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Shamir Allibhai

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Entrepreneurship=Activism. Previously Head of Digital, Doha Film Institute. Harvard grad. BD, marketing, comms, content, product.

Entrepreneurship=Activism. Previously Head of Digital, Doha Film Institute. Harvard grad. BD, marketing, comms, content, product.

9 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing

Involved In


Big Dreams Productions




Content Creator - Launch Pad Program Oculus VR May 2016 - present
Growth and Content Marketing SFOX August 2015 - present
Virtual Reality / Digital Media Consultant Unveiled Labs 2015 - present
Development Exec/Producer BoomGen Studios October 2010 - October 2011
Founder/Producer/Director Big Dreams Productions March 2006 - January 2011
Commercial Director and Founding Team Member Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation November 2004 - February 2006
Associate Producer Linx Productions October 2003 - December 2004
Marketing Exec - Drama, Entertainment, Childrens and Factual & Learning Div. BBC April 2003 - September 2003


Harvard University MidEast politics/religions 2007 - 2009
American University of Beirut Arabic Language 2008 - 2008
Ivey Business School at Western University General Management 2000 - 2002
Western University Business 1999 - 2002

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Photos
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV
  • • Virtual Reality

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Growth • Business Development • Digital Strategy • Marketing Communications • Product Marketing

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I am candid. Some say critical but I say there is too much to do and not enough time to not be direct, probe, push and pull an entrepreneur to be her/his best.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Rahim Fazal
We worked together  •  3x entrepreneur. 2 exits. CEO of Involver (acq by Oracle). Started/sold first company in high-school. Let's make the world a better place.
Shamir has a unique blend of analytical horsepower and emotional intelligence that makes him a born founder and leader.
Rishi Ranjan
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur, GridRaster Inc. Previously Manager Systems Design, Broadcom. Georgia Institute of Technology grad.
Shamir is extremely passionate about solving real world problems. He is also great presenter and he can relate to the audience pain by prese ... nting his idea. He is very tenacious is not worried about taking on great challenges.
Mariah Lichtenstern
We worked together  •  Founder, CINESHARES and Executive Producer, Lightedstar Entertainment, LLC. University of Southern California grad.
Shamir has the passion, drive, and resilience to excel as an entrepreneur and I have no doubt he will do so.
Nora Elsheikh
They're my school  •  Jr. Brand Strategist, Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Previously Senior Learning Coordinator, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.
Shamir is a tenacious, creative thinker who is keen to solve problems with due diligence. His big picture thinking does not impede on his me ... ticulousness. He knows when to push back, when to honor noble ideas, and when to pass the reigns.
Shaherose Charania
They're my friends  •  Founder, Founder Labs and Co-Founder & CEO, Women 2.0.
I've seen Shamir take all his ideas and turn them in to realities - quickly and effectively. All action, no talk.
Shrikant Nasikkar
We worked together  •  Founder, Chaperone - Ride share for kids. Creative Director, OpenEd, SocialTwist, eIndia, Los Angeles Times
Shamir is a passionate entrepreneur with a minimalist approach to solving complex problems. A smart individual who works great with small an ... d large teams with international exposure to leverage his perspectives.
Tabreez Verjee
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder and Partner, Uprising and Seed Funder and Board Director, University of California, Berkeley grad.
Shamir is a great guy with lots of passion and intellectual curiosity
John Westenhaver
They're my friends  •  Senior Salesforce Architect, Infoblox. Previously Salesforce Technical Architect, Symantec.
Passionate, dedicated, analytical, persuasive
Akbar Bhaidani
They're my school  •  Case Team Leader, Bain & Company. Previously Associate, Sterling Venture Partners. Dartmouth College grad.
Shamir is incredibly talented, thoughtful and resourceful. He has a proven ability to get things done.