Allison McGuire: Founder & CEO
Allison founded Walc to fulfill her vision of a walkable world.
A serial entrepreneur, Allison created a pedestrian navigation app that enabled people to share their experiences of city streets. The app hit #3 in Navigation Apps, became the #1 walking navigation app, and acquired 500,000 users in a mere 6 months with $0 paid in marketing or PR.
Prior to entrepreneurship, Allison managed communications and business development at Network for Good (NFG), a social good technology company. A prolific writer, she doubled NFG's blog readership and was a guest writer on platforms such as LinkedIn, Edelman's goodpurpose blog, Armchair Advocates, and the Truman Project's Doctrine blog. Allison has congressional, human and civil rights, and international experience through her work on Capitol Hill, with organizations such as MassEquality, and UK Member of Parliament Karen Buck's office.
Allison served as the Senior Democratic Fellow on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission under the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Program Director at the startups National Security Network and ProgressiveCongress.org. Through convening briefings and hearings, organizing events, and moderating panels, Allison created an extensive network and echo chamber on and off Capitol Hill.
Allison is an internationally acclaimed entrepreneur, belonging to organizations such as Vista Caballo, Women's Startup Lab, and Thousand Network. She was the Big Apple Entrepreneur Awards' 2016 Emerging Entrepreneur nominee and is a Fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, a Partner at the Truman National Security Project, and a HRC member.
Allison has guest lectured and presented at SXSW, Plug & Play, BMW iVentures, NJ Tech, NYU, CUNY, Georgetown University, Columbia University, Mississippi State University, the Coalition for Queens, the East Harlem School, the Chandler School, and Mayfield Senior School. A former award-winning actor, she obtained a degree in Theatre Arts and Political Science from Boston University.
Andrew De Lange: Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Andrew is the lead designer for the Walc brand as well as UI/UX designer for the app. He excels in all things creative, having worked professionally in various industries, and for clients of all walks of life. Because of his diverse experience, he brings a wide range of design opportunities to the projects he takes on.
Right out of high school he co-founded Poison Carousel, a branding company for local bands and artist in the LA music scene. Since then he’s freelanced for Tool, Rattlehead, Sandbag, the Merch Collective, and other prominent figures in the music industry.
Always looking for something new to learn, Andrew career turned towards television and animation. He was a background painter for for Disney, Adult Swim, FunnyOrDie, and HBO, and FOX working for shows like Cosmos, The Simpsons, The Ricky Gervais Show, Rick and Morty, Randy Cunningham and the Sarah Silverman Program. He worked for studios big and small, always anxious to learn new processes and new ways of building ideas from scratch.
Erez Harari: Partner & CTO
Erez Harari is an expert hands-on technology leader, specializing in both server side and client side technologies, such as web, mobile, desktop, cloud, data manipulation and databases. He has over 20 years of exemplified software development, design, architecture, and management experience. An accomplished and certified technical mentor, course trainer and presenter, Erez is an author of numerous professional publications and official educational materials.
At Sela, he designed, led and implemented software infrastructure for data access (O/R-M), logging, network and transport, and automatic coding. He also researched new technologies and maintained the company's software roadmap. In addition to lecturing, Erez builds professional training courses for software architects. He is a Sela Diamond certified expert.
In his consultant capacity, he performed the role of Senior Architect and CTO for branches of large organizations, managing both team leaders and project-managers.
A serial entrepreneur, Erez has founded various consulting and services companies.
Lisa Arie: Growth Strategy
Lisa Arie is a master at navigating the unknown. She’s done it all her life.
The former founder and CEO of two multi-million dollar companies, Lisa learned at a very young age how to wake up in a world without context, and thrive. Tucked in the arms of globetrotting parents, she travelled across six continents and developed a fearless sense of adventure, all the while honing her instinctive intelligence and learning to make decisions without assumptions.
Using the world as her springboard, Lisa’s career began in the fast-paced, high-strung, anything-goes jungle on Madison Avenue. She worked on some of the advertising industry’s most notable campaigns, including the landmark Motel 6 campaign with Tom Bodett. From there, Lisa founded two pioneering companies in production and talent management, which became a standard for a new way of doing business on Madison Avenue.
As her business soared, part of Lisa didn’t. She noticed a gap growing between who she really was and current ‘measures of success’. So she left what she knew to go discover a new measure of success for herself — and in doing so she learned — and now shares with others, the gift of reconnecting with our instinctive intelligence to navigate the unexpected moments life inevitably brings us with speed, agility, and conviction.
In her role as CEO mentor, Lisa draws guests from around the world looking for ways to discover and explore their own innate instinctual intelligence and access a fuller range of responses they had no idea existed.
