Two College Students Aim to Connect People Across the World with Zaang

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews / February 6, 2022

Startup Profile: Zaang

Year Founded:



Founders and Ages:

Michael Markarian, 23
Alex Kravets, 21

What is the story behind your company? ie. where did the idea come from, how was it founded etc..:

Michael Markarian and Alex Kravets founded Zaang in 2007 while students at Babson College. They saw tremendous opportunity in bringing people together who share something in common – something lacking in the social networking and microblogging space.

What makes your company unique in its industry?

On Zaang, conversations happen in “Worlds,” gatherings of users who share something in common. While located in a certain World, you can learn, share and debate with other people focused on that same topic. Conversations are already happening on Zaang in a variety of Worlds – everything from fishing, to the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, to Lady Gaga.

You can enhance your conversations on Zaang with videos, pictures and audio – a big advancement to the “text only” forum sites that ruled over the past decade.

You can also “follow” Worlds as you would on Twitter, so all the content you would be interested in flows into a feed customized for you.

Future plans for the company?

“Our mission is to make the interaction on Zaang resemble what it is like to be in a room with your closest friends,” says Markarian. “Except instead of your friends, you are conversing with other people around the world who are interested in the same stuff that you are.”

What was the start-up budget?

Zaang is a a well-funded, angel-backed start-up. However, exact financials are not being disclosed at this time.

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About The Author

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.


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