Hadi Partovi

Hadi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and the founder of education non-profit Code.org as well as the international Hour of Code campaign. As an entrepreneur, he was on the founding teams of Tellme and iLike. As a tech investor and startup advisor, Hadi’s portfolio includes Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, and other companies.

A graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he was Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Internet Explorer. After the release of IE 5.0, Hadi co-founded Tellme Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft. Hadi ran the MSN.com portal, where he delivered 30% annual growth.

After leaving Microsoft a second time, Hadi co-founded iLike with twin brother Ali Partovi, and together they built the leading music application on the Facebook platform. in 2009, iLike was acquired by MySpace where both Partovis worked as Senior Vice Presidents.

Hadi has been a strategic advisor to numerous startups including Facebook, Dropbox, and OPOWER, and serves on the board of TASER International.

Educators: Request a visit to your school assembly

Hadi and Ali Partovi return to their highschool as commencement speakers