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Nafis Zebarjadi

San Francisco Bay Area

Entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in product development, software engineering, and technical management. Big believer in companies that apply simple but profound solutions to bring people closer together through technology. Experience with startups, tech companies (Google, Nokia), and public health (National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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Areas of Expertise

  • Future of Care Delivery

    Happy to discuss our models of healthcare delivery that include two horizons (short-term and long-term). Our thesis outlines the relative contribution of facilities, primary care, telemedicine, home care, retail clinics, remote monitoring and self-diagnosis/quantified self.

    • Healthcare Delivery
    • Other
    • telemedicine
    • Telehealth
    • Home Care
    • Big Data
    • Quantified Self


  • GC
    Nafis is a detailed oriented, knowledgeable and reliable SME/Analyst. He is the kind of person you would want on your team.
    Garth Casdorph PMP CSM Six Sigma MPH MBA MM-IT
  • VB
    Nafis was a superb team-member, worked very diligently, was able to handle numerous complicated tasks simultaneously, and was an excellent trainer.
    Vafa Bayat
  • FS
    Time and again what really impressed me with Nafis, was his amazing ability to in a very efficient manner gather & analyze large amounts of data when faced with a problem, be it small or at organizational level and ultimately present very creative and out-of-the-box solutions. He is also very good at viewing things from every angle and keep both details and the overall picture in perspective. I value his opinions and thoughts deeply.
    Farshid Sedghi
  • NK
    Nafis is an experienced, IT professional with deep technical knowledge and experience. He possesses excellent communication skills, strong mentoring abilities and essential qualities of technical leader. His deep technical background combined with his strong interpersonal skills enables him to be effective at all levels. He is able to work effectively at a strategic level to drive business goals and objectives. He is also able to drive team activities, providing technical direction as a leader and contributing as a team member.
    Namrata Kasthuri
  • PA
    I have found Nafis to be an extremely hard working individual. He has demostrated the ability to complete his tasks on-time while using his creativity and technical expertise to deliver well beyond the company's expectations. We are creating new a new technology that requires the ability to think well outside of traditional methods, Nafis continually shows the ability to deliver in a difficult and challenging environment.
    Patrick Agnew
  • DS
    Ask me if there is a smarter, snapPiEr, Zanier, more insightful person than Nafis, and I would greet you with a long pause, because frankly, I cannot think of one. I have known Nafis since 1995 and that's a heck of a long time, if you ask me. I have worked with Nafis scholastically, professionally, as a volunteer and as a general happy-hour-goer. There are few others that I can say make better friends than Nafis. I just might not want him on my basketball team, but other than that, having Nafis on your side is a true asset.
    Dan Soschin
  • DS
    In his role as Architect at Nokia, Nafis demonstrated significant depth and breadth of knowledge about both existing and upcoming technologies. Whenever we needed to solve a new problem or improve an existing solution to be faster, more secure, or more scalable, we could count on Nafis to offer comprehensive, scalable solutions that would meet our needs and those of the company. Nafis was also a tireless advocate for our solutions and our team both inside and outside the company. He was aware of our capability and skill sets and used his connections and influence in the company to help our group, and our office, contribute to company goals and find interesting projects on which to work. I strongly recommend Nafis and would love the opportunity to work with him again in the future.
    David Shaw
  • TR
    It is my pleasure to recommend Nafis Zebarjadi. During our time together, while working at Nokia, Nafis demonstrated a strong aptitude for exploring new software technologies. He was quick to prototype new ideas and new designs, and always stayed on top of emerging technologies from industry as well as academia. In addition Nafis is also an excellent communicator and very easy to work with. He always did a great job with presentations to a diverse set of audiences. Nafis would be a great asset to any technology company and I would recommend him for any position without hesitation.
    Todd Rose

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery
Markets, Health Indications, Health Issues
  • Telehealth
  • Home Care
  • Telemedicine
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Francisco Bay Area


  • Co-Founder, CTO

    Medicast | February 2013 - Current

    Founded health technology company. Joined StartUp Health Academy and Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars.

  • Senior Developer Advocate

    Google | March 2012 - September 2013

  • Co-founder

    Zamp | December 2011 - Current 2012

    Founded travel tech startup.

  • Architect

    Nokia | December 2008 - February 2012

    Oversaw design and delivery of highly available, massively scalable consumer services for mobile device customization, data gathering and analytics used by hundreds of millions of smartphones and mobile devices. Liaised with strategic partners and internal teams to build consensus around roadmap and evangelize future directions. Managed architectural review process and engaged with technical strategy community to ensure alignment. Mentored geographically distributed teams composed of senior developers, designers, product owners and program managers.

  • Senior Architect

    COINData | June 2007 - November 2008

    Provided engineering management at startup developing tablet-based financial services solution. Collaborated with pilot and beta users to encourage wider adoption and elicit feedback on new features. Managed corporate adoption of software engineering standards and best practices such as open source, continuous integration and enterprise content management

  • Developer Evangelist

    SAIC | February 2005 - July 2007

    Evangelized semantic-web-based medical bioinformatics and public health solutions on behalf of government clients. Trained and mentored development team members, other contractors and agency staff and customers. Represented clients at conferences, developer events and client-site meetings. Provided presentations, demonstrations and hands-on assistance to technical and non-technical audiences

  • IT Strategy Committee, Member

    Baha'i World Centre | October 2003 - October 2004

    Advised board-level committee to ensure alignment of IT strategy with business goals. Presented simplified technology summaries to committee on topics such as network security, software development methodologies, object-oriented development and model-driven architecture.

  • Electronic Communications Manager

    Baha'i World Centre | October 2000 - October 2004

    Provided technology management for 100-person department and its work in corresponding with over 180 national branches. Coordinated integration of in-house and customized commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) information management systems. Performed in-depth modeling and analysis as part of Request for Proposal for enterprise-wide knowledge management system. Chaired working groups charged with adoption of organizational standards for electronic document flow and warehousing. Prepared numerous reports, white papers and technical manuals.

  • Server Operations Manager

    Eyecast Corporation | May 1999 - October 2000

    As original member of startup company, played a key role in design and delivery of patented video capture architecture. Managed all aspects of server infrastructure, including team of deployment and maintenance engineers. Analyzed and defined standard operating procedures for all implementation activities. Created and administered training programs to dozens of engineering, support, sales and executive staff. Represented company at trade shows and industry events


  • University of Virginia

    1995 - 1998

  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

    Advanced Studies Diploma | 1992 - 1995