A startup launched by Tigran Sloyan and Aram Shatakhtsyan in 2014, CodeFights let’s individuals challenge each other in solving computer programming problems. The winner of each game, or “code battle”, earns points and moves on to more advanced levels and stiffer competition. It’s a great way for programmers to test their coding skills against one another, and it looks very addicting from the comments we’ve read from players. Based in San Francisco, CodeFights has just scored $2.4 million in seed funding. A notable backer of the startup is Raffi Krikorian, former VP at Twitter. The company even has several job opportunities in Armenia. Check out this video of co-founder Tigran Sloyan describing the concept of CodeFights.
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About Blake Krikorian
Blake Krikorian is a co-founder and the former CEO of Sling Media, a consumer electronics company that builds the highly acclaimed Slingbox.
The company was founded in 2004. It was purchased in 2007 by Echostar Communications for $380 million dollars.
Krikorian started his career at General Magic, which created the Magic Cap operating system for mobile intelligent communicators and Telescript, an agent-based network programming language for the emerging electronic marketplace (pre-Internet). At General Magic, Krikorian assisted industry-leading telecom and consumer electronics companies such as NTT, Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Sanyo, OKI and Matsushita/Panasonic in creating and defining new products and partnerships.
In 1994, Krikorian co-founded the Philips Mobile Computing Group, which was funded by Philips Electronics. As group product manager, he built and co-led the team that defined, created, delivered, and marketed the award-winning Velo 1 Windows CE Handheld PC and its associated product line.
Krikorian then left Philips Mobile Computing Group to serve as senior vice president at Metis Associates, an information technology consulting firm and incubator of core technology companies. He led the creation of Metis’ first incubated company, Mainbrace Corporation, which developed and licensed software technologies and manufacturable device platforms to system OEMs, service providers, and semiconductor vendors. Krikorian served as the company’s president for the first two years of its operation. Mainbrace was acquired by BSQUARE in 2000.
Krikorian attended UCLA, and earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering.