Kambiz Aghili

Lecturer
(310) 580-9580
Areas of Expertise:
  • Apparel
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Geospatial Analytics
  • Investments
  • SaaS
  • Satellite Communication
  • Search Funds
  • Small Business
  • Sneaker Industry
  • Space Technology
  • Valuation
  • Venture Capital
 

About

 
 

Biography

Kambiz is an operating executive with over 15 years of value creation experience in building SaaS, geospatial and big data analytics, satellite communication, IoT, asset tracking and industrial telematics systems as well as clothing and streetwear supply chain analytics especially around the Nike ecosystem.

His expertise includes operationalizing channel profitability, growth discipline, hardware to service OpEx pricing/bundling, recurring revenue business model, operational KPIs, product/market fit, M&A in technology and consumer marketing analytics.

Kambiz has been teaching business plan development, entrepreneurship and venture initiation at UCLA Anderson School of Management in various quarters since 2014. He earlier started as a lead fellow for the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) program in 2009 through which he worked with over 100 companies on business improvement plans and strategy formation.

He serves as an advisor to TechStars and Startburst aerospace & defense accelerators and a growing number of startups. Most recently, he architected the SaaS strategy leading to the connectivity as-a-service platform for Kymeta Corporation. He served as the CEO of Blue Sky Network (leader in satellite-based geospatial/GPS and IoT) through 2018, which he acquired through a private equity, search fund along with Applied Satellite Engineering as an add-on acquisition. Prior to that, he co-founded Kerwood Capital Partners where he remains as an investor, served as director of product strategy at Teradata/NCR Corporation as well as operating partner/investor at two key family offices in Los Angeles.

Kambiz earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, Ph.D. and MS degrees in computer science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his B.S. in computer engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey with high honors.

He is a proud husband, a father and enjoys traveling around the world while droning his experiences from a bird’s-eye view.