About

Shayan Zadeh is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. Currently, Shayan is focused on launching his latest company, Leap Rail, exploring ideas in Health Care space.

Previously, Shayan co-founded Zoosk, one of the world’s largest online dating platforms and a top 10 grossing app in the Apple App Store. Shayan led Zoosk as CEO for 7 years, raising over $60M in venture capital and growing the company to over $200M in annual revenue. Prior to founding Zoosk, Shayan was a program manager and software engineer at Microsoft.

Shayan received a Master in Computer Science from University of Maryland and an MBA from University of Washington. He has been named to 40 Under 40 list by San Francisco Business Times and Alumni Hall of Fame by University of Maryland.

In addition, Shayan is an angel investor and advisor to startups including SnapShip, PaperKarma (acquired by reputation.com), Identified (acquired by Workday) and AppComputing. In his free time, Shayan enjoys bicycling, tennis, and playing with his dog, Ivy.

Publications & Patents

  • Patent #US14634831 - System and method for verifying user supplied items asserted about the user. Alexander Mehr, Shayan Zadeh, Jared Crane, Joshua Royse. July 2016
  • Patent #US9230103 - System and method for registering users for communicating information on a web site. Doug Wehmeier, Alexander Mehr and Shayan Zadeh. January 2016.
  • Patent #US8606646 - System and method for selling products and services via a network of at least three computer systems. Doug Wehmeier, Alexander Mehr and Shayan Zadeh. December 2013.
  • Bring on More Immigrant Entrepreneurs. Shayan Zadeh. In Wall Street Journal. November 2013.
  • Doing A Startup? Get Ready To Screw Up And Start Over. Shayan Zadeh. In Forbes. May 2012.
  • Security-Aware Adaptive Dynamic Source Routing Protocol. Shayan Ghazizadeh, Okhtay Ilghami, Evren Sirin, and Fusun Yaman. In Proceedings of the The 27th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks. Florida, November 2002.
  • SEuS: Structure Extraction using Summaries. Shayan Ghazizadeh and Sudarshan Chawathe. In Proceedings of the The 5th International Conference on Discovery Science. Germany, November 2002.
  • Discovering Frequent Structures using Summaries. Shayan Ghazizadeh and Sudarshan Chawathe. Technical Report CS-TR-4364. Computer Science Department, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742. November 2001.
  • A New Protocol for Asymmetric Communication Channels: Reaching the Lower Bounds. Shayan Ghazizadeh, Mohammad Ghodsi, and Amin Saberi. In International Journal of Science & Technology: SCIENTIA IRANICA, 8(4), 2001.
  • Transforming English Sentences into First Order Predicate Calculus and Vice Versa. Shayan Ghazizadeh and Okhtay Ilghami. B.Sc. Project, Sharif University of Technology, 2000.