Samyr Qureshi is the Founder and CEO of Knack, a peer-to-peer tutoring platform that partners with college campuses such as Georgia Tech, Ohio State, University of Florida, and others to provide a personalized, equitable, and accessible academic support experience for all students. Knack has raised ~$15million in venture capital, most recently closing their Series A, from folks like Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team owner), Precursor Ventures, ETS (creators of GRE), ASU Enterprise Partners, and many other well-known venture and education investors. Currently based in Tampa, Florida, Samyr previously worked as an account executive in the Emerging Technology division at Gartner and also as an iOS advisor at Apple.
Samyr was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and immigrated to the United States with his mother and sister at the age of seven. Landing in Florida, he grew up in the Tampa Bay area, enrolled in and served as student body president at St. Petersburg College (while in high school), and ultimately went on to the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Criminology. Samyr has been featured on Inc.com as a Top 30 Entrepreneur to Watch, named in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2020 for Education, honored as the Emerging Tech Leader of the Year in 2020 by Tampa Bay Tech, featured in Tampa Bay Magazine’s Top 10 Under 40 for 2021, and named in University of Florida’s 40 Gator Alumni Under 40 in 2021.
When he’s not traveling, Samyr loves to play guitar and write music, especially on vintage analog equipment.