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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), BS 1990
Mechanical Engineering

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Blake Krikorian

Blake Krikorian is a co-founder and the former CEO of Sling Media, a consumer electronics company that builds the highly acclaimed Slingbox.

The company was founded in 2004. It was purchased in 2007 by Echostar Communications for $380 million dollars.

Krikorian started his career at General Magic, which created the Magic Cap operating system for mobile intelligent communicators and Telescript, an agent-based network programming language for the emerging electronic marketplace (pre-Internet). At General Magic, Krikorian assisted industry-leading telecom and consumer electronics companies such as NTT, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Sanyo, OKI and Matsushita/Panasonic in creating and defining new products and partnerships.

In 1994, Krikorian co-founded the Philips Mobile Computing Group, which was funded by Philips Electronics. As group product manager, he built and co-led the team that defined, created, delivered, and marketed the award-winning Velo 1 Windows CE Handheld PC and its associated product line.

Krikorian then left Philips Mobile Computing Group to serve as senior vice president at Metis Associates, an information technology consulting firm and incubator of core technology companies. He led the creation of Metis’ first incubated company, Mainbrace Corporation, which developed and licensed software technologies and manufacturable device platforms to system OEMs, service providers, and semiconductor vendors. Krikorian served as the company’s president for the first two years of its operation. Mainbrace was acquired by BSQUARE in 2000.

Krikorian attended UCLA, and earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

Recent Milestones

Investments

Company Date Round Size Participants
Jaunt 4/2014Venture Round$6.8M5
ClassPass 3/2014Seed$2M10
Matterport 9/2013Series A$2.8M2
Clipboard 11/2011Seed14
Origami Labs 10/2011Debt$1.5M20
Chirply 4/2011Seed$1.1M18
Clicker 9/2009Series A$8M3
BitGravity 8/2008Series A$2.5M2

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    CBSi Buys Clicker (paidcontent.org) [edit]
    Crowd-Sourced Design Startup Chirply Raises $1.1 Million, Launches Redesign (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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    Exclusive: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Blake Krikorian Joins Amazon Board (allthingsd.com) [edit]
  1. Jaunt Raises $6.8M in Venture Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  2. With $2 Million In New Seed Funding, Classtivity Rebrands As ClassPass To Add Variety To Your Workout (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Matterport Raises $2.8M in Series A-1 Financing (finsmes.com) [edit]
  4. ‘Web Clipping 2.0′ Startup Clipboard Backed By Andreessen Horowitz, Index, CrunchFund, Others (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. techcrunch.com [edit]
  6. Crowd-Sourced Design Startup Chirply Raises $1.1 Million, Launches Redesign (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  7. Clicker Raises $8M, Launches Video Search Engine (socaltech.com) [edit]
  8. BitGravity receives $2.5 M VC funding, Sling Media's Krikorian joins board (demo.com) [edit]
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