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8 Questions for Brad Kleinman, iPhone app inventor, YLD board member, and Busta Rhymes fan

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08/30/2011

8 Questions for Brad Kleinman photo 

While Brad Kleinman was living in Cleveland getting his master’s degree, he’d spend every Monday night having dinner with his grandma and her friends. Dubbed, “dinner with the old people,” Brad really enjoyed spending quality time with his grandma and hearing her and her friend’s unique voices and stories.

An engineer by training with an entrepreneurial streak, Brad knew he had something to share with the world— who doesn’t love their grandma? So he began recording his grandma saying, “Jewish grandma-isms” and put together his first iPhone app iGavolt. Now Brad (and everyone else) can hear his grandma wherever he goes!

And with the success of the first app, Brad caught the iPhone bug. Today, he has several apps on the market including, Groggor Factory, that builds 3d customizable groggors and Amy’s Mom, which shares hilarious answering machine messages from one extreme mother.  With even more apps in the works, Brad, in his spare time, is becoming quite the pro! To learn more about all of his app ventures, click here.

So whether you love your grandma, want to be a pirate, or enjoy creating iPhone apps, Brad Kleinman is a Jew You Should Know!

1. What is your favorite blog or website?
Tie between Mashable and DrudgeReport.

2. If time and money were limitless, where would you travel to?
I would travel around the world, but specifically I’d go to the Amalfi Coast, Australia, the Far East, and Israel. 

3. If a movie was played about your life, who would play you?
A mutant clone of George Clooney, Joe Rogan and Frank Sinatra.

4. If you could have a meal with any two people, dead or alive, famous or not, who would it be?
Albert Einstein and Albert Kleinman (my grandfather).

5. What is your idea of the perfect day?
Not in this exact order, but it would include: eating cupcakes, playing volleyball, and throwing Frisbee… all while hanging out with my fiancé and Busta Rhymes in a castle in the South of France. I will be wearing a cut off T and jellies.

6. What do you love about what you do?
The people I get to work with!

7. What job would you have had if not the one you have now?
Rock Star. Or a pirate. 

8. What is your favorite Jewish thing to do in Chicago?
Hanging out with Jews. Love’em.

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