Pankaj Shah from Finches

Pankaj Shah

Founder at Finches

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Last updated February 10, 2021

One Sentence About Me  

Traveler, wanderer, foodie, music junkie

Who I Am  

A Little About Me

Pankaj Shah is the founder and CEO of Finches, a global collective of thought leaders in early stage technology.  Pankaj is also an investor in dozens of companies, an advisor to eight venture capital firms and collaborates regularly with the NBA.  He is an early backer of Wish, Addepar, BuildZoom, OpenGov and many other companies.  His advisory roles include Boom.tv, G.O.A.T. Fuel, Meter Feeder, Pair Eyewear, QuanticMind, Quilt, ONEHOPE and zBiotics.  Pankaj is passionate about incubating ideas, building communities and helping scale consumer brands in the sports, media and entertainment sectors.  He recently founded Sparrows, Pacecar and a soon-to-be announced gin company. His current philanthropic focus is with the Angiogenesis Foundation and Hilaroo.  Pankaj is also an advocate for Every Mother Counts, Virgin Unite and Witness.  Previously, he proudly served on the Board of Directors for BRAC USA and Girls, Inc and supported Music Rising.  Pankaj has been a guest speaker at a number of top schools, including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, Tufts University and the University of California Haas Graduate School of Business.  He received his B.S. in Economics and Finance.

Interesting Factoid

I've been to over 40 countries and allowed back into almost all of them!


Languages

English
Spanish (conversational)
Gujurati (I understand what my mom says when she yells at me)

Countries Visited

Map View

Canada
Mexico
Costa Rica
Jamaica
Puerto Rico
England
Ireland
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Turkey
Iceland
Portugal
Monaco
Israel
Bangladesh
Haiti
Ethiopia
Senegal
South Africa
Belgium
Greece
Sweden
The Netherlands
The Vatican
China
Hong Kong
Japan
Macau
Nepal
Singapore
South Korea
UAE
Australia
Morocco
India

What I Do  


Professional Experience

Sparrows

Founder

Sep 2019 - Present

Pacecar

Founder

Sep 2019 - Present
+1 more experience

Professional Organizations

Founder

Jan 2016 - Present

Professional Expertise

Fundraising
Fund Advisory
Startup Advisory
LP Relationships
Corp Dev
Biz Dev
M&A
Venture Capital
Business Development
Startups

Professional Interests

Venture Capital
Incubating Ideas
Network Effects

Advisor

Pair Eyewear
Meter Feeder
JustWomensSports
Boom.tv
Tuesday Capital
OVO Fund
Streamlined Ventures
iFly.vc
Emergent Ventures
zBiotics
Nectar
Oh My Green
Kiwi Crate
Quilt Data
TeamSnap
Pandia Health
Scatter
Keelo

Investor

Wish
Sparrows
Ripple
Addepar
Third Love
Zanbato
Grandata
RoboSig
BuildZoom
Position2
Cold Dream Colour
Craft Machine
VentureBeat
Cheese
Intudo Ventures

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Pay it Forward
Mental Health
Diversity

Non-Profits

+2 more non-profits

Favorites  

Hobbies

Basketball
Football
Tennis
Math
Foodie
Traveling
Concerts
Sporting Events
Museums
Baking
Statistics

Food & Drinks

Love all cuisines
California Cabs
Rioja
Gin
Impossible Burgers
Beyond Meat
Avocados
Lychees

Games

Madden
Chess
Backgammon
Bridge
Sudoku
Mancala

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Rock
Alternative
Pop
Reggae

U2
Muse
The Killers
Arcade Fire
Snow Patrol
Airborne Toxic Event
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Florence and the Machine
Metric
David Bowie
Queen
Of Monsters and Men
Patti Smith
Arcade Fire
Johnny Cash
The Strokes
Lumineers
The Edge
Bono
Matthew Bellamy
Bob Dylan
Jaded Hearts Club
Bob Marley
ABBA
Janis Joplin

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Basketball
Football
Baseball
Hockey
Tennis

Miami Dolphins
Los Angeles Dodgers
SF 49ers
Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
Edmonton Oilers
Detroit Redwings
Miami Hurricanes Football
UNC Tarheels Basketball
Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson
Dan Marino
Kobe Bryant
Shaq
Clayton Kershaw
Orel Hersheiser
Aaron Rodgers
Roger Federer
Serena Williams
Steffi Graf
Katelyn Ohashi
Coby Fleener

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Up
Wreck It Ralph
Indian Jones (first three)
Zootopia
The Truman Show
Knives Out
Black Panther
Kill Bill
A Beautiful Mind
Silence of the Lambs
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Lost
Breaking Bad
The 100
Black Mirror
The Good Place
Schitt's Creek
Dead to Me
The Boys
Gilligan's Island
Black Mirror
Away

Gary Oldman
Steve Buscemi
William Macy
Eve Hewson
Meryl Streep
Jennifer Lawrence
Lupita Nyong'o
Danai Gurira
Daniel Day-Lewis
Hilary Swank

Brands

Pair Eyewear
zBiotics
Meter Feeder
Just Women's Sports
TeamSnap
Third Love
Wish
Hidden Road Studios
Addepar
OpenGov
Silicon Valley Bank
G.O.A.T. Fuel
Chris Blackwell
Scatter NYC
Dr. William Li
Arcane Collective
Sparrows

Education  

School

B.S., Economics & Finance