Born to a Loving Family
I was born February 22, 1983 to a close-knit and loving Muslim family in Esfahan, Iran (which was the capital of Persia from 1598-1722). My family name, Golestan, means “land of flowers.” When I was three my parents moved our family to Dubai, UAE in search of a better future for their five children.
I grew up in Dubai attending Adab, an all-boys Iranian school. I also worked with my father at his restaurant called Shiraz, where I learned how to speak English, Arabic, and Urdu to our customers from many parts of the world. As a young child, inspired by a computer store close to the restaurant, I started daydreaming about owning a computer and learning how to code Basic. When I was only 9 years old, my father, Manouchehr Golestan, took a huge leap of faith and maxed out his credit card to buy me a Compaq. Cash was so tight! But my parents believed in me and my dreams and I quickly taught myself how to code and design websites.
In 1999 my parents helped me again, lending me $430 to start my first company from my bedroom at 16. Merely 9 months later I sold it for $110,000, and founded Micfo, a privately-owned Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider that operated one of the largest networks of globally dispersed cloud platforms with 55 datacenter locations globally. I am the CEO. [Read the full story here.]
Moved to United States in 2010
In 2010 I moved to New York City, where I became a US Citizen. In 2012, I married the woman (Kristin Mehera Leiter Golestan) who would later become the mother of my two amazing sons, Sky and Ford. Because she grew up in the South, we shifted our lives and the company’s headquarters to Charleston, SC. And that is where I live today.
My North Star
Everything you will find here on this platform relates directly to my story, my experience, and my grief at being denied time with my boys. As every parent knows, kids change from day to day. It has been 18 months since I have been able to see my boys regularly, and 10 months since I’ve seen them at all. I have missed so much!
Counting the Blessings
Here’s a small story about my introduction to fatherhood — I hope you enjoy it! And that it lets you know something else about who I am and why I’m here.
I know I am not alone in how important my children are to me.
That’s why I’ve created this platform for disenfranchised parents.
I am Iranian, Muslim, and a man, but this platform, this emerging movement is for any parent who has been or is being wrongfully denied access to their children. I was blessed to be raised by two wonderful parents. Their guidance and the example they set as we went about our day to day activities, as a family, are what made me the principled and loving man I am today.
I want to be able to provide this life foundation for my own children.
So, once again
I look forward to sharing my experience, and hope, with you.