Sina Khanifar

Sina Khanifar

Tech policy activist/advocate, startup founder

San Francisco, California (San Francisco Bay Area)

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Sina Khanifar's Summary

I'm currently taking a break from startups/capitalism to work on political advocacy.

Specific activism projects I've worked on recently:
- Getting a law passed in the US to make cell phone unlocking legal.
- Copyright reform (specifically around §1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
- A range of privacy and NSA-related actions, including,

As far as startups go, I particularly enjoy working on user experience and interface design, product, distribution and strategy. I also occasionally make small investments in startups, and am an advisor to a couple of other companies. Finally, I also organize the San Francisco Quantified Self Meetup.

Please feel free to get in touch:

Email: [firstname dot lastname at gmail dot com]

Sina Khanifar's Experience

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Law Practice industry

March 2014Present (8 months) San Francisco Bay Area

I'm currently working as part of a small team to update part of EFF's website and build open source tools to allow better engagement with legislators.

Activist (and founder)

May 2013Present (1 year 6 months) San Francisco Bay Area is a group of over 100 volunteers who work on building cutting edge tools to help make tech advocacy easier. We've also designed and implemented the websites for various online campaigns including Stop Watching Us, Restore the Fourth, and The Day We Fight Back.

Over the course of our first year, over 2 million people have interacted with our campaign sites, and over 500,000 people have used our tools to contact their representatives to express their views on tech-related issues.


March 2013Present (1 year 8 months) San Francisco Bay Area

After successfully petitioning the White House asking them to legalize unlocking cell phones, I started, an activism hub for those interested in reforming Section 1201 of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The campaign is supported by Reddit, Mozilla, O'Reilly, YCombinator, the EFF and over 50 other startups and organizations.

Co-Founder and Advisor

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Telecommunications industry

January 2010Present (4 years 10 months) London, United Kingdom

OpenSignal is the world's largest crowdsourced mobile sensor network. With over 7 million downloads, 1 million active users and billions of unique data samples gathered per day, the OpenSignal application provides wireless market insights to major customers such as McKinsey, Telefonica and ChinaMobile. At the same time, the OpenSignal app uses the same database to help users find better signal in realtime, locate free WiFi hotspots and get personalised recommendations on the best mobile network for them.

OpenSignal's second application, WeatherSignal, repurposes the pressure, temperature and humidity sensors on smartphones to collect data to provide better weather prediction to over 50k users, and has lead to a scientific publications in collaboration with the Royal Meteorlogical Society of the Netherlands demonstrating the potential of crowdsourced data for improving short term weather forecasts.

We're pioneering the field of crowdsourced sensor networks and looking for smart, determined people to help us do it. If you'd like to join us check out our list of open positions or just get in touch:


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Telecommunications industry

January 2007Present (7 years 10 months) Orange County, California Area

RepeaterStore is an eCommerce company in the telecommunications space I founded in 2010. The company is based in Laguna Hills, CA, and has annual sales of approximately $3.5 million.

Sina Khanifar's Honors and Awards

  • 2013 IP3 Intellectual Property Award

    Public Knowledge
    • October 2013

    Each year Public Knowledge issues three IP3 awards to those who have made significant contributions in three areas of IP: Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol. I was awarded the 2013 award for my work on cell phone unlocking and Digital Millennium Copyright Act reform.

    Previous winners have included Senator Ron Wyden, Susan Crawford, Brewster Kahle, Mike Masnick, and best of all, Danger Mouse.

Sina Khanifar's Projects


    • September 2012 to Present

    Memstash is a spaced repetition learning system that helps people remember content they find through the web. It was built as part of the TechCrunch disrupt competition and won the Evernote prize for best integration.

  • Quantified Mind

    • November 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Sina Khanifar, yoni donner

    Quantified Mind is a tool for repetitive cognitive testing that allows users to measure the effects of factors such as coffee, sleep, exercise, and other habits on their cognition. In November 2012 I helped the founder Yoni Donner by designing and coding a new frontend for the site.

Sina Khanifar's Languages

  • Persian

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • German

    (Elementary proficiency)

Sina Khanifar's Skills & Expertise

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Product Marketing
  3. Marketing Strategy
  4. UI Design
  5. User Interface Design
  6. User Experience
  7. Start-ups
  8. Business Strategy
  9. Strategy
  10. E-commerce
  11. Android
  12. Shotokan Karate
  13. iPhone
  14. Political activism
  15. Telecommunications
  16. Analytics
  17. Mobile Devices
  18. Product Management
  19. Mobile Internet
  20. Mobile Marketing
  21. Mobile Technology
  22. Strategic Partnerships
  23. Location Based Services
  24. Venture Capital

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Sina Khanifar's Education

University of Oxford

BA, Physics


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