Deepen Shah

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Deepen Shah
Deepen Shah in New York City.jpg
Deepen Shah's LinkedIn profile
Born (1984-03-04) March 4, 1984 (age 31)[1]
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 (born March 4, 1984) is an American web developer and businessman known as the creator of buzzd,[2] FanBridge,[3] and eztxtmsg which was acquired by Omnicom's BBDO ad agency in 2006.

Features / Mentions as a Technologist and Entrepreneur[edit]

Deepen Shah has been featured and mentioned in various publications regarding location-based services and mobile technology. Those publications include the New York Times, New York Times Bits Blog, Forbes Magazine, TechCrunch. Shah was ranked as #4 on Silicon Alley Insiders Top 100 Entrepreneurs in 2007.

Early years[edit]

Shah grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and 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. He went to high school at Livingston High School and Newark Academy. Shah 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.


eztxtmsg was founded by Shah in 2006 while at NYU. eztxtmsg was the one of the first self serve Application service provider mass SMS / text messaging tool for businesses.[4] eztxtmsg was featured in Inc Magazine's Five Ideas to Watch.[5] Shah created eztxtmsg out of a need 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.[3] Shah was responsible for the Technology of the company and built the platform to support sending emails to hundreds of millions of music fans.


Shah co-founded and was Chief Technology Officer of the mobile social cityguide, buzzd in 2007. Shah raised $3.2 million in venture capital from BlackBerry Partners Fund, ff Venture Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Greycroft and Monitor Ventures.[6] In 2010, buzzd pivoted to the platform "LocalResponse," to help brands reach consumers across aggregate location-based services.

Non-violence advocacy[edit]

Deepen Shah speaking at the United Nations
Deepen Shah speaking at the United Nations

Shah is an outspoken advocate of non-violence and has been involved with the Temple of Understanding, a 501c3 United Nations NGO organization, in promoting inter-faith discussion and dialogue. Shah has spoken at the United Nations[7] and organized youth events on the topic of non-violence and humanity.


  1. ^ Deepen Shah's facebook account
  2. ^ "buzzd Crunchbase Profile". 
  3. ^ a b Glass, Suzanne. "FanBridge Company Profile". 
  4. ^ "eztxtmsg Press Release". 
  5. ^ Inc Magazine (May 1, 2005). "Five Ideas to Watch". Inc Magazine. 
  6. ^ Fierce Wireless (October 29, 2008). "BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces funding for buzzd, Digby and WorldMate". Fierce Wireless. 
  7. ^ United Nations (May 1, 2007). "Our Common Humanity in the Information Age" (PDF). United Nations.