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University of Waterloo, BS 2005
Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University, MS 2011
Software Engineering Management

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Amin Ariana

Amin Ariana is the Technical Co-Founder (CTO) of Tapgreet - a Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley startup based in San Francisco, CA that introduces transformational technologies in urban retail environments. Its current solution is a convenient self-service greeting card kiosk, similar to RedBox, that fits all greeting card aisles of a typical big-box retail store into a 75% smaller space inside walkable and high-traffic commercial areas, such as coffeehouses. The contents of each kiosk can be browsed and purchased at the kiosk, from a personal or mobile device on the go, or at home or office before the commute.

Prior to starting Tapgreet with his co-founder, Amin was a software engineer at Google with its Ads team, developing innovative and strategic sales solutions to compete for SMB customers (a multi $Billion market). Prior to Google, Amin acted in founding or senior roles in several advertisement and social related startups including KinMob (founded), Adify (acquired for $300B) and SocialShield (acquired). The first role that brought him to the US from Canada was massive-scale engineering at Microsoft XBox in Redmond, WA. He discovered his entrepreneurial nature when finally reaching the west coast.

Amin was born in Tehran, Iran, grew up in Toronto, Canada, and lives in San Francisco, California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science and a minor in Social Psychology from University of Waterloo and a Masters of Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University, SV campus in NASA Ames Research Park.

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