Mark Haidar Founder & CEO of Vinli || Dallas, USA

Mark Haidar has been heavily involved in the emerging technology scene, starting his first company at the age of 17. A serial entrepreneur who combines advanced technological skills with astute business knowledge, Haidar created over 42 notable products and led many other technology-based businesses through major growth from inception.

By the age of 21, he built the first fully integrated web-based university management system in Lebanon, the first 3D game engine built locally in the Middle East, the first wireless application protocol based internet-to-home remote control system in Lebanon, and won a People’s Choice Award for Best Web Product in the Middle East for transforming municipality records from paper to digital.

In 2006, Haidar moved to the U.S. from Lebanon and led the development of a state of the art research and development project for the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC). Shortly after, Mark co-founded Dialexa, a global product-focused technology innovation and development company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. In September 2014, Dialexa Labs launched Vinli, the first connected car platform at TechCrunch Disrupt. Mark also serves on the board of directors for Dialexa Labs’ portfolio company Robin.

Mark has numerous journal publications, pending patents, and is a regular speaker at global technology conferences. Most recently Mark founded Peace.Report, an online news aggregator that focuses on current conflicts around the world. It collects news articles that promote peace. Mark also launched LISA (Levant International Startup Association), which helps startups in the Levant region to launch and scale their companies in international markets.

Mark is trilingual and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has been featured on numerous national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, Dallas Business Journal and more.