Jessica is Cofounder & Chief Connector of FounderDating. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs through her work and is also a 500 Startups mentor. Previously, Jessica was CEO of Formative Labs and led Business Development and was GM of Platforms at Bebo (Acquired by AOL). She holds a BBA from University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard.
Abby is the Designer Extraordinaire for FounderDating where her passion for design and HCI allow her to build lean, clean and user friendly products. She has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She can also be found curating art shows, on a plane going anywhere or fostering a sense of community wherever she goes.
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Pete is a Software Engineer at FounderDating. He learned BASIC on a TRS-80 at summer camp and has been programming ever since. He can sometimes be found performing experimental music in small San Francisco venues.
Mike leads Business Development initiatives for Formspring where he oversees distribution across the web, media partnerships, and monetization. He is also in the Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowship and an advisor at EveryMe. Prior, Mike helped get a startup off the ground at Indiana University from which he graduated with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Finance.
Ryan most recently founded MicroEval, a company focused on offering modern employee performance reviews. He was previously a product manager for Ooyala, helping to run the analytics and CMS teams. Ryan received his BS & MEng in computer science from MIT.
Kevin is an entrepreneur and sociologist. He is the founder and CEO of inthis, an angel-backed startup that connects people around their shared experiences, beginning with the Potlucks app. His core belief is that we are all in this together as brothers and sisters; he aspires to help people connect, realize their common humanity, and transform the world.
Tom Limongello is head of product marketing for Crisp Media, a mobile advertising platform based in NYC. Prior to Crisp, Tom commercialized new products at Unilever in Chicago/Shanghai. Tom has an MBA from Chicago Booth & certificates from General Assembly in Web Development and Chinese studies from John Hopkins SAIS. Tom organizes memes like Fail Whale and events including TC Disrupt Beijing.
Jonathan is the CTO of Tip or Skip, founder of Dear MTA and Papervitamins. You can find him writing on Medium, Twitter and Quora.
Patrick is a Special Projects Analyst at Gemvara. He is essentially the “first boots on the ground” attacking different business needs. Prior to Gemvara, Patrick worked in Sales and Operations at Google. In his free time Patrick enjoys traveling, reading, and boogieing down with the Boston Startup Community.
Brian is Director of Corporate Development at Microsoft where he focuses on acquisitions and investments across Microsoft’s portfolio. Prior, Brian cofounded two venture-backed technology companies, Ontela and Plectix Biosystems.
Andres is a technologist who specializes in building scalable web services and social media platforms. He has worked as an engineer for early-stage startups such as Revver and Digisynd. He helped grow
Disney’s Facebook fans to 150 million by providing statistical analyses on viral campaigns. He is regular contributor to open source projects and is an active member of the LA startup community.
Eli manages products at XtremeLabs during the day and bootstraps a startup evenings and weekends. Previously, he held engineering and product positions at Amazon and Microsoft. In hist free time (a rarity), he enjoys running, traveling, sailing and skiing.
Mani has co-founded three companies and fostered their growth from inception to steady execution in a variety of industries. He typically holds a technical role while helping address operations, branding, and fundraising needs. Mani graduated from the University of Toronto (M.Sc. Medical Biophysics) and the University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering).
Jimmy is currently an API Developer and Advocate at Zappos.com by day. By night he is developing Wedgies.com and attending hackathons and Startup Weekends in between. Loves #Vegastech
Kyle Kelly heads the Business Development team that identifies, analyzes, negotiates, and helps execute partnership opportunities for Zappos and 6PM. He’s highly passionate about all things data analytics and he leads a hackathon and speaker series community called Vegas Hack. His other past experience includes co-founding Lean Startup Machine – a multiple-city metric-driven workshop for entrepreneurs.
Serial entrepreneur with the rare combination of technical expertise & business acumen. Passion is creating great product-focused companies. Finalist – 2013 International Startup Festival Pitch Competition. Alumni of TechStars NYC and TechWomen Canada (C100, Silicon Valley).
Irene cofounded two companies, with experience in enterprise software development, web development and design, and data analysis in various industries including Technology, Life Sciences and Real Estate. She holds a BSc from University of Western Ontario, and MSc from McGill University.
