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Ahmad Kiarostami is the co-founder and CEO of Koantum, a new startup to teach science to elementary school students in the United States. Ahmad serves as a board member at National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and The Roxie, the oldest operational movie theatre in North America. Before Koantum, Ahmad founded Fotomoto where holds two patents on distributed ecommerce, and was acquired in 2012. Before moving to the United States in 2001, he founded three companies in Iran, including Negah, the first multimedia and online production venue in Iran, where he published awad-winning multimedia products in cinema and visual arts. Before that, he had a leadership role at Microsoft Middle-East.
Ahmad has also worked with several Iranian directors, and has served on the board of San Francisco Cinematheque, the oldest organization in North America promoting experimental cinema and video. He makes music videos, which are among the most viewed Iranian music videos on YouTube. In 2014, he started Docunight, an initiative to show Iranian documentaries, with monthly screenings in major cities in North America.
Ahmad has studied Math and Computer Science at Sharif University. In 2007, Ahmad was chosen as a “young leader” at Asia Society's “Asia 21’s Young Leaders” summit.