Advisory Board

Gold Collective’s advisory board grants its collective members exclusive access to esteemed innovators and leaders who represent some of the brightest minds in business today. Our advisors are experts in their respective fields — from digital media to venture capital — who offer invaluable knowledge about the current business landscape, the demands of the modern consumer, and the scalability of small business.

Meet the Board

Gold Collective members gain direct access to these individuals through tailored members-only meetings and events. The Advisory Board also provides direction towards the Collective, assisting in shaping its membership curriculum, philanthropic endeavors, and member base.

Moustafa “Mous” ElBialy

Moustafa “Mous” ElBialy

Mous ElBialy is the Chief Information Officer at Kleiner Perkins, where he leads all technology efforts. Prior, Mous was the Director of Technology at Social Capital and the Technology Services Manager at Sequoia Capital. He is an active board member for VCPEIT, a non-profit community for forward-thinking technology executives, CIOs, CTOs and key decision makers from private equity, venture capital, and leveraged buyout firms.

A great business book that you’ve read recently?
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Your favorite local hidden gem?
The corner of Francisco and Hyde Streets and the San Francisco Art Institute campus.
A Bay Area cultural experience that you find yourself revisiting?
An urban hike around Telegraph Hill. So much history, architecture, and stunning scenery to take in.
Go-to dining destination?
Rich Table or Kokkari
If you had to describe yourself as a Bay Area neighborhood or city, which would it be?
Jackson Square: The mix of heritage San Francisco and modern San Francisco. Between the historic brick buildings and boutiques, it's a piece of SoHo in SF.
Nish Nadaraja

Nish Nadaraja

A branding and marketing consultant, Nish Nadaraja is deeply passionate about community management, brand evangelism, and customer loyalty. Nish is known for being one of Yelp’s first employees, serving as the Brand & Marketing Director and original Community Manager. Today, he’s a restaurant investor (Foreign Cinema; Noosh) and a Commonwealth Club of California board member.

A great business book that you’ve read recently?
A sweeping read of American History is Jill Lepore's These Truths. Really timely in understanding the context of our nation and current quagmire.
Your favorite local hidden gem?
I never leave without buying something from Karl The Store in Sausalito. A favorite recent purchase was an original Walt Disney comic panel.
A Bay Area cultural experience that you find yourself revisiting?
My son Dash and I enjoy meandering through the Exploratorium. Pro tip: it's dog-friendly.
Go-to dining destination?
I'm an investor in Foreign Cinema and Noosh, so I’m biased towards those two. I also love Kokkari and Cotogna as we live in Jackson Square.
If you had to describe yourself as a Bay Area neighborhood or city, which would it be?
The Nission, of course. What other neighborhood can you find a dive bar, trendy boutique, dispensary and fine dining on the same block?
Zahid Sardar

Zahid Sardar

Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco–based editor, writer, educator, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. Currently, he co-produces a webcast series, Spotlight with Zahid Sardar, featuring West Coast design personalities. In addition to serving as an editor at SPACES Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, Zahid  has written several books and taught design history at the California College of the Arts. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Dwell, Elle Decor, and House Beautiful.

A great business book that you’ve read recently?
Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love
Your favorite local hidden gem?
The bar terrace at Epic Steakhouse.
A Bay Area cultural experience that you find yourself revisiting?
Zuni as a gathering place.
Go-to dining destination?
Foreign Cinema
If you had to describe yourself as a Bay Area neighborhood or city, which would it be?
North Beach for its global influences.