“What is the secret essence of Silicon Valley?”, with Ali Partovi, Code.org co-founder and advisor at DropBox, Facebook & Airbnb
Based in San Francisco, Ali is an angel investor, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur. Ali is also a co-founder of computer education non-profit Code.org and an active investor in sustainable food systems.Ali co-founded and sold two high-profile startups: iLike, acquired by MySpace in 2009, and LinkExchange, acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. Ali’s portfolio as an investor / advisor has included such successes as Zappos, Facebook and DropBox, as well as newer ventures such as Viagogo and OPOWER.
As a visionary, Ali was among the first people to see the potential of the Facebook Platform and among the earliest to grasp the business opportunity of search. Ali’s current passion is sustainable food and agriculture, based on his articles Food is the New Frontier in Green Tech and Hacking the Food System Focus on the Supply Chain and related angel investments in Farmigo and BrightFarms and serves on the board of school food non-profit FoodCorps.Ali co-founded iLike with his twin brother, Hadi, serving as CEO and President respectively. They created iLike in an effort to reinvent GarageBand.com, which Ali ran after acquiring the assets of the company from the original owners. iLike created the first successful application on the Facebook Platform, which remains the most popular music app on Facebook today.
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