Ray Fortna is an entrepreneur, with over 10 years industry experience. Currently, Ray is co-founder of the Seattle startup Familiar.
After studying Computer Science at University of Washington, Ray joined Avogadro in 2001. Avogadro was part of a 100M dollar acquisition by Openwave Inc. In 2004, Ray was the first employee hired by Jobster, which grew to over 100 employees and 50M in investment.
Later, at iLike, Ray implemented the concert features across iLike, and built the initial Facebook application that fueled iLike's growth to over 50MM users.
Additionally, Ray built the Local Concerts iPhone application that was featured in an apple commercial and was the most popular concerts application on the iPhone.
Next, Ray joined Urbanspoon where he was responsible for implementing the rebook iPad application.
May, 2011 - Current (over 5 years)
BE, Computer Engineering2000
|Oct 10, 2013||TechCrunch - Photo-Sharing Service Familiar Gets Acquired By Taser’s Evidence.com For An Enterprise Turn, After Offers From Twitter And More|
|Oct 10, 2013||GeekWire - Popular photo app Familiar shutting down after Evidence.com acquisition|
|Dec 10, 2012||GeekWire - Familiar keeps growing, tops 47M photos displayed in Nov.|
|Sep 20, 2012||GeekWire - Apple’s iOS 6: Here’s what developers love (and hate)|
|Sep 18, 2012||GeekWire - Familiar lands $1.3M to help families easily share photos|
|Sep 18, 2012||TechCrunch - With $1.3M In Funding, Private Photo-Sharing Service Familiar Replaces Screensavers & Digital Picture Frames|
|Jun 23, 2011||TechCrunch - Getting The Band Back Together: Picadee Founded And Funded By The iLike Guys|