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Adam Gries

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder, OKpanda Inc.. Previously Co-founder, Product X.

Founder, OKpanda Inc.. Previously Co-founder, Product X.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Product
  • Mobile Engineering
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Product
  • • Mobile Engineering

Involved In


OKpanda Inc.
Product X
Social Expeditions (Sold to Kama Games)
Gries & Company
Social Dynamics (Sold to Social Gaming Network)
NIshNash (Sold to Diningin)


jawfish games
share practice


Founder OKpanda Inc. September 2012 - present
Co-founder Product X August 2011 - June 2012
Co-founder and CEO Social Expeditions (Sold to Kama Games) May 2009 - July 2011
Founder Gries & Company October 2008 - May 2009
Senior Software Engineer SGN (Social Gaming Network) 2008 - 2009
Co-Founder and CEO Social Dynamics (Sold to Social Gaming Network) May 2007 - April 2008
Co-Founder NIshNash (Sold to Diningin) November 2005 - August 2007
fMRI Research Associate Massachusetts General Hospital December 2003 - May 2006
Hebrew Instructor & Software Creator for Best Selling Hebrew Language Text Book Brandeis University January 2003 - March 2005
Platoon Commander Israel Defense Forces March 1999 - March 2002


Brandeis University Neuroscience, Economics, Psychology 2002 - 2006
Sophia University Economics 2005 - 2005

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Dating
  • • Education
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

IOS • Facebook • IOS Development • Social Media • HTML

Key Accomplishments

I'm a serial entrepreneur; sold three companies and built apps and games on iOS and Facebook reaching close to 100 million users. Having always been passionate about education I am now building products that help people learn on mobile devices.

Got my start co-founding an online restaurant business in college and developed skills in sales, running large distributed workforces, and building systems to collect and manage large complex data sets.

Since then I discovered I'm pretty good at creating contexts where people want to do things online. Specialties include social games, iOS games, viral mechanics, virtual currency based systems and micro transactions.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Hustle, grit, fun, music in office, passion, coding skill in LAMP+JS and relational, non-relational databases.

Strong product and UX/UI skills, copywriting. Strong social skills (sales/bd/networking).

As an Advisor

I'm highly available to the startups I advise and provide support on strategic issues, relationships and tactics that have to do with my specific domains.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Jason Ojalvo
Media/entertainment leader with 25 years work experience. I successfully build, launch, lead, and scale innovative and creative businesses.
Adam is able to communicate a clear and consistent vision, even across multiple (related) products. And he clearly gets a lot done with a s ... mall team.

Guy Hirsch
They're my friends  •  Founder & CEO, Saygent. Previously Founder & CEO, SayHired.
Guy is one of the most creative out of the box thinkers I know. Combining that with his willingness to go against the grain with rare tenaci ... ty and you have an incredible entrepreneur.

Siavosh Arasteh
They're my friends
Siavosh merges intense drive and intelligence with disarming charm people skills. I've worked with him before and would love to work with hi ... m again.

Ilan Abehassera

Ilan will make an awesome advisor.

Omer Perchik

Omer will make an awesome advisor.

Guy Hirsch

Guy will make an awesome advisor.

Matt Ritchie

Matt will make an awesome advisor.

Sam Zaid

Sam will make an awesome advisor.

Darius Monsef

Darius will make an awesome advisor.

Suren Markosian

Suren will make an awesome advisor.

Blake Commagere

Blake will make an awesome advisor.

Jamal Ashraf
They're my friends  •  Founder
Jamal is a great guy, resourceful and intelligent.

Vekrum Kaushik
They're my friends  •  CEO, Harvard Business School alum.
Vekrum is an inspiring entrepreneur with a rich history of company building experience. He's founded and run firms in a variety of spaces, a ... lways hustling and getting results, driven by his razor sharp strategic mind.

Lalit Sarna
They're my friends  •  I have developed teams across 5 countries to drive consumer products at billions of dollars in sales and scaled startups from 0 to 25M MAU.
Lalit ran a company building facebook applications at the same time as I did in a very competitive market; I'm sure he will succeed at whate ... ver he puts his mind to.