The Liftopia Team
Evan Reece, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Evan founded Liftopia with Ron Schneidermann in 2005. Evan has deep experience in building pricing, yield optimization and inventory management strategies for lift tickets, rentals, lessons, and other ski resort related products. Prior to starting Liftopia, Evan was at Hotwire.com where he managed revenue maximization and pricing strategy for mountain destination hotels. Evan spent four years working out of his closet to get Liftopia off the ground. Evan grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts and attended Colby College. He is fluent in German and grew up skiing at Ski Bradford, Attitash and Sunday River.
Ron Schneidermann, Chief Marketing Officer, Co-Founder
Ron founded Liftopia.com with Evan Reece in 2005. Ron has extensive experience with building successful partnerships with ski resorts to help lock in incremental business and optimize ticket sales yield. Prior to starting Liftopia, Ron managed Business Development at Hotwire.com where he focused on building relationships with add-on vacation product vendors and optimizing sales within the Hotwire.com purchase path. Previous to Hotwire, Ron was at Accenture where he focused on Business Process Consulting, working with clients across a variety of industries. Ron spent four years working out of his dining room to get Liftopia off the ground. Ron is a native of Walnut Creek, California and is a graduate of UCLA. Ron grew up skiing at Heavenly, Soda Springs and Kirkwood.
Jacob Sevlie, Lead Developer
Jacob has been working on the Liftopia platform since 2008 and came aboard with extensive experience with e-commerce platforms, reporting tools, transaction processes, and related technologies. Prior to Liftopia, Jacob worked for Newell-Rubbermaid where he helped jump start the online presence for the decor brand Levolor-Kirsch. He has also held a position for entrepreneur Irwin Jacobs working within the e-commerce teams of Watkins, Inc., Jacobs Interactive and FLW Outdoors where Jacob was co-inventor and developer of a patented live weigh-in fishing application. Jacob received his MS in Software Engineering and BS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Jacob is a proud lifetime Minnesota resident and father of three. He learned to ski at Afton Alps and Buck Hill, home of Olympian Lindsey Vonn.
Rob Webb, Chief Product Officer
Rob joined Liftopia in the fall of 2009 to manage technology development, product development and operations. Rob has deep experience in managing the design and construction of useful, easy to use web based products and technologies. He has managed product development at several online advertising technology companies including Adroll, WebTrends and ClickShift. From 2006 to 2009 Rob bootstrapped a web-based consulting platform to profitability after receiving his JD/MBA from the University of Chicago, prior to which Rob worked for several law firms and in Guest Services for Vail Resorts at Beaver Creek. A native of Medfield, Massachusetts Rob attended Colby College, learned to ski at Mt. Tremblant and grew up skiing at King Ridge, Killington, and Sugarloaf.
Jennifer Palk-Cogley, Customer Support Manager
Jenn joined Liftopia in the spring of 2010 to manage operations, customer support and anything else that needs management and organization at Liftopia. Jenn is a San Francisco native and has a deep background in managing corporate operations, accounting, complex process management and customer service. She is also a huge mixed martial arts and pro wrestling fan and is a kick-ass mom. She first skied at Boreal not too long ago.
Kate Christiaanse, Director of Strategic Accounts
Kate joined Liftopia in the summer of 2010 to manage the development of incremental, yield-optimized ski resort partner relationships. Kate joined Liftopia from Yahoo! where she managed Product Marketing for various Yahoo! properties including the Yahoo! homepage. Prior to Yahoo!, Kate worked for Telluride Mountain Resort for four years in management, sales and marketing. She also held positions with Abercrombie and Kent Destination Clubs and Epiphany Clubs in Telluride. Kate attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and received a degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College. A native of Connecticut, Kate learned to ski at Mt. Snow, Woodbury and Mt. Southington.
Diana Paasch, Partner Strategy Manager
Diana joined Liftopia full time in the winter of 2011 after graduating early from Cal Poly. Diana launched the Liftopia academic ski club sponsorship program while in an internship posting over the summer of 2010. While in school, Diana was VP of Marketing of the Central Pacific Ski Club at Cal Poly, which is the second largest academic ski club in the country with over 1500 members. A native of Grass Valley, California, Diana raised national champion Suffolk sheep and Angus cattle in her free time growing up. Diana first skied at Sundance and grew up skiing at Northstar.
