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Bhavin Shah

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CEO & Co-Founder, Refresh, Inc.. Previously COO & Co-Founder of Gazillion and Advisor to 100Plus. Stanford grad.

CEO & Co-Founder, Refresh, Inc.. Previously COO & Co-Founder of Gazillion and Advisor to 100Plus. Stanford grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Product
  • UI/Design
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


Refresh, Inc.
Gazillion Entertainment


Gazillion Entertainment
Gazillion Entertainment


CEO & Co-Founder Refresh, Inc. December 2011 - present
Advisor 100Plus October 2011 - March 2013
Advisor Gazillion Entertainment January 2011 - April 2012
COO & Co-Founder Gazillion Entertainment August 2005 - January 2011
Director, New Business Development LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. July 2000 - August 2005


Stanford University Education, Technology, & Business June 1999 - June 2000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Computer Science September 1995 - June 1999
Bellarmine College Preparatory High School 1991 - 1995

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Product management
  • • Business Development
  • • Mobile Apps
Markets of Interest
  • • Mobile
  • • Video
  • • Photography
  • • Sensors
  • • Augmented Reality
  • • Health
  • • Sports (running)
  • • Education
  • • Backup and Storage

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Business Development • Entrepreneurship • Startups • Strategic Partnerships • Mobile Applications

Key Accomplishments

Cut from entrepreneurial fabric and Stanford trained, Bhavin is an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience building companies, assembling great management teams, and creating quality brands and products that have everlasting qualities. Through his work at Gazillion Entertainment and LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., he’s taken a company from inception to scale and from private to public in education, toys, consumer internet, video games, media and entertainment industries.

Most recently, Bhavin lead a team of 8 developers and designers to create a company and product in a competition called The StartupBus and won ahead of 36 other companies.

As Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder and Board Member, Bhavin led and managed much of Gazillion’s formation and growth from paper napkin to over 300+ employees to become one of the largest independent MMO game publishers in North America.

Gazillion’s aggressive growth and diversified slate of MMOs based on premium brands such as Marvel and LEGO were fueled by Bhavin and his co-founders’ efforts in bringing significant capital resources to from partners such as Oak Investments, Temasek Holdings, Hearst Corporation, Revolution Ventures, Abu Dhabi Media Company, and Pelion Ventures.
Furthermore, as COO, Bhavin drove Gazillion’s growth through acquisition and integration of two game studios along with the formation and expansion of two other internal studios. He also leveraged and managed talent world-wide for Gazillion’s product development needs through extensive outsourcing in Asia.

Bhavin’s domain knowledge of mass market consumer products and family oriented brands drove Gazillion’s initial formation and strategy to expand the footprint of the fast growing MMORPG market. Managing key IP partners was instrumental to this strategy and Bhavin served as primary P&L owner for several of these initiatives and products.

In addition to his involvement with content and product development, Bhavin’s team was responsible for the Gazillion’s 24/7 datacenter operations, internal IT services, customer support & moderation staff, safety initiatives, and reporting and analytics functions. His team of engineers were responsible for creating the backend of Gazillion’s account databases, billing & e-commerce systems, and tools for customer service, chat, and moderation.

Bhavin also was responsible for the administration of Gazillion through his direct management of human resources, recruiting, facilities, legal, and finance functions for many years. Over his tenure, he successfully recruited and hired key executives to directly manage such departments.

A Stanford-trained specialist in education and technology, Bhavin was a top business development and product lead at LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. during its rapid growth from $30M+ in revenue to over $450M+.
At LeapFrog, he led the development of LeapTrack, LeapFrog’s School division’s assessment and instruction system for K-6 elementary schools, reaching students in over 100,000 classrooms. He also led the introduction of a string of new businesses initiatives and product lines including a program for Afghan women to learn basic health and prenatal care in a partnership with the US Department of Health & Human Services, Sed de Saber (Thirst for Knowledge), a workplace-based language acquisition program with Retention Education, and an Asthma and Allergy program targeting the millions of children affected by asthma through LeapFrog’s interactive learning tools.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

To a founding team, I bring knowledge, leadership, and experience of starting a company and growing it to scale. I know how to identify real business opportunities, know the difference between a product and a company, how to fundraise in tough financial markets, the art of managing boards and investors, conduct customer development, and prioritize features and functionality of a product.

To a founding team, I also bring energy and passion backed-up by real verifiable experience as an entrepreneur and business leader.

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Think Bhavin is awesome?
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Simon Frid
Previously Head of Data, Orb. Previously Founder, Wingspan Labs. Cornell grad. Cornell grad.
He pays it forward. He listens. He takes risks. And he's done it, over and over, before from idea to 200+ ppl company!

Jesse Ditson
We worked together
I got to know Jesse originally through StartupBus. I was very impressed by his skills, and then doubly impressed by his personality. He's dr ... iven, fun to be around, and talented. I would personally be thrilled to work with him.

Sid Murlidhar
We worked together  •  Previously Mobile at Facebook, Facebook. Previously Sr. Product Manager, Motorola.
Sid is one of the best product oriented entrepreneurs I know. Whatever he builds is great.

Brian York
They're my friends  •  Founder of and managing partner of Bassin Ventures.
Since the first time we met several years ago, Brian has always had the entrepreneur drive within him.

Charanjeet Ajmani
They're my advisor  •  Mentor, Hackers/Founders and Father, Founder & CEO, Inzopa.
Charanjeet is a tenacious entrepreneur with excellent sales skills. He's pulled off some amazing things with Inzopa so far.

Mayur Motgi
We worked together  •  Extensive experience in building iOS & Android apps ground up. Over 15 apps in the app store with some exceeding 1 million downloads.
Mayur is one of the most talent mobile developers in the valley. You are lucky if he is interested in helping you or your company.