Startup Companies from CMU-SV Alumni-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Startups Founded by CMU-SV Alumni

These up-and-coming companies have CMU in their DNA. Our students have some great ideas — and they come out of our graduate programs with the skills and connections to bring those ideas to the marketplace.

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Website | Founded 2015
Faisal Luqman (Ph.D. ECE 2013) - CEO, co-founder
Next Generation Data Analytics Driven E-commerce Platform


Website | Founded 2012
Momchil Kyurkchiev (MS SE '11) - CEO, co-founder
Mobile app and game optimization platform that allows developers to optimize mission-critical metrics through on-the-fly optimization tests and powerful analytics

  • Latest news from Leanplum: Announced a $4.8M round of funding from Shasta Ventures, and adds Marketing Automation mobile messaging feature — Read the July 28 press release


Aman Khanna (MS SE '03) - co-founder
A platform that makes a 10x improvement in the quality, speed, cost and efficiency of the connection between college students, employers, alumni and industry insiders.


Website | Founded 2012
Manoj Rajshekar & Shekhar Deo (MS SM '11) - co-founders
Human Engagement Platform that merges cognitive science with high tech to deliver enhanced engagement that's easy to implement and measure


Website | Founded 2013
Darko Ilic (MS SE '14) - co-founder


Website | Founded 2012
Amin Ariana (MS SM '11) - co-founder
Self-service greeting card kiosks in high traffic environments


Founded 2009
Alok Rishi (MS SM '08)
Cloud Computing Management company — acquired by Coraid in 2011


Website | Founded 2009
Bertrand Damiba (MS SM ‘08) - President and co-founder
Sarah Wailala (MS SE ‘08) - Director of Marketing and co-founder
Fernando Guayasamin (MS SE ‘08) - Technical Consultant and co-founder
SecuriMobile brings first-rate security to mobile phones through an innovative offering that utilizes voice biometric technology.


Website | Founded 2005
Steve Xi Chen ('07) - Founder, President, CEO
End-to-end ticketing solutions for highway travel in China; transport technology services


Website | Founded 2011
Kumaril Bhattacharya (MS SM ‘09) - CTO and co-founder
Based in Pittsburgh and spun out of CMU after four students conceived a project to develop solutions for improving the quality, cost and convenience of health care delivery. "Freckle" is a software development firm that creates enterprise level electronic record systems and apps which enable pharmacists and nutritionists in retail grocery, pharmacy and hospital settings to help customers or patients gain control of their health.

Apps & Services

Wedding Party

Website | Launched 2012
Gordon McCreight (MS SE '09) - co-founder
A mobile app that allows wedding guests to share photos before and during the event to a digital album, which can then be posted to the couple's Facebook timeline.

  • Latest news from Wedding Party: Version 2.0 for iOS and Android released September 2013


Website | Launched 2012
Markus Lachinger & Jason Goldsmith (MS SM '12)
Subscription service for digital comics

Friend Trusted

Website | Launched 2012
Brenton Marrelli ('07) & Darwin Widjaja ('07)
App that makes it easy to obtain home repair and service quickly and efficiently. Simply snap a picture of what you need done and sit back and watch the quotes roll in from trusted service pros around you. You get the best provider at the best price with the most convenient delivery method possible, your smartphone.


Website | Launched 2012
Bash Sun-Basorun, Ashwin Arun, Christopher Oentojo (MS SM '12)
Mobile app that allows users to leave fun, actionable feedback for local businesses