Joining Carrick in 2017, Paul Zolfaghari has used his operating experience in data management, analytics, business intelligence, and enterprise software to assist the firm in finding the next generation of leading technology companies. He also works closely with Carrick portfolio companies after investment, helping them develop scalable business plans, implement key operational processes, and deliver exceptional results. Paul is on the Board of Directors of Carrick companies Saviynt, Mavenlink, Everspring, Exiger, and Seven Lakes Technologies.
From 2012 until 2016, Paul was President of business intelligence/analytics company MicroStrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR) which had over $500 million in revenue, 4,000 customers, and operations in thirty countries. In this role, he developed key components of their corporate strategy while overseeing all elements of its organization. From 2011 to 2012, Paul was Chief Operating Officer of ParAccel, an analytic database platform company. As COO he was responsible for translating the company’s vision into measurable actions that improved revenue, market share, and operating results. ParAccel was acquired by Actian and is best known as the software that forms the foundation for Amazon AWS’ Redshift EDW. From 2007 to 2011, Paul was MicroStrategy’s Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Sales & Operations, where he was responsible for the company’s global software, support, and services revenue. Between 1999 and 2007, he held a series of consistently expanding executive roles at MicroStrategy, including Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales; Vice President, Worldwide Business Affairs, and Vice-President & Chief of Staff. From 1996-1999, Paul served as an attorney in the Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he held a Top-Secret security clearance. From 1991-1996 he was as an attorney with the firm of Howrey & Simon in Washington, DC.
Paul has spoken frequently on technology trends and corporate operations, including interviews with the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, USA Today, CIO Magazine, Information Week, and PC Magazine. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Sisense (analytics software) and Snap & Style (omni-channel customer engagement). He received a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Gettysburg College and graduated with Honors with a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Paul enjoys time with his wife and three daughters, surfing, hunting, and fishing.