Naeem Zafar has been teaching since 2005. He started at Northeastern San Francisco campus in 2016 and at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He is a Dean’s Teaching Fellow, lecturer, and Industry Fellow at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley. He is also the Professor of the Practice at Brown University and a lecturer at the Santa Clara University. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Innovation and New Venture Finance.

Naeem is also a serial entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, a company creating solution in the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) space. Previously he co-founded and served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile, an enterprise security and mobility company that was acquired by Oracle.

Naeem started his own business at the age of 26 and subsequently went on to start, or work at, six startups. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Twenty years, two kids, one IPO and three CEO stints later, he founded Startup-Advisor, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business ( ).

Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business. Information can be found on His books including “7-Steps to a Successful Startup” are also available on, Kindle and on the iTunes App store.


  • MSEE Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • ScB Electrical Engineering, Brown University

Selected Publications

  • Zafar, Naeem. (2010) Get Funded, A definitive guide to seeking funding at the right time and from the right source. Cupertino, CA: Five Mountain Press
  • Zafar, Naeem. (2009) The Entrepreneur's Legal Guide to Starting Up!, CA: Five Mountain Press
  • Zafar, Naeem. (2010) Market Research on a Shoestring!, Get a reality check on your big idea for under $100. Cupertino, CA: Five Mountain PressZafar, Naeem. (2009) Finance Essentials for Entrepreneurs, A definitive guide to seeking funding at the right time and from the right source. Cupertino, CA: Five Mountain Press
  • Zafar, Naeem. (2009) 7-Steps to a Successful Startup, Simple Lessons Before You Quit Your Day Job. Cupertino, CA: Five Mountain Press

Research & Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Corporate culture

Industry & Academic Experience

Serial Entrepreneur, CEO of five startups,; twelve years of teaching at University of California Berkeley; Professor of the Practice at Brown University; Author of five books

Services to the Profession

Served as the Chairman of OPEN Silicon Valley, Charter member of TIE, Various non-profits and accelerator programs.