Hooman Radfar at the Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference
July 14, 1980 |
|Residence||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
Hooman Radfar (born July 14, 1980, London, England) is an American technology entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of AddThis, where he was previously the CEO. AddThis provides the most widely-used social media tools and analytics platform for web site creators. According to web measurement firm ComScore, in 2013 the platform reached over 97% of users in the United States and 1.6 billion users world-wide.
Early life and education
At the time of the Iranian Revolution, his family immigrated to England in 1979. Radfar was born in London in 1980. Nearly a year later the family moved to the United States where he was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Radfar graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in 1998. In 2002, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Computer Science and Economics. In 2004, he earned his M.S. in Information Networking from the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he researched social networking.
In 2004, Radfar and Austin Fath founded Clearspring Technologies to create developer platforms based on their research in web services and social networking at Carnegie Mellon. Clearspring launched the first content sharing and tracking service for web publishers in 2006. The company acquired AddThis in 2008 and XGraph in 2011. Renamed AddThis in 2012, the company provides the largest reaching social infrastructure platform, reaching 1.7B users monthly across a network of 13M publishers.
In 2011, Radfar helped launch Always Prepped, a big data visualization and management platform for teachers, principals, and students in K-12. He was an initial investor and has been a board member since inception. In 2012, he joined True Ventures in the seed round of investment in the education technology company.
Other Company Involvement
Awards & Recognition
In 2007, he was named one of Tech's Best Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek alongside Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. In 2010 he as well as a Top 25 Marketing Leader and Innovator Online by iMedia Publications. He was a commencement speaker at Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute  and a Whiting Turner Lecturer at the University of Maryland.
Hooman currently lives in San Francisco. His brother, Cyrus Radfar, is a San Francisco entrepreneur and founder of Kapuno.
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