Immad Akhund

Immad Akhund

San Francisco, California, United States
Member since November 30, 2010
  • About
2005 Cambridge , BS , Computer Science

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Heyzap, Clickpass,
Companies I work or worked for:
Heyzap, Clickpass,
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Dropbox, Quora, Facebook, Square, Airbnb, Cardpool, Zynga, Kik

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The most frustrating things are that at times things don't go fast enough. As an entrepreneur you always want to have everything done yesterday. This can be particularly frustrating when recruiting the best team or dealing with accountancy :).

The most rewarding thing is building something from scratch and having something you built be used by real people. Knowing that something you made is touching millions of peoples lives is remarkable.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Giving up. Perseverance is an entrepreneurs best trait.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. How you establish the company culture deserves a lot of thought. It is easy to overlook culture when you are starting but in a startup you will be spending 12 hours a day with the people you work with and you need the right atmosphere to foster innovation.

2. The idea is always evolving and the act of being involved in entrepreneurship brings forward far more ideas than looking on it from the outside. This is why executing is so important.

3. Market is the most important thing. Being in a growing market or knowing how to spot a market changing trend is what leads to building large companies.

Full bio

Immad Akhund is a San Francisco based, British entrepreneur who is best known as the CEO and co-founder of social gaming company, Heyzap.

Immad was previously a co-founder and the CTO of (acquired by Clickpass partnered with Plaxo, Scribd, Disqus and others to power there sign-on through OpenID

Following the acquisition of Clickpass, Immad  co-founded social gaming website Heyzap. Heyzap quickly gained traction and raised money from Y-Combinator and Union Square Ventures. Heyzap is currently the leading distributer of Social Games beyond Facebook. 

Immad blogs about business, is a mentor  for Seedcamp and other early stage startups. He also speaks at events and on panels.