Backbone founder listed in Forbes 30 Under 30

Maneet Khaira features in the 2022 Games category on investment funding and strength of partnerships with Microsoft

Backbone founder listed in Forbes 30 Under 30

Maneet Khaira, founder of Backbone, has been listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 games category for 2022, with Forbes celebrating his achievements since starting the company during his senior year at Columbia University.

From raising an initial $1 million investment from parties including Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures and Youtuber MrBeast to support the launch of its core product, the Backbone game controller for mobile phones, Khaira has since raised $40 million in February 2022 to bring console and PC titles to mobile.

This latest funding round attracted even more high-profile investors including Post Malone, Kevin Hart, and TheWeeknd.

Forbes 30 Under 30

Other games industry luminaries acknowledged in the list include Meta technical program manager Chase Davis, who was celebrated for his work on Meta’s cloud gaming functionality; Tammie Siew and Khoa Tran, developers of the mobile app Revery, which gamifies cognitive behavioural therapy; and Victoria Tran, community director at Innersloth, creators of Among Us.


Former editor of, Khai can also be found on Vice, Star Trek, and in numerous scientific journals and publications.