Making A Difference In

MIAMI

Our city has found it's place among the most thriving startup scenes in the country. We are working to cement it.

Investing $250k - $4 million in early stage startups

We've been living and breathing the entrepreneurial life for years and now we want to help others make their dreams come true. Our passion is creating opportunities and developing value. We believe in simple philosophy of recognizing entrepreneurial teams with leading technologies and ideas, investing and partnering with those teams, and making a dent in the universe.

Our active investment philosophy

Active investing is a strategy involving the acquisition of investments and then taking a highly involved role in the management and operation of them. They rely on hundreds of strategic methods – including fundamental analysis, technical analysis and macroeconomic analysis – with the goal of determining profitable future investment trends.

At z9 Capital we believe that Venture Capital can, and should, have a positive impact on the way we live and connect with each other every day – we call this Passionate Venture Capital. It’s a simple philosophy but it’s one that inspires each and every investment decision we make. We choose to invest in and partner with entrepreneurial teams with “first generation” technologies or business ideas that we believe have the potential to contribute to a sustainable future.

Our passion is creating opportunities and developing value.

We’ve been living and breathing the entrepreneurial life for years and now we want to help others make their dreams come true. Our passion is for creating opportunities and developing value. We believe in a simple philosophy of recognizing entrepreneurial teams with leading technologies and ideas, investing and partnering with those teams, and making a dent in the universe.

Investment parameters

  • Expansion capital versus large investments in technology or intellectual property development
  • Relatively modest capital requirements over life of investment
  • Uncomplicated capital structure
  • Attractive pre-money valuations
  • Ability to achieve target IRR with exit value below $75 million
  • 3-5 year exit horizon

Recognizing boundless opportunities

z9 identifies companies and ideas with the potential to disrupt and serve undeveloped, inefficient markets or under-served areas of markets. We will recognize these companies and focus our strategy of investment and expertise where substantial returns are achieved by modest risk.With the advances of and access to technology, our value lies in focusing our efforts on companies with the following criteria:
  • Retail
  • E-Commerce B2B and B2C
  • Information Technology
  • Proven Business Model
  • Bootstrap Mentality
  • Technology-Enabled Operating Companies

“First, put your best people at the helm and give them plenty of resources to make it happen. Second, encourage it with much fanfare from the top. Third, get off their backs and give them the freedom to make their own decisions.”

JACK WELCH WINNING

Meet the founder & managing partner

Benzion Aboud was born to build things…

Successful businesses, profitable partnerships, game-changing technology. Aboud’s latest endeavor is z9 Capital, which will ultimately enable Benzion to leverage his 20 years of experience and do what he does best: grow businesses.

A life-long entrepreneur, his businesses have evolved over the years. Benzion opened his first business – a wireless phone store – while still in college in New Jersey. He grew this one store to over 120 stores and in 2002, sold them to AT&T Wireless. In 2004, Benny created Elephant Group, Inc. which grew to become DISH Network’s largest seller of satellite television. The company topped sales of over 300,000 new customers by 2006 before diversifying beyond satellite TV and into cable, telephone companies and home security businesses. QologyDirect is a direct-to-consumer marketing company which generates 10 million calls per year. This company owns over 20 websites that serve as marketing arms for many large Fortune 100 companies, including www.buyatt.com and www.buyverizon.com, among others.

A team defined by excellence

A powerful team of leadership & experience

Ivan Rodriguez

Partner, VP Business Development

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is a Partner, Vice President, Business Development of z9 Capital. Mr. Rodriguez is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played at the competitive professional level for more than 24 years and who statistically is considered the greatest defensive catcher in MLB history. On the field …

Ivan Rodriguez

Partner, VP Business Development

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is a Partner, Vice President, Business Development of z9 Capital. Mr. Rodriguez is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played at the competitive professional level for more than 24 years and who statistically is considered the greatest defensive catcher in MLB history. On the field, Mr. Rodriguez was the recipient of numerous achievements and awards, including, MLB’s all-time games leader as catcher, 7 time silver slugger winner, 2003 World Series champion (Florida Marlins), 2003 NLCS MVP, 1999 AL MVP, 14 time All-Star, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Latino Hall of Fame. After Mr. Rodriguez’s retirement from baseball, his love for the game endured and to this day he continues to be involved in the sport through his involvement as the Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Texas Rangers, coaching of various major and minor league ballplayers as well as his work as a sports analyst for Fox Sports South West. Off the field, Mr. Rodriguez has and continues to be a well-versed businessman taking on a wide range of investments both domestically and abroad. Pudge also enjoys donating and giving his time to many different communities and non-profit organizations because giving back is a virtue he holds close.

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Nandy Serrano

Partner, Business Development Officer

Nandy Serrano has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining z9 Capital, Mr. Serrano was a representative for a large insurance company, a financial advisor affiliated with a wealth management company, and an independent advisor…

Nandy Serrano

Leadership & Experience

Nandy Serrano has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining z9 Capital, Mr. Serrano was a representative for a large insurance company, a financial advisor affiliated with a wealth management company, and an independent advisor with a well-known broker-dealer. Mr. Serrano is registered to offer investment products and appointed to offer Life Insurance and Annuities in Florida. Nandy currently holds his Series 6, 7, 24, 63 & 65 securities registration, and has earned the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS), Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations.In addition to the passion Mr. Serrano exhibits daily in his professional life, he also firmly believes in giving back to the community. Since 2000, Nandy has been involved with the Seminole Boosters, helping his Alma Mater provide assistance to student athletes. Additionally, Nandy is currently supporting the South Florida community through his active involvement with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Davie Ranch Foundation and the American Cancer Society – all causes near and dear to his heart.Always having a love for sports, Mr. Serrano played collegiate baseball at his alma mater, Florida State University, and thereafter continued in professional sports as a member of the Anaheim Angels organization. Mr. Serrano also participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain as a part of the Puerto Rican Olympic baseball team. As a member of the same team, he won a Silver Medal in the 1991 Pan American games in Cuba.Fluent in both English and Spanish, Mr. Serrano passionately serves both the American and Hispanic communities with ease. He has enjoyed the South Florida lifestyle since 1993 and his greatest achievements to date are his two girls, Sydney and Savannah.

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