Peyman Nilforoush is an Iranian-born tech entrepreneur who co-founded the online advertising company, Adify, in 2005. The company was acquired by AOL in 2007 for $435 million.
Nilforoush was born in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a teenager. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Nilforoush has been active in the tech startup scene for over a decade. In addition to Adify, he also co-founded the mobile marketing platform AdMob, which was acquired by Google in 2009 for $750 million.
Nilforoush is a well-known figure in the Iranian-American community. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Iran, which advises the US government on issues related to trade with Iran.
Nilforoush is also a vocal critic of the Iranian government’s treatment of its citizens. In an interview with NPR in 2011, he said:
"I think the Iranian government is missing a huge opportunity by not being more welcoming to entrepreneurs, by not encouraging people to start businesses, by not encouraging people to create jobs. And I think that's really unfortunate, because there are a lot of talented Iranians out there who could be doing great things for the country if only the environment was more conducive to entrepreneurship."