Julian Farrior is the founder and CEO of Backflip Studios, a Boulder Colorado based mobile game company focused on bringing innovative and thoughtful titles to an expanding group of casual gamers. Backflip has had numerous top ranked apps and seen more than 300,000,000 downloads in their first five years of operation. Their games, which include popular titles such as DragonVale, Paper Toss, NinJump, Ragdoll Blaster, Army of Darkness: Defense, and SpellFall are played by tens of millions of users every month. In 2009 Paper Toss was the most downloaded game of the year and in 2012 DragonVale was the top grossing iPad game of the year. In 2013 Hasbro acquired a majority stake in Backflip Studios.
Prior to Backflip, Julian served as a VP and angel investor at Earthscape, a company that also had early success in the app store. Previously, Julian spent seven years at Yahoo! in various management roles the most recent of which included heading up emerging markets search. He is also an investor and advisor in several early stage tech startups including “TapToLearn”, “Pepper Data” and “BabyBytes”.
In 2011, Julian won the Esprit Entrepreneur of Distinction award from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 Backflip was chosen as a Colorado Company to watch, the same year that their game “DragonVale” was nominated for Best New Game of the Year and Best Game Design of the Year by industry peers at GDC Online. In 2013 Backflip won the ACG Emerging Growth Company Award. Julian was awarded Colgate University’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and Backflip has had three games so far this year selected by Apple as an “Editors Choice”.
Julian serves on Colgate University’s West Coast Advisory Council, Silicon Flatirons E.I. board and was named this year to the Mobile Game Developer’s Hall of Fame. He is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences, such as the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Gamesbeat and DICE. Julian is a lifelong video and board gamer with an obsessive streak for pinball. He studied at Colgate University and Northwestern University.