Yusuf, a Senior Partner at Jump Curve, is a technologist, entrepreneur and investor with international experience. At the helm of CresSoft, Inc. in the USA, he led the company to a $286 million valuation and a slew of GLOBAL 2000 and FORTUNE 500 customers. As CEO Ignite, he led the design and execution of an online AI-powered freelance training portal that attained over 1 million enrollments in a little over a year, with a third party estimate of earnings by trainees at over $110 million a year.
The Ignite national network of 5 incubators was operationalized with over 300 incubated startups, that raised almost Rs 7 from the private and development sectors for every rupee invested by the Government into the program. The Ignite Seed Fund invested in startups in agriculture, education, energy, retail, fintech, health and telecom that were powered by Fourth Industrial Revolution tech like AI, IoT, Robotics, and Augmented Reality, with several raising subsequent rounds of funding and multiplying revenue. UNIDO showcased Ignite in its 2020 report entitled “Absorbing Advanced Digital Production Technologies to Foster Industrialization – Evidence from Case Studies in Developing Countries.”
As Managing Director at PSEB and LMKR, and as consultant at the World Bank, NDMA, and GHQ, he oversaw several digital transformation initiatives. During his tenure at PSEB, the IT industry experienced one of its highest-ever annual growth rates, at 55%, partly as a result of several new and innovative initiatives at PSEB. He is a founding director of TiE Islamabad and Founder Institute (FI) Islamabad, and has also served on the Boards of PSEB, Ignite, and WENR, a public NASDAQ company. He has been awarded a National Leadership Award by the Republican National Congressional Committee, membership of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and also been appointed GoodWill Ambassador of the City of Houston. He has a Masters in Computer Engineering with a minor in business from University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Rice University. He writes and speaks frequently on issues related to technology and innovation.
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