Once upon a time in a land far, far away there was an ambitious young lad named Riz. With over 16 years experience in programming and innovating new entertainment technologies through founding three startups to date, Riz is a noted expert in the adoption of emerging technologies particularly in the mobile space for media properties and consumer brands.
Riz has founded (or co-founded) three businesses spanning the worlds of entertainment, music, fashion and technology. The first two became pretty successful with one leading to a partnership with Warner/Ultra Records and the other leading to a partnership with RIM/Blackberry. The third spawned Social-Gear and that story is soon to be told.
- California State University, NorthridgeElectronic Media Management, 2002 - 2004
- California State University, Long BeachComputer Science, 2000 - 2002
- The British School in the NetherlandsComputer Science, 1996 - 2000
- AirForce Secondary School, Port HarcurtGeneral Education, 1992 - 1996
- AppCuriousProduct Development & Marketing Manager, 2012 - presentProduct Development & Marketing. - Lead the overall direction of the AppCurious mobile app. - Head all marketing and celebrity partner outreach efforts.
- BlackBerryProduct Marketing Consultant, 2010 - 2012Develop and execute youth targeted creative marketing strategies to help promote and market the BBM platform as a cool lifestyle product. Responsible for developing and executing the BBMShirts™ marketing strategy for RIM’s BBM product.
- Ultra RecordsLabel Partner, 2009 - 2010Music Production & Promotion - Deliver new music content as a label partner for distribution and marketing under the Ultra Records brand. - Lead all global promo and social media marketing efforts for said music content.
- Bauer Media GroupWriter, 2005 - 2009Entertainment Writer & Reporter. - Build and maintain strong relationships within the entertainment industry. - Write articles reporting on entertainment matters for InTouch and Life&Style Magazines.
- MTVProduction Assistant, 2004 - 2005Production assistant on ‘Making The Band’. - General production duties on and off set from pre-production through production and post-production.
- NBCUniversalProduction Assistant, 2003 - 2004Production assistant on ‘X Factor’ and ‘Access Hollywood’. - General production duties on and off set from pre-production through production and post-production.
- AT&TSales Associate, 2001 - 2003Explain, market and sell AT&T mobile services & devices to new customers.
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