Matt Cohen, VP of Finance
Matt joined Liftopia in the summer of 2011 and oversees the company’s Finance and Operations. He brings travel ecommerce experience from Hotwire where he spent four years in financial reporting and planning. Matt also worked on Cisco System’s Channel Finance team and at SummerHill Homes in corporate/project finance and strategy. He earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Colby College. Hailing from Wayland, Massachuesetts, Matt learned to ski at nearby Nashoba Valley and grew up skiing at Sugarloaf. He later worked in Guest Services at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Brendan Doms, Senior Web Developer
Brendan has worked as an entrepreneur and developer for many web startups, ranging from bootstrapped to venture-funded, and including a few he created himself. He specializes in rapid prototyping new ideas and front-end development, ensuring accessibility and usability for all. He graduated from Olin College near Boston in 2007 and immediately afterward moved to San Francisco. Since then he has spent time as an independent contractor and consultant all over the country before joining Liftopia full time.
Jen Enrique, Lead Designer
As a user experience designer, Jen aims to make digital experiences more delightful, more intuitive & more user-friendly. At Liftopia, she balances business goals and aesthetics utilizing a diverse skill set from her experiences at agencies focused on UX/UI design and digital branding. Jen grew up in the bay area, graduated from UC Santa Barbara, and first learned to ski on the bunny slopes of Bear Valley.
Otto Imken, VP of Customer Support
Otto joined the Liftopia team in the summer of 2011 to manage and grow in-house customer support at Liftopia. He brings 14 years of customer support experience to the table, as well as extensive time as a manager and director at various start-ups and Fortune 100 companies, not to mention his Ph.D. in Philosophy. An avid cyclist, Otto navigates the city on two wheels, avoiding rush hour and successfully dodging irate drivers 99.9% of the time.
Darren Makwangwala, Product Analyst
Darren joined Liftopia in October of 2011 as the first member of the in house Customer Support team. He has ~10 years providing support for Bay Area tech startups including managing and training support reps. During a hiatus from support roles, Darren worked in the Bay Area independent music scene working in roles that varied from artist management to marketing and promotions. He got his first dose of skiing culture at the age of 7 in Lake Tahoe at Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and Sierra Ski Ranch (Sierra-at-Tahoe). Darren reconnected with his ski roots during the '11/'12 season at Kirkwood for the first time since 1990.
Shaun Plander, Partner Services Representative
Shaun joined the Liftopia team in December of 2011 as part of Liftopia’s first in-house customer support team. Now part of the partner services crew, he is helping resorts use the Liftopia platform to the top of its potential. Shaun has proven his jack-of-all-trades support skills in bowling centers, live theaters, call centers, and tour companies. Liftopia’s token thespian, Shaun performs in live theater and improv productions throughout San Francisco, most notably with his ego-fueled comedy troupe, Narcissists Anonymous. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where he double-majored in playwriting and business economics, he is often heard emphatically yelling, “Go Gauchos!” Shaun grew up snowboarding at Mammoth, Timberline, Whistler, and June Mountain.
Sean Engie, Finance & Operations Associate
Sean joined Liftopia in the winter of 2011 as a Support agent but moved over to Finance and Operations full-time in April 2012. In Finance/Operations, Sean focuses on making sure all Liftopia's resort partners are paid properly and on time while also ensuring the office is running at the optimal level of happiness and efficiency. Prior to working for Liftopia, Sean worked as a support agent for Alaska/Horizon Air based out of Sacramento and spent one season driving a bus for Northstar-At-Tahoe. Sean grew up in Malaysia and moved to Southern California when he was 13 where he attended highschool before moving up to the Bay. He has a BA in Political Science from UC Davis and first learned to snowboard at Mt. High but grew up boarding at Northstar.
Jeff Carouth, Senior Web Developer
Jeff joined Liftopia in the spring of 2012. He brings many years of experience with web development and is passionate about continuous improvement. Prior to joining the team, Jeff held positions at SugarCRM and Texas A&M University. He was born and raised in Texas where he now resides with his wife and son.
