Francis Phan aka Franchizmo is a creative technologist in San Francisco.
He is presently Director of UX Design for Yahoo's large scale advertising platforms and holds patents in algorithms relating to interactive video and ad rendering methodologies. Francis has degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering where his thesis work involved psychoacoustics, neural networks and speech recognition.
Prior to focusing on UX design, Francis was a software developer. Francis was the first engineer hire for Harmonix Music, eventual maker of the Rock Band video game series. Other notable bootstrapped startups Francis was involved with were Sonicbids and Picasa. He has won hack competitions from Boston's Music Hack day to MIT's Semantic Web Hack Competition.
Francis is also a music composer and record producer, most notably for Iyeoka Okoawo under his label imprint Phanai Records and David Franz's label Underground Sun. Francis co-founded with rap artist Omega Red the Hip-Hop production group “The Jugganautz” and were inaugural recipients for New England Urban Music's Producer of The Year award.
Below is a sampling of Francis' work...