|Known for||Shots Studios|
John Shahidi is an American businessman, software developer, manager and producer. Shahidi started Shots Studios, a management company which produces content and are creative directors for musicians and artists including Anitta, Alesso, Rudy Mancuso, Lele Pons, Hannah Stocking and Anwar Jibawi.
In 2009, he and his brother Sam Shahidi started the video game studio company RockLive, where they created mobile games. In 2016, RockLive became Shots Studios.
John and Sam Shahidi started developing iOS apps in 2009 and started out as a video game development company called Rock Software, later renamed RockLive. Their first commercial app was RunPee. Their childhood friend Jordan Palmer introduced the Shahidi brothers to former Cincinnati Bengals team member Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson. RockLive developed two apps for Ochocinco, Chad Ochocinco Experience, and its follow-up, MadChad.
The inspiration for the app came after Facebook was forced to take down a page that attracted cyberbullying. Shahidi, who had been bullied as an overweight child, said "I don't want any kid or adult to have to feel inadequate like I did". Photos had to be taken real-time, without the use of filters or other editing material, and users could not comment on pictures or see how many "likes" other people received.
After raising $12.1 million in funding in 2015 and with the number of the Shots app users dropping, Shahidi changed focus from software to content. RockLive rebranded to Shots Studios, a talent agency and production studio for social media personalities, predominantly on YouTube. Investors included boxer Floyd Mayweather and singer Justin Bieber.
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