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Ian Lyman

Entrepreneur • Advisor Portland, Oregon Area, US

Co-Founder & CPO, Validated. Previously, Co-Founder & CPO of Parkt, Sonique media player (sold to Lycos), Sonifi (sold to Izotope).

Co-Founder & CPO, Validated. Previously, Co-Founder & CPO of Parkt, Sonique media player (sold to Lycos), Sonifi (sold to Izotope).

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Primary Skillsets

  • Product
  • UI/Design
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product
  • • UI/Design

Involved In


Team Sonique / Mediascience


Chief Product Officer, Co Founder Validated June 2014 - present
Co-Founder / CPO Parkt June 2011 - May 2014
Media Consultant DeviantArt, Inc. June 2008 - March 2011
Director / Producer / Designer Freelance 2004 - 2011
Co-Owner Filmlites Montana 2005 - January 2010
Owner The Deptartment of Moving Pictures, Ltd. 2005 - 2008
Co-Founder Team Sonique / Mediascience 1997 - 2001


Montana State University-Bozeman Film & Television 1996 - 1998
New York University Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1994 - 1996

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • UI/Design
  • • Engineering
Advisor With
  • • Growth
  • • Retail
  • • Growth hacking
  • • Sales Strategy
  • • Sales operations
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Mobile
  • • Design
  • • Entertainment
  • • Film Production
  • • Screenwriting
  • • Photography

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Graphic design • Photography • Photoshop • User Experience Design • Web Design

Key Accomplishments

I've started or been directly involved with a number of successful startups over the years. I co-founded Mediascience in 1998 and designed Sonique, one of the most popular early media player applications. Sonique set new precedents in UI design and audio fidelity and was widely emulated. Sonique was acquired by Lycos, Inc. in 1999 after we'd amassed tens of millions of users around the world. Since then, I've invested in several startups (including and indulged my personal passion for filmmaking as a freelance director and owner of a small production company / micro studio. I decided to jump back into tech and co-founded Parkt, Inc.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I bring a strong vision, an infectious enthusiasm and an intuitive understanding of successful product design. I can extrapolate on current trends and technology and identify upcoming and adjacent possibilities at early stages. I'm an experienced dealmaker and entrepreneur in the tech space and have excellent project management skills. I have a deep network of friends and colleagues in tech and business which I can mobilize to assist any project I'm a part of. I'm tenacious and determined and see things through.

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Heather Wetzler
West Coast Sales, Eyereturn Marketing and Member of the Advisory Board, VLVT / Velvet Hammer Design.