John Shahidi

Co-Founder of the Shots App

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON March 03, 2016

Discussion

Sam Shahidi@sammy · Co-Founder, Shots
Do you want me to grab you lunch so you don't have to sign off?
c⃝l⃝a⃝i⃝r⃝e⃝@cj4jdb · SAP consultant
@sammy ba ha ha. Love you Sam xx
Valeria Bieber@valeriabieberc
@sammy hello you're so cool, and can u follow me in twitter please ?
Simra@cameronmylove5
@sammy hahah Sam
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@sammy yes, something healthy.
Simra@cameronmylove5
@john @sammy John what inspired you to make shots app? And how did you and Sammy meet?
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
Hi John! What's it like not only having your name, but a 4 letter twitter? What's your social media journey been like? Also, what's your favorite board game? 🙌
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@jsneedles Having my name on social media is a funny conversation starter / icebreaker. I got the name back in 2009 and really wanted it because I knew from day 1 that I would love the Twitter product. I still do.
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@john @jsneedles follow up question: you are @John on Twitter but @Johnny on Shots and Instagram! Do you go by John or Johnny? 😇
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@nivo0o0 @jsneedles I go by John, Johnny and Hemen (my birth name). I will respond to any of the 3.
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@jsneedles you are cool
Shots Crew@shotscrewbr · SHOTS CREW BR
What inspired you to make the new shots logo like a robot?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@shotscrewbr Sam is obsessed with both robots and bots and showed me the icon for a bots section coming to our messenger section. I loved it and said, let's change the entire icon just for the heck of it. That's why we made this video -- it was all Sam (Shahidi)
Andy Mauro@andymauro · CEO Automat.ai
@john say more about the bots section -- intrigued...
Purpose ✨@iamjbsprincess · I love Justin Bieber
@john @shotscrewbr Hello john, follow me please @IamJbsPrincess tysm!
sabrinaashley@witchhsabrina · sabrinaashley
john, first off, i wanted to thank you for making such an incredible app. i have been a victim of bullying from elementary school, straight on to highschool, and then online. i really hope one day we could just go for coffee and talk ! but on the subject of shots, quick top 3 questions: 1)what has been your favorite part of creating the app ? 2) what are your favorite past times (when not working your butt off!) 3) would you please be my friend on shots, i have a message i'd really like to deliver to you and we should be best friends <3 (SHOTS ID: sabrinaashley) all my love, sabrina. keep empowering, keep smiling, and thank you. (for all you do)
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@witchhsabrina Hey, I am sorry you've been through that. I gave a bit of advice in the BuzzFeed interview today that is better to hear out than to read http://on.fb.me/1Qoamnc. I said it about 1/2 way through the interview. 1. I love coming into the office. Everyone here is as excited as I am about what we're creating so that energy combined is something that I love and crave when I am not here. 2. I went to high school in Mission Viejo and I have some great memories from HS and those friends are some of my best friends still. 3. Just added you.
sabrinaashley@witchhsabrina · sabrinaashley
@john going to go watch the interview right now <3 thank you so much for replying, it really meant the world to me :} ps. enjoy your lunch, it's on sam ;)
Henning Singer@henningsinger
@john @witchhsabrina Hi there I'm new in the community I only want to say that I love the new features on the @shots app. I simply want to thank you John for that inspiring layout of the new Shots App. I use it nearly everyday to make some pictures and videos. Can you add me please on Shots (henningsinger). Thanks in advance John.
Sam Shahidi@sammy · Co-Founder, Shots
Aye! Diego
JB Follow Help@jbiebfollowhelp
@sammy I am proud of you Sammy. You are my inspiration 🙌🏼❤️
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What would you love to see happen @ProductHunt ?? And also who should we try and get for a LIVE chat soon?
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@bentossell @producthunt ooooh good q's :)
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@eriktorenberg @bentossell @producthunt I want to get my friend @Maejor on here. We talked about it last weekend. He's a big fan of PH and the PH community will love him.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@john 💯 🙏
Mari Mustafova@mishle87 · Mari Mustafova
I have a one question. Which is your favorite song by Justin Bieber @justinbieber
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@mishle87 @justinbieber I have more than 1.. few favorites right now are Been You, Love Yourself, Swap it Out and All in It.
JustinBieberCrew.com@jbcrewdotcom · Justin Bieber Crew
@john @mishle87 @justinbieber Been You is my all-time favorite bop, and my mam's! She's gutted it's not his next single, haha
@john give swap it out that recognition john!! Cant believe someone understands me. @justinbieber
Mari Mustafova@mishle87 · Mari Mustafova
@john @justinbieber Thank you for your answer. My favorite song Love Yourself, Sorry and Been You.
Nik Sharma@mrsharma · Director of Performance Marketing, hint
