Alex is a Brit who now calls Chicago home. He started his career trading financial derivatives in the early 1990's and then developed a taste for the start up life. Since 1999 he has been starting, running, and financing early stage technology companies.
Alex is the catch all guy. He spends his time working with his team, investors, partners, and users to make sure SocialCrunch lives up to its' full potential.
When he's not working he spends his time with his wife Kelly and his son Sebastian, watching Formula 1 racing, developing his cooking skills, and trying to pick the perfect fantasy football team.
Jock is an Englishman with a strong background in sales, training, and marketing. Having worked for Europe's largest pharmaceutical company for 8 years he took a year off to travel the world. Moving to Chicago in 2010, he immersed himself into the start up world while working on the inaugral TechWeek.
Inspired by the energy and minds of the Chicago start up scene, he met 3 other co-founders and a discussion over a beer at a party evolved into SocialCrunch becoming a reality.
When he is not working on monetizing SocialCrunch, Jock is an avid supporter of Manchester United, loves to travel and is a proud Board Member of Chicago non-profit Digital Hope.
John is a life-long digital entrepreneur and international thought leader in User Experience and Human-Centered Design.
After successfully exiting from a founding role in a LA-based videogame marketing firm at the end of 2006, he came to Chicago to start ÄKTA, a specialized UI / UX studio focused on design for web, mobile, tablet and touchscreen platforms. John has taken ÄKTA from a bootstrapped startup in 2010 to a globally recognized team of strategists, researchers, architects and visual designers.
Outside of work, he is an avid world traveler (aiming for 50 countries & all 7 continents before age 30), beach volleyball junkie, photographer, and runs Digital Hope, a not-for-profit charitable organization.
Emerson Spartz is best-known for founding MuggleNet, the #1 Harry Potter website, at the age of 12. Currently CEO of Spartz Media, one of the fastest-growing digital media publishers.
The Spartz Media Network - including OMG Facts, GivesMeHope, and more - receives 10 million visitors each month, and has over 12 million followers on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Spartz was invited by J.K. Rowling to her home for a personal interview and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, Fox News, and more.
Spartz is a New York Times Bestselling Author and holds a degree from the University of Notre Dame...
Kamil is a foreign born import in Dobrawa Bialotocka, Poland. After a few skips and hops through Spain, Canada, and Texas...Kamil finally ended up in the Windy City to play college basketball.
It was in college where he first realized his passion for Computer Science. That passion thrived as he completed his masters in CS at the University of Chicago and sealed his dedication to a life-long journey of being a software Jedi.
As a passionate entrepreneur and lover of the start-up world, in 2008, Kamil co-founded a Crowdfunding t-shirt company, Cameesa, which was sold to Zazzle.com within a couple of years. Kamil is a firm believer of the Lean Startup methodology, and believes that "data never lies," making SocialCrunch and him a perfect match.
When he's not working, Kamil enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, and piano. He gets his energy and enjoyment from being with friends, family, and spending time with his lovely fiancee, Sara.
Scott is a passionate problem-solver whose excitement grows with the size of the problem at hand. He started his career at a successful Silicon Valley start up company in the mid 1990's. Then Scott spent 12 years at a Fortune-500 company in software development and project management.
Since he was introduced to the fields of Machine-Learning and Data Science a few years ago, he has read every book he could get his hands on. The comfortable life in a big company couldn't stop his desire for new technical problems to attack.
What started as a hobby to keep his mind stimulated when work was not challenging, has brought him full-circle to developing machine-learning and data analytics software at SocialCrunch.
When away from work, he spends time with his wife Susan, and playing video games with his two sons, Alex and Matthew.
Shelby is an MBA student at Loyola University Chicago concentrating in international business. Her background is mainly in law, but her passion is for business. She is enjoying gaining knowledge and experience with some great guys. She is originally from Sacramento, California. She enjoys movies and playing and watching sports.
Nathan Green is a web developer, experience maker, multimedia designer, and musician in Chicago with a passion for exploring work at the crossroads of technology and live experience.
In addition to his work as a web developer, he is a company member of Collaboraction, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in Chicago, where he has directed and/or created numerous experience design events for clients such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Poetry Foundation, and The Electric Forest Festival.
Born and raised in Saint Louis, MO, Brett is a Cardinals fan first but the roles of full-stack developer, entrepreneur and general internet addict are all tied for a close second.
He brings his front-end web expertise to the SocialCrunch team in hopes to ship a more engaging user experience on a daily basis and sometimes even dabble in back-end applications and machine learning (when we allow him to put his always eager mitts on them).
His free time is filled with being a regular social butterfly with his lovely wife Samantha and his semi-ferocious teddy bear like Chow mix Barksdale. Eating, drinking and somehow still biking the days away in Chicago, IL the last 7 years, he has made it his mission to enjoy the cold months as much as the warm.
Bryce Emo is the founder of Bemo Ventures which focuses on building and evolving monetization strategies and teams for revolutionary young companies in hyper growth stage to proven companies in speedup mode. Prior to Bemo Ventures Bryce lead Centro's sales efforts as Senior VP of National Sales where he grew revenue by 100% in 2.5 years and played a critical role in securing $22.5 million in funding from FTV Capital. Bryce came to Centro after many years with Fox Interactive Media Corporation. While there he served as Senior VP of Monetization at Photobucket after overseeing the entire Sales Division at MySpace.
He also led MySpace's Midwest Sales team and built their East Coast Sales territory to a $50 million annual business in less than 18 months. He worked with MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson for many years at several different ventures including Response Base where he oversaw Midwest Sales.
Glenn Gottfried is a highly accomplished executive and operating partner who identifies teams and business models that have the opportunity to disrupt the markets that they serve. Glenn helps executive teams clearly define a business strategy and model that allows them to focus on the tactical execution of operational, sales, business development, marketing, and product development activities to take a commanding position in the marketplace. His insights and guidance are critical accelerators in the growth and transformation of a business; leading to significant value creation.
Glenn's experience and insight are honed from leading multiple companies through growth and exit; formally and informally mentoring and advising the founder/CEO and executive teams of startups and operating companies. Glenn serves on multiple Boards of Directors and Advisors along with formal mentoring programs.
Glenn's general business expertise is applicable to a variety of market verticals, with a core understanding of the business services, information services, technology enabled services and media/mobile application sectors. He has also developed relationships within the clean-tech/energy, medical/bio-life sciences, and hospitality & leisure industries.
Glenn earned an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, MS Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont.
Harper Reed is a US based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been refered to as a "tech pioneer," a "digital wizard," and "hard to miss in a room".
He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behaviour. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama's campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time. He was previously the CTO of Threadless.com, one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 Reed consulted for companies like Rackspace, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community based apps in Chicago.
He is currently looking at a range of new technology innovation opportunities.
Seth Kravitz is a passionate entrepreneur who takes takes mentoring young entrepreneurs just as seriously as his businesses. Seth is the Cofounder & CEO of Technori. Additionally, he is the Cofounder of Bow Truss (a premium coffee roasting company) and Strange Pelican (a craft beer brewery). Seth is a mentor at TechStars Chicago and The Starter League. At 19, Seth started a web design company out of his dorm room at Ohio State Univ. At 20, he met a local insurance agent with a big idea and co-founded his largest company to date, InsuranceAgents.com in 2004. InsuranceAgents.com grew to a 65 person operation and reached number 24 on the Inc. 500 before being acquired by Bankrate in 2012.
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