Referd - The business tool for private referrals

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TEAM

Badih Saikali

Co-founder & CEO

Experience in various fields ranging from accounting, finance and database programming at SOLIDERE '95-'96 in Beirut (a Lebanese real estate company). Business consultancy at Arthur Andersen '96-'02 (Gulf & Lebanon).

Marketing, specifications & sales at SODAMCO, a Lebanese building materials manufacturing company, in the Gulf & the Middle East '02-'09. Managed SODAMCO Jordan until '10.

MBA from the Ecole Superieure des Affaires, Lebanon and ESCP, France. B.Sc. from the Lebanese American University, Lebanon.

Interested in adapting traditional networking principles based on confidentiality and trust to the online world, while preserving the very private nature of members' personal data and decisions.


Henri Asseily

Advisor/Mentor

Henri founded Shopzilla, Inc. (formerly BizRate.com) in '96, raised 3 rounds of funding totaling $77m, was acquired by Scripps in '05 for $569MM, left in '07.

Interested in product design, computer systems development, search engine technologies, and large scale business negotiations.

MBA from Wharton (USA). BA in Mathematics & Economics, University of Pennsylvania (USA).

Involved since '07 as the Chief Strategist & CTO of Telnic Ltd, the registry for a new top-level domain dedicated to communications, ".tel".


Constantine Nicolaou

Co-founder & CTO

Constantine is an experienced full-stack developer. Between '01 - '05, he was building tools for students and educators as well as maintaining the network infrastructure at Saint Mary's Othodox College. In '06, he moved to the UK and joined Fenland District Council where he was building online tools for the council's residents until '08. At the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton - UK, he was part of the production software team building tools and APIs for scientists '08 - '10. He then lead development on the cloud solution for Papers, a cross-platform app described as iTunes for research papers, from '10 to '12.

Interested in emerging technologies, open-source software and large scale data analysis.

BA in Management Information Systems from Haigazian University (Lebanon).