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Eren Niazi

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Eren Niazi
BornSunnyvale, California, USA
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Technology entrepreneur
📆 Years active  2000 - present
👩 Spouse(s)Christy Niazi

Eren Niazi is An American serial entrepreneur, investor, and the founder of open source storage (OSS)[1][2][3] and Open Source Evolution.

Early life and career[edit]

Eren was born in Sunnyvale, California. His childhood neighbor was Steve Jobs.[4] At the age of 12, Eren started learning how to develop programming codes. He didn't attend college.[5] Eren started his career at AMAX Engineering a server and cluster computing company which was founded in 1979. In 2000, Eren resigned from AMAX after one year later he started his own venture.[4]

In 2001, when he was in his early-20s,[6] started his own venture, Open Source Storage (OSS),[7][8][9][10][11] the first OSS office was located in Santa Clara, California. OSS attracted numerous clients such as Friendster, Facebook, NASA, Yahoo, and the US Army.

In 2004, with the expanding of OSS, the company moved to Atari former building to be it’s new headquarters at 1195 Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale, California and continued using this location as it’s headquarters office until 2007.[12]

In 2013 OSS was totally bankrupted but relaunched again by Eren.[13] In 2016, retired NFL star Patrick Willis joined OSS as a business partner, an investor and executive vice president.[14][15][16] In 2007, OSS was struggling and finally went bankrupt after a lot of blocks that Eren faced. In April 2018, in association with Jim Truong, Eren founded Open Source Evolution (OSE) an extend of OSS.[17]

Personal life[edit]

On April 13th, 2018 Christy Niazi Eren’s wife died. Eren has twins Cydney Christine Niazi and Cyrus Eren Niazi.[18]


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  3. "Eren Niazi Archives". SD Times.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Apple's Steve Jobs Would See Himself in Tech Pioneer Eren Niazi". 29 May 2014.
  5. Cyrgalis, Brett (19 May 2016). "Inside an NFL linebacker's second life as a Silicon Valley stiff". New York Post.
  6. "NFL star Patrick Willis is thriving in retirement as a Silicon Valley tech worker". Mashable.
  7. Shankland, Stephen. "Server maker expanding double-whammy family". CNET.
  8. "Vendor's servers aren't one-size-fits-all". Network World. 20 March 2006.
  9. May 5, Conner Forrest in Start-Ups on. "How to close up shop on a failing startup". TechRepublic.
  10. "Ex-NFL player Patrick Willis: What leaving football for Silicon Valley taught me". CNBC. 9 September 2016.
  11. "Open Source Storage". OSS.
  12. "Pioneers in Open Source--Eren Niazi, Part I: the Start of a Movement and the Open-Source Revolution Redefining the Data Center | Linux Journal". Linux Journal.
  13. Seamons, Kate (18 November 2016). "He Was a Rich NFL Star. He Got Scammed in Silicon Valley". Newser.
  14. "Pizarro: Hold onto your fancy hats for San Jose Derby party May 2". The Mercury News. 22 April 2015.
  15. Rodriguez, Salvador (16 December 2016). "Disgraced Silicon Valley Founder Gets Probation for 'Gross and Negligent' Use of a Firearm". Inc.
  16. Rodriguez, Salvador (18 November 2016). "How a Serial Con Man Fooled Silicon Valley and Took an NFL Star's Millions". Inc.
  17. "Eren Niazi, Part II: the Untold Story | Linux Journal". Linux Journal.
  18. Batesville, Inc. "Obituary for Christy (Bruno) Niazi at Alta Vista Mortuary".

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