Samesurf is an install-free solution that enables multiple people to share their browsing experiences in real-time from any device or browser.
Samesurf features the most advanced cobrowsing engine in the industry for online sales, support and collaboration.
David Pirnazar is Samesurf’s Co-Founder and CEO with ultimate responsibility for managing all aspects of the Company's development and business pursuits. Prior to co-founding Samesurf, he served as the Founder and President of Epic Vids, Inc., an interactive publisher that developed video games with partnered publishers and development studios in the interactive gaming space. In the console arena, David conceived and executive produced console and mobile games such as Fear and Respect for Midway Games and Warner Brothers Interactive (PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, PC, Handheld and Mobile) and Empire Tested for Nike. Within this role, he served as an early entrant into the mobile apps space and was among the first to include in-world ads and product placements within interactive products.
Within the mobile apps space, David co-founded Zen Interactive, LLC, a wireless game and app publisher. He started Zen with the founder of USC’s Video Game Program and the president of a wireless game and application development studio named Blue Label Interactive. At Zen, David developed wireless games, apps and related digital products that incorporated readily identifiable brands such as entertainment and sports personalities. Zen entered into numerous license agreements with prominent partners such as Viacom to develop a slew of mobile game properties. The company was sold to the remaining principals of Blue Label in conjunction with the sale of Blue Label to Konami (NYSE: KNM) in June of 2006.Read More
Jerry A. Greenberg is a Co-Founder and Investor in Samesurf. He also co-founded the leading digital agency Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE) with J. Stuart Moore where he served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Co-Chief Executive Officer until 2006. Jerry rejoined Sapient's Board in October 2010 and was elected as Co-Chairman of the Board in June 2012. Sapient was acquired by the leading advertising agency Publicis (PSX: PUBP.PA) during 2015 for $3.7 Billion. Jerry and Stuart Moore started Sapient to pioneer a fundamentally different approach to business and technology consulting. This approach delivered business and advanced technology solutions that resulted in high-value, measurable business results on time and on budget.
During his tenure with the company, he was at the forefront of many noteworthy changes in the industry that have affected the way businesses and consumers engage with each other. Jerry led Sapient during the emergence of the Internet and e-commerce and guided the company through a number of acquisitions, beginning in 1998, that laid the foundation for the fusion of deep technology skills and rich creativity that characterizes much of the company's work for clients today. Along with Moore, Jerry was also instrumental in developing Sapient's vision and values and the company's unique approach to achieving dramatic results for clients.
Since initially leaving Sapient in 2006, Jerry has been part of the founding of three privately held companies, two in which he serves as a strategic adviser and one as chief executive officer. Jerry graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.
Tyler Tarr is Samesurf’s Chief Financial Officer with primary responsibility for the development of its financial plans and monetization pursuits. Tyler brings extensive financial and operational experience in a wide array of environments ranging from early stage high technology companies to large multinational manufacturing enterprises. He formerly held senior financial and operational positions at a variety of companies including Brilliant Digital Entertainment (a publicly traded content distribution and peer-to-peer technology company), Astro Business Solutions, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon USA), Packard Bell NEC Electronics, Inc. and EMI Music Worldwide.
During his career, Tyler has been involved in the analysis, structuring and negotiation of secured financing transactions aggregating over $1.5 billion. He also successfully helped design, negotiate and implement the integration of several acquisitions, including the acquisition of SBK Records and Chrysalis Records while at EMI Music, the acquisition of Zenith Data Systems and the North American PC operation of NEC while at Packard Bell. Tyler has also provided mergers and acquisitions advisory services to middle market clients. Representative transactions include the purchase and subsequent sale of NEC's European PC operations to Acer and the take private of InFocus, a projector company with sales in excess of $200 million. He is a Certified Public Accountant formerly employed with the leading accounting firms Arthur Andersen, LLC and Coopers & Lybrand, LLC.Read More
Farzin AghaipourVP of Business Development
Farzin Aghaipour is Samesurf’s Vice President of Business Development with responsibility for originating partnerships with publishers and prospective clients with an initial focus on companies in the travel and hospitality industries. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Chief Operating Officer for Santa Monica Hotel Management, an owner and developer of several properties including the Huntley Hotel Santa Monica Beach. Farzin currently sits on the Board of Directors of Transom Capital. He earned his BA degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and holds a Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) from the University of Southern California.
