What do you get when you combine 10 years of experience building social platforms and a team of fun-loving visionaries with big ideas for the future?
We’ve been bringing people together since 2004, building apps with hundreds of millions of users. Now our experience and momentum have us primed to create the next billion-user idea. We have the luxury to experiment with the latest technology and ideas without being tied to the launch of a particular product. We’re taking multiple shots, iterating as we go.
We love the apps we’ve already created (starting with our flagship, Tagged), but we’re just as excited to innovate, experiment and use our skills to explore the endless possibilities that exist in social technology. After all, isn’t that how you grow?
Our products are social and always will be
We launched Tagged in 2004 and it has since evolved into one of the world's most engaging social networks.Read More
Combined with its sister brand hi5, there are over 300 million registered members on the Tagged, which focuses on connecting people through features like browse, Meet Me and our Pets game.
A social network with global appeal, hi5 now intersects with Tagged's user base and offerings.Read More
Founded in 2003, hi5 was among the world’s first and largest social networks. By the end of the decade it had evolved into a social gaming focused portal. We acquired hi5 in 2011 and it has since been updated to integrate with the Tagged experience.
Chat with emotion. Nod makes messaging more personal by adding mood and emotion to texting.Read More
Nod, our first app since we rebranded as if(we), was released on iOS in July 2015. Featured by Apple as a “Best New App”, Nod brings text messaging to life with fun custom avatars, animated expressions and gestures. At if(we), we’re experimenting with new social technologies and experiences to enable meaningful connections. Stay tuned for more upcoming products!
We’ve got a strong team leading this charge
Our executive team has been around the block and they aren’t afraid to think big
Read more about Dash
- Chief Executive Officer
Dash is Chief Executive Officer at if(we).
Dash found his way to tech and startups from Carnegie Mellon University after a brief management consulting detour. He's been involved in consumer products and technology for the last 10 years trying to solve problems in the search, content, and communication spaces. Dash enjoys both executive operational management and getting his hands dirty building products with small teams. He's run cross-platform product development at scale in Yahoo!, Digg and Badoo as well as rolled his sleeves up at TopProspect. Dash was most recently Founder / CEO of Tinode, a messaging-as-a-service startup, which was acquired by if(we).
Read more about Gene
- Chief Technology Officer
Gene is Chief Technology Officer at if(we).
Gene leads the design, development, delivery, support and maintenance of the technologies behind if(we)'s products.
Most recently, Gene co-founded and served as CTO at Tinode, a B2B cloud computing company whose first product was Messaging as a Service. Prior to Tinode, Gene served as CTO of Badoo, a social network for meeting new people. He led R&D operations at Badoo's Moscow and London offices, driving the charge to consistently develop new technology for desktop and mobile.
Gene joined Badoo from Google, where he led the development of multiple global and specifically Russian products. In 2010 he became the Head of Google's Moscow Engineering Center. Prior to Google, he developed financial trading systems and started several small companies. Gene holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stony Brook University.
Read more about Louis
- Senior VP of Legal
- Head of Corporate Development
Louis is SVP of Legal & Head of Corporate Development at if(we).
He oversees all legal matters, including intellectual property, corporate governance, securities compliance, litigation and government affairs. He also leads teams for finance and accounting, people operations and facilities, including employee recruitment and retention, and is responsible for driving corporate development and strategic transactions.
Louis has significant experience with online media, privacy and technology law and has been closely involved with the evolution of the industry for the past 10 years.
Prior to working with if(we), Louis served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Ennovate Media, a media technology company based in New York, where he was responsible for key client relations. He also served as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs with The Deal, L.L.C., a financial news publishing company also based in New York. Louis began his legal career as a corporate associate with Dewey Ballantine LLP working on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Columbia Law School (J.D.), where he served as an Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
.. and our board has been around the Valley, and are big thinkers, too
Co-Founder and Board MemberRead more about Greg
Greg is a Co-Founder and Board Member at if(we). From 2004 to 2015 he led the if(we) team in pursuit of the company's mission to enable meaningful connections between people. In addition to helping grow if(we)'s successes Tagged and hi5, Greg supported the team in generating new ideas and building great new social products.
Since becoming entrepreneurs in 1999, Greg and his long-time friend Johann Schleier-Smith have co-founded several companies and launched over 20 consumer web and mobile products. Greg is also an acknowledged expert in viral marketing and has advised numerous Silicon Valley startups. He holds an A.B. in Chemistry & Physics & Mathematics from Harvard University and pursued a Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University before leaving to fully focus on his entrepreneurial career.
Co-Founder and Board MemberRead more about Johann
Johann is the co-founder, board member and former CTO of if(we). Under Johann’s leadership, if(we) conceived, developed and refined Tagged, a social networking product supporting 300 million users in over 200 countries. With balanced interests in software development, data science, product design, and building businesses, Johann worked closely with the team to meet the trends of 21st century social life, always keen to adapt cutting-edge technology to internet-size and internet-speed applications.
Johann holds an A.B. in Physics and Mathematics from Harvard University and pursued a Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford for several years, before leaving to fully focus on his entrepreneurial career. He is also an advisor to the Immunity Project, a non-profit initiative dedicated to developing a free vaccine for HIV/AIDS.
Board MemberRead more about Raj
Raj Kapoor has served as an if(we) Director since 2005. His most recent role was CEO/cofounder of fitmob, a mobile company that re-invented the gym through social/local workouts. fitmob recently merged with ClassPass, creating the world’s largest fitness marketplace where he is a member of the management team. He also serves as a Venture Advisor to Mayfield Fund.
Raj has been working in the internet/mobile/interactive space for over 20 years. He started in interactive TV at Bell Atlantic, founded the internet club at Harvard Business School, was an early employee at @Home, and later ran e-commerce services at Excite@Home. He co-founded Snapfish in 1999 as CEO and then sold the company to Hewlett Packard in 2005 for $300M. His next venture took him to Mayfield, where as a Managing Director he invested in 12 companies including Lyft, Qunar, Red Beacon/Home Depot, Rubicon Project and if(we).
Board MemberRead more about Allan
Allen Morgan has served as an if(we) Director since 2005. He has been an active, early-stage private investor and startup company advisor for well over 30 years. In addition to an active personal investing and advising practice, he is also Managing Director, New Ventures Group, at Idealab in Pasadena, California (www.idealab.com), where he is also on the Board of Directors, and a Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund (www.mayfield.com), where he was a General Partner/Managing Director for 12 years.
His principal investment focus is on start-ups in the area of consumer internet services (both consumer-facing and infrastructure), interactive entertainment, online advertising and new media, as well as B2B/enterprise software and ecommerce.
Prior to joining Mayfield in 1999, he was a partner with two Silicon Valley law firms, Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He earned an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College, a second bachelor's degree and master's degree from Oxford University (Christ Church) and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.