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, a powerful end-to-end marketing software solution that uses data intelligence and social marketing automation to turn conversations into conversions at scale. Sumazi identifies highly targeted prospects, engages with them in a 1:1 personalized conversation and influences them to take high-value action.
As a result, Sumazi customers are seeing explosive growth in click-through rates, engagement rates and new sales — all without having to lift a finger. Sumazi is used by Fortune 50 enterprises, global brands, agencies, and nonprofits around the world.
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 the social media lead at Sun Microsystems, where she was responsible for the global strategy and implementation of social media. She was one of the first social media managers to lead social strategy at a Fortune 500 company. While working at Sun Microsystems, at the age of 23, she accidentally founded her first company TheCulturalConnect, an online media company that put the spotlight on young professionals around the world who were redefining what success looked like in different ethnic diasporas.
She has been featured in over 200 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.