Sam Hashemi

Sam Hashemi

CEO at Felt in Oakland, CA


I've always had a knack for the unexplored.

Early in my career, I designed interfaces for astronauts, scientists, judges, and other folks who were using technology from the 70s. I found an immense amount of joy in building these creative tools, and I took that energy and started my first company Remix.

At Remix, we set out on a mission to make transportation planning as fun and easy as SimCity, and in 5 years we had 400+ cities in 19 countries using Remix as their day-to-day planning software.

As we took over the world, we kept noticing people using the software for something it was never designed for: making maps. My curiosity got the better of me, and as I talked to these folks – and subsequently those in 15 other industries – I learned how incredibly difficult it was to make a map.

I was in the middle of building a business, so I put this knowledge aside confident someone else would tackle the problem. We scaled the business, sold it for $100M, and I took some much deserved time off.

When I picked my head up again, I was surprised to learn the world hadn't changed...making maps was as hard as ever. And with a series of climate disasters shaping the environment around me, the need had never been higher.

I quickly partnered with the strongest technologist I know, a close friend of 12 years, and we started Felt. It’s now a year later and we've assembled the most talented team I've ever worked with, who in turn have built some of the finest software I've ever used.

Join us as we build the future of maps:

Work Experience

2021 — Now
Oakland, CA

The best way to make maps on the internet.

2019 — 2021

Sold the business for $100M.

2014 — 2019

A real-life SimCity, used by 400+ cities in 19 countries.

2014 — 2014

A year of service, helping build better government through technology.

2011 — 2013

Started and led a project to replace the 1990s era tools aboard the International Space Station with modern iPad and iPhone apps.

2010 — 2011

Tap, touch, drag, pinch, zoom.

2009 — 2010

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