Russell Flaherty is Samesurf's Lead Developer with responsibility for leading the team’s efforts in programming and developing front and back end components. Prior to joining the Company, he served as a Product Support Engineer at Brett Martin Daylight Systems. Russell received his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University.
Jake is a software developer at Samesurf who specializes in webrtc and audio & video chat technologies. He also focuses on emerging technologies in the field of visual collaboration, mobile cobrowsing and cloud-based storage.
Lucas Kriebel is Samesurf’s Lead Designer with responsibility for driving the direction of visual elements for user interface and graphical design. He also serves as a co-founder and principal of IMK Creative Group, a design house that focuses on creating beautifully functional user experiences.
Jennifer Prince serves as the Company's Lead Monetization Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's monetization initiatives. She is responsible for Media & Entertainment partnerships and revenue at Twitter, overseeing movie studios and TV networks nationally. Prior to joining Twitter in August 2013, Jennifer was Head of Industry for Film & Television at Google and years prior as a Regional Manager at YouTube. Earlier, Jennifer was SVP of Advertising at Demand Media where she launched their Ad Sales division while helping the company through its IPO. Jennifer has spent more than 20 years in advertising and 17 years focusing on digital.
She earned a BA Communications degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to Jennifer’s advisory role at Samesurf, she has served on the boards of ThinkLA & City of Hope. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles and keeps busy with her three little girls.Read More
Christopher Buchanan serves as the Company's Lead Entertainment Industry Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's initiatives within the entertainment industry. He has deep entertainment experience managing companies, content & artists and frontline entrepreneurial expertise in new media with a focus on consumer engagement, strategic partnerships and revenue generation.
Chris recently joined Samsung Electronics' newly formed Global Media Group as Director. This Group is responsible for leading advertising and n-service gaming, and developing worldwide content n-service alliances across mobile, tablet, display (television), PC, and digital appliances.
Previously, he was Vice President, Business Development for Thismoment, where Chris was responsible for Thismoment's Partner Network, representing the Company's strategic relationships with agencies, developers and technology providers. Thismoment's Distributed Engagement Channel (DEC) is a cloud-based enterprise platform for digital experience marketing used to create, distribute and measure dynamic brand experiences across multiple sites and devices by hundreds of Fortune 500 brands. At Amazon.com, he drove an original entertainment content initiative for Jeff Bezos, now launched as Amazon Studios, a collaborative online motion picture development process. As a part of the content acquisition team, Chris also licensed film & television programming for Amazon Video On Demand.
As President of Joss Whedon's company at 20th Century Fox Television (Mutant Enemy), he oversaw the critically acclaimed series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Firefly." Chris also produced Whedon's feature debut, "Serenity," at Universal Pictures. Earlier at Warner Bros., he ran Jerry Weintraub Productions where Chris developed a slate of films including "Ocean's Eleven," which grossed $450M at the box office worldwide.
Henry "Que" Gaskins serves as the Company's Lead Marketing Advisor who is entrusted with helping shape Samesurf's marketing initiatives. He is a marketing visionary and game changer known for championing ideas that stretch boundaries, challenge assumptions and deliver breakthrough business results. Que is best known for helping Reebok transform itself from an athletic shoe company to a lifestyle brand by leading the RBK division and forging pioneering relationships with Allen Iverson, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Pharrell, NBA, NFL and other cultural icons.
Most recently, he founded QUE-IN: a forward thinking brand strategy, creative solutions and ideas agency that is known for its ability to QUE-IN on brand, consumer and cultural shifts. A current roster of QUE-IN’s clients include: Revolt TV & Media, Li-Ning Sports, Barclays US, AFROPUNK and FaceReview. Prior to this endeavor, he held senior executive marketing positions at Nike, American Eagle Outfitters, Reebok, Dayton-Hudson, and most recently as the Chief Marketing Officer of the digital start-up, Personal. In his first taste of entrepreneurship, Que co-founded the ad*itive, an advertising and lifestyle marketing agency. Clients of the ad*itive included brands such as Yum! Brands, truth, Colgate, Ultra Sheen, Gentle Treatment, Timberland, Sprite, Amtrak, Choice Hotels, Bermuda Department of Tourism, McDonalds, Reebok and Volkswagen.
