Baayan is start-up entrepreneur in the tech field. He co-founded a company and raised over $1.4 million in investment capital to build Heckler Sports, a web and mobile based Sports Social Network. The investors include sports notables, such as former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer Tim Brown. The company is currently building new platforms for social interaction.

Before entering into the field of social media and technology, Baayan was the National Director of Training for the Mentoring Center in Oakland, CA, where he was a member of the executive team and managed federal, state and local budgets. Baayan has also managed several community-based programs, including Oakland Freedom Schools, an initiative of Marian Wright Edelman’s Children’s Defense Fund and has received numerous honors for his creative approaches to community and youth development including a prestigious award from the Echoing Green Foundation. In 2010, Baayan was selected by Susan L. Taylor (former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine), to serve on a national committee to design a national infrastructure that reintegrates former inmates into society. 




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