Shy Pahlevani is a successful D.C. based serial entrepreneur. He and his brother Eman founded LiveSafe - a leading mobile safety communications platform that crowd-sources safety intelligence. The brothers teamed up with friend & business partner Jeff Grass to successfully grow LiveSafe into a global enterprise. The trio would raise $25 million dollars for LiveSafe from 4 tech titan billionaire backers including Bob Hisaoka, Steve Case (AOL), Barry Diller (IAC), Dave Duffield (Workday), and Fred Smith (FedEx) that would take the brand international. LiveSafe now actively protects more than 5 million people across the Fortune 1,000, universities, and government agencies. LiveSafe's popular WorkSafe product helps detect potential infections, prevent outbreaks, and reduce legal liability. LiveSafe was acquired by Vector Solutions in October 2020!
Later in 2017, Shy, Eman and Jeff again teamed up to create food-tech platform HUNGRY - the first ever online catering marketplace connecting local top chefs for office food. The company grew quickly from a $1 million dollar run rate to nearly $50 million dollar run rate today. HUNGRY launched in several new markets in 2021 and today operates in a $65 billion dollar catering market within D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Austin, Dallas, California, and NYC. Notable investors include rapper JAY-Z, singer Usher, comedian Kevin Hart, Walter Robb the founder of Whole Foods, actor Terry Crews, actress Issa Rae, and Seth Goldman founder of Honest Tea, Bravo's Top Chef Tom Colicchio, Bob Hisaoka, and a dozen NFL & NBA stars.
Shy has been recognized as one of D.C.’s Top Young Entrepreneurs and Washington Business Journals’ 40 Under 40. Shy serves on 4 non-profit boards including INOVA Hospital Foundation, PathForward helping to end homelessness, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and OasisHillDc.com. Shy also serves on the Investment Committees at James Madison University and Montgomery College. Shy holds 2 patents and is Ernst & Young 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
HUNGRY was founded by serial entrepreneurs Eman Pahlavani, Shy Pahlevani and Jeff Grass, as a revolutionary technology connecting independent chefs with the $60 billion business and events catering market. HUNGRY has gained the attention of several high-profile investors, including the likes of Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners, Kevin Hart, Usher, Todd Gurley, Bobby Wagner, Ndamukong Suh and chefs Tom Colicchio and Ming Tsai. HUNGRY is committed to improving the communities it serves. Through its ‘Fight Against Hunger’ program, HUNGRY donates one meal to those in need for every two meals sold via its platform. The company’s ‘WeRecycle’ program promotes environmental waste reduction by offering biodegradable plates and cutlery with its delivered meals. HUNGRY is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has rapidly growing operations in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Austin and Dallas. For more information , visit tryhungry.com.