Prior to founding Zoosk, Shayan was a program manager and software engineer for Microsoft. Shayan received a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Maryland, and a Master in Business Administration from University of Washington. While completing his undergraduate degree in computer science at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Shayan met co-founder Alex Mehr. Shayan and Alex initially intended to pursue careers in academia, but ultimately decided to become entrepreneurs while they were roommates at the University of Maryland.
In addition to running Zoosk, Shayan is an angel investor and advisor to startup companies including PaperKarma and AppComputing. In his free time, Shayan enjoys bicycling, tennis, and playing with his dog, Ivy.