Innovation Catalyst

 

I work with the most courageous entrepreneurs to launch game-changing innovations, build better worlds, and transform the planet.

I run a unique startup studio where I work on startup ideas with engineers, innovators, and investors, while helping them develop a higher level of skills for identifying opportunities for 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. Studied Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at several schools graduating from Minnesota State University. Interned with IBM in Rochester, MN.

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'98. Graduated with CompSci major/Math minor 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 theory and practices 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 think carefully about the high failure rate among startups. 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. Began to study with Dr. Fernando Flores. Completed a 2-year intensive course on Ontological and Existential design, Dwelling with his new institute, Pluralistic Networks. Studied entrepreneurship, innovation, & power; learned to mentor entrepreneurs.

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'15. Started Harvester Academy with Chauncey Bell to help business consultants with 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. Helped entrepreneurs preceive and launch new startups — MamaSola with Rose Reinehr—a network for single mothers — LENCOI with Victoria Ruelas—a sustainable fashion movement.

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‘19. Re-started Conceivian to help entrepreneurs shape breakthrough ideas and develop critical skills for building successful startups. Introducing a first-of-its-kind Startup Design Program with an evolutionary approach based on biology, ontological design, and hermeneutics for building new enterprises. Also, offering 1:1 CEO Support and MVP Development services to the startup founders.

 
 
 
 

My Team

 

As the secret ingredient of my work, my team is primarily responsible for keeping me focused and helping with reading, thinking, writing, coding, networking, and million other things that I do for entrepreneurs.