Murtaza Hussain is the co-founder and CEO of Peanut Labs, a leading provider of advanced market research services. Peanut Labs provides unparalleled access to the Gen-Y audience – with a sampling methodology integrated into 70+ online communities including MySpace, Facebook, and Google Open Social.
Murtaza has been heavily involved in social media, and is an expert in building online communities. He possesses a deep knowledge of Web 2.0 and ways to utilize social networks and the social graph to execute innovative business ideas and applications.
Murtaza is regularly approached to share his expertise at leading industry events, such as the Facebook Developer’s Conference, Widget Summit 2007, SNAP Summit, and Community Next. Additionally, Murtaza’s expertise is often sought by the media, and has been quoted in leading publications like Fortune, Forbes, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, San Francisco Chronicle, Business 2.0, Guardian, among others.
Prior to Peanut Labs, he was most recently co-founder of XuQa.com, a leading online casual gaming community, which he built to 2M+ users and profitability. In 2001, Murtaza founded Gaming Ventura, an international entrepreneurship holding group which he has successfully been leading in his capacity as President for the previous 6 years. He has analyzed and developed business plans for a range of companies and organizations, recently assisting a startup in raising more than US $2 million for an enterprise incubator in the heart of London.
He was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Williams College, USA before he dropped out to start the company.
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