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Founder & CEO at FastIgnite
Technology Partner at Polaris Partners, Chief Architect / VP Emerging Technologies at Macromedia, See All (10)
Macalester College, Boston University

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Sim Simeonov is the founder and CEO of FastIgnite where he helps entrepreneurs shape promising ideas, raise capital, build teams and execute across all stages of the startup lifecycle. Sim is also co-founder of NYC-based Better Advertising and San Francisco-based Thing Labs (makers of Brizzly and Plinky) and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the MIT E-Center. Sim blogs at, tweets as @simeons and lives in the Greater Boston area with his wife, son and an adopted dog named Tye.

Prior to starting FastIgnite, Sim spent seven years as technology partner at Polaris Venture Partners where he made investments in the online, enterprise and mobile sectors and helped start four companies that Polaris invested in. Prior to joining Polaris, Sim was vice president of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe). Earlier, Sim was a founding member and chief architect at Allaire, one of the first large Internet platform companies. Sim has played a key role in more than twenty v1.0s and M&A and spinout transactions. Sim’s innovation and leadership have brought about category-defining products with significant market impact: the first Web application server (ColdFusion), a precursor to Web services and AJAX (WDDX), the best open-source Web services engine (Apache Axis) and the first rich Internet application platform (Flash/Flex).

Sim’s past investments include 8th Ring (a consumer mobile company he co-founded), Allurent, Archivas (a digital archiving company he helped create which was sold to Hitachi Data Systems), Meridio (sold to Autonomy) and Veracode (a SaaS application security spin-out from Symantec he helped create). He serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), the largest technology non-profit in New England, and on the advisory boards of Backupify, DubMeNow and the Nantucket Conference.

Sim has a master's degree in computer science from Boston University and bachelor degrees in computer science, economics and mathematics from Macalester College. His research interests have ranged from microcode simulation to soft artificial intelligence to shared multi-user virtual environments to economic modeling of Russian privatization. He was named one of Technology Review's young innovators.

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