Machine was founded by
Shahab Shabibi & Farouk Meralli


Shahab acts as the Chief Executive Officer of Machine Ventures. Prior to starting Machine, he was among the founding team of 3 companies. After starting his first venture in music distribution by the age of 13, he moved into sports media by being part of the team that started Tarafdari, Iran’s leading sports social media network with more than 5 million monthly visitors. After graduating and getting his degree in Business Administration, he joined Rocket Internet and launched their carpooling platform, Tripda in the Philippines. He was recently selected as one of Asia’s most influential entrepreneurs Under 30 by Forbes magazine.


Farouk is the Founder & CEO of mClinica, a venture-backed healthcare data and analytics company. Prior to mClinica, Farouk held senior roles in global pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis and Roche where he focused on data & analytics, product marketing and patient programs in emerging markets. Farouk is actively involved in the startup scene in southeast Asia and has invested in and advised over ten startups in the healthcare, financial technology and consumer internet segments. At Machine Ventures he is involved in a strategic, non-operational role in the development of its portfolio companies. Farouk holds a bachelors from McGill and a Masters from Harvard University.

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