|Rachid Sefrioui is the Managing Director of Finaventures, a venture capital firm he founded in 1999. His passion is growing businesses, leading them from budding ideas up to massive successes. Rachid loves the energy of growth businesses & startups. In the last 20 years, he backed over 40 growth companies & startups, among which he was the Founding CEO of the 18-company integration and merger of our Growth Equity portfolio to create Finatech, a Regional Technology leader. He’s had a $700M IPO on Nasdaq, numerous Stars over $20 and $50 million acquired by Global companies, a number of Runners over $5 million, and a few duds.
His ambition and drive have been apparent since childhood – Rachid’s first entrepreneurial venture, at age 14, was a home-delivery video rental service he ran from his bedroom and delivered on his Solex moped to his customers every evening after school. He started his second company with $300 from his college dorm room, which he sold just before graduation for more than a thousand times his investment.
Rachid is multi-cultural, both in the U.S., Europe and MENA, and speaks fluent English, French and Arabic. He comfortably navigates the nuances of these cultures, builds relationships and communications bridges, which helps him close quality partnerships and win-win transactions.
He’s earned his stripes early in his career by working for global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company and for financial houses such as Bowco Investment and Wafatrust Credit Agricole Indosuez. He earned a degree in management & operations research from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he endured endless freezing winters before he moved to sunny California.
Rachid is the charismatic face of Finaventures. He travels the world as a Public Speaker to spread the word about Entrepreneurship, Innovation and “Anchoring” at conferences and motivation seminars. But he’s more than a chief evangelist – Rachid is a sought-after advisor as the “big picture” guy with a detail-oriented mind, turning laser-like focus to solve complex strategic and operational problems. He has the skills, knowledge, and experience to back up the message.
The many experiences he’s lived with startups and growth companies stirred his creativity and led him to write a Venture Thriller, Squaring the Circle, available on Amazon. Watch the book’s video trailer here.