Today, described by Fast Company as the “CEO Whisperer”, Lisa Arie is an author, speaker and the founder of Vista Caballo, an inclusive self discovery center for a new breed of visionary leaders, thinkers and explorers. It is a discovery zone for people who have accomplished much and want to take their game to a new level.
Mackenzie Chambers: CFO
Mackenzie is the Managing Director at SquareRoot Financial. As a CPA-turned-entrepreneur, Mackenzie understands firsthand the challenges of building a business from scratch.
In addition, Mackenzie is a Founding Board Member & Treasurer of imagine1day (USA), the brainchild of Lululemon Athletica's Founder & Chairman Chip Wilson & his wife Shannon. imagine1day is committed to sending children to school in Ethiopia. To date, imagine1day has kept 51,347 boys and girls in school, funded 123 primary schools and trained 1,700 teachers in Ethiopia.
Prior to joining Grandpoint, Mackenzie was a co-founder and COO of wmbly, inc., a social platform for premium live and on demand video content. wmbly streamed in 25 countries around the world and was the recipient of the YPO award for best new business plan. Previously, Mackenzie audited public and emerging companies at Deloitte & Touche. She also has PR experience working with various media outlets, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN & ABC News.
Mackenzie is a CPA and has a BA from Claremont McKenna College and a Masters in Accounting and a Masters in Business Taxation from USC's Marshall School of Business.
Jan D’Alessandro: Partnerships
Jan D’Alessandro is a seasoned digital media industry executive who has held leadership positions at AOL, Yahoo, Topspin Media (acquired by Apple), The Find (acquired by Facebook), Meez and Place (founded by Lady Gaga). She ran West coast business affairs for AOL from 1995 to 2002 where her responsibilities included developing AOL's music strategy, including the acquisitions of Spinner and Nullsoft, leading many content, commerce and technology deals, and launching the philanthropy portal, networkforgood. As Vice President Business Development and General Counsel at several Bay Area venture-backed companies and as Head of Business Development for Yahoo Sports, Entertainment and Lifestyles, Jan has sourced, negotiated and closed hundreds of strategic partnerships across media, entertainment and technology sectors. She began her career as a law associate at White & Case in New York and then Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Jan received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her A.B. in English and American Literature from Brown University.
Andy Ellwood: Business Development & User Acquisition
Andy Ellwood was born with the gift of gab and raised with an overdeveloped self esteem. Known for his caffeine fueled hustle, he's seen more than his fair share of ups and downs as an entrepreneur. Andy currently serves as President for StockUp.
A graduate of Texas A&M, Andy quickly learned what life on the front lines of sales looks like, first selling life insurance and then selling private jets for Warren Buffett. He leveraged those lessons and an addiction to innovation into roles leading business development globally for Gowalla through its acquisition by Facebook in 2011 and and then again for Waze through to its acquisition by Google in 2013.
Andy is a part of the founding team of Exosphere, an entrepreneurial and problem solving community founded in Santiago, Chile. Focused on incubating people, then solutions, Exosphere's programs have been attended by more than 500 participants from 34 different countries since its founding in 2013.
Andy's unique point of view on the world has been seen in publications like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and as a contributor to Forbes. He is a sought after speaker on the topics of sales, new business development, and our place in the digital world we're creating. Andy has consulted companies such as BMW, American Airlines, and, most recently, HBO's Silicon Valley on the mindset and philosophies of current start-up culture and entrepreneurship.
Skyler Fernandes: Finance & Retail
J. Skyler Fernandes is the founding Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), a multi-stage venture capital group focused on investing in the future innovation of retail and commerce, and he is ranked as a PowerList 100 VC.
SVG is the venture capital arm of Simon, an S&P 100 company and the largest retail real estate company in the world with retail sales that are larger than Amazon.com and Apple.com combined, and is ranked by CB Insights as a top 5 corporate venture group in retail and commerce. SVG invests in five core ecosystems: Data Analytics & Marketing, Localized & Personalized Commerce, Recommerce & Experiential Retail, Rising New Brands, and IoT Smart City / Building Tech.
A lover of startups, Skyler has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck", a top ranked investor pitch deck template online, viewed and downloaded over 450,000 times and used by accelerators and business schools. Skyler also co-founded with his wife the board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship”.
Skyler graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. Skyler is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching Venture Capital Intensive, is on the board and faculty of Bard's MBA, and is a frequent speaker on venture capital at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School. Skyler also gave a TEDx Talk on Venture Capital, called "Innovating the Financing of Innovation”.
