CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

Dr. Amir Zarkesh

Amir is the CEO and Co-founder of Bluechip Systems. Before that he co-founded iCelero, which spun off into three companies: Shoppin, Crunch and Bluechip Systems. Prior to that, he co-founded 3Plus1 Technology (acquired by a Private Equity), co-founded Transcendent Design (acquired by Mentor Graphics), and was a principal at Quad Design (acquired by Synopsys). Amir is the co-founder and the President of iBRIDGES a non-profit organization empowering young entrepreneurs. Amir received his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics and MSc in EE from UCLA.

CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER

Prof. Yahya Tabesh

In Yahya’s background we can see a visiting professor at Stanford University, a distinguished faculty of the Sharif University of Technology. He also served as the chairman of the department of Mathematical Sciences at Sharif for several years. Dr. Tabesh was also director of Math and Computer Olympiads in Iran. He won the Erdős international award in 2010 for his sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of math education.

CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TEENAGE OFFICER

Shaya Zarkesh

Shaya Zarkesh is currently a high school junior at the Harker School, a private school in San Jose. He has a passion for STEM and has won numerous awards for mathematics and science research. Shaya also participates in the USA Computing Olympiad at the platinum level. Outside of academia, Shaya regularly participates in Speech & Debate activities and specializes in Policy Debate. He is also an avid soccer player on a competitive team.

CTO

Josh Freeney

As CTO, Josh’s fingerprints can be found on every project at any stage of development. Before YETi, Josh worked on software and game development for the PC, web, mobile, and social media platforms. He spent several years as a faculty member teaching game development to university students, tech-reviewing Flash training books, and perfecting his game framework to push the limits of rapid cross platform development. Josh is a graduate of Full Sail’s Game Design and Development program, and he cut his teeth developing multiplayer web platforms.

Senior Programomancer

Don Goldin

A graduate of MIT, Don is a top notch game developer with many years of experience at Gameloft. He has worked on Midnight Pool 3, Ice Age Village, Cannon Rats, Zombiewood among others.

Board Member and Outreach Programs

Zohre Elahian

Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development for over 10 years. With her husband, she has started Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US. As the Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, Ms. Elahian has also evaluated many projects, addressing critical needs in education, ICT and microfinance; and her Foundation has provided funding to such projects in many countries.

Game Designer

Jeremy Johnston

Jeremy Johnston is a Game Designer with a decade of industry experience. Some of his more notable projects include his work for Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Studios), through which he assisted in designing elements of Free Realms and Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. Since 2011 he has specialized in mobile development, spending time as a lead designer on a number of successful mobile titles (Capital City, Spelltorn: Clash of Fates, and Dude Perfect). Since joining YETi, Jeremy has split his time between rapid Iterative Prototyping and classic Game Design, which lent itself to his work on Polyup where he wrote and designed 70 levels of the finished product.

Senior Programmer

Jason Carroll

Jason Carroll has played lead developer on a number of YETi projects. When acting in this capacity, as he did for Polyup, Jason generates the gaming systems utilized by the projects by designing intelligent code architectures that not only accomplish project objectives but allow others to scaffold into the project with simplicity. Jason also trains mentees in code and culture at the YETi office.

Experience Creator

Sergi Bernal Sagué

Sergi is currently studying Engineering Physics at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona while also studying a degree in international Business Economics at the Univesity Pompeu Fabra. He Co-founded Elenytics when he was 17, a company that went through investment and developed an Indoor location solution for the healthcare market. He has also been painting for 12 years, which made him be interested in graphic design.

Infrastructure Specialist

Robert Boorman

As the owner of Unified Professionals, Robert’s passion is Research & Development and Integration of Future Technologies for business. As a leader, Robert and his teams push their own understanding of analytics and mobile development, bridging the gap between business and technology. As an expert in engineering secure datacenters and cloud-based architectures, Robert and his teams develop secure web services for big data collection, basic to complex reporting, rapid prototype development, and automated testing. Robert currently holds an entrepreneurial/leadership role with the Rich Dad Operating Company, LLC. Additionally, he has worked for six years in Public Health and Bio-Terrorism Preparedness, which influenced his passion for business and security.

Architecture and Integration

Alex Zakharenkov

Alex specializes in cloud and on-premise applications architecture and data integration and analytics (iOS, web services, workflow/business logic, SQL/NoSQL/REST/JSON/XML, etc… Insert buzz words here). After a long stint in IT, he now works fulltime as the owner of Smartaz, where he spends much of his time assessing ideas for scalability and viability, leading a highly agile team of reliable partners that write code, produce original graphic art, and deliver website design and hardware/networking support for complex projects.

Robotics Engineer

Pay Estakhri

Obtained my Masters in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Heavy emphasis on robotic system design and control.

Robotics Architect

Dr. Babak Behzad

Babak Behzad is a software engineer at Altiscale, where he leads Big Data services performance engineering. Altiscale has been acquired by SAP in September of 2017. Prior to joining Altiscale, Babak earned his PhD degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working on High-Performance Computing. Babak won Kenichi Miura Award in 2014, which honors graduate students for outstanding accomplishments in High-Performance Computing.

Project Manager

Kayleigh Harrison

Kayleigh is a passionate project manager that has welcomed whatever problems might (and will) come her way. Her top notch organizational skills have made it possible to juggle her contributions to the YETi CGI team along with her courses at Ferris State University, where she is currently studying Digital Animation and Game Design. Whenever she isn’t in class or at work, you can find Kayleigh listening to Rush, watching Game Grumps, or playing PUBG.

Art Director

Cari Mayle

Cari is a professor at her alma mater, offering instruction on Digital Animation and Game Design to her students. Cari’s expertise is diverse, including Sculpture, Painting, Modeling, Rigging, and Animation, and a host of other applications. Indeed, her invaluability to YETi lies in her capacity to navigate the pipeline of asset generation from end to end.

Cloud Programmer

Nick Wade

QA Manager

Justin Handley

Justin developed his QA chops at 2K Games before coming to YETi and managing the QA process for literally all YETi operations. Ensuring the polished quality of final products through the management of a QA team, Justin employs a testing and report system that betters himself, those around him, and all the work done in between.

Website Developer

Narendra Tiwari

Narendra Tiwari is a Web Developer with 9 years of experience in developing wide range of websites based on PHP, MySql, WordPress, HTML5, CSS, JS and Photoshop for graphics editing as well.