Farhad loves people and creates things. In addition to Gripe, Farhad founded DotSpots in 2008, 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.
gripes–Institutions of all kinds -- governments, churches, businesses -- They all need to be harnessed to serve the people, not the other way around!
Matt lives to pursue challenging technical problems and push the envelope of computing. He served as CTO of DotSpots, and previously worked on building scalable and fast solutions for energy companies, both as desktop and web applications. Along with Ryan Perry, he worked with StumbleUpon to build a newest generation of IE Toolbar prior to their acquisition by EBay.
Matt has a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary.
gripes–Hardware that's locked down, waiting in lines that don't move.
cheers–Spending time with my family, playing with my son, making devices do things they couldn't and reading.
Navid likes to take part in initiatives that in some way help humanity. He started his career at GE and spend his first two years in their Information Management Leadership Program. After leading and delivering multiple business critical projects in Europe and the States, he left GE as an Operations Leader in 2006 to pursue the startup world.
Navid has a BS in Business - Computer Science concentration, and an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Kansas.
gripes–Television, Mail advertising, Mainstream news, Phone books, Junk food, Credit cards. Creating waste and using resources beyond what's necessary to live healthy lives. Not consciously caring for the environment and all sentient beings. Being lazy, greedy or selfish.
cheers–Earth, music, meditation, the outdoors, reading, art/painting, psychology, people who inspire me, balance, cosmos, nature.
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.
gripes–Too much work before launch to even write in a gripe!
cheers–Hockey, family and the outdoors. Enjoys games and game development in his spare time.
Kai likes to create solutions that are functional, emotional and fun to use. In addition to gri.pe, Kai is design lead at DotSpots. Prior, Kai worked as Senior Designer at Google where he was responsible for the design of Google Desktop, Toolbar and other client products. In addition, Kai lead the R&D efforts at MetaCreations Corp. for new interface concepts in cooperation with the LEGO Group and Apple Computer. Notable among Kai's many achievements is the design and execution of the award-winning project for Professor Stephen Hawking, entitled Life In The Universe.
Kai has a background in physics and mechanical engineering, and a BA in typography and design.
gripes–Products without soul, lack of common sense, mediocre design, borders of any kind – the world needs to be free and open!
cheers–Arts, Music, Burning Man, Travel, Cafe Racer, Typography & Yoga.
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.
gripes–Extremists (of any kind). The educational system at large needs a major shift of paradigm from the current one-size-fits-all model, to one that nurtures individuality and creativity. More transparency and accountability amongst businesses and institutions across the board.
cheers–Music, Art, Soccer (Hala Madrid!), Justice and Equality, and of course: Love :)