Loading...

"When we succeed, the world of digital interaction will revolve entirely around people, not technology trends." "The pace of digital interaction has begun to surpass our ability to manage it. Entefy is about to change all that."

Alston Ghafourifar, CEO & Co-Founder Brienne Ghafourifar, Co-Founder


About

Entefy is a Palo Alto startup that is rewriting the code of digital interaction. We’re introducing the first technology to give you seamless access to all of your conversations and connections, across any smart device. Our Universal Interaction Engine (UIE) provides a new, people-centric communication experience that puts you at the heart of your hyper-connected world.

The amount of information being created and shared is growing exponentially while our ability to manage that information remains flat. 100+ trillion messages are sent and received annually, more than 2.5 million smartphone applications clutter the app stores, and to address our burgeoning need for digital interaction, 200 billion smart machines are projected by the end of this decade. Every interaction, on every app, across every device presents valuable data that says something about you and the world around you.

Entefy was born to rein in the growing chaos in communication and other digital interactions. It works across all of your devices and gives you access to your digital universe whenever and wherever you need it.

Entefy is built for the Internet of Things but designed for the Internet of people.
The story of humankind is synonymous with interaction; our ability to communicate has enabled ideas, traditions, and knowledge to leap from generation to generation. Society has advanced, with our modes of interaction in lock-step to share information ever faster.

From pantomime, to spoken word, to written word, to telegraph, to modern communication technologies, the leading inventions have always involved acquiring and transferring information. And now, we’ve come to a point in our story, with so many channels and so many options that the very nature of human behavior has changed. We consume communication now. It’s like air and water, ubiquitous and constant. Technology gives us so many alternatives, that we’ve reached a point where the forms of interaction have begun to surpass our ability to manage it.

The challenge, today, is to manage this dynamic environment, to connect all of our communication channels that enable a seamless conversation. This will open a new chapter in human interaction. Our tools will continue to proliferate, but we will keep them in perfect concert to ensure that meaningful interaction remains as intuitive and natural as it has been throughout history. Only better.

Both alarmed and invigorated by our increasingly crowded digital universe, siblings Alston and Brienne Ghafourifar made it their mission to make our essential everyday interactions quintessential. Thus, Entefy was born.

Technology

Entefy is introducing the first technology that leverages proprietary algorithms and popular channels of digital communication to create an entirely new, people-centric interaction experience. We believe that it will change the way people engage with one another and the world around them. Since our Universal Interaction Engine is still under development, we don’t publicly share too much about our technology platform, but we can give you a few hints:

Optimal

Multi-protocol, context-aware message & data delivery technology

Picosync

Unparalleled data syncing across all your devices, faster than the blink of an eye

Ensight

Meaningful insights at a user level that unleashes a new paradigm in digital assistance

Entwine

Threading conversations across multiple protocols

A.P.C.

Adaptive Privacy Controls. Intelligent protection with unmatched convenience

Omni

Modern communications brought together in a single application on all your smart devices

Team

Entefy’s team consists of inventors, engineers, and business leaders who are working to create a beautiful product that makes the complex simple and transforms chaos into harmony. Our roots are in technology, our passion is for people, and our mission is helping them work better together.
Work
With the curiosity of a social scientist and an engineer’s precision, Alston loves pushing the status quo to solve the seemingly unsolvable. As Entefy’s visionary and chief problem-solver, he has successfully raised millions of dollars in capital, executed key strategic partnerships, managed a global team on 3 continents, and led the creation of a suite of strategic IPs in areas of security, privacy, and communications. Alston graduated from UC Santa Cruz at age 17 with a B.A. in Politics.
Alston Ghafourifar
CEO & Co-Founder
 
Work
Brienne acknowledges that it might be physically impossible to meet every person on the planet, but she’s willing to try. She excels at forging connections with strategic partners that help build and grow Entefy. A leader among young entrepreneurs, Brienne set the world record as the youngest college graduate to raise $1 million in venture funding—at age 17. That figure has since grown to more than $5 million. She holds a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University.
Brienne Ghafourifar
Growth Force
Co-Founder
Work
Co-inventor of UNIX. ‘nuff said.
Rudd Canaday
Product Force
Sr. Architect & Engineer
Work
Phil is Entefy’s resident “MacGyver”; if you can make it, Phil can take it apart and turn it into a jetpack. He comes to Entefy from Intel, where he led the critical components of the development process for the Xeon processor line. Phil loves getting his hands dirty in a big bucket of code. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, where he was twice awarded the 4.0 scholar athlete award. Phil is a craft beer enthusiast and a certified scuba diver.
Phil Greenberg
Product Force
Software Engineer
Work
Ravi gets interactions—interactions between people, machines, and everything in between. He’s spent the past 15 years in engineering and business across multiple time zones and cultures, most recently bringing super cool mobile communication experiences to the world of iOS. Ravi loves the profound impact disruptive technologies have on people and the world around them. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA.
Ravi Khakhar
Product Force
Mobile Software Engineer
Work
Steve brings to Entefy a 15+ year successful track record in finance, investing, and operational management. He has managed assets and portfolios for large firms such as Morgan Stanley, where he served as Executive Director, co-managing a $12 billion equity fund. Steve has also grown startup firms like Defiance Asset Management, where as a Principal he grew the company from $22M to $588M in assets. He holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a bachelor’s in Economics from Vassar.
Steve Epstein
Growth Force
 
