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Amir Haleem

Amir Haleem

Amir Haleem is cofounder and CEO of Helium Systems.


Amir Haleem is the CEO and cofounder of Helium Systems. Prior to Helium Systems, Haleem was the cofounder and CTO of gaming startup Diversion in 2010. From 2003 to 2013, Haleem was also a founding employee and director at the Global Gaming League (GGL), which was an American eSports League. Haleem began his career as a member of the original team behind Battlefield 1942 at DICE in Stockholm, Sweden in 1999.

Helium Systems

Haleem cofounded Helium Systems in June 2013 with Shawn Fanning and Sean Carey, and he also serves as Chairman. According to Haleem, Helium Systems was born from many conversations with Napster founder, Shawn Fanning, after the two met in 2005. They wanted to recreate the peer-to-peer model of Napster with wireless networks and without the risk of breaking laws like Napster did.

Helium Systems is a San Francisco-based wireless network and blockchain company developing a peer-to-peer wireless network which the company calls The People's Network. Helium Systems Hotspots, which are wireless devices powered by the Helium Blockchain, mine HNT, the Helium Token, as an incentive for expanding and strengthening wireless coverage. Hosts receive HNT whenever their Hotspots provide coverage and transfer device data. In February 2022, the Helium cryptocurrency had a market cap of over $2.5 billion and close to 600,000 Helium Systems Hotspots. Helium Systems closed its latest $200 million funding round at a valuation of $1.2 billion.


Haleem worked on a BS in artificial intelligence at the University of Manchester from 1998-1999. During college, Haleem became one of the top pro eSports gamers on Quake. He dropped out of college and moved to Stockholm, Sweden to work on the original Battlefield 1942 team.

Early Years

Haleem grew up in England. His father was an employee of early personal computer company Commodore International, which gave Haleem access to an at-home computer and the internet at a young age, before there were any internet browsers. His first computer was a Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor), and his father taught him programming. Haleem attributes his dad giving him access to computers and the internet at an early age to his success later with computers, gaming, and internet technology.

Personal Life

Haleem lives in San Francisco. Outside of work, Haleem is a former world champion eSports gamer, cofounder of the popular esports community, and builds and races 90s Japanese sports cars.


June 2013
Amir Haleem cofounds Helium Systems.
Amir Haleem cofounds Diversion.
Amir Haleem leaves University of Manchester to join a gaming company in Stockholm.

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Amir Haleem, Founder and CEO of Helium - Messari's Unqualified Opinions

July 10, 2019

Innovating with Scott Amyx: Interview with Amir Haleem, CEO of Helium

January 18, 2021

LIVE Q&A with Helium Cofounder & CEO Amir Haleem

June 24, 2020


December 17, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO -- ( December 17, 2020 ) - Helium, the company behind one of the world's first peer-to-peer wireless networks, announces today that it has teamed up with Airly, an IoT company providing air quality monitoring solutions globally, to make air pollution information accessible and understandable to everyone. According to the [url=


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