Alireza Shafaei

ImageQuix has acquired Skylab, a start-up co-owned by Alireza Shafaei

UBC Computer Science alumnus Alireza Shafaei, co-owner of Skylab, an innovative photo processing service company, has reached yet another milestone.

Alireza’s company, co-founded with TJ Rak, has been acquired by ImageQuix, a leading provider of workflow and ecommerce software for the high-volume photography industry.

ImageQuix has been working in partnership with the Skylab team since 2020. In a recent press release issued by ImageQuix, CEO Alex Kovacevic said, “Skylab’s focus on developing innovative technology in an intuitive and user-friendly way is unmatched and will provide immense value to all of our customers moving forward.”

Skylab was founded in 2018 when Alireza was pursuing his PhD in computer science under Professor Jim Little and Professor Mark Schmidt. His journey, alongside Rak, has been a steady climb to success, combining his brilliance in machine learning skills with Rak’s knowledge in high-volume photography, and bringing about efficiencies and accessibility to photographers.

Now under the umbrella of ImageQuix, the business is being propelled to new heights of success. 

Alireza is humbled and excited for this new venture, saying, “It’s a bittersweet ending of a journey, and an exciting beginning of another. Not a lot of companies are lucky enough to make it past this point. Ultimately the success is not of individuals, but it’s of the entire team. We’ve been working with ImageQuix for a while and we already loved the people and the culture. Joining forces made sense to both of us. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the ImageQuix and Skylab family.” 

Alireza’s success is just one example of how UBC Computer Science alums are using their acquired knowledge to carve out new opportunities and applications, while improving the world around us.

Read more about Alireza’s back-story.