Usama Arjumand

London, United Kingdom

Usama's Skills
Marketing
Technical
Business Development
Finance
Management
Product Management
Sales
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Usama

About Me

I am an entrepreneur at heart through and through, with a love for building great ideas into successful companies. I have recently exited my startup company Artorca.com, a global online marketplace for art, in December 2014 and am currently looking for a developer and designer to join me as co-founders in a new venture. I am also open to joining technical co-founders with great ideas looking for someone with business skills (business dev/manager/visionary).

The Idea

I currently have two great ideas, both of which are extremely scalable and high potential ($100M+ valuation in 5 years). I would like to explore and discuss the ideas with my potential co-founders to refine, select and build a minimum viable product for one of them. To give you a sense of the ideas, without giving too much away, the first idea is to do with social content discovery and the second idea is to do with management consulting. As a reference, two recognisable products out there that you can relate the ideas to are Pinterest and Quora, although I would like to stress that the ideas are very different from these two products and do not have any direct competition in the market. If this gets you excited and you think you have the technical skills to build or design the next Pinterest or Quora, hit me up!

The Plan

The plan is to build a minimum viable product for one of the ideas and enter a top tier incubator (Techstars, Seedcamp, etc) to raise around $100K of seed investment within the next 6 months.

Location

I am currently based in Nottingham and will continue to be based here till the MVP is built. I will be happy to meet my co-founders anywhere during this time. Once investment is raised, I am flexible to move to any location (preferably London).

My Background

My skills lie in idea generation, business modelling, analysis, decision making, management, online marketing and monetization. I am good at maintaining the company vision, identifying core strengths and focusing on elements that affect growth. Most importantly, I have experience of building a startup company from idea to acquisition.

2005 - 2008 BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Nottingham
2008 - 2010 Mechanical Design Engineer, Kato Precision UK
2010 - 2012 Director, Gallery 6
2012 - 2014 Founder & Director, Artorca.com
2015 - 2015 Founder & Director, SolarLinker.co.uk

Education

University of Nottingham, UK

Mechanical Engineering

2008 - 2008

Certification

Bachelors Degree