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Faisal Farooqui

Faisal I. Farooqui is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of[1]


Education and early careerEdit

Farooqui obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Finance.from the State University of New York at Binghamton. While there, he started writing tech-column and later became the Technology Editor of the campus newspaper, Pipe Dream.[2]

He was recruited from campus for the telecommunications consulting practice of American Management System, now acquired by CGI Systems, in Fairfax, Virginia. He left to launch in 2000 [3] .[4]

Business venturesEdit was founded four years before US-based popular consumer review site It won "Best Portal Award 2009" at the first edition of the IDMA (India Digital Media Awards) held on 11 March 2010.[5][6] Farooqui received the Manthan Award for Best Youth website in 2006.[7]

According to the Economic Times, India's largest business newspaper, Faisal Farooqui pioneered auto-rickshaw advertising in India by painting the logo of on the back of the hood of rickshaws in Mumbai in 2001[8][9][10] This was later extended to the entire country.[8]

In 2002 Farooqui co-founded Zarca Interactive, an enterprise feedback company based in Herndon, Virginia. As CEO of Zarca Interactive, he presented at the Technovate seminar of European Society for Opinion and Market Research (ESOMAR), held in Cannes, France in January 2003[11]

In 2011, he launched as part of's offering. Dealface offered daily discount deals on spas, dance classes, health checkups, car service, restaurants.[12] It was the first deal site to offer SMS coupons, thus eliminating the need for paper printouts of coupons.[13]

Campaigning for net neutralityEdit

Farooqui has been a vocal advocate of net neutrality in India. He has argued that an open Internet is the right way to harness the huge entrepreneurial potential of India. In a CNBC TV18 Debate, he argued against the proponents of preferential Internet. [14]. Farooqui argued in an op-ed interview in Times of India that not having net neutrality will result in increased cost of internet access for the average consumer, less competition in the e-commerce space and a slower, more restrictive internet.[15]

Farooqui, along with nine other entrepreneurs in India, wrote a letter to India's TRAI requesting TRAI to issue clear regulations preventing telecom providers or content providers from acting as gate-keepers offering restricted Internet services instead of the open Internet.[16] He also petitioned the chief ministers of twelve Indian states imploring them to prohibit the issuance of orders that make Internet services entirely inaccessible for a particular area. The petition was part of an effort by a group of organizations and citizens led by, a Delhi-based not-for-profit organization of which Farooqui is an advisory board member.[17]

Freedom of expression Supreme Court caseEdit

Farooqui challenged Section 66A of India's IT Act[clarification needed] in a lawsuit that reached India's Supreme Court.[18][19]


  1. ^ Surabhi Agarwal (26 March 2015). "Newsmaker: Faisal Farooqui". Business Standard.
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  4. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  5. ^ Adgully Bureau (2012-07-31). "Exclusive | Opinion, that matters: MouthShut's Faisal Farooqui". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
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  7. ^ "wins Manthan-AIF Award". 2006-08-05. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  8. ^ a b "The Economic Times". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  9. ^ "Business Model 101: How the Auto Rickshaw may just change your marketing budgets". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  10. ^ "Dotcoms discover a new marketing vehicle | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ "Now launches a daily deals site --". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  13. ^ "JOSIC - Digital Intelligence". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
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  15. ^ "Internet users represent new India with aspirations – and they want net neutrality: Faisal I Farooqui". The Times of India. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
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  18. ^ Avanish Tiwary (25 March 2015). "Section 66A of IT Act: Entire digital ecosystem will take off from here, says MouthShut founder Faisal Farooqui". The Financial Express.
  19. ^ "Interview: Victory for free-speech campaigners, says section 66A petitioner". The Indian Express. 24 March 2015.

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