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About ShoCard

ShoCard is the one identity verification system that works the way consumers and businesses need it to for security, privacy, and always-on fraud protection.


  • privacy
  • security
  • convenience
  • Create Impactful Change–We aim to create something meaningful and become an instrument for change, now and for the future.
  • Have Pride–We create things we’re proud of. We don’t just write code, offer a solution, or make money. We create something that expresses our passion. We’re creating a beautiful piece of art expressed through hard work.
  • Innovation–Creativity is the heart and origin of our culture. Founded on innovation, we continue to challenge ourselves to think differently. We allow our people to try different approaches, even make mistakes.
  • Family & Team–When we come here, we’re not just coming to work, we’re here with our extended family. We explore, we create, we talk and we celebrate winning together. Every individual counts and every win belongs to the team.
  • Openness, Transparency & Integrity–We say what we do and we do what we say. We strive for honesty, clarity and transparency with our team, with our partners, clients, investors and end-users.
  • Success–We are here to win. Whatever we do, we strive to succeed and be the best at. We don’t intend to be good-enough, but to be great. We will win as a business, as a technology, as a family and a team.

Our Vision

Everyone will know, with certainty, who they are interacting with at any time, but with only the information they need for their purpose.

Our Mission

Empower individuals, businesses and governments to establish, verify and exchange identity information simply, privately, securely and at world scale.


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Armin Ebrahimi - Founder, CEO

Armin Ebrahimi is Founder and CEO of ShoCard, a digital identity verification system that protects consumer privacy through patented use of mobile devices and the blockchain. An industry veteran, he brings more than 30 years of experience in scalable platforms, online services, mobile-development and digital advertising to the ShoCard team.

Before founding ShoCard, Armin was the CEO of Dynamic Retargeting, an AOL company. Prior to filling this role, he was Senior Vice President of Platform Engineering at Yahoo, with responsibility for Yahoo’s registration and anti-fraud platform services. He also built Yahoo’s original Display Advertising platform that served more than 20 billion transactions a day. Armin founded and was CEO of TRIicon Solutions, acquired by Tandem Computers.

Armin holds a doctorate in organizational management from Capella University, as well as Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science from California State University – Chico.

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Ali Nazem - VP, Business Development

Ali Nazem is Founding team member and Vice President of Business Development for ShoCard, a digital identity verification system that protects consumer privacy through patented use of mobile devices and the blockchain. In this role, he creates new partnerships with businesses looking for a proactive and reliable identity management partner. He has more than 20 years of experience with mobile, privacy, security, digital media and marketing through his work with a variety of consumer and technology businesses in the enterprise and SMB markets.

Before joining ShoCard, Nazem was the Director of Enterprise Sales at Rocket Fuel, a prominent adtech company that had a successful IPO in 2013. Prior to that, he oversaw national sales at Buysight, and was part of the management team that led to the acquisition by AOL’s Group in December of 2012. Ali’s background also includes media planning, buying, and strategy at major advertising agencies including Carat, DraftFCB and J. Walter Thompson. Ali graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a minor in marketing.

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Gaurav Khot - CTO

Gaurav Khot is Founding team member and Chief Technology Officer who is an industry veteran with 26 years of experience building highly scalable, business critical systems that process large volumes of data. Most recently he was CTO & Co-Founder of Youplus. Prior to that, he was the Chief Architect for Dynamic Retargeting (formerly Buysight), an AOL company. Prior to Buysight, he spent several years working on the Yahoo! display advertising platform, where he was responsible for various parts of the display ad serving platform and helped build a system that scaled up to 20 billion transactions per day. In 1999 he was the first engineer at a small startup that built one of the first web-based content management platforms from the ground-up.

Gaurav has a Bachelor of Engineering from the prestigious Pune Institute of Computer Technology, affiliated to Pune University.


