, I grew up in Iran. I was 10 years old when revolution happened and then two years after the war with Iraq, which, went for eight years. So I'm, um, I'm a child of revolution and war and difficult times.