Team

Crunch Mediaworks includes an experienced team with deep expertise in video technologies, machine learning, customer service, digital marketing, brand, streaming infrastructure, and operations.

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Amit Ramchandran

Founder and CEO



Amit is the CEO of Crunch Mediaworks. He led the transformation of Crunch from a fledgling technology to a disruptive and world-class video optimization service, proven to surpass incumbents, substantially increasing Crunch's market potential. Crunch is in a pole position in the emerging and rapidly growing Social Media Video advertising market.

Amit's ability to innovate, create and market solutions is based on previous experiences. Prior to Crunch, he invented the lowest power consuming multimedia processor in the industry. Intel signed a $25M architectural license, shifting that company to profitability. Amit was the youngest member of the Pentium 3-M (Intel's first chip purpose-built for mobile) architecture team (of 8) that came up with a data prefetch logic, beating the Pentium 4 in performance (tens of millions of units sold in three years). After that, he led successful design wins for Toshiba America, for Nokia and Motorola phones, including the camera module in the RAZR phone. Amit is credited with creating a video-system-on-a- chip that delivered 8X more computing at 80% lower power than the incumbent system from TI. He was instrumental in closing deals for over $50M with Olympus and Nokia.

He has been awarded 12 patents to date, four of which were acquired by Nvidia, and three by Altera. Amit holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras (India) and a Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Utah State University.


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Masoud Ghafouri

COO



Masoud is the COO of Crunch Mediaworks. He brings extensive operational experience from both public and private technology sectors. Masoud is responsible for everything in corporate operations including; finance, procurement, legal, HR & facilities and creates an environment that fosters innovation and growth. Previously, he successfully managed operations for two startups, managing all aspects of their corporate operations. Masoud was the VP Operations for a large Silicon Valley public EDA company of over 1000 people worldwide. In his capacity, he not only managed all aspects of corporate operations but also initiated and led the selection/deployment of automated processes in procurement, accounts payable approval, expense reporting & management, travel booking, and corporate facility management. Masoud was a key contributor to deploying a corporate-wide FP&A. He helped with a successful acquisition and was instrumental in ensuring a seamless transition.

Masoud has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University and a certification in Value Engineering.


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Hussain Ali Mirza

Director Customer Support



Hussain is all things customer at Crunch MediaWorks. He brings to Crunch over 15 years of diverse experience in areas such as Field Operations, Support (customer, partner & product) and Quality Assurance in industries such as Technology, Travel, Retail servicing various fortune 500 clients. Hussain brings a skill set in "people" that's industry leading. Hussain has also run Field Service Operations in Italy and India. His work experience ranges from early stage startups leading teams as small as 6 members to large multinational organizations where he was responsible for over 300 employees globally.

Hussain has done his Masters in Industrial Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & his BE in Electronics and Communications from University of Madras.


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Karthik Thangaraj

Director Engineering



Karthik is part of a new engineering breed; he's a "Renaissance engineer."" His background spans the worlds of Video, Film, Cloud & Mobile software and more on a global stage. Exposed to real-world experiences of the digital age, he knows the importance of thinking about the field of engineering in a broad range of contexts, including economic, business, societal, and historical. Experience in managing software product development using agile methodologies Direct Experience on managing a mobile application development team. A video software entrepreneur with 7+ year's experience in hiring talented professionals and retaining them in all stages of a product life-cycle, from specifications through release. His extensive knowledge and experience in managing an overseas team helps Crunch "surf the world". He has 18+ years of total experience in software development. Highly talented in managing concurrent projects with parallel team efforts, his proficiency is working in a fast-paced, flat, agile, and distributed environment. With in-depth experience in video streaming technologies on the cloud, he keeps Crunch rolling at a rapid rate. His ability to communicate engineering concepts to the public and his team, in a collaborative way is refreshing. As a lead renaissance engineer with his superb technical know-how, he leads the full range of human experience.

