Samir Arora in 2007
|Born||November 5, 1965|
|Residence||Woodside, California and SoHo, New York|
|Occupation||CEO of Glam Media, Inc.|
|Title||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glam Media, Inc.
Chairman of Information Capital LLC
|Awards||Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for "Media" in Northern California (2009)|
Samir Arora (born November 5, 1965) is best known as a veteran of Apple Computer, Inc. from 1983 to 1992; the founder, CEO and Chairman of the web design company NetObjects, Inc. from 1995 to 2001, and also as the founder, CEO and Chairman of Glam Media since 2003. Samir Arora holds 13 US software patents as co-inventor.
Samir Arora was born in New Delhi, India, as the eldest son of a wealthy Indian family and moved to New York in his teens. His father and family ran a multiple restaurants & hotels business and diversified into manufacturing. Samir Arora attended high school at St. Xavier's, the executive management program at INSEAD Business School in France, and the executive education program at Harvard Business School. He holds a diploma in sales and marketing from the London Business School and studied electrical and electronic engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS).
Arora wrote a white paper called "Information Navigation: The Future of Computing" in late 1986, and worked on early Desktop Publishing, HyperCard and 4th Dimension systems. He is known for creating the first "External Objects" specification, coined the terms "MacNavigator" and "MacBrowser" and worked on the early prototypes that lead to the making of the "Knowledge Navigator" video in 1987. Arora worked for the Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, John Sculley, from 1987 to 1991.
In 1991 Samir Arora worked on the first tablet Apple called Pen Mac. The project later was cancelled by John Sculley in favor of the Newton PDA. The operating system of the Pen Mac was created by Paul Mercer, and when Steve Jobs returned, Apple used PenMac to launch iPod.
From 1992 to 1995, Arora was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rae Technology (a spin-off from Apple Computer), which developed "information navigation applications". Rae Technology created Rae Assist, one of the first Personal Information Managers (PIM).
In 1995 Samir Arora co-founded NetObjects, Inc. and together with a design and development team including David Kleinberg, Clement Mok and Sal Arora, created NetObjects Fusion, one of the first Web design products. This Web design software was innovative at the time of its introduction in 1996 because of the way Web sites were designed and structured.
In 1998 Samir Arora was named as one of the "Web Innovators of the Year" by CNET, and, together with Pointcast, was named Entrepreneur of the Year 1997 by the Emerging Business Council of the Information Industry Association (now Software and Information Industry Association).
After the launch of NetObjects Fusion, IBM invested approximately $100 million in a share exchange to buy 80% of NetObjects, corresponding to a valuation of around $150 million. NetObjects, Inc. went public on NASDAQ in 1999 with IBM staying the majority shareholder. Dependencies on IBM were high as the registration statement pointed out.
NetObjects, Inc. and its products including NetObjects Fusion were sold to Website Pros (now named Web.com), a web services company, based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. A portfolio of seven patents was acquired by Macromedia (now Adobe Systems), the distributor of Dreamweaver.
Information Capital LLC and Tickle
Since 1997, Samir Arora has been the Chairman of Information Capital LLC, a venture capital fund based in Woodside, California, USA, which invests in consumer publishing, media & technology companies.
From June 2003 to February 2004, Arora served as Chairman of the Board of Tickle, Inc. Tickle, one of the first social networking sites, was founded in 1999 in Boston as Emode.com, and moved to San Francisco in 2000. Tickle was acquired by Monster.com in May 2004 to compete with LinkedIn and merged into Monster June 2008.
In May, 2013, Mary Meeker's Internet Industry Trends listed Glam as one of the Top 10 Internet Properties by Global Monthly Reach 
Glam operates 7 Verticals: Women Style: Glam.com & Home, Parenting: Tend.com, Family Entertainment, Men's Style: Brash.com, Health & Wellness: Bliss.com, and Food: Foodie.com. Glam acquired the social networking platform Ning in 2012, and with it Marc Andressen joined the Glam Media's Board of Directors.
Samir Arora serves as Chairman and CEO of Glam Media. For his work at Glam, he was included by min Magazine in the The Digital Hot List 2008 in November 2008.
Launched Foodie vertical in February 2012, and has become #2 among food publishers online, reaching 19.7 million unique users a month (as measured by comScore, Feb. 2013) Launched Foodie.com as a social network for food lovers in February, 2013 and the Foodie Editions App on the Apple iOS for iPad and iPhone that brings free eMagazine Editions to consumers on mobile devices.
Samir Arora is the publisher and editor of the first Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide print book along with leading food critics Patricia Wells, Gael Greene, and Ruth Reichl and Masuhiro Yamamoto.
He has studied Zen Shojin-Ryori, Cha-Kaiseki, and Japanese Tea Ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.
Health & Wellness Media
Launched Bliss.com in February 2011 as a content hub for health and wellness with articles and videos from authors and content creators. Bliss includes information about empowerment, alternative healing, green living, diet and nutrition, exercise, fitness and active sports. Bliss media reaches 11 Million people in the US and is #5 in Health & Wellness in reach as measured by comScore in June 2013.
Samir Arora studied several forms of alternative health therapies since 1991. He is certified in body therapy (AISI) and has studied Bodywork, Ida Rolf's Structural Integration, Moshé Feldenkrais' Functional Integration, Zen Trigger Point, Berry Method, Trager Work, Energy Work, BKS Iyengar Yoga, Charles Muir Tantra, and Dub Leigh's Zentherapy. Samir Arora serves as the Chairman on of the non-profit organization International ZenTherapy Institute, Inc. (IZII) 
Launched Brash.com and the men's lifestyle vertical with 14 Million users a month (comScore) with entertainment, life, auto, sports and gadgets. Brash has partnerships with publishers such as Rolling Stone, Time, TheCarConnection, and CNET, and also some original content, like a "Brash 100" ranking of notable men ranging from Michael Phelps to Richard Branson.
Video & TV
In September, 2013, launched Glam Studios for original content for style, food, and lifestyle. Episodes are available through an App on iTunes, on Glam Media's websites and on a new YouTube Channel. Glam's first studios are in New York and is shooting in New York and Los Angeles.
In 1998 Samir Arora, along with Clement Mok and the NetObjects team received the Gold award of the world's best designed consumer products from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Samir Arora is named in 13 US software patents as co-inventor.
Interests in the arts and entertainment
From 1975 to 1983, Samir was trained by Barry John, the leader of the Theatre Action Group (TAG), and took part in over 30 theatre and TV productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar (1975–76), Tommy (1978), Kidstuff (1979), Death of an Anarchist (1980), and The Day of Atonement (1981). Samir Arora studied theatre and music composition and wrote as well as produced several plays and musicals during this time, amongst them the plays: The Pinnacle (1982) and The Vulture Stooped Low (1984), and two musicals: The Wall (1981) and Stronger than Superman (1984). Arora was one of the few members of the TAG team to leave theatre, TV and movies, and went on to join Apple Computer.
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