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Salmaun Ahmad

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Working on something new. Previously Founded Black Box and successfully negotiated exit to Menscience. I don't give up.

Working on something new. Previously Founded Black Box and successfully negotiated exit to Menscience. I don't give up.

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Involved In

Founder

Black Box, Inc. (Acquired by Menscience Androceuticals)

Advisor

Startups

Positions

Consultant BackOps 2013 - 2014
Co-Founder, Chief Revenue Officer Black Box, Inc. (Acquired by Menscience Androceuticals) 2010 - 2012
Manager, Business & Corporate Development The Walt Disney Company 2008 - 2011
Investment Banking Merrill Lynch 2005 - 2008

Education

University of California, Berkeley Economics & Business 2004

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Marketplaces
  • • Building a team
  • • User Experience Design
  • • User Interface Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Mobile
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • marketplaces -- consumer and b2b

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

My experience spans from acquiring startups for large companies, sourcing and structuring partnerships, and product. My last startup, Black Box, started out as a evening and weekend project that I hacked together using rails in 2010 and after 9 months we were earning $50K in monthly revenues. We ultimately grew the business to a $1 mil run rate. At Black Box, I led product and focused on growth optimizations as well as partnerships. I spent 6 months earlier this year incubating ideas at a startup incubator, Launchpad LA.

I've been married to a wonderful woman for the past five years that is a practicing Obstetrician. Seeing how many problems exist in our healthcare system has inspired me to explore my current solution. I'm originally from Sacramento (about 90 mins outside of SF), am a die-hard 49ers fan, and freelance fiction writer. I write about an hour on nights and a few hours on the weekend. This year I'm trying my first feature novel.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I believe in complete transparency. I like passionate debates, interrogating reality, and working in the same room (nice to have not have to have). Establishing trust in dividing the workload as building something requires a lot of no look passes! Joking a lot, laughing together. We'll be spending a lot of time together so we might as well be smiling and laughing when we can :)

I have a natural curiousity about engineering (taught myself enough Rails / Django to build prototypes) but am always interested in learning more and can appreciate the nature of software development.

I want to work with teammates who are passionate about the problem we're solving and willing to go all in. Getting to Series A and beyond takes patience and dedication to iterate...but there is light at the end of the tunnel!

As an Advisor

I like to dive in and get my hands dirty. Whether its blocking and tackling (help getting a content marketing campaign going) to mediating a team disagreement. I'm the guy you can call when $hit hits the fan.

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Scott Burns
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Sal's an amazingly sharp guy with determination and scrappiness to match. I've seen him in some really challenging spots and been impressed ... how he's maintained poise throughout - driving to find a workable solution.
Joel Clay
We worked together
I had the opportunity to work at the same accelerator with Salmaun for a few months. Salmaun is fun, charismatic and always a joy to be arou ... nd. Salmaun has been through it all in the world of startups, he led his company "His Black Box" to a successful exit. I have full confidence that Salmaun's next venture will be one worth watching out for.
Jassim Latif
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Salmaun doesn't give up. He is a builder by nature and has very strong product sense. He's always iterating on new ideas but has the know ho ... w to make them a reality.
Deven Soni
They're my friends
Hustler with a strong work ethic and a don't quit attitude.
Saleem
We worked together
Salmaun is incredibly creative. He knows how to get things done and is very good at solving the everyday problems that startups face. I wo ... uld definitely work with Salmaun again!