Sumaya has been recognized by BusinessWeek as one of America’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs,” CNN as a “Young Person Who Rocks,” Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence,” and by UTNE Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World.”
Sumaya Kazi is the Founder and CEO of Sumazi.com, the easiest social lead generation platform for the enterprise. Its technology allows employees to find the right marketing and sales leads for their next campaign.
Sumazi was selected from more than 1,200 startups around the world to compete as a finalist at the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, where it won the Omidyar Network award for “Startup Most Likely to Change the World.”
Prior to Sumazi, she served as a Senior Social Media Manager at Sun Microsystems, where she was responsible for the global strategy and implementation of social media. In 2005, she was one of the first social media managers to lead social strategy at a Fortune 500 company. She has also consulted several large enterprises and notable startups on social strategy.
She has been featured in over 150 newspapers, magazines, radio interviews, and television spotlights in top-tier outlets such as Newsweek, BusinessWeek Magazine, CNN, ABC News and Washington Post. Sumaya frequently speaks at professional conferences and educational institutions inspiring audiences on topics such as entrepreneurship, non-profit work, intrapreneurship, social media and technology.
Sumaya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco, California.