Fadi Bishara

Fadi’s vision is to accelerate the conditions for world peace through entrepreneurship. His in-depth knowledge and experience building successful startups in Silicon Valley and around the world have earned him the respect of founders, investors, and policymakers alike. Fadi founded Blackbox in 2010 with a commitment to serving entrepreneurs and expanding entrepreneurial opportunity in every corner of the globe.

Prior to founding Blackbox, he was the Founder & CEO of techVenture, Inc., a talent search and recruitment firm building core teams for venture-backed high growth startups in Silicon Valley. During his last five years in this role, techVenture was retained by 41 startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. 33 of these startups -- such as Splunk, Bebo, Zynga, LalaMedia, and Tapulous -- have successfully exited, while the majority of the remaining companies are profitable and continue to grow.

Fadi is originally from Hama, Syria, and immigrated to the United States in 1986.

Chad Kaul

Chad is a startup strategist with over a decade of experience in early stage venture. Since leaving private equity, he’s been an entrepreneur as a founder, co-founder, and founding team member. He has advised, consulted, and mentored over 60 startups backed by leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms like Sequoia, Founders Fund, Google Ventures, and other notable investors. His work has generated over $100M in funding and exits.

Prior to Blackbox, Chad led Startup Design Strategy, an advisory service working with entrepreneurs to build enterprises the world needs. Over the years, he has developed tools, frameworks, and techniques to help entrepreneurs minimize time spent starting up. At Blackbox, he leads program, business, and strategic development.

Chad is a passionate innovator. He has developed 120+ patents with entrepreneurs and inventors across the globe, from London to Chengdu to San Francisco. He grew up internationally in Taipei, Athens, and Jakarta and loves working with born global entrepreneurs.

Marie Paoli

Marie is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurs to transform their communities— and the world—for the better. Committed to creating opportunities for the exchange of people and ideas, she brings moxie and creativity to the Blackbox team.

Before heading west to Silicon Valley, Marie served under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State. She focused on supporting youth and women entrepreneurs as a member of the planning team for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, designing digital engagement strategies that resulted in the largest online reach of any U.S. government-sponsored event in history. Marie has worked with young people from more than 120 countries, empowering them to lead the way in developing solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Today, Marie helps entrepreneurs connect to their own greatness through Blackbox. She leads program development and works to cultivate, engage, and maintain a top-notch global community of Blackbox alumni, advisors, speakers, and mentors.

Marie graduated cum laude from George Washington University. She lives in San Francisco.

Armaan Sheriff

Armaan enjoys finding creative solutions to hard problems. Since joining Blackbox in 2016, he has focused on developing new opportunities that deliver value to Blackboxers around the world. From coordinating follow-on services and measuring impact, to supporting communications strategy and implementation across the board, Armaan is committed to sharing the Blackbox story and unleashing the full potential of our global alumni network.

Armaan graduated with honors from Fairfield University, where he earned a degree in marketing. His experience coming to the United States to further his education, combined with his upbringing in India, sparked his interest in working globally and empowering entrepreneurs to expand their impact across borders.

Before joining the Blackbox team, Armaan put his talents to work for a range of clients — from Indian retail stores to Nike — focusing on social media marketing, content creation, and even illustration. An unintended consequence of his analytical approach to personal improvement has rendered him addicted to golf — or more specifically, to getting better at it. His past obsessions include cricket, which he played competitively in India, mixed martial arts, and rock-climbing.