Hi, I am Tarik.
I am an experienced entrepreneur who loves building products and technology to enhance people’s lives!
I celebrate success and learn from failure, but I always enjoy the ride and the growth that comes with pushing boundaries and overcoming obstacles.
I love being engaged with the larger tech community, and spend some of my time mentoring startups and entrepreneurs on product, technology and general startup issues.LinkedIn Twitter Medium
Chief Technology Officer
The digi.me Private Sharing Platform helps companies get easy and ethical access to personal data directly from individuals, with their consent. The same product helps individuals get control over and free their personal data from social media, financial, health & fitness, medical and entertainment silos so it can be used to improve their lives.
Our SDK offers the ability to access a wide variety of personal data with a single API key and an easy to understand pricing model. The data is decrypted on-device (or server) using a unique decryption key and presented to your app or service in a friendly JSON format.
It is awesome to see and help cultivate all the things people want to build using digi.me tools. Some of my favorites are:
See what we are up to right now on our website, or if you are more of a developer type, our dev portal:
UBDI is on a mission to create Universal Basic Data Income and help every person participate in the economic value of their data and insights.
UBDI helps people make money by sharing anonymous insights from their data that companies need for market research. UBDI uses private sharing technology to ensure only aggregated, anonymized information from members is used.
Visit UBDI.com to get the latest info:
Co-founder & CTO
Personal was started in 2009 to allow individuals to take control of their personal data so they could share it with other individuals or businesses in a privacy-preserving and secure way. Personal was the first organization to be recognized as a Privacy by Design ambassador by Dr. Ann Cavoukian who coined the term.
At the heart of the product was our “secure share” architecture and technology which enabled users to share any part of their personal data graph with other individuals and businesses while cryptographically locking our team out of being able to see that data. It was architected in a way that showed that privacy and security don’t have to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from sharing.
Embracing that notion fully, we designed onboarding opportunities that allowed our users and partners to invite individuals and pre-populate their data vaults with information lowering barriers to adoption and driving growth. As the product was seeing traction with SMBs, it was renamed TeamData and re-focused to allow teams to share sensitive information in a private and secure way. This presented even more opportunity for growth as individuals tend to be part of multiple teams: at work, with family members, sports clubs, and so on.
In 2017 we merged TeamData with digi.me. We met the founder of digi.me at a conference and quickly realized we were fighting for the same things like empowering individuals with their own personal data by breaking it out of the silos where it lives. We were making it easier for them to secure it, but also to share it with whom they choose. Personal data is the key ingredient in many important areas of tech like analytics, recommendation systems and personalization of services.
Co-founder & CTO
Director, Location Content
Director, Location Content
The Map Network was founded in late 1999 to create high-quality, rich location content, maps and a brand which would be easily recognizable in major cities globally and attract a large audience whose attention was sought by advertisers.
We created several highly interactive products that allowed our customers to create custom maps of their cities, connect, geocode and correct their location content and publish beautiful maps on their websites. The Map Network quickly became the official map of hundreds of the world’s most visited cities as well as institutions such as The Smithsonian.
Through these relationships, The Map Network proudly served clients such as The NBA All-Star Game, NFL Super Bowl, DNC and RNC conventions and many others.
In 2001, after September 11, The Map Network’s New York City map was picked up by The Red Cross and became one of the most used resources for dealing with the fallout of the tragedy. Our team worked tirelessly to update the map with the latest information on blood donation centers, missing persons information centers, road and neighborhood closures, etc. earning wide acclaim and recognition for our efforts.
In addition to our flagship product, we created an indoor mapping product, which was used by some of the world’s largest trade shows to showcase exhibitors and products on exhibit floors, inside museums and other venues across the world.
In late 2006, The Map Network, having just over 100 employees, was acquired by NAVTEQ where we continued to drive the company’s location content strategy and products. Navteq now had more than 5,500 employees worldwide working in 202 offices in 53 countries. Just a year later Navteq was acquired by Nokia in a transaction valued at $8.1 billion that would put us in a company of 100,000+ employees.
It was a time of amazing growth and opportunity and allowed our team to experience a single business growing from a small, to a medium and finally, a very large company. In 2009, most of the core team of the original Map Network left Nokia to seek other opportunities. Shortly thereafter, some of us co-founded Personal, Inc. (see above)
I am originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and currently live in the greater Boston area. I have also had the pleasure of calling these other great cities home: New York, NY; London, UK; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC. This has afforded me a great number of diverse experiences, co-workers and friends all over the world and shaped who I am today.
I am particularly proud to have been able to seamlessly integrate and manage distributed teams across the US and Bosnia & Herzegovina which has allowed me to help both economies, meet amazing people and kickstart the Bosnian technology industry which is absolutely booming today. Check out the following page if you are looking for a reliable partner to help you with your software development and similar needs: Bit Alliance.
Aside from CTO and product development roles, I have spoken at conferences like SXSW Interactive, Mashery’s Business of APIs conference, Privacy Identity Innovation, DC Tech Week, DataWeek SF, KNOW Identity and others.
As part of working on the digi.me platform I have organized and run hackathons across the globe in places like Reykjavik, Iceland, Sydney, Australia, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Washington, DC and others.
When I am not building products and tech, I love traveling with my family and spending time with them, learning and constantly improving myself, playing, coaching and watching soccer, practicing karate, photography as well as playing guitar and piano.