Faisal Farooqui was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra. His father owned bakeries in the city. He attended St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai. He received a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Finance from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Faisal was elected to the University’s Faculty Senate Committee and the Student government. He became the technology editor of the campus newspaper, Pipe Dream.