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George Arison

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder, Shift. Previously Product Manager, Google.

Founder, Shift. Previously Product Manager, Google.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Shift Technologies Inc
Taxi Magic / Curb (RideCharge)
Partnership for Social Initiatives (PSI)

Advisor

New Rigths Party of Georgia

Positions

Founder and CEO Shift Technologies Inc December 2013 - present
Product Manager Google August 2010 - July 2013
Co-Founder Taxi Magic / Curb (RideCharge) March 2007 - July 2010
Consultant Boston Consulting Group October 2005 - December 2007
Author Democracy and Autocracy in Eurasia: Georgia in Transition April 2004 - October 2005
Co-Founder and Director Partnership for Social Initiatives (PSI) January 2000 - October 2005
Chief Strategist and Advisor New Rigths Party of Georgia November 2001 - May 2004

Education

The Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Central Asia-Caucasus Institute 2001 - 2003
Middlebury College Political Science

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Travel
  • • Businesses where high distribution margins increase costs for users
  • • thus are prime to shift online.

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

IPhone • Business Development • Analytics • Product Development • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

At Taxi Magic, I co-conceived and created a mobile booking and payment tool for on-demand ground travel when mobile technology was still in its infancy.

Among many other duties at Taxi Magic, I:
- built the business case for the company (market-sizing, product launch and customer acquisition strategy, technology deployment plan)
- helped steer in through two rounds of financing
- co-managed product design and development across platforms (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, SMS, web)
- created top 20 iPhone travel app/ top 1% of all iPhone apps in downloads
- launched user acquisition SMS tool that sends taxi dispatch messages to every taxi booking customer at dozens of fleets while simultaneously educating customers about mobile/web booking options
- led partnership negotiations and integration with dispatch technology providers controlling ~75% worldwide market (Taxi Magic was first external technology to integrate via custom-built APIs)
- signed long-term strategic partnerships and agreements with taxi vendors in 40 cities across the U.S.
- launched secondary business line involving advanced credit card processing and accounts management solution, to serve as the core of long-term growth strategy
- managed customer support and vendor operations

At Google, I am part of a special projects team for the CEO, founders, and SVPs that develops and implements company-wide growth strategy project.

Prior to Taxi Magic, I was at BCG where I mostly worked in e-commerce and offline retail.

Outside of technology, I have a strong passion for both US domestic politics and development of democracy in transitional societies. I spent two years helping steer opposition parties from my native country of Georgia through the maze of Washington, and then helped run a political campaign for one of the leading opposition parties. Michigan State Press has published a book about my experiences of working in Georgia.


How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I am a passionate software particularly passionate about fun and useful technology that improves the end user experience and saves people money. I am an experienced founder (Taxi Magic) with broad experience in general business strategy and execution (BCG, Google).

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Joel Washington
We worked together
Joel is constantly full of ideas. He has a great skill of being able to take ideas to the next level and understand how to push them toward ... a test of product market fit. He is resourceful and focused on lean implementation to get to testing quickly.

Robert Haining
They're my friends
Rob was the creator of the Condé Nast Interactive Product Group, which created Condé Nast first iOS products, basally bringing this very ... traditional media company into the app ecosystem after the development of the iPhone. As such, he was at the forefront of the creation of the present day app economy, and deserves great credit at the success that Condé Nast has had in its mobile strategy. He deserves to be complemented a great deal for accomplishing this at a large company, which is quite hard and requires strong entrepreneurial skills. Rob is also a great software engineer, with specialty in iOS products, something that any startup group should love to have.