Richard is the Founder of Pied Piper, and after a brief hiatus, is once again CEO. Richard first moved to Silicon Valley to study computer science at Stanford. He left four credits shy of graduation to concentrate on his true passion: compressing data. He created Pied Piper to pursue that passion and bring his middle-out algorithm to all.
Over his career as a programmer, Dinesh has brought his talents to many promising startups. He briefly served as CEO of PiperChat, Pied Piper’s video chat offshoot. Following Hooli’s acquisition of PiperChat, Dinesh gracefully parted ways with the company and thinks it’s best not to talk about it too much anymore. Dinesh has also contributed to a pioneering image classification project at Periscope, scraping the internet of inappropriate content.
In 2011 Gilfoyle replaced the homepage of the Federal Reserve with the cover of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (paperback edition). It took them a week to get it down. You’re welcome. He has played drums in various Toronto-area first-wave-DC-influenced hardcore, thrashcore, hatecore, corecore and corehard outfits under the name Strychnine McTwat.
Having conquered the worlds of app incubation (Palo Alto’s Hacker Hostel), casual same-sex dating (Grindr), tech journalism (Code/Rog), and first but not least social media aggregation and management software for commercial airlines (Aviato), Erlich has purchased a controlling stake in the ground-breaking compression company Pied Piper, which he himself incubated like the tiny, featherless, hydrocephalic preemie of a chick that it was up through its current pivot.
Aug `17 – Present
It’s a promising compression company. We are currently "reviewing" the Pied Piper app for sale in our Hooli store.
We have an ongoing engagement with Pied Piper. We now use them as a key partner for creating the most efficient encoding of our data.