He graduated #1 in his class from Florida A&M University's School of Business & Industry and earned his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.Read More
Andrew Macey serves as the Company’s Lead Strategy Advisor with responsibility for helping guide Samesurf's strategy within the verticals it operates. He currently serves as Vice President of Digital Strategy & Innovation at CVS Health. Prior to this role, Andy served as Group Vice President of Digital at Luxottica and Vice President of Strategy at Sapient in a role he held for over a decade. In his role at Sapient, he worked with such industry leaders as Lenscrafters, Sunglass Hut, Dunkin' Brands, Staples, Royal Ahold, PetSmart, Tesco, P&G, Coca-Cola, Dell, Carrier, GE, Forrester Research, Gartner and The Royal Mail.
Andy's experience includes business change through new growth initiatives with a focus on digital strategy and the convergence of channels across e-commerce, mobile, social and stores. He also focuses on changes in publishing and content-driven businesses, customer experience design, multichannel investment strategy and operational and organizational effectiveness to evolve multichannel capabilities. He began his career at Bain, where he led work in go-to-market, operations and M&A strategy. Andy also worked with two software companies in senior operating roles: first as VP Sales & Services at OAT Systems (now part of Checkpoint) and as VP & MD Europe for Formation Systems (now part of Infor). He was also SVP of Operations for the consumer products company AWC and COO of HLB, a product development firm turnaround discussed in a Harvard Business School case.
Andy is also a mentor, judge or board member with several organizations involved in start-ups, business competitions and new thinking around digital convergence; these include competitions at Harvard Business School, the MIT Sloan School, MITX and Mass Challenge. He is also a board member of the start-up investment group CommonAngels and serves on an advisory board for the MIT Enterprise Forum, a community of ~100,000 entrepreneurs in 28 international chapters.
Andy has an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.Read More
Jon Snoddy serves as the Company's Chief Technical Advisor with responsibility for helping shape Samesurf's technical pursuits and promoting visibility for the Company’s offerings. He currently serves as Vice President of Research & Development at Walt Disney Imagineering. Prior to Jon’s role at Disney, he worked at Big Stage Entertainment (CTO and Co-Founder), TimePlay Entertainment (CCO/CTO), GameWorks (CCO), Sega GameWorks (CCO), Walt Disney Imagineering (Director, Senior Concept Designer, Senior Show Designer), LucasFilm (Project Director) and National Public Radio (Technical Director, Recording Engineering).
Jon has a BA Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and an AS Degree in Electronics Engineering from Piedmont Institute of Technology.
Benjamin Nazarian serves as the Company's Lead Wireless Industry Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's initiatives within the wireless and related online sectors. He is currently Founder and CEO of WannaGo, a start-up software company that helps users keep track and share their favorite places with their friends. Ben is also a Managing Partner and member of the investment committee of Omninet Capital, LLC, a private investment firm focused on real estate and venture capital investments that was established by the co-founders of Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM). He has served on the board of a number of private companies playing a critical role in their development, including advising on strategy, hiring and operational decisions.
Ben also serves on the Board of Councilors of the Law Center at the University of Southern California and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
He received his Juris Doctorate from the Law Center at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California.Read More
Beau Laskey serves as the Company’s Lead Operations Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's operational initiatives. He is a Managing Director with SVB Capital and is responsible for sourcing and executing direct venture capital and private equity investments. Beau has spent the last 15 years in technology, finance and operational leadership roles where he focused on media, technology and consumer internet investment opportunities
Prior to joining SVB, Beau was a Managing Director with Steamboat Ventures, The Walt Disney Company’s venture capital investment group. Earlier in his career, he was a Managing Director of EDF Ventures in San Diego, an early stage venture capital fund. A few of his key investments are Arbor Networks, GoPro, Greenplum, Photobucket, Sometrics and Zyray Wireless. Beau started his career as an officer in the SEAL Teams and deployed around the globe with several SEAL Teams. Beau received a BS in Economics and General Engineering with Merit as a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and received an MBA with Distinction in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Strategy from The University of Michigan Business School.
Beau and his wife have three children that are avid skiers and sports enthusiasts. In his effort to help those that have served others, Beau is a supporter and committee member of the Navy SEAL Foundation and The Mission Continues.Read More
Leora Kadisha serves as the Company's Lead Fashion Industry Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's initiatives within the fashion marketing industries. Leora was the founder and CEO of StyledOn.com, a company that was recently acquired by shopping search engine, Wantering. She now serves as a Board Member and the VP of Business Development at Wantering. Leora concurrently serves as Director of New Investments for Omninet Capital, where she is responsible for expanding their portfolio in the technology sector. With a keen sense of style and an innate entrepreneurial spirit, Leora’s experience is focused in Venture Capital and social commerce. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Boston University.
