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Our Journey Across the Pond

On a fateful, rainy July afternoon in 2014, Shahin and Karim Pirani were at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in Surrey, England, when they first discovered what would become the inspiration for the Angara bbq table...

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At the time their vision was modest: to create an inviting setting on their London terrace where family and friends could sit around their new dining table to eat, drink, and enjoy an interactive dining experience.

Whenever the Piranis would entertain on their Covent Garden terrace, the one common refrain they heard over and over was that the table belonged in the United State. Sensing an opportunity, they contacted Anthony Groves, the brilliant English designer who sold them their original table, and together they agreed to bring his ingenious invention across the pond. Today, the Angara table, based on Anthony’s original design is available for families all over the world to experience and enjoy.

The transformative design of the Angara BBQ table has given rise to the term Social Grilling®, an experience similar to one folks in Asia have enjoyed for centuries around the Korean barbecue table or the Japanese around the Hibachi table.

Bringing the Angara to market in the United States attracted an impressive group of individuals who all recognized the opportunity in bringing families back to the dinner table. Our team of passionate entrepreneurs is excited to be a part of this project, not just because it makes good business sense, but because they truly believe the Angara has the ability to reconnect friends and families of all age groups.

Thanks to social grilling’s interactive experience, family members, both young and old, actually want to dine together, just like they used to before the dawn of the internet and the smartphone. Angara is the magnet for families to bond by sharing stories, jokes, laughter, and even tears. Nothing can replace the quality time families spend around the dinner table and now, thanks to the Angara, we all can relive those halcyon times again –– every day!

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Meet Our Team

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Jake Handsome

CPO

As the company’s Chief Publicity Officer, Jake brings impressive ability to attract crowds. Jake also helps the company in complex negotiations where he can dominate and smother the opposing party. Our company’s success can, in large part, be attributed to Jake’s charismatic personality, charm, cool-headedness under pressure, uncanny perceptiveness, and outstanding sense of humor. We owe it all to Jake.

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Behrooz Abdi

Advisor

Technology Entrepreneur, President & CEO of InvenSense (Acquired by TDK for $1.3 Billion in 2017). Former E.V.P & GM of NetLogic Microsystems (Acquired by Broadcom for $3.7B), President & CEO of RMI Corp, (acquired by NetLogic) . Former SVP & GM of Qualcomm CDMA Technology, VP & GM at Motorola. Board member at several private companies, as well as academic & non-profits including EvoNexus & Georgia Tech. Behrooz came to iBBQ as a customer & recognizing the company’s potential, agreed to contribute his expertise by joining iBBQ’s advisory board.

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Andy Jedynak

Advisor

Andy Jedynak is a seasoned venture-backed high growth CEO, with extensive board and operational experience. As a product, media, and marketing expert, he has led the growth of large scale digital media, SaaS, IoT, mobile and app businesses in both the B2C and B2B sectors. He is currently President & CEO of ClientPoint, a top rated global business software offering. Andy began his business career at NBC/GE, after completing a successful career as a pro basketball player in Europe.

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Bendicht Hugli

Member Board of Directors

Bendicht brings 30+ years of international business and deal making experience to iBBQ. He is Founder Prinicipal of EcoCharco, a large-scale reforestation project in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Other than iBBQ, Inc., Bendicht sits on the board of a number of companies including Boomwriter Media. He holds a Public Accounting degree from the University of Zurich.

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Maggie Kassebaum

Advisor

Maggie brings twenty years of Consumer Products and Industrial experience across manufacturing, dealer distribution, digital enablement, retail point-of-sale and consumer financing. She has held a variety of executive commercial and operations roles within GE Appliances and Haier Group, promoting the growth of finished goods and aftermarket parts in support of well-known kitchen brands including GE Profile, Monogram, Fisher & Paykel and DCS Outdoor.

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Karim Pirani

Co-Founder, CEO & CMO

Karim was the creative director of Atlantis Advertising, an agency that catered to NYC’s Seventh Avenue clientele. Founded and ran a fashion forward line of women’s clothing that sold in major department stores in the United States and Japan. Successfully ran Synergistic Investments, a limited partnership hedge fund.
Recognizing the Angara table’s market potential, negotiated the global rights from Cole Henley, the original creators of the social grilling table in the UK and successfully moved manufacturing to the U.S. and at the same time improved the  product’s original design. Also acquired the ibbq.com domain and trademarked the term, Social Grilling.

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David Pyke

Advisor

David has served as an advisor and board member for a number of startups and multinationals advising on strategy, supply chain and operations strategy, inventory and production management. Professor and Former Dean, University of San Diego School of Business David was a Professor at the Tuck School, Dartmouth College for 21 years, David has a Ph.D. from the The Wharton School of Business.

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Ray Williams

Advisor

A seasoned veteran with 25+ years of executive leadership in operations, manufacturing, and engineering. Ray is a certified six-sigma black belt engineer with several awards and patents. He served 8 years as the Div. President of 3 major commercial appliance brands: Jade Range, Beech Ovens, and Viking Commercial Ranges. Prior to that, he served as the VP of Operations and Engineering for Southbend Range Company and the Sr. Resident Engineer for Whirlpool Corp.