Zaid Ashai

"Zaid isn't your typical investor. He takes a real interest in his portfolio companies and rolls up his sleeves to bring access to his Rolodex, experience and domain knowledge. Beyond a deep network, Zaid is nimble and understands that building a company is a long-term play. As an entrepreneur you can't for ask anything better.”

-Ben Bixby, CEO, MyEnergy

Zaid Ashai

General Partner

Zaid focuses on Energy Efficiency investments including the Firm’s investments in NexampPowerhouse Dynamics, Retroficiency and MyEnergy (acquired by Nest). Prior to joining Point Judith, Zaid worked at Good Energies, a global Energy Technology venture capital firm beginning in 2007 and in that role spent the majority of his time focused on investments in next generation technologies in energy efficiency. He led investments in Nexamp (a leading provider of renewable energy solutions in New England, which was co-led by Point Judith Capital), 3Tier (leading provider of renewable energy forecasting and assessment software), Emergence Bioenergy (a developer of alternative energy solutions for low-income and developing countries) Everpower (leading wind power producer) and Kalpan (an independent hydro producer in India). While at Good Energies, Zaid was elected a Kauffman Fellow. Zaid currently serves on the boards of Nexamp, Powerhouse Dynamics, and Retroficiency, and previously served on the boards of 3TIER, Kalpan Hydro, Emergence Bioenergy, and MyEnergy.

Zaid joined Good Energies from HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity firm based in Boston, MA. As an associate at HarbourVest, he completed early stage and growth equity investments in the technology sector. He had board level responsibilities on Intertrade Systems, Trellix Networks, Moai Technologies, and Network Engines. Before joining HarbourVest Partners, he was an investment banking analyst in Credit Suisse’s Technology Group.

Zaid holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPA from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. At Harvard University, Zaid was selected as a Zuckerman Fellow. He has an AB in International Relations and Economics, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University.

Zaid has served as a judge and mentor for the New England Cleantech Open and has served as guest faculty member for the Pennsylvania Power Law Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.