Nikrooz Nasr

Economist, Designer, and Developer

It's not my work. It's my passion.

I have always been driven by user experience or welfare; it's my passion. Whether I am developing an app or an economic model, I am focusing on how different aspects of a product would affect the consumers. For instance, how a news aggregator app, in the information age, could help users to find the "best" content much more efficently. Or how the competition among vertically integrated platforms, like Google and Apple, might harm consumers in the long-run.

During my Ph.D. studies at Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), I further investigated these questions from the economic point of view. More precisely, I studied the effect of news aggregators, like Google News and Facebook, on newspapers and consumers. I also demonstrated how the competition between vertically integrated platforms could result in a lock-in war.

While trying to understand the economic side of product development, I started working as a UX designer and a front-end developer in several projects. In that capacity, I was mostly responsible for designing and implementing the user experience. In some cases, I also managed analytics, and participated in the back-end programming.


2014 - now

Cofounder, UX Designer and Front-end Developer

from 2014 to present day


On March 2014, I cofounded Dakke, a newsreader app designed for the emerging markets, where consumers are suffering from low speed Internet, censorship and non-mobile friendly design.

  • Designed and developed UI responsible for attracting more than 200k MAU, getting 90% 5-stars ratings, and reaching the top 20 chart of news apps in US App Store.
  • Creating and prioritising new features, managing development process using Agile methodologies (Scrum and Continuous Delivery), testing and tracking bugs , gathering data, measuring metrics, and performing A/B tests.
  • Managing back-end operations (AWS), controlling operational costs, and managing version control (git).
  • Curating content from all news sources, and managing customers relationship.

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2012 - now

UX Designer and Front-end Developer

from 2012 to present day


Designing and developing several mobile (iOS and Android) and web applications.

2008 - 2009


from August 2008 to February 2009

Kalleh Dairy Company, Tehran, Iran

Revised the distribution system of the biggest dairy company of Iran, and improved its capacity by 10 percent.

2007 - 2008

IT Consultant

from December 2007 to April 2008

N.I.O.R.D.C, Tehran, Iran

Designed an IT Master Plan for National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Co. to improve the supply chain and reduce the inventory costs.


System Engineer

from June 2007 to September 2007

I.S.O.I.C.O, Tehran, Iran

Designed and implemented an information system for suppliers of Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Co., and improved the decision making process.


2012 - now

Ph.D in Economics

from 2012 to 2016 (expected)

Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France

2011 - 2012

European Diploma in Advanced Quantitative Economics

from 2011 to 2012

Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France

with Distinction

2009 - 2011

Master in Economic Theory and Econometrics

from 2009 to 2011

Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France

with Distinction

2004 - 2009

B.S. in Industrial Engineering

from 2004 to 2009

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

with Distinction


Programming Languages
Objective-C Java HTML CSS Javascript Python
Designing Softwares
Sketch Photoshop Illustrator Prototyping
Oracle SQL
Statistical Packages
R Stata Matlab
Scrum Continuous Delivery



A news reader designed for emerging markets


Haab is your hub!

News Aggregators

News Aggregators and Competition Among Newspapers in the Internet

Dynamics of Compatibility

Will the Future of the Internet be Dominated by Incompatible Platforms?


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An app designed to empower Iranian lawyers