Naeem Zafar: Bio

  • Naeem advises start-up companies and executives in all aspects of starting or running their companies.  He is currently running his seventh startup, TeleSense, an industrial IoT (Internet of Things) company.
  • Until November 2013, Naeem was the president and CEO of Bitzer Mobile, a company in enterprise mobile security space.    The company was purchased by Oracle in 2013.
  • A member of the faculty of the School of Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, Naeem teaches multiple courses in entrepreneurship and innovation to undergraduates and graduate students.  He is also the faculty director and adjunct professor for the Northeastern University’s Semester in Silicon Valley program.
  • In the past, Naeem has been the president and CEO of Pyxis Technology Inc., a company specializing in advanced chip design software for nanometer technology. He was the president and CEO of two other high-tech startups (Silicon Design Systems and Veridicom, a Bell Labs spin-off that invented the silicon fingerprint sensors today found on most laptops and on iPhone). Naeem was the vice president of marketing and engineering at several companies prior to becoming the CEO of Veridicom.
  • Quickturn Design Systems, where Naeem served as the VP of Marketing,  had an IPO in 1993 and grew to $125M in revenues. Naeem joined the company as one of the very early employees and designed the world’s first ASIC emulation system.
  • Naeem holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Brown University (magna cum laude), Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.
  • Naeem is a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs ) where he chairs the TiE Institute.
  • He is also a charter member of OPEN (  ) where he served as the Board Chair (2011 -2016) and the president (2009-2011).

Pictures & Travels:

  • Antarctica (2004)
  • Asia
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Africa (1996 & 2003)


Samburu, Kenya

Rakaposhi Mountain, Northern Pakistan

Queens Town, New Zealand

Masai Mara, Kenya

Machu Pichhu, Peru

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Kauai, Hawaii

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

Bodrum, Turkey