Badrul Farooqi

Badrul Farooqi

Hello 👋🏽

I'm Badrul, a product manager and angel investor that enjoys building experiences that improve people's lives.

I'm currently taking a break after 4.5 amazing years scaling Figma.





Angel Investor

  • 2021 →

I'm pretty open minded. I particularly like companies taking meaningful bets to improve people's lives. If you're unsure, reach out! My current interests are:

  • Next generation experiences on the web
  • Online communities and platforms
  • Collaboration products for teams
  • Starting and growing businesses


Product Manager

I was the 18th employee and the first product manager at Figma. I joined the team before the product was publicly available and went on to lead the product initiatives for Figma Community, Plugins, and several upgrades to our core design tool. Kevin Kwok basically wrote about my entire career in this post. I'm also widely considered to be the funniest person to ever work at Figma.


QA Engineer

With Teespring, I helped scale our fulfillment infra for the holiday peaks, launched in Europe, and launched the B2B product.

At Hook Studios, a digital agency, I helped Google launch several physical and digital experiences for Android and Chromecast.

Finally, I was part of the original team that introduced Expedia Hotels, Flights, and Trips on mobile. Today, these apps process more than $3 billion in transactions.



  • New York City 2020 →
  • San Francisco 2015- 2020
  • Ann Arbor 2007 - 2015
  • Detroit 1991 - 2007

Friends. I spent a lot of my free time, pre-pandemic, traveling to visit friends and family. Looking forward to doing this again.

Classes. I enjoy taking classes whenever possible to keep learning. Some of them are: Automotive Engines, Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change, Reforge Growth Series, Harrison Metal General Management

Life. My wife and I recently moved to New York City after 5 years in San Francisco. I enjoyed living in Ann Arbor in my early 20's and I grew up in Detroit, in a working class Bengali neighborhood.