Liron Shapira

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Liron Shapira
Born (1987-11-05) November 5, 1987 (age 33)[1]
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationChief Science Officer of Quixey

Liron Shapira (born 1987) is an Israeli American businessman and technology entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chief science officer of search startup Quixey.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Shapira was born in Israel, but moved to Silicon Valley with his family at age four.[2] In 2009, he graduated with a degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley. Before starting Quixey or graduating college, he was the first engineer on the team at that created SuperPoke! Pets.[5][6]


In 2009, Shapira co-founded Quixey, a "search engine for apps", with Chief Strategy Officer Tomer Kagan. At the time, Quixey was the "first entrant" in a "market that didn't exist",[7] but is now valued at around $600 million as of 2015.[8] Shapira leads research at Quixey to build "functional search" technology,[2] and created Quixey's all-platform search with natural language processing.[9] He has helped developers integrate mobile deep linking into their apps.[10]

Shapira was also responsible for developing the "Quixey Challenge", where contestants were each paid $100 for identifying a simple software bug in under sixty seconds. Quixey used the challenge as a recruiting tool for software engineers, and winners were invited to interview with the company, resulting in several hires.[11][12]

In September 2016, Shapira stepped down from Quixey. Quixey shut down in February 2017.[13]


Shapira is an advisor to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and the Center for Applied Rationality, two not-for-profit research groups.[3] He predicts a future where the Internet of Things evolves into an "internet of everything".[14]


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  2. ^ a b c Layton, Stephen (August 20, 2013). "Interview: Quixey Co-Founder Liron Shapira Brings Functional Search to Apps". SV411. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Shapira, Liron (May 15, 2014). "2014 Is the Year of the Deep Link". Re/code. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ Watkins, Anna (November 7, 2015). "Content, tech and data - the trinity of world class native advertising". THEDRUM. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ Teleki, Keith (October 28, 2013). "Catching up with Quixey Co-founder and Cal alum, Liron Shapira '09". Weird Mountain View. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Catching up with Quixey Co-founder and Cal alum, Liron Shapira '09". UC Berkeley. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ Krishnan, Shreya (April 18, 2012). "Know thy story. Believe thy story". The Unpaved Road. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  8. ^ Bergen, Mark (February 29, 2016). "Quixey COO, CTO Depart as Mobile Startup Misses Revenue Targets". Re/code. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  9. ^ Shapira, Liron (July 3, 2014). "Is Apple to blame for the mobile app deep linking delay?". VentureBeat. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  10. ^ Simonite, Tom (June 15, 2014). "A Search Engine for the Era of Apps". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  11. ^ Lee, Ellen (April 13, 2012). "Tech startups use contests to identify talent". CNBC. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  12. ^ Kirkpatrick, Marshall (February 25, 2012). "How Two Startups Use Games to Beat the Developer Crunch". ReadWrite. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  13. ^ "quixey-alibaba-funding-mountain-view-shutting-down". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  14. ^ Shapira, Liron (December 1, 2013). "The internet of everything–annihilating time and space". GigaOm. Retrieved 4 April 2016.

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