Zach KatzLead Music Industry Advisor
Zach Katz serves as the Company's Lead Monetization Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's initiatives within the music industry. He currently serves as the Executive VP Creative, North America at BMG Chrysalis. Zach earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola School of Law in 1996 and directly thereafter went into private practice.
From 2001 to 2002, he served as GM of Groove Attack USA when the German record label opened a US division. In 2002-2005, Zach worked closely with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment by managing Rakim and the label's top producers and songwriters. In 2005, he discovered, developed and continues to manage super-music producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem. In 2006, Zach co-founded Beluga Heights, a record label and publishing company, with partners J.R. Rotem and Tommy Rotem. He served as CEO, co-A&R and co-Executive Producer of every record they created. In the past 6 years, Beluga Heights has sold more than 30 million singles and 5 million albums with artists like Sean Kingston and Jason Derulo. From 2010 -2012, Zach and Beluga Heights served as A&R Consultants for Island/Def Jam, reporting directly to LA Reid.Read More
Kristin Luck serves as the Company’s Lead Market Measurement advisor who is entrusted with guiding Samesurf’s initiatives within the market measurement industry. Ranked as one of the top 100 sales and marketing experts to follow on Twitter, Kristin is a serial entrepreneur and a globetrotting keynote speaker on technology and innovation. She’s a futurist and growth hacking expert, specializing in nontraditional marketing and branding strategies, and is a regular contributor to both the commercial (Fast Company, Forbes) and academic press (Research World, Journal of Brand Strategy) where she explores emerging marketing and research methods. Kristin's experience growth hacking companies to exponential growth and, ultimately an acquisition event, is unparalleled in the marketing measurement industry.
Kristin was one of the original pioneers of the multi-media online research business when she joined ACNielsen in 1998 to develop proprietary capabilities for testing multi-media materials securely online. She jumped ship from ACNielsen to co-found OTX (Online Testing Exchange) in 2000, where she drove strategy and operations. OTX was named the fastest growing research company in the world in 2002 & 2003 and was acquired in January 2004 by Zelnick Media & Pilot Group for $30MM and again, in January 2010 by Ipsos for $65MM.
Kristin left OTX post-acquisition to start Forefront Consulting Group, a research technology consulting firm, which was acquired by Decipher in 2007. As President & CMO of Decipher, she drove sales and marketing, achieving double digit growth annually from 2007-2014. Decipher was acquired by FocusVision Worldwide in 2014.Read More
Ben Sykes serves as the Company's User Experience Design Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide the continued creation of a seamless and enjoyable user experience for the Samesurf user base. He started taking web development clients in 1995, which led to the creation of his first design consultancy. Ben’s consultancy serviced upwards of 200 clients such as Warner Brothers Music, Artisan Entertainment and Digital Evolution.
In 2003, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return, Ben continued to work with such companies as (1) Oversee.net where he designed and developed the meta search engine information.com; (2) American Idol Underground where he led the art direction of a web based version of the TV show; (3) NASA, NSA & Oracle where he created faceted search prototypes via Siderean Software; (4) Microsoft where he led multiple UX initiatives; (5) Cisco where he managed and built the Irish UX team and helped integrate WebEx / CUPC; (6) YouSendit where he led the shared workspace design and product offering; and (7) Google where he was a lead on the AdWords team and was instrumental in the creation of multiple features such as the Display Targeting Tab, Alerts, AdWords and Google Help. Ben then went on to lead the design of the big data visualization of self-service dashboards backed by the Google Data Warehouse. He first worked with the Samesurf team in 2010 and led the development of the Company's initial interaction models and UI specifications.Read More
Larry Russ serves as the Company's Lead Legal Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf with regard to legal matters tied to intellectual property protection. He is a founding partner and co-head of the litigation department of Russ August & Kabat. As an active trial attorney, Larry focuses on trademark, copyright, patent, business torts, trade regulation and advertising law and complex litigation. He also works extensively on antitrust and unfair competition matters and has substantial experience representing clients in the home entertainment, technology and communications sectors, including video game hardware manufacturers, computer software developers, electronic toy makers and wireless communications companies. Additionally, Larry consults with established and emerging companies in connection with e-commerce, financing, expansion, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, strategic alliances and intellectual property issues.