Education includes Cochin University of Science and Technology with a Degree in MTech FIRST RANK and a GOLD MEDAL, a Master of Science (M.S.) from Madurai Kamaraj University, a degree in Physics with Electronics, First Class with Distinction and a BS from Thiagarajar College, a Bachelor's degree in Physics


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Nasser Kazeminy

Nasser Kazeminy was educated in England and began his career at Honeywell Systems. After completing the design and implementation of the Honeywell worldwide logistics and management information system, Mr. Kazeminy was recruited by Control Data Corporation. Resonating with the entrepreneurial culture of Control Data under its Chairman Bill Norris, and with the company's full blessing, he left to form a leasing business with Control Data as its anchor client. Before long, he engineered the acquisition of a large established mainframe leasing company, Data Processing Financial, and grew to be the largest privately-held computer-leasing company in the United States. He founded NJK Holding Corporation in 1980, as a vehicle to manage his investments. He has since employed over 20,000 personnel and created over 200,000 jobs across numerous ventures in multiple industries. The guiding principle for many of these ventures have been the use of data and technology systems to aid decision-making and enhance the effectiveness of enterprise operations. These ventures have spanned from this first investment in computer leasing to a wide array of business sectors including Testing and Credentialing, Banking, Healthcare, Legal, Publishing, Data Mining & Management, Mobile Processors, Security, Video Technologies, Digital Marketing and e-Commerce.


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Robert Priddy

Mr. Priddy began his career with Southern Airways while pursuing his education at Tulane University. After seeing the opportunities created by the Airline Deregulation Act of 1979, he co-founded Atlantic Southeast Airlines. As CFO he oversaw the company’s initial public offering in 1982 which was subsequently purchased by Delta Airlines. Mr. Priddy left ASA in 1987 to oversee the turnaround of the financially troubled Air Midwest. After four years, he successfully sold Air Midwest to Mesa Airlines and went on to found Florida Gulf Airlines as a subsidiary of Mesa. Later, using his start up and turnaround expertise, Mr. Priddy became Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of ValuJet Airlines, a low fare jet airline based in Atlanta, GA. Due to its tremendous success, ValuJet had a successful public offering in May 1994. After negotiating the merger of ValuJet and Airtran Airways, Mr. Priddy retired to focus on private venture capital investments. He participated in the launch of several startups including MGC Communications, BankServ, PurchasePro, Atlas Industries (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and MicroSulis (Glascow, Scotland). He then co-founded a private equity firm, ComVest Partners, specializing in debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Upon retirement from ComVest, Mr. Priddy led a private placement investment in Alana Healthcare, LLC and is the major shareholder and a board member of the company. Mr. Priddy currently sits on the board of Alana Healthcare, LLC, Wollard International, Live Media Group Holdings, LLC and KPInvesco, LLC.


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John Sculley

John Sculley is a former CEO of Pepsi cola Co during which time Pepsi became the largest selling consumer packaged group product in America. Later, he was recruited to Apple by Steve Jobs to become Apple's CEO, a position he held for 10 years. When Sculley left Apple, revenues had grown over 1000 percent and Apple had become the largest selling PC computer in the world. After leaving Apple, Sculley became an investor in and mento to those transformational companies and their entrepreneurial CEOs,: MetroPCs, one of the first digital wireless services; Intralinks, the first B2B Internet data services; Hotwire.com one of the first online travel services; Misfit Wearables, one of the first sensor tracing companies; Zeta Global, now one of the largest AI personalized marketing platforms; Rally Health, one of the most successful consumer preventive care and wellness services; MDLIVE, one of the first tele-health companies; RxAdvance, the first AI robotic process automation platform designed to revolutionize the pharmacy services industry; Celularity a next generation bio-tech cell therapy and regenerative medicine company that is also an inventor of a COVID-19 patient treatment therapy; and On Demand Pharma, the first US based manufacturer of generic drugs to use innovative pharmacology science to create a US source material for safe active pharmaceutical ingredients.


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Mohsen Moazami

Ever since graduating from Stanford University engineering school, Mohsen Moazami has been engaged in the technology industry for the past 30+ years.

