Michael Dell’s son, Zachary Dell, works at Thrive Capital, which invests in web, software program, and tech firms.
Beforehand, Zach Dell was a private-equity analyst at Blackstone for slightly over a 12 months — he’d labored there as a summer time analyst after graduating from faculty in 2019.
Zach Dell attended the College of Southern California, the place he studied psychology and economics and was within the Sigma Chi fraternity, in response to his LinkedIn. Whereas at USC, he was a summer time intern at MSD Capital, his father’s household workplace.
Whereas he was in highschool, Zach Dell based a relationship app much like Tinder known as Thread. His LinkedIn signifies he was the chairman and founding father of the corporate from July 2013 to January 2016. Thread, which was accessible solely to college students who had a College of Texas e-mail handle, was targeted on discovering relationships as a substitute of hookups and used the tagline “Keep Stylish,” HuffPost reported.
Although Zach Dell stated his father wasn’t an investor in his app, he counted amongst his traders Mark Benioff, the Salesforce CEO and good pal of his father’s, and the Silicon Valley “tremendous angel” investor Ron Conway.
“I heard ‘no’ quite a bit,” Zach Dell instructed Whole Frat Transfer about fundraising. “Early on, it was robust to persuade traders to roll the cube on an 18-year-old child, however after some time, phrase began to unfold that I used to be the actual deal, and a few of the prime traders within the business had been prepared to hop onboard.”
His father was, nonetheless, listed as an organization advisor, as was Whitney Wolfe Herd, the Tinder cofounder who would go on to cofound Bumble and is an in depth pal of his sister’s.
“My dad and I are extraordinarily shut,” Zach Dell instructed Silicon Hills Information in 2014. “After I began asking him about beginning his enterprise and what it meant to be an entrepreneur, he began telling me an increasing number of. He would give me little classes each time we had been within the automobile and use real-world examples, just like the Bernie Madoff scandal, to show me about insider buying and selling.”
Thread didn’t take off, however Zach Dell tried his hand at entrepreneurship once more, founding Sqwatt, a startup that was supposed to construct “low-cost sanitation options for the creating world,” HuffPost reported. (The corporate now seems to be known as SaniSolvr.) His LinkedIn says he was head of operations and development for Sqwatt from September 2016 to January 2020.