Immad Akhund

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Immad Akhund
Born (1984-04-16) 16 April 1984 (age 30)
Karachi, Pakistan
Residence San Francisco, California,
United States
Nationality British
Ethnicity Pakistani
Education Computer science
Alma mater Clare College University of Cambridge
Occupation Internet entrepreneur
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Fatema Akhund (2009–present)
Children Aniya Sophia Akhund (born 2011)

Immad Akhund (born 16 April 1984) is a British entrepreneur[1] who is best known as the CEO[2] and co-founder of social gaming company, Heyzap.[3]


Akhund grew up in Harrow, London and attended Nower Hill High School, Middlesex and Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He then graduated from Clare College University of Cambridge with a Bachelors in Computer Science.[4]


After graduating Akhund worked for Bloomberg L.P as a Software Engineer in 2006.[5] The employment lasted 13 month with Akhund leaving to start his first company, Revmap[6][7][8] at the age of twenty two. At the time Revmap was described as, a Digg for events and places.[8]

Akhund moved to San Francisco to take part in the summer 2007 Y Combinator round as the CTO and co-founder [9][10] of a new company called Clickpass.[11][12][5] Clickpass was a provider of OpenID and partnered with Plaxo,[13] Scribd,[14] Disqus[15] and a host of other websites.[16][17] In 2008 Clickpass was acquired by Yola for an undisclosed sum.[18][19]

Following the acquisition of Clickpass, Immad Akhund, along with childhood friend Jude Gomila, founded social gaming website Heyzap[20][21][22] Heyzap quickly gained traction[23] and raised money from Y Combinator[24] and Union Square Ventures.[25][26]

Akhund blogs[27] about business, is an advisor for Seedcamp[28] and speaks at events on social and mobile gaming. Akhund Spoke in 2010 at DiscoveryBeat,[29] Digital Hollywood[4] and Social Developers Summit and is often cited for his expert opinion.[30][31]

In 2012 Akhund was named in the Inc. (magazine) 30 under 30 2012 [32] for his contribution as CEO and co-founder in building Heyzap.


  1. ^ Mic Wright (2009-05-14). "A sick game to play". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Heyzap Team Page". Heyzap. 
  3. ^ "Profile of Immad Akhund". Crunchbase. 
  4. ^ a b Digital.Hollywood. Digital.Hollywood. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  5. ^ a b Kiss, Jemima (2008-03-27). "Elevator Pitch: Clickpass brings some password relief". London: Guardian. 
  6. ^ Revmap | CrunchBase Profile. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  7. ^ Open Coffee : Immad Akhund from – – – Get Wired!. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  8. ^ a b – What´s Popular in the UK | Visit (2007-03-14). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  9. ^ "Profile on Immad Akhund". Crunchbase. 
  10. ^ "Profile on Clickpass". Crunchbase. 
  11. ^ "Clickpass Homepage". Clickpass. 
  12. ^ "Bringing OpenID to the Masses: Clickpass". Techcrunch. 
  13. ^ Plaxo's Personal Card: Plaxo now supports clickpass for easier OpenID. (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  14. ^ Clickpass brings OpenID to Scribd « The Scribd Blog. (2008-04-26). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Clickpass Review – Identification. AppAppeal. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  17. ^ Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass. (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  18. ^ "Synthasite Buys Clickpass". Techcrunch. 
  19. ^ SynthaSite to Acquire OpenID Provider Clickpass. (2008-12-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  20. ^ "Heyzap Vies To Become A 'YouTube For Flash Games'". Techcrunch. 
  21. ^ Heyzap Tries Making Plain-Old Casual Games More ‘Social’. paidContent (2009-12-02). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  22. ^ Heyzap: Keep Your Site Visitors Entertained for Hours. (2009-01-15). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  23. ^ "Heyzap shows fast growth with its embeddable casual game widget". VentureBeat. 
  24. ^ Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009. (2009-03-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  25. ^ Heyzap – Union Square Ventures: A New York Venture Capital Fund Focused on Early Stage & Startup Investing. Union Square Ventures (2009-05-27). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  26. ^ HeyZap Lands Another $3 Million In Funding. (2010-06-23). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  27. ^ Immad's New World. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  28. ^ Seedcamp. Seedcamp. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  29. ^ Agenda – DiscoveryBeat 2010
  30. ^ 10 examples of minimum viable products. Venture Hacks. Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  31. ^ No one has cracked viral on mobile yet. (2010-10-18). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.
  32. ^ Inc 30 under 30 2012 – Geeky & Proud – How we built Heyzap. (2012-07-02). Retrieved on 2013-03-11.

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