Innovation Catalyst

 
Saqib_Speaking_Cropped.png

My dream is to take 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.  

Vertical Black Line.png

'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.

Vertical Black Line.png

'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.

Vertical Black Line.png

'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.

Vertical Black Line.png

'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.

Vertical Black Line.png

'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.

Vertical Black Line.png

'13. Began more seriously research and design work on “The Operating Systems of the Future.” with a central concern of 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.

Vertical Black Line.png

'14. Completed a 2-year intensive course on Ontological and Existential philosophy, Dwelling, with Dr. Fernando Flores. Studied the phenomenon of entrepreneurship, innovation, power, design, and mentoring. Mentored groups of young entrepreneurs.

Vertical Black Line.png

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

Vertical Black Line.png

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

Vertical Black Line.png

‘18. Built and launched MamaSola with Rose Reinehr—a network for single mothers and LENCOI with Victoria Ruelas—a sustainable fashion magazine and movement.

Vertical Black Line.png

‘19. Re-launching Conceivian to help entrepreneurs build critical skills for successes with their startups. Invented a first-of-its-kind program for mentoring and helping entrepreneurs. Now providing strategic and tactical support and capital to the current and aspiring startup founders. Come work with me.

 
 

Let’s Talk

 
 

If you would like to explore working with me, please schedule a meeting.