Deepen Shah

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Deepen Shah
Born (1984-03-04) March 4, 1984 (age 33)
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Software designer, web developer, software architect, computer programmer, entrepreneur, non-violent activist, non-violence advocate
Deepen Shah speaking at the United Nations
Deepen Shah speaking at the United Nations

Deepen Shah (born March 4, 1984) is an American web developer and businessman known as the creator of buzzd, and eztxtmsg (acquired by Omnicom's BBDO ad agency in 2006.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Shah grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. By age 11, he had become interested in computer hacking and computer programming. Shah got involved within the computer hacking culture of 2600 and other hacker organizations. Shah ran several online web businesses while attending high school at Livingston High School and Newark Academy. He graduated from New York University Stern School of Business's in 2006, where he majored in finance and information systems. Shah sold his first start-up company eztxtmsg to Omnicom's BBDO ad agency as he was graduating.[citation needed]


Deepen Shah was mentioned in various publications regarding location-based services and mobile technology. Those publications include the New York Times,[4] New York Times Bits Blog]],[5] Forbes Magazine[6] and TechCrunch[2]


eztxtmsg was founded by Shah in 2006 while at NYU. It was the one of the first self-serve application service provider mass SMS/text messaging tools for business. eztxtmsg was featured in 'Inc Magazine's "Five Ideas to Watch".[7] Shah created eztxtmsg to allow small businesses to send text messages to customers about sales, coupons and offers. In 2005, eztxtmsg worked with singer John Legend's Show Me Campaign to help raise awareness for education.


Shah co-founded FanBridge in 2006 with people he met in college.[citation needed]


Shah co-founded and was chief technology officer of the mobile social cityguide, buzzd in 2007.[8] He raised $3.2 million in venture capital from BlackBerry Partners Fund, ff Venture Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Greycroft and Monitor Ventures.[9][10] In 2010, buzzd pivoted to the platform "LocalResponse," to help brands reach consumers across aggregate location-based services.

Non-violence advocacy[edit]

Shah is an outspoken advocate of non-violence and has been involved with the Temple of Understanding, a 501(c)(3) United Nations non-governmental organization, in promoting inter-faith discussion and dialogue. He spoke at the United Nations and organized youth events on the topic of non-violence and humanity.[11]


  1. ^ JENNA WORTHAM ,"Buzzd Brings Location-Based Guides to the BlackBerry". 19 May 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Leena Rao,"Buzzd Rebrands As Local Response; Debuts Social Customer Management Tool For Businesses". 18 April 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Stephen Shankland,"Coders get 70 percent of Android Market revenue". 22 October 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Buzzd Brings Location-based Guides to the Blackberry". 
  5. ^ "Buzzd seeks to guide you whatever your phone". 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lora Kolody, "Five Ideas to Watch". Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  8. ^ John Kullman,"Buzzd Secures Series A Funding". 28 April 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Tricia Duryee,"Buzzd Raises First Round For Location-based Mobile Networking". 24 April 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces funding for buzzd, Digby and WorldMate". 29 October 2008. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Our Common Humanity in the Information Age" (PDF). Retrieved 24 January 2017.