Zach Noorani

Zach joined Foundation Capital in May 2014. He comes to Foundation from Sherpa Ventures where his claim to fame was coining the term “On-Demand Economy” and publishing a monstrous report by that same name. In the process he had the pleasure of gaining intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the San Francisco taxi system.

Zach started his career at Capital One Financial where he worked with the company’s senior executives to incubate new businesses, acquire companies, and develop long-term strategy.

While at Capital One, Zach somewhat accidentally discovered the startup world and has been ensconced in it as an investor and operator ever since. At North Hill Ventures, Zach helped execute investments in FSV Payment Systems (acquired by US Bank), Early Warning, Cashstar, and Live Well Financial. Then at Better Finance and InsightSquared, he helped build the companies across a variety of roles including product management, business development, and finance.

Zach also has a deep interest in the industry structure of venture capital itself, and for a time was a regular contributor to Techcrunch on the subject:

Rating the Venture Capitalists

Is Equity Crowdfunding A Threat To Venture Capitalists?

The Crowd’s Money Can Dominate Early-Stage Investing, But Only If…

What he does

Helps build big businesses across the gamut of consumer technology.


MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management; BS in Economics from Stanford University


Zach is a retired horseback rider, swimmer, and tennis player. He enjoys over-analyzing TV shows and is proud to say he’s never seen an episode of Lost. He may or may not have named his first blog after an episode of Mad Men.


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Zach's favorites
Blog / 11.05.15

Rats in a Maze – the magic of real estate rental marketplaces

Rats in a maze –– that’s probably how we would appear to aliens watching from above.

The On-Demand Economy Report

The report examines 4 sectors of ODE: Transportation, Real Estate, Labor, and Products.

The Gig Is Up: The Real Value Of Gig Economy Startups Isn't The Model -- It's The Supply

Recently, the gig economy – aka the “on-demand” or “shared” economy – has drawn as much ire as it has excitement and cash from venture capital invest