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Raffi Simonian, MBA

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Managing Principal, bizTech Connections and Senior Technical Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst, UCLA.

Managing Principal, bizTech Connections and Senior Technical Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst, UCLA.

3 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Product
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product

Involved In




Managing Principal bizTech Connections September 2012 - present
Senior Technical Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst UCLA October 2011 - present
Consultant DIRECTV July 2011 - August 2011
Consultant Hewlett-Packard March 2011 - July 2011
Vice President of eCommerce CyberDefender May 2009 - March 2011
Director, Software Process and Quality The Walt Disney Company August 2008 - May 2009
Director of Personal Media Software Development AOL July 2005 - August 2008
VP of Engineering Xdrive January 2004 - July 2005
Senior Software Engineer SeeBeyond August 2002 - January 2004
Lead Technical Consultant Compuware March 2002 - August 2002
Technical Lead Xdrive January 2000 - March 2002
Technical Lead Candle Corporation September 1998 - January 2000
Software Development and Release Manager DeskTalk Systems, Inc. May 1997 - August 1998
Lead Technical Analyst The Walt Disney Company November 1996 - May 1997
Department Manager, Cross-Platform Development and QA SQRiBE Technologies January 1994 - October 1996
Software Engineer Dassault Systemes of America January 1988 - December 1993


Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management Business Administration 2007 - 2008
UCLA Math/Computer Science March 1981 - June 1985

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Payments
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Mobile
  • • Social Impact
  • • Healthcare
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Smart Home
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Records
  • • Edutainment
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Project management • Product management • BPM • Business Analysis • Product Development

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Jennifer Beever
They're my advisor: other  •  Marketing Consultant | CMO for Hire | Go To Market Planning & Execution, Startup Specialist Network.
Raffi has technical expertise and is also able to approach IT and business issues strategically from a business perspective. He is a critica ... l thinker who focuses on solutions and the best path to execution.
Cyndy de Nuno
We worked together  •  Founder & Director, LAMBA and Director, CRD Consulting. Kellogg grad. University of Southern California grad.
Raffi's expertise in IT is quite impressive and helpful. He is reliable, and will 'step up' to help and get involved to solve a problem. He ... is also calm and thoughtful in his approach at work.
Larry Cox
They're my professor  •  Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Pepperdine University. Previously Associate Professor, Ball State University.
Raffi has great knowledge about IT and process skills as a product developer. More importantly, however, he has great enthusiasm and passion ... for entrepreneurship. He's a wonderful person and collaborator.