Hooman Radfar

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Hooman Radfar
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Hooman Radfar, 2013
Born (1980-07-14) July 14, 1980 (age 39)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.S.E/B.A.)
Carnegie Mellon University (M.S.)

Hooman Radfar (born July 14, 1980, London, England) is an American entrepreneur and investor. He is a partner at Expa, a San Francisco-based start-up studio. Previously he was co-founder and served as CEO of AddThis. AddThis provides the most widely used marketing tools for web site creators. According to web measurement firm ComScore, in 2015 the platform was ranked #1 in AdFocus, reaching over 97% of users in the United States ahead of Google, Yahoo and Facebook.[1] According to TechCrunch, AddThis was purchased by Oracle in 2016 for around $200 million.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

At the time of the Iranian Revolution, his family immigrated to England in 1979. Radfar was born in London in 1980. His family later 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.[3]


AddThis (Clearspring)[edit]

In 2004, Radfar and Austin Fath founded Clearspring Technologies to create developer platforms based on their graduate research in web services and social networking at Carnegie Mellon.[4] Clearspring launched the first content sharing and tracking service for web publishers in 2006.[5] The company acquired AddThis in 2008,[6] then XGraph in 2011, which was rebranded as AddThis in 2012.


In 2014, Radfar moved to San Francisco,[7] joining Expa as an EIR.[8] He became a partner at the firm alongside Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai in 2015.


  1. ^ "comScore Ranks the Top 50 U.S. Digital Media Properties for January 2015". comScore, Inc. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Oracle Buys Audience Tracking Firm AddThis For Around $200M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  3. ^ "LinkedIn Public Profile".
  4. ^ Shropshire, Corilyn (June 6, 2007). "Clearspring's 'widget' deal may help boost NBC". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Cashmore, Pete (November 6, 2006). "Clearspring to Track Widgets Across Netvibes, Myspace, and More". Mashable. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (September 30, 2008). "Widget Platform Clearspring Acquires AddThis". ReadWrite. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "AddThis founder Hooman Radfar moves west - Washington Business Journal". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  8. ^ Crook, Jordan. "Expa Brings On Hooman Radfar, AddThis Founder, As San Francisco EIR". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-02-01.

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