As Managing Partner at Modus Capital, Kareem Elsirafy takes a new, integrated, approach to venture capital. The company both invests in and services its portfolio of early to mid-stage companies through strategic, technical, creative, and market execution services.

Kareem began his career as an entrepreneur after graduating from Columbia University. A former Marine, Kareem joined forces with a fellow veteran to create a digital platform designed to help veterans with the transition to civilian life. Kareem was also the founder of M1 Marketing, a firm that offered consulting services regarding creative business marketing strategies.

1.What do you do for work?

I am the Managing Partner at Modus Capital. We help expose investors to great investment opportunities in growing technology companies. We also invest in those technology companies and help them grow with operational support.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I have always been really focused on social impact technology because technology really has the ability to help people on a massive scale, more so that any one person can do on his or her own.  I also really wanted to help people materialize great passions and ideas. At Modus Capital, we help entrepreneurs that can greatly benefit from technology value-added to grow and scale their companies.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Technology really allows you to reach people en masse. It allows you to communicate with people, facilitate and optimize solutions, alleviate pains, and be helpful on a large-scale.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, Australia?

The weather is amazing and the people are great! Nowhere I go do I find someone who is not smiling with a very positive outlook.

5. What do you do for recreation?

In the wintertime, I snowboard. In the spring, summer, and fall, I play lacrosse in a local league. Occasionally, I also do superbike road course racing.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I think I would go to Thailand; it has a lot of history and you get to experience a lot of very different natural ecosystems from the forest to the beach.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Rugby.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

I admire the role that John O’Sullivan and his team at the CSIRO had in creating Wi-Fi. Undeniably, it has had a profound impact across the globe and has made the Internet more accessible to the masses.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

There is so much to do. Ask around and talk to the locals. The local people are always happy to share some ideas on what to do so that you can get the most out of your trip.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Do you keep kangaroos for pets?