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Faisal Farooqui

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Faisal Farooqui
Born1976 or 1977
NationalityIndian
EducationBachelor of Science
Alma materState University of New York at Binghamton
Occupation(s)Businessman
Investor
Founder & CEO of Mouthshut.com
AwardsYoung Leaders by British High Commission

Faisal Farooqui is an Indian technology entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of the review and rating platform MouthShut.com.[1][2]

In 2002, he founded Zarca Interactive (The parent company of SoGoSurvey and K12Insight), a Virginia-based enterprise survey and feedback company.[3] He is the seed investor in DeHaat, an agri-tech company.[4]

Early life[edit]

Faisal Farooqui was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra.[2] His father owned bakeries in the city.[5] He attended St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai.[6] He received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Finance from State University of New York at Binghamton.[7][2]

Faisal was elected to the University's Faculty Senate Committee and the Student government. He became the technology editor of the campus newspaper, Pipe Dream.[2]

Career[edit]

After finishing his undergraduate studies, he started working at American Management Systems as a telecommunication consultant.[6] He moved to India in 2000 and established MouthShut.com as a platform for reviews of products and services.[6][8] MouthShut popularized the concept of advertising on rickshaws for marketing purposes.[9][10]

In 2001 Faisal started the dial-the-CEO program on MouthShut where consumers could directly call the CEO. The program was later adopted by many businesses for interaction between CEOs and customers directly.[11]

In 2011, he beta-launched Dealface.com which connects consumers with local businesses. This was the first website that provided SMS-based coupons.[12][13][14] Later Dealface was integrated with MouthShut.

He was also the official spokesperson to Indian actor Dilip Kumar.[15] His family has a long-standing relationship with Kumar.[16][17] During the last days of actor Faisal released all his health updates to the media.[18][15][19][20] He received a 2006 Manthan Award for Best Youth website.[21] In several interviews in 2015, he stated that he supports net neutrality.[22][23][24] In a 2017 interview, Farooqui stated his preference for shifting India's time zone by 30 minutes.[25]

Farooqui's biographical memoir of Dilip Kumar titled In The Shadow of a Legend: Dilip Kumar was launched on 7 July 2022, the first death anniversary of Dilip Kumar.[26]

Auto Rickshaw Advertising[edit]

Faisal is credited with introducing the concept of using auto-rickshaws (also known as rickshaws or tuk-tuk) as a medium for advertising and mass media. He used the back of the hoods of autorickshaws to advertise his startup Mouthshut.com in 2001.[27][28]

Freedom of expression[edit]

As an advocate of Freedom of expression on the Internet, Faisal filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court for challenging the Information Technology Rules, 2011.[29] The Supreme Court in its verdict directed striking down the Section 66A and reading down of many other sections of the Information Technology Act of India terming it was unconstitutional.[30][31]

Board membership[edit]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Farooqui, Faisal (2022). Dilip Kumar : In the Shadow of a Legend (A Biography). India: Om Books International. ISBN 978-9392834660.

Research papers[edit]

  • Application of market research towards proactive customer relationship management[36]

Controversies[edit]

Pune-based Kumar builders sent a legal notice to Faisal and MouthShut.com and demanded Rs.2000 crore damages for fake reviews appearing on MouthShut.com about them.[37][38]

Institute of Management and Technical Studies sent a legal notice to Faisal for fake review post on his website MouthShut about the institute. It alleged that the reviews were intended to bring the institute's reliability down.[39]

IT Act/Section 66A[edit]

Faisal was among the lead petitioners who challenged the sections of IT Act section 66 A through a petition in the Supreme Court of India in 2013.[40] In 2015, the court struck down 66A, holding it unconstitutional and diluting many other sections.[41][42][43]

Faisal's firm MouthShut has received 790 takedown notices, 240 legal notices, and 11 court cases against it.[44][1] Hence, Farooqui and Mouthshut.com decided to challenge these notices by petitioning the Supreme Court of India to read down the Intermediary Guidelines Rules 2011.[45][46][40]

In 2014, Beam Fiber, an ISP in Hyderabad and Bangalore blocked access to Mouthshut.com.[47] Farooqui challenged this illegal block and Beam Fiber later unblocked its access with an apology.[48]

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Mitra, Moinak (23 March 2007). "Chunnu, Munnu left out as autos load dotcom ads". Economic Times. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
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  15. ^ a b "Saira Banu was under stress after Dilip Kumar's death, spokesperson Faisal Farooqui says". The Indian Express. 2 September 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
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  20. ^ "Dilip Kumar Social Media : कौन हैं फैसल फारूकी जो हर पल देते थे दिलीप कुमार की हेल्थ से जुड़ी जानकारी, जानिए क्या है एक्टर से रिश्ता". TV9 Bharatvarsh (in Hindi). 7 July 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
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  22. ^ "Internet users represent new India with aspirations – and they want net neutrality: Faisal I Farooqui". Times of India Blog. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
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  31. ^ "We believe that a consumer's review is sacrosanct: MouthShut.com". Business Today. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  32. ^ "Indian civil society to WhatsApp, Facebook: Ask users before they are added to group chats". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
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