Maxim Sapozhnikov

Stanford MBA/MS Graduate, Venture Investor, Googler, Rapper, Father

 Santa Clara

Max was born and raised in Siberia, Russia, and completed his undergrad at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) in 2011. He worked at VTB Capital, a leading Russian investment bank, and Sistema, the largest Russian publicly-listed PE firm, where he was responsible for Sistema's Consumer&Retail investments (including Detsky Mir that went public in 2017).

In August 2020 Max completed his dual degree at Stanford - an MBA and a Master of Science with a focus on CleanTech and Sustainability. While studying at Stanford, Max had MBA internships with Google and ENGIE Impact, a sustainability-focused think-tank delivering green solutions and services to corporations, cities, and governments around the globe.

Currently, Max is working as a Vice President at a VC firm called Pomegranate Ventures, which invests in late-stage startups. Max is leading a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) project that will be going public on NASDAQ and will be targeting tech-enabled businesses with a double bottom line angle.

Later this year Max is joining Google's TI Finance team, and will be responsible for Google's investments in AI/ML hardware and other Technical Infrastructure.

In the long-run, Max envisions himself as an impact-oriented business leader focused on creating value in multiple geographies and driving positive change.

Max is a CFA Charterholder, a father of a 6-year old daughter Anastasiia, and an author of more than 20 professional rap songs and two Forbes articles. In his spare time, Max enjoys traveling, spending quality time with his fam and his friends, as well as playing and watching sports (especially ice hockey, basketball and tennis).

Max plans to donate all proceeds from his HumanIPO to the Belarus Solidarity Fund, an initiative started by Garry Kasparov to provide financial assistance to Belarusians who have been impacted by their support for democracy in Belarus.

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Submitted a rap video instead of a boring MBA essay when applied to Harvard Business School (check 'Max Sapozhnikov - HBS Video Essay' on YouTube)

Started a volunteering project - - a series of online meetings with successful Russian-speaking top managers, entrepreneurs, investors, athletes and other individuals. Previous speakers include Oliver Hughes (CEO of Tinkoff Bank, the most successful digital bank in Europe), Dmitri Grishin (ex CEO of, Founder of Grishin Robotics), Bernard Sucher (ex CEO of Merrill Lynch Russia, CEO at Tikun Olam), Alexander Galitsky (founder of Almaz Capital), Timur Bekmambetov (a world-class film director / producer) and 30+ other top-notch Russian-speaking professionals.

Developed a comprehensive ROI model to analyze Google's multibillion investments in Machine Learning / AI infrastructure and received a spot bonus for outstanding performance from Google TI Finance team

Was born in a small town in Eastern Siberia (Ust-Ilimsk) and made his way to the Silicon Valley without any Computer Science or Engineering background.