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Rahim Fazal, MBA'06

www.illumemagazine.com and ismailimail.wordpress.com | November 18, 2011

rahim faza
Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, Involver.com

The entrepreneurial world is loaded with bright, usually young, people who dream of one day founding the next Google, Facebook, or something uniquely new and revolutionary.

While many are successful in their own right, not many make it to that level. However, one bright young Canadian is nearing that point and along the way is helping other young Canadians.

Rahim Fazal, MBA'06, originally from Burnaby, B.C., co-founded and is chief executive of Involver – one of the hottest and most groundbreaking social media companies in San Francisco.

Fazal and his company Involver.com was recognized at the White House in November 2011 as one of the top companies by revenue that are run by young entrepreneurs.

Launched four years ago, it was the first company to create a way for brands to use Facebook, which at the time was a growing social media network that has now become the world’s biggest with some 700 million users.

Fazal and co-founder Noah Horton, built the company into an advertising powerhouse that is backed by some of the top U.S. venture capital companies. During a recent visit to Involver, I composed a case lesson for other bright young entrepreneurs who might want to follow in his footsteps: It begins with an idea Fazal and Horton recognized the growing importance of Facebook to advertisers while working at a Silicon Valley company.

Rounding up a little seed funding, they took a chance and started developing a service that would help advertisers use the viral nature of social media to reach this new market.

Involver.com made the Empact100, a list of 100 companies helmed by entrepreneurs who are 30 years old or younger. Empact, a New York-based education company that promotes entrepreneurship among college students, put together the list, along with other groups such as the Kauffman Foundation and the Startup America Partnership.

Rahim Fazal is Chief Strategist and Co-Founder at Involver where he focuses on business development, product strategy, recruiting and evangalism.

He is a three-time company co-founder, including a web-hosting company he sold for $1.5 million dollars while taking his senior year final exams during high school. He then started a web services platform business and eventually took it public, becoming one of the youngest directors of a publicly traded company in the United States.

Rahim completed his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business, the top ranked business school in Canada, and was the youngest student in the school’s 80-year history to be accepted without a prerequisite undergraduate degree.

He is a frequent and popular speaker to high school and college students across the U.S. and Canada and also an advisor to the Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Corporation in New York City.

Rahim currently sits on the Direct Marketing Association’s Social Media Council. He has been named one of America’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30″ by Inc. Magazine, and one of the “Top 25 Digital Thought-Leaders” by iMedia.

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