Richard Rabbat PhD '01, SM '98
Co-Founder & CEO
Other Affiliations : American University of Beirut - MS '96
Product Management executive with deep experience in search, messaging, ads and video.
Co-founder, CEO of Gfycat, largest GIF platform (top 60 US site). Raised massive $10M seed.
Started ad monetization at Tango. Founded team, built and operated ad platform. Grew revenue to be largest revenue operation at Tango. Created native ad format later adopted by IAB as standard.
Built the most successful game at Tango: Road Riot (35M downloads, 1M DAU)
Improved Zynga Cityville monetization by 13%. Created SDKs to provide a SaaS platform for gaming including analytics, social, storage, leaderboards, on all platforms.
Product lead for the Google initiative to Make the web faster. Added the speed signal to Google’s search algorithm. Improved monetization for AdSense on mobile by 10% and increased run rate for AdSense by $50 MM.
Created analytics products for performance (Page Speed) that enable webmasters and web developers to speed their sites and increase their revenue.
Delivered monetization improvement for About.com (a New York Times company) and Edmunds.com.
Built a team that created a speed module for the Apache HTTP Server and partnered with the largest hosting provider (Go Daddy) on its successful deployment.
Worked closely with the video and Chrome teams to create a new image format WebP, to replace JPEG and GIF. WebP has been adopted by Facebook, Firefox, GMail and Netflix among others. WebP was highlighted in “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web”, Official Honoree in three categories in the 2011 Webby Awards.
Worked on HTML5 standardization and helped set up the Web Performance Group in the W3C.