Mehdi Maghsoodnia

Executive Chairman ,
Menlo Park, CA, United States

About Mehdi


I was born into a small, kind and loving family in Iran. I grew up from an early age (5) knowing what I cared about the most was learning. The world was an amazing playground and I was fascinated with every aspect of its form. I was drawn to math, science and logic from an early age and found myself always asking why? Why we invented money? Why do we have religion? Why do we have the social structure of the family? I was one of those kids that spent hours in his room experimenting with mechanical systems; computers and I spent time learning how toys worked vs. playing with them. After the Iranaian Revolution of 1979, I ended up San Francisco where I attended UC Berkeley for my undergrad studies. I loved computers and people so I got a degree in computer science along side peace and conflict studies. The study of human social behavior was as fascinating to me as how electrons behave in the circuit; in fact I often found similarities in the rules governing their behavior under stress. I started to think that nature has an amazing simplicity in the way it governs large systems of things. This is where I began to realize that systems that work well have fewer rules and in fact might seem chaotic to the naked eye. I ended up settling in Silicon Valley where I am an active angel investor, startup coach and CEO. I am a industry fellow at UC Berkeley where I teach practical entrepreneurship with partnership with industry.


English, French, Persian

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2014, TED2013, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TEDGlobal 2009

Areas of Expertise

technology, ecommerce, startups, Team Building, entrepreneurship, product development, venture financing, soccer, Innovation

An idea worth spreading

We need to rethink our relationship with Nature and god. We need to realize that our primitive model of religion and god in our image is no longer helping our society think clearly through its challenges and opportunities. We are very special as a unique creation of our natural systems but we are also a part of this natural systems and need to have a lot more harmony with it. We need to create scalable educational systems that allow our future generations to have a more balanced view of themselves and their place in the universe, we need to rethink our old systems of governance and finance that worked well when we were a species of with less than one billion but now we are growing to nine billion and some of the organizational structures and concepts no longer scales. We have amazing opportunities in front of us and I am very excited about the future of mankind but our systems of finance and governance needs to be data driven and transparent.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about learning and building a better world through innovation and technology.

Talk to me about

Does God visit us in Church? Do we loose human creativity in social complexity? Do we know how to educate the plastic brain? Do we evolve as a single species or are we already evolving differentiated.

People don't know I'm good at

Soccer, problem solving, system level thinking, out of box thinking

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Mehdi Maghsoodnia
Posted about 5 years ago
Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction
This was one of my favorite talks. Her talk was one of the few times I felt I was being washed over by music as she spoke. An amazing elegance and delivery on top of a wonderful set of observations and content.