Work
Nicolas brings skills and creativity to Entefy as a full-stack engineer. He’s an avid learner and loves the intersection of code and user experience. From mobile to web applications, Nicolas has a passion and talent for making things better.
Nicolas Roger
Product Force
Software Engineer
Work
Joris is a young and ambitious programmer who loves taking an idea and watching it materialize at his fingertips. Fueled by plates of shawarma, his passion for writing code began when he decided to teach himself Java for fun. Joris applied this talent to create his own encrypted chat product called JoJo. While contributing to multiple aspects of Entefy’s product suite, he is pursuing a degree in Software Engineering at San Jose State University.
Joris Bolsens
Product Force
Software Engineer
Work
Daryoush is a true “pixelator,” possessing the rare talent for both how things should look and how they should work. He’s been working as a creative media professional for more than 15 years. A lover of all things visual, he drew early inspiration from film and comic books and has applied that sensibility to projects for companies such as NASA, Citrix, and Barracuda Networks. Daryoush received his B.A. in Computer Arts from Academy of Art University.
Daryoush Derakshandeh
Product Force
UI/UX Developer
Work
Mehdi is a “venture-ist” with 25+ years of experience successfully building, growing, merging, acquiring, and selling a number of ventures. He applies this talent to a number of areas including Entefy’s growth initiatives. Mehdi founded and grew the largest b2b membership organization in Silicon Valley, and created the Tradius payment system, the first fully-integrated global payment solution combining proprietary currency, credit card, and online services.
Mehdi Ghafourifar
Growth Force
 
Work
Marianne has a rare vision for visuals. Her specialty is design systems, analyzing the essence of a brand or product, creating a core identity system around it and expanding it systematically into all touch points. She’s gained her experience through cutting-edge complex projects for prestigious clients like Amazon, AT&T, Microsoft, and Yamaha Music. Marianne holds a master’s degree in communication design from the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee.
Marianne Guillen
Product Force
Visual Designer
Work
Neil's approach to creating technology is to make things clean, lean, and mean. For the past 8 years, he has served as a CPU design engineer at Intel, while keeping his skills as a programmer honed through working on several software projects outside of his hardware design work. A true student of the world, he is an avid traveler who has visited more than 50 countries. Neil received his B.S. and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Neil Achtman
Product Force
Software Engineer
Work
Vincente is a true hackathon aficionado and knows how to win...repeatedly. He loves making useful tools for the modern world. Can't run that app on a wearable? Not a problem. Train a group of youngsters to work together to build software? Easy. Did someone say robots?! …enough said. Vincente leads the Association of Computing Machinery at Santa Clara University while pursuing his degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Vincente Ciancio
Product Force
Mobile Software Engineer
Work
Gareth is an engineering rising star—killer analytical skills and enthusiasm for tackling code challenges that are second to none. Gareth began his programming journey at the age of 13 where building computer games led to his proficiency in Lua, PHP, and MySQL. He’s interning at Entefy while finishing school and, with the little time he has left for hobbies, he runs a game server community.
Gareth George
Product Force
Software Engineer

Board of Directors

Work
With the curiosity of a social scientist and an engineer’s precision, Alston loves pushing the status quo to solve the seemingly unsolvable. As Entefy’s visionary and chief problem-solver, he has successfully raised millions of dollars in capital, executed key strategic partnerships, managed a global team on 3 continents, and led the creation of a suite of strategic IPs in areas of security, privacy, and communications. Alston graduated from UC Santa Cruz at age 17 with a B.A. in Politics.
Alston Ghafourifar
Chairman
CEO & Co-Founder
Work
Brienne acknowledges that it might be physically impossible to meet every person on the planet, but she’s willing to try. She excels at forging connections with strategic partners that help build and grow Entefy. A leader among young entrepreneurs, Brienne set the world record as the youngest college graduate to raise $1 million in venture funding—at age 17. That figure has since grown to more than $5 million. She holds a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University.
Brienne Ghafourifar
Board member
Co-founder
Work
Wim left his 29-year executive management career with Hewlett Packard to become the CEO of Xilinx and, later, chairman in 2003. Under his leadership, Xilinx’ revenue more than tripled to nearly $2 billion and market share increased in the programmable logic business from 30% to over 50%. During his tenure, Xilinx was nominated several times in the top 10 of Fortune Magazine’s “100 best companies to work for.” Currently, Mr. Roelandts also serves on the Board of Directors of Applied Materials, Inc., Aruba Networks, Inc., and IMEC (a micro- and nanoelectronics research center in Belgium).
Wim Roelandts
Board member
Fmr. Chairman & CEO of Xilinx
Work
As CEO of NYSE Euronext (2007-2014), Niederauer transformed and grew the organization while navigating through the financial crisis, evolving market and regulatory conditions, and industry consolidation. Under his leadership, the NYSE experienced a significant increase in its tech IPO listings, from 13% in 2006 to 54% in 2013. Niederauer also negotiated and completed NYSE Euronext’s acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange. Currently, Mr. Niederauer serves on the boards of Colgate University, The American Ireland Fund and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, among others.
Duncan Niederauer
Board member
Fmr. CEO of NYSE Euronext

Press


Early Access

Be among the first to experience Entefy


Jobs

Every day at Entefy is challenging, rewarding, and fun. Our team is growing fast, but when you’re building something transformative every talented mind and spirit makes a big impact.

Current Positions


Contact

All the fields are required