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BirthplaceNew York City


Georgetown University, BA 2005
English, Art History
The Blake School, Diploma 2001

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Manager, Digital Partnership and Social-Media Marketing
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Soraya Darabi

Soraya Darabi has her finger firmly on the pulse of today’s changing media landscape. Featured on the cover of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” issue, named one of Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” and included in AdAge Magazine’s “25 People in Media to Follow on Twitter,” Darabi began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times.

While there, she positioned the Times on such networks as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter; partnered with startups large and small; established award-winning campaigns; and taught journalists and chief executives alike how to best use and leverage social media. Times columnist Nicholas Kristof credits Darabi as being “the only reason why he has [millions] of followers on Twitter.”

Following her tenure at the Times, Darabi served as product lead for, a real-time online sharing, collaboration, and presentation service recently acquired by Facebook, then helped found the mobile application Foodspotting. Today, Foodspotting boasts three million downloads, was named by Apple and Wired as an app of the year, and was featured in Businessweek as a “Most Promising Startup.”

Currently, Soraya Darabi invests in and advises start-ups (such as,,,, while beginning a new endeavor in New York City.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Hullabalu 5/2013Seed$1.8M19
Poptip 6/2012Convertible Note$472k9
Circa 4/2012Convertible Note$900k21



  1. To Spark Children’s Imaginations, Hullabalu Raises $1.8 Million From SV Angel, Great Oaks & Others For iPad Storytelling App ( [edit]
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  3. All-Star Cast Invests 750K In Ben Huh And Matt Galligan’s Mobile News Startup Circa ( [edit]
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