Meet the Team Behind Celery

We're passionate about making things people love.

About Us

Celery is based in San Francisco, California.

We’re making it easier to build a business by taking pre-orders. The founding team previously built e-commerce and mobile experiences for LinkedIn, Groupon, and Foursquare.

Celery is made by Airbrite Inc., which is backed by Y Combinator, SV Angel, and other top investors.

What We Believe

We believe every maker has the potential to turn a dream into a business.

We know pre-orders play a crucial role in funding those innovations.

We believe the future depends on companies like you.

Our Team

Chris Tsai
Co-Founder

Chris studied computer science at MIT and built his first PASCAL program when he was 12. The son of a serial entrepreneur, he has been working on tech and social finance startups part- or full-time since college. Before creating Celery, he led Groupon's expansion in Asia. He lives with his wife in San Francisco.

Brian Nguyen
Co-Founder

Brian studied math at Stanford. He started coding in high school, and built his first program when he was 15. From 2009 to 2011, he was building social games -- they were big in Germany. He lives in San Francisco and works in SOMA.

Peter Shih
Co-Founder

Peter studied Electrical Engineering at UCSD. He built the flagship LinkedIn iPhone app which was featured on TechCrunch and App of the Week on iTunes. He was subsequently tapped to be CEO/Founder of an angel-funded iOS development shop. Previously, Peter led development of Foursquare's Explore features.

Dave Badley
Hacker

David started programming MUD games at 15. He studied computer engineering in grad school and coded at CrowdStar and MyPad before joining Celery. He would spend all his money on gadgets if he could. Oh wait, he kind of does.

Eric Pan
Product & Design

Eric studied human-computer interaction at UCSD. He thought he was going to become a cognitive neuroscientist, but ended up liking design more. He believes design is everywhere, and improving it can change people's lives. He likes tools more than toys.

Arpan Nanavati
Developer

Arpan started programming at 15 with a tic-tac-toe game in C. He studied computer science at USC. In 2009, Arpan made his cellphone into a garage door opener. He rides a Honda CBR600 motorcycle almost everywhere, and hails from Mumbai.

Edward Jung
Growth

Edward studied management at UCSD. He started growth hacking about a year ago, and has made Celery a more creative and data-driven place. He loves Mexican food more than you do.

Chris Nicholson
Communications

Chris went to Deep Springs College and reported for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Bloomberg News from Paris until 2013. Chris taught himself to code a few years ago, and likes to make things out of words. He was born in Montana.