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Bob Tinker - Advisor

Bob is an investor in ShoCard; serves as an advisor to the CEO and is on the Board of Directors of the company as well. Bob was founding CEO of MobileIron from 2008 to 2016, leading MobileIron from an idea to become the leading publicly traded provider of mobile security for apps, content, and devices. Under his leadership, MobileIron’s team of over 900 global employees delivered market leading products, won over 10,000 enterprise customers (including over 500 of the Global 200), built a channel of over 350 resellers and 30 mobile operators, and drove over $150M/year in trailing 4Q billings. Over 8 years as CEO, Bob led venture capital fundraising of over $150M through multiple rounds culminating in a successful $100M public offering in June of 2014, and 7 quarters as a public company.
Prior to MobileIron, Bob led the Business Development team for Cisco’s wireless business unit, a combined $1B business. Before Cisco, Bob was the first business executive at enterprise wireless pioneer Airespace. Cisco acquired Airespace in 2005 for $450M.
Tinker has a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford.

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Naveen Agrawal - Technical Advisor

Naveen Agarwal serves on the technical advisory board for ShoCard. Naveen is currently the lead for Federated Identity team at Google where he is experienced with both enterprise and consumer identification and has been architecting technical solutions to deal with security and fraud, as well as enhanced user experience while contributing to the industry standards around OpenID Connect, OAuth2 and Fido. Prior to that, Agarwal served as the Director of Engineering at Yahoo where he lead Yahoo’s identity management system as well as premium services.

Agarwal has an MS degree and was a Doctoral Candidate in Computer Science from Rutgers University and has a BE in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani.

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Michael McBride - Advisor

Michael is an Advisor to the CEO and leadership team of ShoCard.  From startups to public companies, Michael has helped build and scale technology companies for more than 20 years.  As SVP Worldwide Field Operations at Lookout, he helped drive the transition to become an enterprise cybersecurity leader in addition to the original consumer business.  He designed and built a global sales and support organization across the Americas, US Federal Gov’t, EMEA, and APAC in a direct-touch, 2-tier model that delivered triple-digit bookings growth.  Michael built go-to-market partnerships and led the creation of a new product platform and mobile security products.  Before Lookout, he served as VP, Platform at DeNA, a $4Bn public mobile game company where he was responsible for product, engineering, analytics, developer services, and partnerships. He led teams in the US, Japan, China and the Netherlands as the platform grew to $200M+ run-rate in 12 months.  Michael came to DeNA through the acquisition of social game maker Lionside, where he was a co-founding executive.  Prior to DeNA, Michael led worldwide sales at Meraki (Acquired by Cisco for $1.2Bn).  At Good Technology he led national sales after his role as a product leader where he delivered the product that grew to over 11,000 enterprise customers and accounted for over 90% of Good’s sales.  Early in his career, Michael was part of the leadership teams at StarCode Software and at operating system pioneer Be, Inc.


Michael holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Lars Rabbe - Technical Advisor

Senior Executive / CIO with experience in companies such as Skype, Intuit, Yahoo, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Redback Networks, Octel Communications and NeXT Computer.
Managed groups of over 1,500 employees in over 50 countries with budget responsibility of over $1B. Successfully developed, acquired and implemented large company wide systems in many industries including high tech, financial services, media and retail.
Track record as change agent in both large and small environments with experience in outsourcing on-shore and off-shore. Serving on several boards and advisory boards.


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Ash Patel
Morado Venture Partners
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Jerry Yang
AME Cloud Ventures
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Tae Hea Nahm
Storm Ventures
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Professor Zhang
Danhua Capital
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Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
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Masumi Minegishi
Recruit Strategic Partners
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Trevor Kienzle
Correlation Ventures

Additional Investors: Enspire Capital, Keith Nilsson, UMC Capital

The Team

Join the Team

Looking for a rewarding career? Our team is looking for talented individuals with experience with mobile technology and a passion digital identity and online security. If you’ve got what it takes, we want to hear from you! Have a look at our open positions.