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Dedicated to building stellar communications companies, Maha Ibrahim brings deep operational experience in the telecom industry to Canaan. Maha Ibrahim joined Canaan’s Menlo Park office in March 2000 and focuses on digital media, networking and wireless investments. Known in the industry for her sharp business acumen and focused approach to investing, Maha has worked with some of the nation’s smartest entrepreneurs to build innovative companies from the ground up. A thought leader with deep insight into which business models will disrupt the status quo and propel companies to market dominance, Maha is a frequent speaker at digital media and venture conferences.
At Canaan, Maha helped to negotiate and manage a partnership between Tacit Networks and Brocade, and established Canaan as the first investor in Mino Wireless, the market leader in enterprise-class, IP-based wireless calling plans that enable companies to cut costs on their mobile phone calls by up to 70%. Maha also led the firm’s investment in PicksPal, an interactive community of sports fans that play both online and via social networking platforms like Facebook.
Prior to joining Canaan, Maha held numerous executive-level roles at Qwest Communications including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of eBusiness and Internet Operations. While at Qwest she was instrumental in forging the company’s relationships with Netscape and Microsoft as well as several other private Internet companies. Earlier in her career, Maha was a management consultant with both the Boston Consulting Group and Price Waterhouse.
Maha holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. She currently sits on the boards of Habeas, Mino Wireless, PicksPal, and SenSage. Previous board seats include Tacit Networks (acquired by Packeteer) and Mobilitec (acquired by Lucent).