Here's how it all started
Our mission is to look after financial best interests of the up-and-coming, beginning with the empowering step of micro-investing
Meet our team of experts.
Farooq Tirmizi | CEO
Farooq has worked for the past 12 years in financial services and financial journalism, both in Pakistan and the United States. He has worked in asset management in Pakistan, learning the ropes of the mutual fund industry, including its failure to market itself and provide adequate services to its prospective clientele. He then became the youngest chief financial correspondent of any major Pakistani publication when, aged 24, he led and shaped the team at The Express Tribune, the Pakistani affiliate of The New York Times global edition, building a reputation for credibility and becoming an essential voice trusted to analyse and comment on Pakistani capital markets for the last decade.
In the United States, he worked at a large alternative asset manager ($35B in total AUM, $5B in emerging and frontier markets), serving as their analyst on Pakistan and Bangladesh equities. He moved to a consulting firm, advising private equity clients such as TPG, Carlyle, Welsh Carson, and KKR on over 80 transactions valued at over $35 billion. In the
process, he helped triple the size of the PE advisory business over three years, demonstrating intracompany entrepreneurial ability. Farooq holds a BSFS degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame
Hadi Tabani | Chief Technology
Hadi has eight years of experience as a technology leader in both Pakistan and the United States. He currently serves as the Chief Technology Architect of Liquid Technologies, a leading software house
that he co-founded. In that capacity, he has gained extensive experience in leading cross-functional technology teams working on complex solutions across a variety of platforms. In particular, he has experience working with large Pakistani financial institutions on complex projects that gives him unparalleled insights into the challenges of working with legacy technology systems in the Pakistani financial services industry. In his spare time, Hadi has emerged as a leader in technology education, serving as an instructor on data science to aspiring young tech talent in Karachi. He has led technology architecture and integration teams with leading technology consulting firm Accenture in the United States, working on behalf of large clients. He holds a bachelors degree in computer science and mathematical economic analysis from Rice University.
Mirco Haag | CFO and General Counsel
Mirco Haag is a corporate lawyer with experience in banking and finance, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property. In his practice he has represented a variety of financial institutions and large companies, and has acted as general outside counsel. He is also familiar with Delaware law having passed the bar in both Delaware and California. Prior to being a lawyer, Mirco worked for wealth management private banks in the United States and Switzerland. Mirco graduated from Georgetown University, where he first worked with Farooq. He has a JD (cum laude) and an MBA (highest honors) from Boston University.
Meiryum Ali | Business Development Manager
Meiryum has worked at the intersection of finance and journalism in both Pakistan and the United States. In Pakistan, she was a national columnist at the Express Tribune, the Pakistani affiliate of The New York Times global edition. She then created and led the economic section for Soch Videos, a journalism video startup, for which she received the Thomson Foundation 2019 Young Journalist Award for journalists under the age of 30 from developing countries. She has also worked as a financial and business correspondent for Profit, the Pakistani affiliate of The Wall Street Journal.
In the United States, she worked for The Wall Street Journal in New York, and for Brightwire, a boutique financial news startup for Wall Street investors on financial and business information coming from East and South-East Asia. In her capacity of working for niche startups, Meiryum has experience in effectively helping small companies build a team.