Josh MacAdam, VP of Engineering
Josh joined Liftopia in 2012 to support its rapidly expanding technical infrastructure and product offerings. Prior to Liftopia, Josh co-founded and led technology at social CRM Mingly, and bootstrapped AuctionWagon, a national chain of eBay drop-off stores. Josh also served as Chief Technology Officer at QIXO, a travel meta-search engine based in San Francisco. He also held a position on the Office XP team at Microsoft, has consulted for companies such as IBM and Disney, and holds a BS in Applied Math from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Josh grew up in Los Angeles and learned to ski at Mammoth.
Colin Brann, Partner Services Representative
Colin joined the Liftopia team in August of 2012 as an in house Customer Support agent for the 2012/13 ski season. He has since then moved over to the Partner Services team, where he works directly with Liftopia's ski resort partners, ensuring that all of their specialized needs are met. Colin's diverse work history includes being a sailing instructor, small business management, security and over 10 years of customer support experience. After traveling the South Pacific with his family on a sailboat for three years as a child, Colin settled down in the Bay Area, which he has called home since 1995. He graduated from SFSU with a BA in Sociology and now lives in San Francisco. Colin began skiing at the age of 3 at Black Rapids in Alaska, and now spends his winters riding mountains in Lake Tahoe.
Katie Kearsey, Social Media Manager
Katie joined the Liftopia team in September 2012 after working at Likeable Media for a year and a half. She's a native New Yorker who graduated from Boston College in May 2011 with degrees in International Studies and French, and she made the move to San Francisco in June 2012. She's passionate about social media and food policy, and you can usually find her thinking or talking about traveling, photography or cooking. Katie grew up snowboarding at a small, local mountain in New York, and she skied for the first time at Alta during the 2011-12 season.
Dave Nuffer, Product Manager
Dave joined the team in the summer of 2012 as Liftopia’s first dedicated Product Manager. He is a life-long skier and admitted data geek, having studied Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dave spent the first part of his career analyzing distressed mortgages and building risk models for Clayton Fixed Income Services. Most recently, Dave was managing the development of business analytics applications at GoodData. When he is not skiing trees, or pivoting data, Dave spends his weekends searching for underused Bay Area singletrack.
Cynthia Taylor, VP of Partner Strategies
Cynthia's had her fair share of exciting beginnings. She managed to score her first travel job in the airline industry—in Australia, no less. She's also part of the original team that launched a corporate travel management solution for American Express focused on small to midsized corporations in the Aussie market. Once she was back stateside Cynthia spent almost 9 years at Hotwire. She most recently worked on the Travel-Ticker brand building and managing the Production/Editorial and Strategic Accounts teams, and prior to that was managing Supplier Relations at Hotwire. Today, she's our first VP of Partner Relations, overseeing Liftopia's account management team. Cynthia and her cohorts spend practically every minute of their working day making sure our partners see tremendous success from their partnership with Liftopia. Growing up in Colorado, she started skiing with the Eskimo Ski Club at Winter Park. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Laura Cordaro, Operations Associate
Laura joined the Liftopia team in December of 2012 as a support agent. She has since happily become an Operations Associate. As a New York native, Laura learned to snowboard at Mountain Creek, Killington, and Windham. She attended college at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she obtained a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services as well as a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Studies! Prior to joining Liftopia, Laura was an Advisor at a one of the largest recreational dealerships in the tri-state area of New York. Laura’s focus at Liftopia is maintaining awesome in-house morale and culture for team members, as well as develop new ways to create fun and get a little weird! She seeks to revolutionize in-house operations for the Liftopia team, while they simultaneously revolutionize the industry!on LinkedIn
Gabriel Klein, Senior DevOps Engineer
Salut! My name is Gabriel Klein and I am currently working as a Senior Dev/Ops at Liftopia. Before I became part of this awesome team back in January 2013, I lived and worked in Paris for 8 years. I am originally from the southwest region of France near the Pyrenees and attended most of my schooling in Toulouse and Paris. From the young age of 4, I was hurtling through people and challenging the snow as any kid who loves adrenaline so it makes sense to be able to work for a company that loves skiing as much as I do.
