Faculty: Raj Sharma

Raj Sharma

Adjunct Professor
San Francisco, Online

Prof. Sharma is currently Portfolio Manager of Polestar Capital LLC, a value-driven, contrarian investment fund and research boutique, which he founded in May 2005. Prior to Polestar, he was a Managing Director, Equity Research, at Merriman, Curhan, Ford & Co., a boutique investment bank in San Francisco where he covered specialty growth companies and special situations. Prior to Merriman he was a co-founder of Landmark Research Group, active in the last few years in advising U.S. hedge funds, mutual funds and corporate clients in investment strategy. Prior to Landmark, Mr. Sharma was employed as Vice President at Onyx Partners, Inc., an investment banking and buyout boutique analyzing equity and mezzanine debt investments in companies in various industries in the U.S. Mr. Sharma was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis and operational nurturing and turnaround management of portfolio companies.

Prior to Onyx Partners, Inc., he was a senior analyst at Alpha Investment Management, Inc., a $100 million macro hedge fund and at Strome Susskind and Company (“Strome”), a $1 billion macro hedge fund where he was responsible for management of equity investments in the U.S., and in emerging markets around the globe. At Alpha and at Strome, Mr. Sharma was actively involved in investing in “value” U.S. equities in the technology, consumer durables and financial industry. Prof. Sharma is passionate about pursuing leading, successful companies as long-term investments and is particularly interested in those companies that excel in business and in social responsibility. He counts Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch and Joel Greenblatt as his primary influences in the shaping of his investment philosophy. Mr. Sharma has an MBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at New Delhi, India.


FI 312
Capital Budgeting and Long-Term Financing
FI 344
Fundamental Analysis of Securities


  • 2003 - Present: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University