Alfred has spent the last 17 years designing and deploying best-in-class digital services for mobile, web and smart objects. In 2013, he founded the San Francisco Internet of Things meetup, which brings together Designers, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Data Scientists to explore the new frontier of information access. Alfred has lived in 3 continents. He now calls San Francisco his home.
Carson is a mechanical engineer from MIT with additional expertise in computer science and electrical engineering. He worked previously at Cool Earth Solar and Alliance H. Inc., where he created testing and data systems as well as designed and manufactured prototypes for various products. Additionally, he worked for several years on the MIT Formula SAE Race Car Team, where he designed car-specific dual independent suspension systems. In his role at Rest, he leads the team’s electronic and web development.
Friends of FounderDating
Dave is a greedy VC & founding partner at 500 Startups. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs, and help or invest in their startups if they are foolish enough to let him. He’s been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Intel, & Microsoft. Dave also likes to play ultimate frisbee when his knees don’t hurt.
Manu is the founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures. He previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures. He was the Founder, President and CEO of SneakerLabs, Inc. Manu served as the VP of Interactive Technologies for E.piphany and as Chairman and CEO of iMeet, Inc. Previously, Manu was a lecturer in the distance education program at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Saar is a Partner at CRV. Saar currently sits on the boards of Progress Financial, Magnetic, Wonderhill, Altius and Blippy and was involved in CRV’s seed investment in social games company LilGreenPatch (acquired by Playdom), Viki and Storenvy. Prior to joining CRV, Saar was a co-founder of Brightroll and Carebadges.com (acquired by Facebook Causes) and was Saar was VP of Customer Acquisition for Adteractive.
Dave is the founder & CEO of TeachStreet and is a huge proponent of entrepreneurship and risk-taking. Prior to TeachStreet, Dave worked at Amazon, JibJab, and Unitus. He has a B.S. in Accounting from the Penn State University and attended the MBA program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dave’s an investor in General Assembly, InternMatch, and Kima Labs. He loves dogs, in a normal way.
Phin Barnes is a Principal at First Round Capital. Before joining First Round Capital, Phin founded ResponDesign, an independent videogame company that developed and published Yourself!Fitness, the first fitness game for Xbox and PlayStation2. Phin earned his MBA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Sean is Co-Founder and CTO of Viximo, a leading social game publisher and distributor. Previously, Sean served in a variety of engineering and technology leadership roles at PanGo (acquired by InnerWireless), BEA (acquired by Oracle), Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), and Novera (acquired by Mercator). He’s also on the advisory board of several early stage startups and coordinates the independent FounderMentors program.
Hiten is Cofounder of KISSmetrics which helps web-based businesses understand their customers. Prior, Hiten co-founded Crazy Egg, and helped large corporations such as eBay, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, TechCrunch, Walmart, and Zappos better understand the user experience on their web sites. He also cofounded Advantage Consulting Services in 2003. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003.
Chris runs Founders Co-op, the Pacific Northwest’s only seed fund, along with his friend + business partner Andy Sack. Before going to the dark side, Chris was an entrepreneur himself: he created Patagonia’s online retailing business; built Adjacency, to help other big brands sell online, sold it to Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE); and co-founded a local social search company Judy’s Book.
Andy Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Andy began his career in the Internet at AOL in the mid-90s, then managed a series of venture funds with Dawntreader Ventures. In 2007 he co-founded betaworks, which both created and invested in social, real-time applications and services. Andy was born in New York City and has a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Georgetown.
Joshua helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He brought together 20 others to form the Capital Factory early stage accelerator to mentor and invest in tech startups. He founded his first startup in ’96 in his college dorm and now teaches a class at the University of Texas. He received CS and Information Decision Systems degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Austin, TX with his wife and three children.
Bill is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is managing director at Capital Factory, and helps startups at 500 Startups and TechStars. Bill was the founder and CTO of Webmail.us (acquired by Rackspace). At Rackspace Bill helped integrate and grow the email business, as well as partnerships and M&A opportunities for the cloud business. In 2011 he left Rackspace to start working on new projects.