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Founder & Managing Partner
David Li is the founder and Managing Partner of Arenova Capital. He is a seasoned investor with over a decade of private equity experience. Prior to founding Arenova, he was an investment professional with Trive Capital, Twin Point Capital and Oak Hill Capital. Prior to his investment career, he was in the mergers & acquisitions group at Lazard Frères in New York.
Throughout his career, David has specialized in investing across the media, communications and technology-enabled services industries. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mavericks VFX and Zero VFX, and has previously served on the boards of Wilson Electronics, Streamland Media, Terraboost Media, Cadient Talent, Flix Brewhouse and Blue Stream Fiber.
David received a B.S. from New York University's Stern School of Business, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected into Beta Gamma Sigma.
David lives in Dallas, which is also where he grew up, and enjoys watching film and TV, playing golf, and finding great restaurants off the beaten path. He is an avid sports fan and roots for all the Dallas sports teams.
Aziz Ali is a Principal at Arenova Capital. He is focused on sourcing, execution and supporting investments across the firm.
Prior to joining Arenova, Aziz was an investment professional at Percheron Capital, the CapStreet Group and Trive Capital, where he evaluated investment opportunities and monitored portfolio companies. Aziz began his career as an investment banking analyst with Mooreland Partners and Citigroup. Aziz received a BA in economics from New York University.
Aziz grew up in the Houston area, and currently lives in Dallas. In his free time, he enjoys drumming, cycling and cooking.
Ryan Bird is an Analyst at Arenova Capital. He is focused on sourcing, execution, and supporting investments across the firm, leveraging data science in the investment evaluation process.
Prior to joining Arenova, Ryan was a quantitative strategist at Goldman Sachs in the Asset Management Division. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science and Art in physics from the University of Texas at Austin, with a minor in philosophy.
Ryan grew up in the Houston area, and currently lives in Dallas. He is an avid runner and enjoys traveling in his free time.
John Perez is an Analyst at Arenova Capital. Prior to joining Arenova, John was a software engineer at Lockheed Martin and has a bachelors degree in computer science from Clemson University.
He is focused on software-oriented projects and data visualization to assist the firm in identifying opportunities for operational improvements and technological advancements within its portfolio companies.