Steph Wells, Marketing Coordinator
Steph joined the team at Liftopia in January 2013 and currently works as the Marketing Coordinator. Steph is originally from LA, learning to ski and snowboard at Mammoth before moving to the Big Apple to study Music Business at NYU. After graduation Steph moved to Nashville, TN to collaborate and write music with the best of the best in Music City. Looking to get back to her California roots, she then moved to San Francisco and found a job, living the dream, at Liftopia. In addition to spending time on the slopes, she enjoys writing songs (www.stephwellsmusic.com), playing most instruments, traveling, waterskiing, and photography.
Sean Callan, Senior Software Engineer
In 2012, Sean traded government consulting and his suits for the startup lifestyle & some hoodies. In early 2013, Sean's passion for software led him to join Team Dev at Liftopia, where he enjoys contributing his knowledge of enterprise architecture. When not programming (which happens rarely), he can be found in the kitchen or at the dog park with his dogs, Darwin & Tesla.
Ted Lesher, Partner Strategy Manager
Ted joined the Liftopia team in the spring of 2013 after spending three years at Google as an AdWords account manager. Before that he graduated from Dartmouth with an environmental science degree where he served as captain of the varsity track and field team, competing in the jumps and hurdles events. He hails from the Garden State and learned how to ski at Mount Peter and Bromley Mountain at the age of four. Currently, Ted is an active cyclist and soccer player, enjoys traveling, practicing his rusty Spanish, and exploring Northern California.
Scott Loescher, Pricing Analyst
Scott joined Liftopia in May of 2013 as a Pricing Analyst on the Accounts Team. Scott is a Portland, OR native who learned to snowboard up on Mt. Hood before relocating to Stanford University for undergrad. Upon graduating, he moved to New York where he did revenue management and pricing analysis at JetBlue Airways and Heineken USA. In his free time, Scott enjoys following the NBA and College Football, eating far too many California-style burritos, and finding ways to stay in shape that don't involve a treadmill.
Dan Sawaya, Accounting Manager
Dan helps with all things related to accounting. He has an extensive background from working in public accounting, the action sports equipment and apparel industry, software and non-profits. Starting his career at Moss Adams, he moved to become the controller at Satori Movement. After spending time as the Controller for Pets Unlimited, a non-profit animal shelter, and Qumu, an enterprise software company, Dan joined the Liftopia team in 2013. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Oregon and a CPA license (inactive). He has been skiing and snowboarding since childhood at Kirkwood and he claims to be the best skier in the office.
Jason Zhang, Product Manager
Jason joined Liftopia in May of 2013 as a Product Manager. Jason is a midwest native who grew up in Columbus, IN (not Ohio) and went to school at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated with a BS and MS in electrical engineering and started working for Chrysler, first as an engineer and later as a product strategy manager responsible for Southeast Asia. He moved out to the Bay area and began working for ZS Associates, a consulting firm that works primarily with biotech and pharma companies. After a couple years of consulting, he helped co-found a Google Venture backed startup, HomeLight, that helped people find realtors using data and analytics. After that experience, he found his way to Liftopia. In his free time, Jason plays competitive ultimate frisbee, having won two National Championships and competed in a World Championships in Japan. He is also an avid rock climber and in the midst of all of his job changing, somehow found a way to snowboard in almost every state west of the Mississippi (that has snow and a mountain).
Jazzmin Johnson, Customer Support Supervisor
Jazz joined Liftopia in the summer of 2013 as the Customer Support Supervisor. Jazz is originally from Southern California but moved to Maui when she was 16. After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, she decided to go back to the warm weather and beautiful island of Maui.While living on Maui, Jazz worked at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, for five years working in the Recreation Department. Traveling has become one of her main passions- besides being an avid Lakers fan, and she tries to visit a new country every year. Thus far, she's traveled to 12 different countries and is always trying to add more to the list! Jazz did not grow up skiing or snowboarding being that she lived on an island in the middle of the Pacific, surrounded by water, but she looks forward to learning in the upcoming season!
Jeff Potter, Partner Strategy Manager
Jeff joined Liftopia in the summer of 2013 as a member of the Partner Strategy team. Prior to Liftopia, Jeff spent six years at Mesirow Financial Consulting, both in Chicago and New York, where he was a Vice President in the Corporate Turnaround & Financial Restructuring group. During this time, he had the opportunity to assist financially distressed companies in a variety of industries. Jeff received an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BS from Northwestern University. A New York native, Jeff grew up skiing at many of the Vermont resorts, but in recent years has often found himself out West.
