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.
Board & Advisor Roles (5)Update
|Aug, 2016||Verifly||$2.7M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|May, 2016||Ripple News||$4M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2015||Depict||$2.4M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||Doppler Labs||$6.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2014||Jaunt||$27.8M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Jul, 2014||Matterport||$16M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2014||Jaunt||$6.8M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2014||ClassPass||$2M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2013||Envoy||$1.15M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2013||Matterport||$2.8M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2011||Clipboard||undisclosed amount / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2011||Origami Labs||$1.5M / Debt Financing||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2011||Chirply||$1.1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Aug, 2008||BitGravity||$2.5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
BS, Mechanical Engineering1990
|Aug 5, 2016||Business Insider (tech) - 10 things in tech you need to know today|
|Aug 4, 2016||Houston Chronical - Blake Krikorian, Slingbox co-founder, tech investor, dies|
|Jul 14, 2016||Boston Tech Flash - 3-D media startup Matterport buys VR real estate tour company Virtual Walkthrough|
|Jan 20, 2016||SoCal - Tech - Jaunt, USC Link On Virtual Reality Lab|
|Jan 6, 2016||PRNewswire All - Speck Unveils Pocket VR with CandyShell Grip, an Innovative Collapsible VR Viewer and Protective Phone Case for iPhone and Galaxy Speck allows you to experience virtual reality from your pocket|
|Dec 15, 2015||Business Wire - Jaunt Studios and RYOT Announce Production Deal and Release First Two Episodes of Virtual Reality Documentary Series|
|Oct 9, 2015||Business Wire - Time Inc.’s InStyle Premieres InStyle Virtual in Collaboration with Jaunt|
|Sep 21, 2015||Business Wire - Jaunt Raises Additional $65 Million to Make VR a Reality for Audiences Worldwide|