In its 30 Under 30 List For 2021, Forbes have included 4 Pakistanis for their contributions in the categories of education, marketing and advertising, and gaming. The shortlisted youth include
Asad launched Jadu AR after arriving in USA in 2016. Its a Los Angeles based startup that uses Augmented Reality (AR) for storytelling. His breakout project include Terminal 3, where he is featured young Muslim immigrants. He has also collaborated with Magic Leap to produce ‘A Jester’s Tale’. Asad is currently working with Verizon to build educational AR experiences with 5G.
After moving to the US in 2017, he founded a speech-coaching startup known as Orai (for oral AI). It has raised $2.3 million in seed funding since. 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.
While still studying at University of Pennsylvania, Faizan founded Halo Cars in 2019. The company had raised $500,000 from multiple investors soon after its launch. Halo Cars planned on creating new ad space on rideshare vehicles and a way for Uber and Lyft drivers to earn more money. Faizan eventually sold Halo Cars to Lyft within a year of its inception.
Sanaa is a program manager at Google where she is responsible for the market strategy and hardware planning for Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming service. During the Coronavirus pandemic, she introduced Stadia’s Free Play Days to help financially constrained gamers. She also heads a scholarship program for women developers.
In totality, Forbes features 600 young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists, and entertainers from North America. The under 30 starrers have raised over $1 billion in cumulative venture funding