Gabe Rogel, Photographer
Gabe brings a unique combination of energy, verve and experience to each photograph he shoots. His work has appeared in countless magazines, catalogs and newspapers nationally and abroad. From National Geographic Adventure to TIME Magazine, from an international Bombardier ad campaign to the Patagonia catalog, Gabe's eye for photojournalistic style and artistic flair can be found wherever adventure lies. Going beyond the solitary role of photographer, Gabe values most the interaction he has with his subjects. He's traveled around the world to shoot commercial and editorial subjects in places as diverse as Kazakhstan, Oman, India, Ethiopia, Russia, Tibet, Namibia, Antarctica and Greenland.
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Board of Directors
Erik is on the Board of Liftopia and currently a Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures and an active early stage investor. Erik was formerly President and CEO of Expedia, Inc. and CEO of IAC Travel. He serves as a board director at Zillow.com, Glassdoor.com, Terrapass.com, Bloomspot.com and Butterfield & Robinson, as well as on non-profit boards including Cutting Ball Theatre and EcoAmerica, and is a member of the National Council at the World Wildlife Fund. He learned to ski at Mont Avila north of Montreal but mostly hits Squaw Valley and Whistler these days.
Jim has been on the Liftopia Board of Directors since 2008 and also serves on the Board of Sand Hill Angels. He has been active in building software applications for the past twenty years and is currently the President/CEO of First Focus Learning Systems which provides educational tools and products to educational organizations. From 2003 to 2007 he was the President of JPMorgan SymPro, a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase & Company. Jim is passionate about applying software technology to financial, educational and enterprise applications. Along with serving on the Liftopia Board of Directors, he also serves on the Board of Directors of (SVASE) Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, and is a Board Observer with Upstart Mobile/Cabulous.
Kent has been on the Board of Liftopia since 2011 and has worked with technology companies for over twelve years. He joined First Round Capital in 2008 and both leads new investment activities and supports existing portfolio companies. Previously, he was at Yahoo!, where he focused on business strategy and M&A. Before discovering the big mountains of the West, he learned to ski at SkiSundown in New Hartford, CT and throughout Vermont. He claims to have never had a bad day skiing, including the times his day ended with a toboggan ride.
John has been on the Liftopia Board of Directors since 2005. He is currently Chief Commercial Officer at ezRez Software, which is a robust plug and play travel Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. Prior to ezRez, John was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. From 2000 to 2004, John was with Hotwire.com, an Expedia company, where he served as a member of the website’s launch team and held various management roles in which he was responsible for spearheading a number of new product lines. He previously held management consulting roles with Accenture and Cambridge Technology Partners.
Evan and Ron also sit on the Board of Directors.
First Round Capital
First Round Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm. As seed-stage investors, they often provide a company's first outside capital and typically invest alongside angel investors. Other investments include Uber, Mint, Fab, Like.com, One Kings Lane, Hotel Tonight, Path, BirchBox, Turntable and Warby Parker.
Industry Ventures is a leading investment firm, managing over $1 billion of institutional capital. Managing Partner Roland Reynolds is responsible for sourcing and evaluating primary commitments, early secondary transactions and direct co-invesments. Roland grew up skiing weekends in Wintergreen in VA, and discovered Sugarbush and Stowe, VT in college. Roland and his family continue to ski Sugarbush each year, with an annual pilgrimage to ski in the west alternating between the Rockies of Colorado and Wasatch of Utah.
ru-Net Holdings is one of the largest internet and technology investors in Russia. ru-Net portfolio hits include Ozon and Yandex. With more than $750M under management, RTP plans on actively investing in software companies in the United States focusing on Cloud Computing, Software as a Service, and Internet Infrastructure technologies. RTP is led by Kirill Sheynkman, a serial Entrepreneur and experienced Venture Capitalist based in New York City.
Sand Hill Angels
The Sand Hill Angels is a group of successful Silicon Valley technology professionals dedicated to the formation and growth of startup companies. Their experience spans all aspects of growing successful companies from the formative stage through management of multi-billion dollar enterprises.
