Shamir Allibhai on a panel at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Shamir builds video products that address consequential pain points.
He created a "truth layer" for video to preempt the crises that will occur when deepfakes and malicious AI are prevalent and will cast doubt on legitimate visual evidence that polarizes society. Shamir and his team invented a unique video provenance solution and were swiftly granted a patent by the USPTO in only 93 days. They built Amber Authenticate (web | iOS), leveraging blockchains and smart contracts for transparency and confidence in multi-stakeholder situations, and Amber Detect (web), to identify Photoshopped video by detecting artifacts in keyframes and A/V tracks. The Amber solution allows users to have unequivocal trust in video, critical in a world of fakes.
Shamir is also the founder of the video tech startup Simon Says which auto transcribes and translates media, using ASR and AI, to assist production teams edit and distribute content efficiently. Simon Says has grown to be a successful business used by tens of thousands of projects by thousands of customers across its products: website, MacOS app, Final Cut Pro X Extension, on-premise software, and iOS app (beta).
Previously, Shamir was Head of Digital for the Doha Film Institute, which originated as a partnership between Robert de Niro and Qatar, and he oversaw web, mobile, and social product management and editorial. Since moving to San Francisco, he has worked with blockchain/cryptocurrency tech for SFOX (YC S14, Series A: $22M); with virtual reality for Facebook Oculus; and to develop a kinematics AI repository for the entertainment industries.
Shamir is on the volunteer alumni board of the Harvard Divinity School, and is a graduate of Harvard University (Master’s) and The Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario (Undergraduate).
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