Aziz Gilani has spent the past 15 years focused on software and the internet. Prior to joining Mercury Fund, Aziz was a Senior Engagement Leader with Infosys Consulting, an early executive at ABB Performance Services, a Senior Consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and an Analyst at Lotus Development Corp. Aziz received his BBA from the University of Texas where he was a TILF Scholar, and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he was an FC Austin Scholar, Kellogg Board Fellow, and Chairman of the Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference. In addition, Aziz is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program through the Center for Venture Education, where he completed industry-defining field work in Seed Accelerators. Aziz is a recognized expert in Seed Accelerators, and has been quoted in several national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, ReadWriteWeb, TechCocktail, and The Business Journals.
Aziz currently is a board director or observer for Mercury portfolio companies Black Locus, Datical, Epic Playground, GameSalad, Infochimps, Koupon Media, and ShareThis. Outside of Mercury, Aziz serves in advisory roles for Chicago-based Excelerate Labs, the Kellogg School of Management’s Seed Accelerator Rankings, and the Knight Foundation. He has also taught at Innovation Norway’s Grunderskolen Program at Rice University and UKTI’s Digital Mission to SXSW.