Junaid is a veteran of the US Army, and former civilian Pashto interpreter for the US military in Afghanistan. Having the rare distinction of serving as both Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader and interpreter in Afghanistan, throughout his career, Junaid has been uniquely positioned to strengthen relationships between the American and Afghan people. After his military career, Junaid founded NxtBlock Capital, a microfund that invests in blockchain and cryptocurrency startups. Junaid is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.