Four Pakistanis made the country proud by making it to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for North America for their contributions to education, marketing, advertising, and gaming.
The 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 is the 10th annual issue of Forbes. It features 600 young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists, and entertainers from North Africa. It should be noted that the under 30 North American trailblazers have raised over $1 billion in venture funding.
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Here are the exceptional Pakistani minds that got featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list:
1. Asad Malik
Asad Malik moved to the US in 2016 and launched Jadu AR, a Los Angeles based startup that uses Augmented Reality (AR) for storytelling. He featured young Muslim immigrants in the Terminal 3 of his breakout project. Following this creation, Asad collaborated with Magic Leap to produce ‘A Jester’s Tale’. Currently, the talented man is working with Verizon to build educational AR experiences with 5G.
2. Danish Dhamani
Danish Dhamani always struggled with a fear of public speaking. Even after moving to the US from East Africa, he was always terrified of speaking in classroom presentations and job interviews. However, in 2017, he overcame his fear and founded a speech-coaching startup known as Orai (for oral AI).
Based in Philadelphia, Orai lets users record themselves speaking and receive feedback such as how many times they say “um.” Orai has more than 5,000 active users, and its corporate clients include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Comcast, and IBM. Danish’s startup has raised $2.3 million in seed funding to date.
3. Faizan Bhatti
Faizan Bhatti founded Halo Cars in 2019 while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Halo Cars envisaged creating new ad space on rideshare vehicles and a way for Uber and Lyft drivers to earn more money.
Soon after the launch, the company was able to raise $500,000 from angel investors. Within a year of its inception, Faizan sold Halo Cars to Lyft.
4. Sanaa Khan
Sanaa Khan is a program manager at Google, responsible for the market strategy and hardware planning for Stadia, the tech giant’s cloud gaming service. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Sanaa introduced Stadia’s Free Play Days to help financially constrained gamers. Along with this, she also headed a scholarship program for women developers.
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