He is also active in helping emerging companies and is an active investor and advisor to Transom Capital, a firm that recently acquired Blue Microphones, Uncle Milton Toys, Ritz Camera and other diverse companies. For a number of years, Larry served as an associate editor of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers quarterly publication. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation, Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law Sections as well as an active member of the American Bar Association Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law Sections. Larry was recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Publishers of Los Angeles Magazine from 2008-2014. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Russ was recognized as a Southern California Top 100 Super Lawyer.Read More
Jai Choi serves as the Company's Business Development and Partnerships Advisor who is entrusted with helping with Samesurf’s partner origination efforts. He is a founder of Tekton Ventures, a seed stage venture fund focused on helping founders build and grow their early stage companies. Jai has spent most of his career as a serial entrepreneur and early stage investor. He is currently a seed and early stage investor in 30+ companies including Coupang, Attune, Plae, Memebox, Cotopaxi, BitVault, The Orange Chef, Chute, Sidecar, EatClub, Gem, Betable, Signifyd, HotHouse/Stitch, Bugcrowd, PriceMatch, TouchofModern, HeartThis, Younity, Sensopia, UserVoice, GreenCar. He is an accelerator mentor to Mucker Labs, Draper University, SparkLabs and KStartup.
Jai was a founder of PeerPong, a cloud-based semantic search company acquired by FormSpring.me in early 2011. He is also a venture partner with Partech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco and Paris. Jai joined Partech in late 2006 to focus on Internet, Software and Mobile.
Prior to Partech, he was a partner with IGNITE Ventures, a $250M venture fund and advisory group with strategic limited partners from major Asia-based technology conglomerates. Jai has extensive experience advising major Asia-based technology companies on new growth platforms, new business formation, joint venture, and M&A. He was an early employee at OnePage Software, a content personalization platform acquired by Sybase in 2001. Jai previously co-founded On-Air Networks in 1997, an online radio company to deliver copyright licensed music over the Internet. On-Air was acquired in late 1999 by Loudeye (Nokia). He started his career in management consulting at PA Consulting Group, focused on market-related and operational issues for major telecom and energy companies. Jai is an advisor to a number of other start-ups including Rivet & Sway and Scoop.it as well as a mentor to accelerator companies Mucker Labs and SparkLabs.Read More
Brian Weitman serves as the Company's Lead Apparel Industry Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's initiatives within the apparel industry.
He is the CEO of STC-QST, a manufacturer and designer based in Los Angeles. STC-QST and QST Industries are the leading suppliers of garment construction materials in the world. Some of the company's core products are interlinings, pocketing, linings, waistbands, and embroidery backings. STC-QST supplie some of the leading brands in the world including Polo, Levi's, Guess, St. John Knits, VF, Quiksilver, Hurley, Lucky Brand, True Religion, Hudson, Citizens for Humanity and AG.
Brian also founded Security Sourcing International. SSI Apparel is a full service apparel sourcing company providing a broad range of development and production solutions to the better and contemporary markets. SSI Apparel’s clients include Levi’s Vintage Collection (LVC), Chrome Hearts, Stone Cold Fox, as well as many other designer brands. He was a founding partner of Field Scout, a men’s designer clothing brand that sells to high end retailers around the world. Field Scout makes a large portion of its products in Los Angeles and can be found in Nordstrom, Saks, American Rag, Ron Herman and many other leading retailers.
Brian is a third generation Apparel Industry Expert with expertise in garment construction, production, global sourcing and distribution. He is currently the President of the Textile Association of Los Angeles, a board member of the California Fashion Association, an advisory board member of the USC Entrepreneur Program and a member of YPO International. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University Of Southern California Marshall School Of Business.Read More
Kia Stora serves as the Company's Monetization Advisor who is entrusted with helping guide Samesurf's monetization efforts. She has over a decade of experience in online business development, specializing in national and geo-targeted search engine optimization and marketing with companies like Chix Creative and LocalCorp. She currently works with a plethora of clients to help monetize their web properties by connecting traffic sources with appropriate advertisers.
Throughout her years in the relevant industries, Kia has worked closely with both publishers and advertisers to craft and execute thousands of online marketing and monetization campaigns. In the last few years, she also established and now oversees the day-to-day operations of Matchflow Media.