My full name at birth is Samir Victor Tabar. My friends know me as Samir, but professionally I go by Sam Tabar.
I was born and raised in Canada. My dad was born in Nazareth and mom is from Quebec. They met at a train station in 1967. I have a younger brother who founded a media creation company and lives in Hong Kong.
I went to university in England and then law school in New York.
I started my career as a finance lawyer in New York and then moved to Tokyo to help build a fund focused on emerging markets. I then moved to Hong Kong as a banker to help navigate capital from the US to Asia.
While I was in finance, I felt the system was biased towards the middlemen and extreme wealth.
I moved back to New York and am now co-founder of a company focused on shaping the future of finance with the intention to make it more accessible to all. I spend most of my time as a strategist for a decentralized marketplace that anyone in the world can use without a middleman. I also help advise and seed companies focused on making a positive change in the world.
Sometimes what I do gets reported in the news. Most things don't.
In my spare time, I like to paint, listen to music, work out and hang out with friends. I occasionally host salons about ideas I find interesting. I enjoy connecting people together and I really like to push myself in original thinking, especially in business.
You can find me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter. I'm also on Wiki.