Flipagram lets you turn the pictures on your phone into short photo-video stories, set to music you love.
Flipagrams are fun to make, easy to share, and have as many uses as there are stories to tell.
Farhad loves people and creates things. In addition to founding Cheerful, inc. (Flipagram's parent company), Farhad founded Shopzilla in 2004 and BizRate.com in 1996. He led BizRate.com and Shopzilla from launch to profitability and through a successful $562 million sale. .
Farhad holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Mathematics/Applied Science and a BA in Economics with a specialization in Computing from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Brian loves building highly scalable web and mobile platforms that become a positive part of people's daily lives. Additionally he loves to assemble and manage world-class teams of passionate engineers to work along side.
Prior to becoming Cheerful CTO, Brian was VP of Engineering at ShopNation.com ($20M exit - acquired by Meredith) where he built the team that created the company’s shopping engine, which powered the site.
Before that he was a Lead Architect at LowerMyBills.com ($330M exit - acquired by Experian) where he built the matching engine that to this day powers their lead-gen services. Brian's matching engine increased revenues in the debt vertical by ~%800 when first deployed.
In addition Brian has had a ton of experience at various startups that did not make it. Failure is a great teacher! In his free time, Brian starts and contributes to many open source software projects.
What makes Brian Cheerful… My wife, my kids, my friends, video games, and home made beer.
Josh is a native of Toronto, Canada where he received his BFA in Design and Digital Media from York University and Sheridan College. He specializes in user experience, design, and software architecture and development. Josh has a special interest in making social media and technology accessible to everyone, in a creative and user-friendly manner.
Josh’s inventive mind and broad interests brought him to New York City and now Los Angeles where his brain continues working on new and innovative ideas. As one of the Co-Founders of Flipagram, he's looking forward to working with the Cheerful Inc. Team.
What makes Josh Cheerful… family & friends, his dog Enzo, food, snowboarding, and surfing…his sister Julia and his two beautiful nieces.
Raffi is passionate about creating high quality and streamlined digital experiences which spark creativity and bring people together.
Raffi has a BFA in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design, where he also studied Interactive Media. He's worked at Huge and TrueCar and has always been pursuing passion projects on the side. As one of the Co-Founders of Flipagram, he's excited to join the team at Cheerful Inc.
What makes Raffi Cheerful… his dog Curtis, his family & friends, art, music, good food, and spontaneous adventures.
Ryan likes to develop high quality software and to be part of something that will improve the way people use technology. He originally developed risk analysis and economic software for the oil and gas industry. Gripe is his fourth internet start-up. His other internet experience incudes DotSpots where he's specialized in front-end development. He also worked with Matt Mastracci to build the Internet Explorer toolbar for StumbleUpon which was integral for their acquisition by Ebay.
Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering.
What makes Ryan Cheerful… Hockey, family and the outdoors. Enjoys games and game development in his spare time.
Daniel enjoys developing and tinkering with everything Android, as well as chasing down bugs.
Daniel has an MS in Computer Engineering from USC.
What makes Daniel Cheerful… His Corgi named Butter, taking pictures with his SLR, and finding new places to eat in downtown LA
Gihan enjoys creating scalable and robust back-end systems for web sites that are meaningful and help people.
After working many years at large technology companies Gihan has been at internet startups in various roles since 2004.
Gihan has a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
What makes Gihan Cheerful… Nature, travel, dogs and home roasted coffee.
Andrey likes making web applications and services. He first started programming (in perl) when he started local ISP company in Russia.
He likes being in a company of positive people.
What makes Andrey Cheerful… Movies, coding, mechanical keyboards, soccer.
Mike enjoys dabbling in all aspects of computing, from dynamic user interfaces to operating system tuning. He has gained expertise in multiple layers of the web technology stack over the course of two decades, and with the rise of platform-as-a-service he found it natural to take on a DevOps role.
Mike is a proponent of open source and open information, and enjoys seeing how the internet connects and informs people (especially himself).
What makes Adrian Cheerful… Life, Love, and Creativity
Adrian enjoys building intuitive, frictionless applications that empower users to create great things. He is especially interested in creating near native experiences with HTML/JS on mobile devices.
He has worked with Brian at Shopnation, and with Josh and Raffi at TrueCar.
He also enjoys going on New Adventures.
What makes Adrian Cheerful… Snowboarding, Family and Friends, Variety and Travel
Phoenix enjoys helping to keep the train on the tracks and creating environments that allow people to achieve greatness.
Phoenix once toured the world as a professional singer and dancer, enjoys "creating" in his spare time and is excited to be a member of the Flipagram team.
What makes Phoenix Cheerful… Making his boss laugh, developing scents that evoke joyful memories and writing/singing songs that make people think.
George likes to bring people together, to create a sense of community, and to motivate. Throughout his widely diverse career, these are the themes that remain constant. He surrounds himself with positive, motivated, like-minded people that he believes in, and does his best to bring the greatness out of each one of them.
As one of the co-founders of Flipagram, George was attracted to the team at Cheerful Inc. for the very reasons stated above.
George has a BS in Environmental Geosciences and a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology.
What makes George Cheerful… his wife, his family, his friends, love, the outdoors, laughter, music, art, conversation, sports, travel, ambition, the wonderful journey of life!
Arash likes to create tools and services that enable and promote awareness and transparency in order to empower the masses. Gripe and DotSpots are Arash's first foray into internet world.
Always a tech and internet enthusiast, Arash finished his studies in Film and Audio Engineering.
What makes Arash Cheerful… Music, Art, Soccer (Hala Madrid!), Justice and Equality, and of course: Love!