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Susan Akbarpour

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Susan Akbarpour
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Susan Akbarpour in 2018
BornJuly 26, 1968
Mashad, Iran
🏡 ResidenceAtherton, CA
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationFerdowsi University (B.S.) Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.S.)
💼 Occupation
entrepreneur, journalist, investor, and public speaker
Co-Founder and CEO of Mavatar Technologies
👩 Spouse(s)Faraj Aalaei
👶 Children3 (1 by birth, 2 by marriage)

Susan Akbarpour (Persian: سوسن اكبرپور ) is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, journalist, investor, and public speaker. She is the co-founder and CEO of Mavatar Technologies, the developer of the mCart omnichannel commerce platform.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Akbarpour was born and raised in Mashhad, Iran.[1]

In 1993, Akbarpour graduated with a B.S. in French language and literature from Ferdowsi University in Iran.[2] Akbarpour later attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she received an M.S. in Management in 2010.[3]


After graduating from university, Akbarpour worked as a journalist at Khorasan.[2][4]

Akbarpour immigrated to the United States in 1997.[5] She settled in the Bay Area, where she continues to live.[6]

Soon after arriving in the United States, Akbarpour founded Iran Today, a newspaper for Iranian Americans.[7]

In December 2000, Akbarpour founded Silicon Iran, a quarterly magazine for Iranian-Americans in the technology industry.[2] Silicon Iran later rebranded as Teksia, which offered networking and support to other ethnics groups in America while continuing to publishing Silicon Iran.[8]

In 2004, Akbarpour also founded Linkore, a “venture catalyst firm,” that provided professional services to businesses.[8][9]

Akbarpour co-founded Mavatar Technologies with Brom Mahbod in 2011. She currently serves as Mavatar's CEO.[10] Mavatar is an enterprise software company and the developer of the mCart commerce platform.[10][11]

Akbarpour is a partner at venture capital firm Candou Ventures, an advisor and board member of the blockchain transaction company Trustroot, and sits on the board of directors at the Internet Media Association International Executive Council and VOMax Corporation.[12][13]

Akbarpour regularly speaks at conferences and appears on television programs to topics such as cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and advertising.[6] She is also a contributing writer to the Forbes Agency Council.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Akbarpour is married to entrepreneur and investor Faraj Aalaei.[12] They have one daughter together and two sons from Faraj’s previous marriage.[14] The family resides in Atherton, CA.


  1. Drake, Mackenzie (2015-03-04). "A Woman's Strength". SharpHeels. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Schmidt, Kathryn (2003-07-17). "Magazine publisher aims to reach Iranian-American tech audience". www.parstimes.com. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Susan Akbarpour, Official Member of Forbes Councils". Forbes Councils. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  4. Caldwell, Douglas (2001-01-22). "First Amendment, Farsi style". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  5. Ekiel, Erika Brown (2015-08-20). "Susan Akbarpour: "I Want to Change the Way People Shop"". Stanford Graduate School of Business. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Susan Akbarpour: mCart, Make the world Shop-able". Insights success. 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  7. Workman, Bill (2000-12-01). "Iranian Paper Offers Fresh Voice / San Jose woman publishes ethnic newspaper". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mullins, Robert (2004-05-02). "Publisher Adds to Her Success". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  9. Beach, James (2015-06-15). "LegalShield's President James Rosseau, A New Way to Shop Susan Akbarpour & Veteran's Stories Rosemary O'Brien". School for Startups Radio. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Robinson, Bill (2013-06-25). "Online Shopping Made Easy -- It's (All) About Time!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  11. Timoner, Ondi (2014-06-19). "Data-Driven Simplified Shopping: New Women 3.0". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Memarian, Jahandad (2017-12-18). "Faraj Aalaei on Serial Entrepreneurship and Re-Invention". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  13. "Executive Profile - Susan Akbarpour". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  14. Weiner, Yitzi (2018-05-18). ""CEOs Can Never Call In Sick" 5 Leadership Lessons With Susan Akbarpour, CEO of Mavatar…". Thrive Global. Retrieved 2018-11-22.

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