Haroon Mokhtarzada has always been an entrepreneur. Growing up Silver Spring, he set up lemonade stands, hosted magic shows and started a neighborhood lawn-mowing business.
During the rise of the Internet, he was fascinated by the proliferation of Web sites and social networks. Someday, he predicted, everyone would have his own Web site to stake a personal claim on the ever-expanding net.
Haroon co-founded Freewebs.com in 2001 with his brothers Zeki and Idris, starting with $2000, a single server and the inherent desire to create a website building tool so simple even his mom could use it. The brothers Mokhtarzada founded Freewebs while studying for undergraduate degrees at the University of Maryland. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Haroon went to Harvard Law School, where he continued building the company while earning his J.D. As CEO, he remains committed to the members and still regularly logs on to chat directly with the Freewebs community.