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Raj Sharma – Principal

Raj founded Polestar Capital LLC as a compelling platform to manage portfolios via his insightful contrarian, and value-driven equity research.  Polestar’s investment management services are imbued with his decades of buy-side and sell-side experience, his fundamental equity analysis, and quantitative data-science skills.

Prior to founding Polestar, Raj was a Senior Managing Director of Equity Research at Merriman Curhan Ford & Co., an investment banking firm in San Francisco where he covered specialty growth companies and special situations.  Previously, he was Vice President at Onyx Partners Inc., a merchant banking firm where he was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis, and turnaround management of operating companies. Raj was responsible for the management of value-driven equity investments in the U.S., and in emerging markets around the globe during earlier roles at two macro hedge funds; Alpha Investment Management, and Strome, Susskind and Company.

Raj is passionate about managing risk-averse portfolios for his clients, and pursuing sensible long-term gains for them by conscientiously investing in leading and successful companies.  He is particularly interested in companies which also excel in social responsibility. He counts Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch and Joel Greenblatt as the primary influences in shaping his investment philosophy.

Raj has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelors in Engineering (B.Tech) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at New Delhi, India. He is a Senior Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco where he teaches Fundamental Analysis of Securities – A Practitioners Approach to Investing.  He currently resides with his wife and three children in Palo Alto, California.


Oliver Richner – Advisor   

Oliver Richner’s interest in business started at an early age both from reading his parents subscription to The Economist (it now has been over thirty years he has been reading the periodical) and more importantly, by helping his father run the family business. He solidified his interests in business and finance through studies, eventually earning an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.  His love for investing was ignited by discovering Warren Buffett’s approach to investing and further studying Charlie Munger, Seth Klarman, Phil Fisher and many more. With this foundational knowledge Oliver joined a hedge fund based in San Francisco honing his investment skills.


Arica Reinhardt – Executive Assistant + Office Manager

Arica has over 17 years of office management and executive assistance experience.  She met Polestar Capital LLC’s founder Raj Sharma while working at Merriman Curhan Ford & Co., an investment banking firm in San Francisco when she was supporting the CEO.  Arica’s responsibilities at Polestar range from bookkeeping, through website maintenance, to client assistance (in one case facilitating a client request to set up a non-profit brokerage account and accept donations in stock).  There is not task too small or too large to be done with a keen eye towards detail and quality.  Arica is the proud mother of two outstanding sons.  She resides in Santa Barbara, where any chance she gets you’ll find her outdoors hiking, swimming or kayaking.