Web Entrepreneur, Social Web, Casual Gaming, Education, Mobile, Social Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital
Specialties:Social Web, Online Networks, Gaming, Entrepreneurship, Early Stage Tech Investing
Umair Khan is a serial entrepreneur, who most recently co-founded SecretBuilders, a virtual world for 5 to 14 year olds. As of March 2010, Mr. Khan reports the company has grown from zero to 600,000 users in the first 12 months of operation, was averaging 350,000 unique visitors each month, and is re-directing most of its resources on monetizing its user community.
Prior to founding SecretBuilders, Mr. Khan co-founded Clickmarks Inc., a Silicon Valley-based enterprise software company. As CEO of Clickmarks, Mr. Khan grew the company through $27 million in venture funding from investors such as TEF I and TEF II, Vodafone, DFJ, and Mitsubishi, and successfully took the company to profitability. In July 2005, Clickmarks was acquired by Semotus Inc., a publicly traded U.S. company and a leader in mobile enterprise software. Mr. Khan served as President of Clickmarks, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Semotus, and as Chief Operating Officer of Semotus through April 2005.
Mr. Khan is also founder and chairman of Verisium, a Silicon Valley-based software testing tools company founded in 2004. Mr. Khan is also founder and director of Folio3, a Pakistan-based services company that focuses on providing offshore operations incubation to venture-backed startups. Prior to this, Mr. Khan was founder and chairman of Wordwalla Inc., a venture-backed company providing multilingual software solutions. Wordwalla was acquired in 2001 by Morisawa Corporation, a public company in Japan. Mr. Khan is also co-founder of Chowk, a niche portal focusing on South Asia. Mr. Khan started his career as part of the Itanium microprocessor group at Intel Corporation.
Mr. Khan has over 20 industry patents applied for or pending in computer design and architecture, including four from his work at Intel and one from his graduate research at MIT. As a widely renowned leader in advanced Internet technology and a successful entrepreneur, he has lectured at the country's top business schools, including MIT and Harvard, and has been profiled in publications such as USA Today, New York Times, and The Entrepreneur. Mr. Webber has been a seed investor and board member in all of Mr. Khan's companies.
Mr. Khan received a BS in Mathematics (1992) and an MS in Computer Engineering (1995) from MIT, where, in 1991, he was elected Institutional Nominee by the Department of Mathematics, as one of six distinguished scholars in Mathematics.
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