Tikhon Bernstam is co-founder of Scribd and Parse. Scribd is the world's largest document sharing site and is a top 100 most visited site on the internet. Scribd is sometimes called the "YouTube for Documents" and lets you upload, share, and embed documents of almost any format. Companies like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Techcrunch use Scribd to embed documents into their websites. With more than 50 employees, Scribd is profitable and growing steadily. Bernstam helped raise more than $25 million for Scribd.
Parse makes it much faster to create native mobile applications. Parse is the cloud application platform powering tens of thousands of apps, including those for Cadillac, the Green Bay Packers, Home Depot, and the Food Network. Bernstam raised more than $7 million in funding for Parse.
Technical founders who ship. Interesting market or trend or tech. Founders understand market deeply and why existing solutions, if any, aren't right. Critical: Understand distribution. Could be marketing & sales, could be other. But have a distribution strategy.
Tikhon is one of the few Angels invested in WayUp, and we feel SO lucky to have him. I cannot say enough good things...
We only agreed to take his funding at the start because we heard from multiple sources (including YC partners) that he was peoples' "favorite investor they had"... So, we decided to work with him... and MAN are we happy! From the day we met, Tikhon has offered to help with everything we need: from technical recruiting to technical advice, from sales strategy to getting us customers, and the list goes on. He is incredibly accessible (I wish everyone was as accessible as him!), and always seems to make me and JJ (cofounder) feel special.