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WELCOME TO AYTOPIA

A boutique private equity fund and incubator
with a diverse portfolio of businesses in the realms
of media, commerce, education and technology

About

We are a group of conscious and visionary entrepreneurs with vast experience in media, marketing, technology, collaboration and philanthropy. Our team represents decades of experience and shares a positive vision for the future of media, education, and commerce.

Ayman Sawaf launched his first company Nouran lighting, during the first oil boom in the Middle East in the late seventies. Beginning with lighting stores in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, he went on to build a global lighting company with retail, wholesale and manufacturing divisions, in addition to providing turnkey lighting solutions for major construction companies.

Having achieved success in business, Ayman began to turn his attention towards the global stage and three of the core influences on humanity: media, education and business. Disappointed with the negative and shallow impact they seemed to be having in the world, Ayman decided to focus his attention to improving the quality of content within Media and Education and inspiring innovation and collaboration within business . (read more on Aymansawaf.com)

After successfully exiting the lighting business, Ayman was joined by his wife and partner, Rowan Gabrielle, and their focus moved to integrating children’s emotional education with entertainment – creating Publishing, TV and Film companies in Hollywood in partnership with some of the largest Media companies including Warner Brother, Universal Studios, HBO and well known producers like Norman Lear and Shelly Duvall.

At the turn of the millennium, Aytopia Holdings (known then as Wholelife Holdings) attracted various partners and investors and entered the quality of life market, funding and founding several companies. In 2016, Aytopia Holdings partnered with a group of forward thinking executives to launch Aytopia Inc.( Aytopia.com)

Our Focus

Our present focus is on disruptive technologies and business models
that are designed to revolutionize the fields of publishing, music, commerce, media and philanthropy.

 

Portfolio

Aytopia Holdings portfolio of businesses.
To learn more, please contact us.

Current Investments

Wholelife Network

A cutting edge business-to-business collaborative social media and commerce platform.
Wholelife.com

Book Space

A new and disruptive technology for creating and distributing multi media books, written alone or in collaboration.
BookSpace.com

Aytopia Brands

The power of social commerce harnessed; the ability to create your own curated branded e-stores or curated e-franchise to sell to you Facebook community and beyond.
Website coming soon.

Kids EQ

A children’s media company dedicated to promotion of emotional literacy.
Kidseq.com

Aytopia Tech

A technology company focused on the development and licensing of leading edge social software.
Website Coming soon,

Organic Leather

Pioneers in Organic Leather. A retail and wholesale brand specializing in organically raised and tanned leather designer products and hides.
Organicleather.com

Historical Investments

Nouran Lighting (Saudi Arabia, UAE)

A specialist in retail lighting, providing turnkey lighting solutions .
www.nouran.ae

Besa Lighting (USA)

Sophisticated lighting designs, Besa Lighting merges traditional techniques with avant-garde sensibility.
besalighting.com

InnerSense, Inc

Formed to design, develop, manufacture and distribute advanced transformational technologies. Sound and light technology at it’s best.
www.theportacle.com

Light force

Inventors and Early Pioneers of Super foods such as Spirulina.
Light force

Wholelife Expo

Wholelife Expo was the leading face-to-face marketplace for the quality of life market for over 20 years, serving over 10,000 B2B customers and over one million of their B2C customers
Wholelife Expo

Urth.TV

One of the 1st Social Media website to successfully aggregate the Eco-Centric Healthy Lifestyle demographic.
Urth.TV

Real Music

The leading brand for new age and world music.
www.realmusic.com

Pre Internet Investments

Think Entertainment

Award winning children’s media company, founded by actress Shelly Duval. Produced 5 TV series with major Hollywood studios.

InnerSpace Retail Store

3rd St Promenade, Santa Monica, LA. An avant-garde retail space.

Enchante Innertainment

A children’s media company in TV and publishing.

Edition Vivez Soleil

The largest alternative health and personal development publishing company in Switzerland and France created by Dr. Tal Schaller.

Enchante/George Animation

A children’s animation company delivering emotionally intelligent content for TV, including the 13 part series called “Umptee 3 TV” in partnership with Warner Brothers.

Our Team

 

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AYMAN SAWAF

Founder / CEO

Ayman Sawaf is an international visionary entrepreneur, published musician, and best- selling author. He is one of the original creators of the discipline now known as Emotional Literacy (EL). He is also  co-author of Executive EQ: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Organizations, which introduced and pioneered emotional intelligence in the business world.

