Innovation Catalyst

 
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My dream is to support the most courageous entrepreneurs, help them find and fight their battles; build better worlds, and transform the planet, within my lifetime.

To this effect, I run a unique venture studio where I work on hard issues with engineers, innovators, and investors, while helping them develop a higher level of skills for identifying opportunities and building new businesses.

I love innovators—people with the entrepreneurial streak, that envision their problems as opportunities and have a sense of urgency to do something about it. Those are my people.

I love fighting alongside an underdog. 

 
 

Historical Navigation

 

'87. Born to the household of an electrical engineer, I self-taught computer hardware design and participated in robotics competitions starting at the age of 14.  

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'90. Started a tech-enabled Banner Printing service for political parties during Pakistan's first democratic elections, at the age of 18 with my father and his cousins. This venture partially funded my ticket to the US.

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'94. Moved to the US. Learned English. Studied Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at several schools graduating from Minnesota State University. Interned with an IBM project in Rochester, Minnesota for 2 years.

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'98. Graduated with CompSci degree and joined Microsoft. Designed and managed major software products at Microsoft for 7+ years in various engineering and management roles.

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'06. Left Microsoft to build Metafos with Dr. James D. McManis and Nick Brown, as a secure decentralized payment system company. Startup acquired by Series-B investors. Studied with Dr. James McManis his central thesis and applied work on The Emergence of a New Species: Biospheric Humanitarian, from 2006 till his passing in 2016.

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'10. Founded Conceivian Labs, a first of its kind startup engineering lab in Seattle. Built 15 startup products in 3 years. Growing revenues for the Lab but serious concerns over the failure rate of startups. I closed the lab in 2012 for further research and development of a new approach to investing in startups and preparing entrepreneurs. Started collaborations with Chauncey Bell.

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'13. Began R&D on my thesis, “The Operating Systems of the Future.” with a central concern of dealing with failure rates in startups. Early tests at an IT services startup, Beyondsoft showed serious results—built and expanded market on the US West Coast to $10s of millions and growing.

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'14. Completed a 2-year intensive course on Ontological and Existential design, Dwelling, with Dr. Fernando Flores. Studied the phenomenon of entrepreneurship, innovation, and power; and learned to mentor entrepreneurs.

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'15. Started Harvester Academy with Chauncey Bell to help business consultants in building remarkable careers. 

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'17. Launched ZenLedger.io with Pat Larsen, Drew Nordstrom, and Bryan Starbuck, to offer a tax and accounting platform for Cryptocurrency Investors. 

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‘18. Formalized AI-enabled coordination framework— COROS.ai, and began helping entrepreneurs build coordination startups. Built and launched MamaSola with Rose Reinehr—a network for single mothers and LENCOI with Victoria Ruelas—a sustainable fashion movement.

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‘19. Opened Conceivian to help entrepreneurs build critical skills for successes with their startups. Invented a first-of-its-kind program, CONCEIVE for identifying major opportunities for building startups. Also, providing strategic and tactical support to the current and aspiring startup founders.

 
 

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