Sami Shalabi is a software inventor and entrepreneur. He has 10+ years of experience building world-class software at both small and large business environments. He is a highly creative hands-on, energetic, people-oriented leader with proven ability to quickly build innovative results-oriented teams. His strong technical, interpersonal, and business skills are equally effective with customers and partners as with employees.
Sami has been working at Google, Inc since October 2007 as a Member of Technical Staff. At Google, he co-founded Google Friend Connect, a service that allows site owners to easily add social features to their site. He is now leading the engineering team and the service is now being using on millions of sites around the world.
Sami joined Google after they acquired Zingku, a company he co-founded in 2006. Zingku was a venture backed software company that built a variety of multi-channel (mobile, IM, and web) consumers services. At Zingku, Sami single-handedly architected and coded the product that lead to their first funding round. Post funding, he lead the development of Zingku’s entire platform and product line. The products included zingku.com (a mobile social network), ripple9.com (promotion and merchandising for musicians and artists), and skyjar.com (multichannel interest sharing).
Prior to Zingku, Sami had architecture and leadership responsibilities for a number of products at Lotus, Iris Associates, and IBM. These include Lotus Domino (web search), Lotus Quickplace (server and developer platform), WebSphere Portal (composite applications), WebSphere Application Server (plugin architecture), and Lotus Connections (activities). While at IBM he frequently spoke at conferences.
Sami has a strong track record of innovation. He has over 30 patents and has been awarded the 2009 MIT ASO Young Professional Award.
Sami received his SB, and ME from MIT, where he did research at the MIT Media Lab, MIT IS, and the MIT Computer Graphics Group.