Selected 2019

Saman Darkan

  • Current company Kitopi
  • Country United Arab Emirates

About Kitopi

Kitopi (Kitchen Operation Innovations) is a network of interconnected smart cloud kitchens that cook and deliver on behalf of food brands. The company provides the managed infrastructure and technology that enables food brands to open delivery-only locations with minimum capital expenditure, time, and risk. Kitopi handles all of the brands’ delivery orders through its network of kitchens so its clients can focus on running their dine-in restaurants and internal business operations.

About Saman

Saman Darkan is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Kitopi. Born in London, his family moved to Dubai in 1996 where he was raised. In 2009, Saman graduated with honors in Management Information Systems at CSU Chico in California, USA where he was also a Teacher’s Assistant throughout his senior year. Shortly after graduation he relocated back to Dubai to join his family business, ARC International, a leading architecture and engineering practice where he focused on digitalizing the company’s operations. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Saman worked on a number of startups prior to Kitopi. My Metro Talk, one of the first startups to be incubated at Dubai’s in5 innovation center which was a lifestyle tool that enabled users to find places to go and things to do based on their mood. Central Tickets, a SAAS event ticketing solution geared to small to medium sized event organizers to create and self manage events. At peak, Central Tickets had 250 organizers and was eventually sold as a white labeled solution to an organizer on the platform. Saman is also a co-founder of Little Bedoo, an e-commerce site that offers gulf traditional clothing for babies and toddlers.

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