brian sathianathan

Brian Sathianathan

CDO and Co-Founder


Before Iterate, Brian was a part of the seed stage investment team at Turner looking for startups in the Social, Consumer, Advertising, and Recommendation spaces. Over two years, he made 13 investments, saw two of those companies be acquired (one by Apple). He also participated in Turner's acquisition of Bleacher Report.

Prior to Turner he founded Avot Media, a video transcoding platform built for Mobile, where he was CEO. Customer list included companies like Warner Bros. Avot was acquired by Smith Micro, a public company based in L.A. At Smith Micro, Brian became the head of the video business and was responsible for strategy, vision, and integration.

Before Avot, Brian held management positions over 8 years at Apple. For 6 of those, he lead iPhone and Intel Mac initiatives within Apple's very private Secret Products group. He led two core groups that designed the security and activation platform for the first iPhone, and he holds patents in those areas. Brian was initially hired by Apple for his software development and encryption skills.

Brian is passionate about digital startups, and his mission is to help the entrepreneurial community connect seamlessly into enterprises. He is an active advisor and an investor to several Valley startups. Brian has an MBA, plus an MS degree in Computer Science, and he is now a co-founder of Iterate Studio. He lives in Silicon Valley.

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