SK Ventures is a micro-angel fund that invests in early, early (early) stage startups across enterprise software, internet and hardware/robotics sectors. SK Ventures' investments include Liftopia, 3D Robotics, OpenROV, Cloudability, Remitly, Kinvey and FullContact.
Thayer Ventures invests in technology companies that focus on the hospitality industry. This industry, which represents over $10 trillion in annual global economic activity, is thriving with entrepreneurial activity due to the disruptive changes within the sector which began over a decade ago.
Erik is an advisor to Liftopia and currently the Chairman and CEO at Butterfield & Robinson and Executive Chairman at Terrapass. Erik was formerly President and CEO of Expedia, Inc. and CEO of IAC Travel, including online travel businesses Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. Erik serves as a board director at Zillow.com, Glassdoor.com, Terrapass.com, and Butterfield & Robinson.
Gregg is a co-founder of TripIt and led the company to acquisition by global travel and expense leader Concur in 2011. Prior to TripIt, Greg was a co-founder of Hotwire (acquired by Expedia for $650 million) and former president of Expedia's luxury travel company Classic Vacations, Inc. Prior to his work in the online travel industry, Gregg was a director at the private equity firm Hellman & Friedmanl. Gregg was named one of the "25 Most Influential Executives of the Business Travel Industry for 2010" and is a passionate skier.
David, an active entrepreneur and angel investor, is an investor in Liftopia and has been advising the company since 2008. David has co-founded and sold 5 technology businesses: HealthDesk (HDSK), GetawayZone (VacationSpot/EXPE), MarketHome (CLAC), EscapeHomes (Roost), Pagewise.com (DemandMedia) and is a Board Member of DealBase, FlexJobs, LettersAndArts and Webvanta.
Dave is the Co-Founder and CEO of Path. Previously, as an original member of the Facebook team, Dave played a variety of product, marketing, strategy, and management roles in expanding the Facebook ecosystem to over hundreds of millions of people worldwide. He was a co-inventor of Facebook Connect and the Facebook Platform. Prior to Facebook, Dave held positions at Apple in product and marketing. Dave grew up under the big sky of Montana where he was ranked as one of the top downhill ski racers in the United States.
Dave is a writer, angel investor, and web entrepreneur. He has been angel investing and working with early stage startups for more than a decade. Some other investments: Open Table, Marin Software, GrubHub, HotelTonight, Joyus, RentCycle, Three Rings, and SendMe Mobile.
Spencer Rascoff is the CEO of Zillow. Spencer joined the company as one of its founding employees in 2005 as CFO and VP Marketing and served as its COO from Oct. 2008 through his promotion to CEO in Sept. 2010, leading the company through its IPO in July 2011. In 1999, Spencer co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, which was sold to Expedia in 2003. Spencer then became VP Lodging for Expedia, where he ran Expedia's largest and most profitable business line. Spencer is a lifelong avid skier. He grew up skiing on the ice of the northeast – Stowe, Killington and Butternut, and is now teaching his kids to ski at Snoqualmie and Whistler.
Sam, currently CEO of HotelTonight, has been an investor in and advisor to Liftopia since 2008. Sam previously founded and was CEO of DealBase.com and CEO of TravelPost.com. Earlier in his career, Sam worked in comparison shopping at Excite, CNET and as one of the first employees of NexTag. Sam attended the University of Virginia and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Jeremy founded Yelp in 2004 with Russel Simmons, a former colleague at PayPal. Jeremy continues to drive the vision and product experience for the company, personally overseeing product development among other aspects of the business. Prior to Yelp, Jeremy completed his first year of Harvard Business School, but dropped out after founding the company. Before attending business school Jeremy was VP of engineering at PayPal. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Illinois. Jeremy started skiing at Beaver Creek, and currently favors Whistler and Squaw.
Dr. Kedrosky is a contributing editor for Bloomberg; a columnist for TheStreet/RealMoney; and the editor of Infectious Greed. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, where he is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of risk capital. He is also Senior Research Advisor to Ten Asset Management, a southern California institutional money management firm using innovative quantitative techniques in capital markets. He is a fellow and on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Innovative Financial Technology. Dr. Kedrosky currently lives in La Jolla, California and is a passionate Mammoth skier.