Arash Shiva

Arash Shiva

🧑🏻‍💼 Entrepreneur 👨🏼‍🎨 Designer 🧑🏻‍💻 Developer 📸 Photographer

My career has been focussed on building software to efficiently distribute resources and empower individuals. I built OpenCal to help small businesses fill their empty time slots, lead mobile app design at Groupon to help bring customers to empty local shops, and I'm now working on ShareGrid which is the largest sharing economy marketplace for creatives, giving film-makers and photographers access to idle gear. My work is heavily inspired by Jacque Fresco's futuristic vision of a resource based economy.

I was born in Iran in 1980, grew up in Seattle (where I currently reside with my wife and two sons), and have lived in Vancouver, B.C. and San Francisco. My personality type is INTJ.

Currently

  • ShareGrid (Co-founder, Chief Product Officer)

Past

  • SmartyPants (Investor - Acquired)
  • AirLab (Co-founder, Designer)
  • Groupon Labs (Lead Product Designer & Manager)
  • Groupon (Product Design Lead, Consumer Mobile)
  • Groupon Scheduler (Sr. Product Designer)
  • OpenCal (Co-founder - Acquired by Groupon)
  • TrainMachine (Co-founder, Designer)
  • Sitemasher (Sr. Designer - Acquired by Salesforce)
  • Avicy (Founder - Acquired by Teravendo)
  • Anivo Media (Founder, Designer)

Capabilities

Interests

  • Family/Kids
  • Travel Photography
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Bikepacking
  • Overlanding
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Centrist Geopolitics
  • Non-dualism
  • Classical Piano
  • Long-form Podcasts
  • Gardening and Hydroponics
  • Wood-working
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Hi-Fi Audio

Travel

  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Luxemburg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Palma/Spain
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UK

In The News

Formal Education

  • University of Washington 2003

    BA Visual Arts, with emphasis in Computer Animation

  • 911 Media Arts Center - Certificate 2007

    Documentary Film-making

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