We build, operate, and invest in awesome companies.

We are a family office backed investment firm and a venture builder. Our team consists of entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds in blockchain, data, enterprise technology, and consumer goods. We have launched, scaled, and sold businesses across the Middle East, Europe, and the US.

Portfolio

Our Model

Build

We believe that good companies start by building businesses that demonstrate three core characteristics: desirability, feasibility, and viability. We help entrepreneurs plan their business at very early stages.

Operate

Getting to product-market-fit is one thing; executing an effective go-to-market strategy and generating positive cash-flow are arguably more important. We help entrepreneurs with financial and operational sustainability.

Invest

Our deep sector experience reflects in the opportunities we look for. We primarily target big data, blockchain, fin-tech and consumer businesses although we have invested in other areas as well.

Our Team

Saad Umerani

Founding Partner

Saad has previously worked in investment banking, management consulting & technology sectors. He has co-founded two Enabling Future companies, Protein Bakeshop, where he now serves as CEO, and Mélange. Saad previously worked with ValuStart Group, where he built two fintech softwares, for credit ratings and valuations. The softwares are now used by major banks in the UAE.

Focus: Consumer Goods Consumer Technology

Hubertus Thonhauser

Founding Partner

Hubertus has 20 years of experience in starting up and growing companies in various C-level and board functions and as an angel investor active in Europe, the US, and the GCC. He was the co-founder of Babil Games, a leading mobile-games company in MENA, which lead to a successful exit in 2016. He was an early backer of Tezos, a leading blockchain-tech project, and is Chairman of the Tezos Foundation Board.

Focus: Blockchain Gaming

Yusuf Bashir

Managing Partner

Yusuf spent 20 years building and launching enterprise and big data technologies spanning business intelligence and data integration. Most recently, as VP New Products at SAP, he was part of the core team that launched the HANA database. Yusuf was the Managing Director of the $500M Infosys Innovation Fund. Yusuf is a graduate of the Sloan Fellows program at MIT and is based in San Francisco.

Focus: Big Data AI Enterprise Software

Gaurav Dhar

Advisor

Gaurav is the CEO of the oldest Payments Solution Provider in the UAE, Marshal Equipment, and is a board member of the MENA Fintech Association. He is an active angel investor and holds an LP in 5 international venture funds.

Focus: Fintech

Contact

Dubai

Level 14
Boulevard Plaza Tower One
Dubai, UAE

San Francisco

44 Tehama Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
USA