He has spent the last twenty years building the evolutionary foundation for entirely new systems and industries that will monetize the ability of these perspectives to optimize human capital; by providing new maps to evolve our relationships with ourselves, our family, and the workplace.

Ayman has founded and funded multiple companies in the US, Europe and the middle east in the realms of retail, manufacturing, and media.

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AYMAN SAWAF

AYMAN SAWAF

Founder / CEO

MARC STRAUCH

Strategy / Business Development

marc.strauch@wholelife.com

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Strategy and Operations. Marc has more than 25 years of executive leadership, strategic planning and marketing experience with Fortune 500 and early stage cloud and clean technology companies including Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Tata and Wipro.

He co-founded four software startups – cyber security, video-on-demand, search+social and enterprise middleware – with successful exits. He has been a strategic business and marketing advisor to early stage software, cloud, clean-green tech, transformational media and consumer companies.

Marc has been a photographer and filmmaker since his early teen years and had his first show at the Brooklyn Museum at the age of fifteen. MBStrauch.com

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MARC STRAUCH

MARC STRAUCH

Strategy / Business Development

Asim Ranjha

Technology

Designing a Multi-tenant Big Data Analytics Platform for enabling real-time collaboration between Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and Application Developers to create Big Data Applications.

– Scalable Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics Applications, and AI using Spark ML, Tensorflow and Theano.
– Enabling IoT, Geospatial, and ML to create rich application development.
– Big Data Microservices Architecture using Kubernetes, Docker, and Mesos.

Previously:

– Enterprise Software Architecture and Design.
– Robust Software Engineering Practices, Processes and Methodology.
– Strong expertise in creating guidelines and Best Practices for developing, selecting, and implementing large scale Healthcare Information Systems
– Experienced in government regulated Processes, Design Controls, Risk Management, and Auditing Requirements.
– Experienced in working with geographically disperse teams in multiple time zones
– Experienced in applying Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to Software Engineering Process

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Asim Ranjha

Asim Ranjha

Technology

ROBERT B. GELMAN

Operations

Robert Gelman is an entrepreneur, author, editor, musician, interactive media developer, and producer of large events, including conferences, tradeshows, and festivals. He has also held senior marketing positions and consultancies with leading publishing and software companies.

Among Robert’s achievements were significant management positions in the Expo group of Cahners Business Information (a billion dollar company now known as Reed Exhibitions, part of the RELX Group), and Director of Development for Miller Freeman Expositions (US division of United Business Media, also a billion dollar diversified venture).

His writings appear in publications such as Keyboard and The San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. He is also the main author of the book, “Protecting Yourself Online” (HarperCollins) in conjunction with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

He co-founded the CyberArts International Festivals, produced several Digital Be-ins, and played a key role in the Wholelife Expos, including creating the spectacular “Sephira, Cirque of the Soul” at Wholelife Expo 2013 in Chicago.

As an Internet entrepreneur, he was responsible for the development of hundreds of pioneering websites, including AOL (with musician Thomas Dolby) in the 1990s and early 2000s. He has been involved with the Aytopia projects since 2009 and is a founding partner of the company.

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ROBERT B. GELMAN

ROBERT B. GELMAN

Operations

ROWAN GABRIELLE

Research And Development

Rowan Gabrielle is a visionary artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist with 20+ years experience in the conscious marketplace.

She is the founder of Organic Leather, a company focused on Eco-Fashion and revolutionizing our relationship to animals and the clothes we wear. She is deeply passionate about spirituality and a connector with deep relationships across many subject areas. She is also a special event producer and a photographer.

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ROWAN GABRIELLE

ROWAN GABRIELLE

Research And Development

CHRIS VAN BUREN

Publishing & Marketing

Christopher Van Buren, a veteran of the publishing and online marketing industries, founded L​aunchMoxie in 2011. Christopher has written numerous books in the technology, travel and self-help markets and spent eight years as a literary agent, helping authors get their books published.

In 2007 he became the Director of Business Development for a digital ad network, then went on to serve as Technology Director for a boutique ad agency specializing in Performance Marketing for natural health and beauty companies.

His creative advertising strategies have included online coupon networks, micro-industry virtual events and distributed content channels.

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CHRIS VAN BUREN

CHRIS VAN BUREN

Publishing & Marketing

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