In 2000, Alex Mehr came to the United States from Iran to find better opportunities. He wasted little time — besides earning a doctorate in mechanical engineering, he worked at NASA for a couple years.
Then in 2007, Mehr joined Shayan Zadeh to create Zoosk, with a focus on the Facebook platform. Since then, they have raised more than $40 million in venture capital and have attracted more than 50 million registered singles. Last year, the revenue run-rate was $90 million. And the Zoosk Facebook page has over 6 million “Likes,” which is on par with brands like Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO), Disney‘s (NYSE:DIS) ESPN and Nike (NYSE:NKE).