|Birth Day:||December 30, 1979|
|Birth Place:||Los Angeles, United States|
The CEO and co-founder of Shots Studios, a company Forbes prophesied to be "the Air Jordan of the digital world." The company has worked to develop the careers of internet stars like Anwar Jibawi, Rudy Mancuso, and Lele Pons.
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He and his brother were video game creators behind mobile games for stars like Cristiano Ronaldo under their first company name RockLive. It would later become the foundation of Shots Studios.
John and Sam Shahidi started developing iOS apps in 2009 and started out as a video game development company called Rock Software, later renamed RockLive. Their first commercial app was RunPee. Their childhood friend Jordan Palmer introduced the Shahidi brothers to former Cincinnati Bengals team member Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson. RockLive developed two apps for Ochocinco, Chad Ochocinco Experience, and its follow-up, MadChad.
RockLive released Shots, a selfie photo sharing app, in November 2013. It was intended as an anti-bullying social media network and counted Justin Bieber & Floyd Mayweather as investors.
After raising $12.1 million in funding in 2015 and with the number of the Shots app users dropping, Shahidi changed focus from software to content. RockLive rebranded to Shots Studios, a talent agency and production studio for social media personalities, predominantly on YouTube. Investors included boxer Floyd Mayweather and singer Justin Bieber.
Shots grew to a user base of 7 million users in March 2016, but dropped to 2.5 million in October 2016. At one point, Twitter was in talks to buy Shots for US$150 million.
In February 2018, Shahidi was a featured panelist alongside creators Rudy Mancuso, Hannah Stocking, and King Bach at Upfront Summit where they spoke about topics impacting digital creation and social media.
In August 2020, Shahidi and Shots Studios released "Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons," a Spotify-exclusive podcast hosted by Pons.
Currently, John Shahidi is 42 years, 5 months and 26 days old. John Shahidi will celebrate 43rd birthday on a Friday 30th of December 2022.
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