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Career

I started my career as a management consultant at First Manhattan Consulting Group (link).

I then worked as an advisor to US Senator Al Franken. I wrote speeches, crafted legislation, and organized hearings focused on technology policy. I also worked at Jones Day (link) on litigation.

Next, I worked as a human rights activist in Pakistan. I led a team of Yale Law students and partnered with Justice Project Pakistan (link) to document human rights violations in Pakistani prisons. We convinced future Prime Minister Imran Khan to speak about our findings in front of thousands of people.

 

During the human rights work, I hacked together a website to share information on government spending in the Punjab Province. I modeled this on a website that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's team developed in Brazil (link).

This evolved into a startup. I created a company to send remittances from the United States to Pakistan using Bitcoin. I started this company in 2014 when Bitcoin was new. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to get the company off the ground.

I noticed an adjacent startup called Plaid (link). I connected with Cofounder / CEO Zach Perret, joined as the 12th employee, and reported to Zach. I worked in many areas including Product, Business Development, Finance, Sales, and Marketing to find product-market fit and invent a business model. Plaid is now valued at $13 billion (link).

 

I left Plaid to co-found a healthcare payments company called Mend with another early Plaid employee. We created a two-sided company to collect medical bills via smartphone. One side, we built a customer-facing payments products. On the other side, we built parrtnerships with top tier hospitals. The company did not work, but I learned a lot. I learned more from this experience than any other job in Silicon Valley.

 

I then joined an email security startup named Area 1 (link). I worked directly with the Cofounder / CEO Oren Falkowitz. I managed teams of engineers and go-to-market employees. I closed deals with multiple Fortune 500 clients. We grew the company to get acquired by Cloudflare for $162 million (link).

At Cloudflare, I worked a Product Manager to integrate the Area 1 product into Cloudflare's technical strategy. I made key contributions to invent Cloudflare's Zero Trust product line, which delivers an email security service. Zero Trust is now a mainstream product at Cloudflare and serves millions of users. After completing work to make the M&A successful, I left Cloudflare.

See more on LinkedIn (link).

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