Mr. Moazami was an entrepreneur as the founder/CEO of Stanford Business Systems (SBS) for 7.5 years before being acquired by KSA/Accenture, where he became a sr. partner and ran the global e-business practice. Later, he was recruited into the leadership of Cisco's strategic consulting services called Internet Business Solutions Group. There, he engaged at the CxO level of top global corporations and government entities assisting them in their journey to become connected, digital and agile enterprises. At various times he had global responsibility for Retail, Consumer Products, Transportation/Logistics and Public Sector verticals.

During the last 4 years of his Cisco career, Mr. Moazami moved to London to join the leadership team of Emerging Markets looking after 132 countries with a $6 Billion P&L which during his tenure was the fastest growing part of Cisco. A key pillar of Cisco strategy in approaching these markets was "country transformation"; presenting broadband as the 4th utility (after water, electricity and roads) necessary to drive competitiveness and standard of living.

Upon departure from Cisco in 2012 Mr. Moazami raised $300 Mil at CNTP to start a new venture capital investment firm in Silicon Valley. At CNTP he oversaw several investments in the security, cyber security, big data analytics and enterprise SaaS application domains. Some of Mr. Moazami's portfolio companies have exited to Microsoft, vMware, Nutanix, Yahoo , Roche, Vista (PE firm) and IPOs.

Mr. Moazami also served on the board of Global Capacity, a telecommunications company. At Global Capacity, he helped oversee a complete turnaround of the business, a $150 mil+ acquisition and the ultimate exit of the company to GTT in 2017.

Mr. Moazami has been a frequent speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg, World Economic Forum and Financial Times.


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Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan

Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Mr. Climan, EMV is active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media, and entertainment. He is an investor, producer and considered a media visionary.

Throughout his career, Mr. Climan has held senior management positions in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Climan served as Corporate Executive Vice and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios, where Mr. Climan oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing and five studio operating divisions. Prior to Universal, Mr. Climan was a senior executive at Creative Artists Agency, where he served as founding head of CAA’s corporate practice as well as represented globally-recognized talent clients.

Mr. Climan has served as a bridge between Silicon Valley and Hollywood since the mid- 1990s, and has been an active venture investor, board member, and senior advisor to numerous entrepreneurial companies in media, technology, and healthcare. Mr. Climan also serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland, as a member of the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, and as a member of the Advisory Board to the Yale CEO Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management.

Mr. Climan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Chemistry from Harvard College.


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Andy Lippman

Andy Lippman is a Senior Scientist at MIT and founding associate director of the MIT Media Lab. Mr. Lippman received his BS and MS at MIT, and PhD at EPFL, Lausanne. In the 1980s he developed the "Movie-Map" that presaged Google's streetview. He helped pioneer visual imaging and communications systems such as MPEG and digital HDTV. Mr. Lippman formed the Media Lab's Digital Life Program that engaged 15 researchers and 45 companies in the invention and development of technologies and applications for human creativity and learning. More recently, he has created the Viral Communications research group at the lab to explore technologies that can scale without prior agreement such as blockchains, and he is now researching how AI can alter the style of video to present content that informs the viewer in a manner they can understand.


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Nader Kazeminy

Nader Kazeminy is the Chief Executive Officer of NJK Holding Corporation, a Palm Beach, Florida privately held investment firm. He is responsible for providing executive oversight for sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and managing private equity investments, as well as being responsible for legal affairs, overall administration and operations. Mr. Kazeminy also represents NJK Holding's investment portfolio in the acquisition and divestiture of entities and oversight over real estate portfolio investments.

Mr. Kazeminy was a founding board member of Digital Insight Corporation, one of the first providers of internet banking services to medium sized banks and credit unions in 1996. During his time as a board member, Digital Insight went public and later sold to Intuit Corporation for $1.4 billion.

Mr. Kazeminy was also a founding director of Certiport, Inc., a company that provides foundation-level computerized certification exams and related educational materials to the likes of Microsoft, Adobe and HP. Under his watch, Certiport experienced a significant growth to over 10,000 testing centers worldwide, delivering exams in 140 countries in 25 languages. Certiport was later sold to Pearson PLC.