Brother and sister team Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly presented Piper Pied, a lossless compression algorithm for online images, at the Disrupt NY Hackathon today. The startup is a “creative spin” on Pied Piper, the company with a similar lossless compression algorithm for everything that appears in HBO’s Silicon Valley, according to Ghaly.
The idea came from a conversation the sibling team had in Ma’s car on the way to Disrupt. “We were just talking about shows we watch and ideas for the Hackathon and Nancy kept saying ‘what about Pied Piper, what about that? Is that possible?’ Then I was like ‘you know that’s not too bad,'” said Ma, who makes his living as a rapid prototype consultant in the Bay Area.
Ma and Ghaly, both super fans of the HBO show, then spent the next 24-hours joking about this “crazy” idea and building a version of a lossless compression…
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