Samir Arora in 2013
|Born||November 5, 1965|
|Residence||Woodside, California, Los Angeles, and SoHo, New York|
|Occupation||CEO of Mode Media, Inc.|
|Title||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mode Media, Inc.
Chairman of Information Capital LLC
|Awards||Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for "Media" in Northern California (2009)|
Samir Arora (born November 5, 1965) is an American entrepreneur, inventor and investor. He is best known as a veteran of Apple Computer, Inc. from 1983 to 1992; the founder, CEO and Chairman of Mode Media (formerly Glam Media), and General Partner of the venture firm Information Capital L.L.C. He founded and was the CEO and Chairman of the web design company NetObjects, Inc. that he later sold to IBM. Arora is listed as one of the 100 Internet Pioneers for his work in Information Navigation at Apple Computer, Inc. in 1986 and as the 21 people that shaped the World Wide Web at the 1st Web Innovators Awards by CNET 
Early life and education
Samir Arora was born in New Delhi, India, as the eldest son of a wealthy Indian family and moved to New York in his teens. His father and family ran multiple restaurants & hotels business and diversified into manufacturing. Samir Arora attended high school at St. Xavier's and went on to study electrical and electronic engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He later took the executive management program at INSEAD Business School in France, and the executive education program at Harvard Business School and gained a diploma in sales and marketing from the London Business School.
Arora wrote a white paper called "Information Navigation: The Future of Computing" in late 1986, and worked on early Desktop Publishing, HyperCard and 4th Dimension systems. He is known for creating the first "External Objects" specification, coined the terms "MacNavigator" and "MacBrowser" and worked on the early prototypes that lead to the making of the "Knowledge Navigator" video in 1987, 25 years prior to the launch of Siri at Apple. Arora worked for the Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, John Sculley, from 1987 to 1991.
In 1990 to 1991 Samir Arora worked on the first tablet Apple called Pen Mac, creating the framework and API's for the first browsable apps for the operating system created by Paul Mercer, The project later was cancelled by John Sculley in favor of the Newton. When Steve Jobs returned, Apple used PenMac to launch iPod then iPhone and iPad.
From 1992 to 1995, Arora was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rae Technology (a spin-off from Apple Computer), which developed "information navigation applications". Rae Technology created Rae Assist, one of the first Personal Information Managers (PIM).
In 1995 Samir Arora co-founded NetObjects, Inc. and together with a design and development team including David Kleinberg, Clement Mok and Sal Arora, created NetObjects Fusion, one of the first Web design products. This Web design software was innovative at the time of its introduction in 1996 because of the way Web sites were designed and structured.
In 1998 Samir Arora was named as one of the "Web Innovators of the Year" by CNET, and, together with Pointcast, was named Entrepreneur of the Year 1997 by the Emerging Business Council of the Information Industry Association (now Software and Information Industry Association).
After the launch of NetObjects Fusion, IBM invested approximately $100 million in a share exchange to buy 80% of NetObjects, corresponding to a valuation of around $150 million. NetObjects, Inc. went public on NASDAQ in 1999 with IBM staying the majority shareholder. Dependencies on IBM were high as the registration statement pointed out.
NetObjects, Inc. and its products including NetObjects Fusion were sold to Website Pros (now named Web.com), a web services company, based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. A portfolio of seven patents was acquired by Macromedia (now Adobe Systems), the distributor of Dreamweaver.
At NetObjects, Inc., Arora was granted the patent for the first Editor for Web Sites in 1996, and the first WYSIWYG Draw-based Editor for Web Pages, along with David Kleinberg, Gagan Arora, Rajagopal Lakshminarayan, Gregory Brown, Martin Fried-Nielsen, and Clement Mok 
Considered innovative at launch in 1996, NetObjects Fusion won several awards, including PC Magazine's Editor Choice, CNet's Top 5 Internet Products, MacWorld Hot Pick, ZDNet Best Authoring product, InfoWorld's Analyst's Choice, Internet Magazine's Product of the Year.
Information Capital LLC and Tickle
Since 1997, Samir Arora has been the Chairman and General Partner of Information Capital LLC, a venture capital fund based in Woodside, California, USA, which invests in consumer publishing, media & technology companies.
From June 2003 to February 2004, Arora served as Chairman of the Board of Tickle, Inc. Tickle, one of the first social networking sites, was founded in 1999 in Boston, and moved to San Francisco in 2000. Tickle was acquired by Monster.com in May 2004 to compete with LinkedIn and merged into Monster June 2008.
In 2003 Arora was one of the founders and investors in Mode Media formerly Project Y and Glam Media - a privately held company that operates 7 vertical media properties: Glam, Foodie, Tend, Brash, Bliss, Entertainment and Home and rated "one of the Top 10 Internet Properties". He currently serves as both Chairman and CEO.
In 1998 Samir Arora, along with Clement Mok and the NetObjects team received the Gold award of the world's best designed consumer products from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
For his work at Mode Media, he was included by min Magazine in the The Digital Hot List 2008 in November 2008 and was named Web 2.0's Don Draper as one of the 30 men shaping our digital future by GQ Magazine 
Arora is listed as co-inventor in 14 US software patents, with 4 new patents under file in 2012.
He has frequently been featured and quoted over the years, including on the cover of MacWeek, MacWorld, AdWeek, Folio, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and several times in the New York Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg TV, and Fortune Magazines.
Interests in the arts and entertainment
As a teenager Samir was trained by Barry John, the leader of the Theatre Action Group (TAG), and took part in over 30 theatre and TV productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar (1975–76), Tommy (1978), Kidstuff (1979), Death of an Anarchist (1980), and The Day of Atonement (1981). Samir Arora studied theatre and music composition and wrote as well as produced several plays and musicals during this time, amongst them the plays: The Pinnacle (1982) and The Vulture Stooped Low (1984), and two musicals: The Wall (1981) and Stronger than Superman (1984).
He has studied several forms of alternative health therapies since 1991. He is certified in body therapy (AISI) and has studied various forms of bodywork, including Ida Rolf's Structural Integration, Moshé Feldenkrais' Functional Integration, Zen Trigger Point, Berry Method, Trager Work, Energy Work, BKS Iyengar Yoga, Charles Muir Tantra, and Dub Leigh's Zentherapy. Samir Arora serves as the Chairman of the non-profit organization International ZenTherapy Institute, Inc. (IZII) 
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