Hi John, thanks for doing the chat & appreciate the follow on Twitter, too! My question is: Why do you think YOUR influencer marketing (and mainly with Justin Bieber, King Bach, and Floyd Mayweather), was able to out-perform TIDAL so much? They not only had Jay Z, but Kanye, Usher, Beyonce, Daft Punk, etc. on their roster, had full access to their social audiences, and yet still TIDAL failed. Appreciate the time, and since you're in SF, would you like to grab coffee? DM me!
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@mrsharma Hey Nik, are you sure Tidal failed? I haven't read any news on them recently. Justin, Floyd, Bach, Rudy and all our partners helped get the word out for the Shots app but at the end of the day, the product has to be something everybody needs. I haven't looked at Tidal much and the reason why is, nobody has given me a real reason to get it. I've had Spotify since 2011 and I am happy with it. People told me to switch to RDIO awhile ago because of it's slick design but content will always beat design. Laughter is our "reason" and comedy will differentiate Shots from other apps who ended up allowing selfies after we launched.
manon@ibieberauhlls · ibieberauhlls
What was your inspiration to make this Shots app, and what was your inspiration for this new update?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@ibieberauhlls Sam and I always do things that make the young John and Sam happy. I made a promise to myself when I was around 8 years old that I would never make anyone feel the way some kids at school made me feel. So I do things these days to keep the promise to myself. Sam is the same.
manon@ibieberauhlls · ibieberauhlls
@john this is beautiful, you can be proud of you!
Ellie @eleanorauhl13@eleanorauhl13 · Psychology Undergraduate
@john @ibieberauhlls very inspiring. I'm sure so many of us can relate ☺️ You boys should be so proud!
sabrinaashley@witchhsabrina · sabrinaashley
@john @ibieberauhlls this makes me really sad :/ if you could tell those bullies anything, what would it be ?
Shots Tweets@shotstweets · Shots Supporter
@john @ibieberauhlls So beautiful!
Ben Parr@benparr · Co-founder and CMO, Octane AI
John, why am I so happy that I'm an investor in Shots? :-) But really, what's the #1 reason people on PH should give Shots a shot?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@benparr #1 -- Because you're full of love and passion. That's why I enjoy eating bar buts and drinking tea with you. #2 -- It's an app that will put a smile on your face. Something we can all use.
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
John can you talk about your experience in gaming a bit. in 2009 - how did you build those crucial relationships that would help fund / launch Shots?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@eriktorenberg We kept our games very simple. Our goal with RockLive was to recreate original Nintendo games on mobile since almost all mobile and console games are complicated. Our simple games attracted a young audience that never experienced original Mario or Sonic. LA is similar to SF, it's a small world there so if you make something good and easy to understand, word will travel.
Fahd Trenar@fahd_trenar · Fahd_trenar
Away from shots, do you like dogs or cats? And what would you name it if you have one?
Steve Pearlman@slpearlman · Software Engineer, Aspiring Entrepreneur
Where do you see Shots in 6 months, 2 years, 5 years?
Steve Pearlman@slpearlman · Software Engineer, Aspiring Entrepreneur
With the evolution toward comedy, will Shots remain a safe space for self-expression that may not be positive/funny?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@slpearlman We will try our best. We can't always eliminate bullying. I can tell you that the Shots App will never have comments and we will never show how many followers/likes you have to the public. We don't want anyone to feel inadequate. Comedy can be edgy sometimes and we will be careful and make sure our community always feels safe. This is a good video to watch https://www.youtube.com/results?....
Danielle Newnham@daniellenewnham · Founder, The Junto Network. Author
Hi John - what's your background and how did you get started in tech?
manon@ibieberauhlls · ibieberauhlls
What is your favorite thing on this update?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@ibieberauhlls I enjoy going to the funny section. I keep refreshing it every 5 - 10 minutes in hope of seeing more posts. They are so random. I can't wait until it fills up more as people updated.
Nicole Bowland@nicolebowland__
@john lol my post keeps going up and up 😂 I got like over 2k views on it. Crazy.
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@nicolebowland__ Awesome. Keep finding funny stuff.
manon@ibieberauhlls · ibieberauhlls
@john I was here to test an old shots update, why I can't test the new updates?
Nicole Bowland@nicolebowland__
Hey john. what made you create the show awkward puppets? It's so funny btw. I keep laughing whenever I watch it😂
jed shearer@jedshearer · Brand Parnterships, Shots
Who came up with the term "Got Shahidi'd" and when was the first time it was used?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
john shahidi@john · Co-Creator of Shots Studios
@bentossell I wanted to either be a baseball player or a drum player for a rock n roll band.
Sally Gharzuzy@sallygharzuzy
@john @bentossell wow didn't expect that drum player for a rock band .. 😊 but look who u are now are not you proud ? Lol I wonder where would I be after 5 years
TYSM JUSTIN ❤️@leilabieber122 · STUDENT
What's your favourite thing about the new update ?