Tal Horowitz: Development
Tal Horowitz is an Israeli programmer with high learning skills and dedication to work. He graduated from the Sela Diamond course and worked for two startups, Reddo Mobility and Q-Core Medical. Reddo Mobility is a virtualized legacy system and Q-Core Medical is an Infusion pump manufacturer. Tal worked in developing the automated testing infrastructure and platform for both Reddo and Q-Core. For two years, Tal developed & designed websites and IT support for Israeli military. An award winning robotics builder, Tal excels at building and running robotics systems. While most of his work has been done in C#, he also has deep Java experience. He has built online messaging systems, ConformiQ infrastructure, and product automation methods.
Jason E. Klein: Corporate Strategy
Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds. He is currently founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures LLC, an early stage investment firm in digital media, marketing, and information; and Chairman at Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. Mr. Klein is also Managing Director at advisory services firm Empirical Media, a member of New York Angels, and on the advisory boards at Shoppable (formerly 72Lux) and PageScience. Mr. Klein is a mentor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable and at First Growth Venture Network.
Mr. Klein was most recently President and CEO of Newspaper National Network LP, the leading national network for local media, and Mr. Klein led its expansion from a focus on daily print newspapers to a full line provider of scalable, integrated marketing solutions encompassing web, mobile, and tablet formats.
Prior to NNN, Mr. Klein was CEO of Times Mirror Magazines, a leading magazine publisher with $300 million in revenue. Mr. Klein ran Times Mirror Magazines when its parent company was sold to Tribune in 2000, oversaw the divestiture of Times Mirror Magazines to Time Inc. for $475 million, and ran the integration into Time Inc. and rebranding as Time4 Media.
Mr. Klein is a former management consultant with McKinsey where he developed growth and turnaround strategies for media and consumer goods companies. Mr. Klein’s clients included television networks, consumer packaged goods companies, magazine publishers, and department stores. Mr. Klein began his career at Bain & Company in Menlo Park, CA, as an associate consultant focused on consumer goods, technology, and health care.
Mr. Klein holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude in Computer Science. He serves on the board of the New York City Police Foundation. Mr. Klein is a past Chairman of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and board member of the Magazine Publishers of America and American Advertising Federation. Mr. Klein was recognized by Media Magazine as one of “100 People to Know” in the media industry, and can be found on twitter as @JKNews.
Julie Mossler: Marketing
Julie Anne Mossler is a growth marketing and communications strategist specializing in consumer tech launches, hypergrowth transition and crisis management for first-to-market lifestyle brands. She currently serves as Head of Brand and Global Marketing at Waze and works across drivers, governments and influencers to make connected cities a reality.
Prior to managing Waze comms during acquisition by Google in June 2013, Julie was both the first PR and Consumer Marketing hire at Groupon, building the communications department globally and navigating through its IPO. She shaped policy on controversial deal categories from gun ranges to sex shops, served as primary global spokesperson and developed award-winning integrated marketing stunts like LiveOffGroupon.com to accelerate growth.
In life prior to the tech industry, Julie honed her skills at various PR agencies, developing experiential launch events for luxury alcohol brands and music acts. Concurrently, she became a go-to adviser in times of crisis for both small business owners and major brands, overseeing response strategy to mitigate damage and create opportunities for change. This personal drive to scratch both the left and right brain has been a quirky and vital thread in her career.
Julie appeared on PRWeek's "Innovation 50" in 2014 and "40 Under 40" list in 2011, and was named as one of the "Top 50 Tech PR People" in 2013 by Business Insider. In her free time she's a consultant and advisor to several startups – past clients include Applauze, Donde, GoButler, NerdWallet and more. Julie’s also a person outside of work! ....a proud native Chicagoan, dancer and an obsessive consumer of new media and cover songs.
Edon Ophir: Community
Edon Ophir is a growth marketing strategist specializing in consumer tech launches and hyper-growth transitions. One of the founding members of Uber's Community Operations team, Edon was tasked with reimagining and rebuilding client and partner support experience. Edon pioneered and managed Uber's first global social media support team on Twitter (@Uber) and Facebook (/Uber). He also launched and oversaw all activity on Uber's inaugural social media support Twitter handle (@Uber_Support).
At Waze, Edon led all content marketing efforts, including distribution of press materials, blog writing, infographics and all aspects of digital storytelling. He managed community outreach with superusers (“WazeChamps”) across marketing and social media projects; worked closely with internal teams to build data visualizations and marketing collateral; highlighted and externalized the Waze map editing community and their achievements; and conceptualized and executed content strategy that resulted in media coverage from TechCrunch, The Next Web and other publications.
While at FashionTV, Edon was responsible for conceiving and executing editorial strategy across FashionTV’s new media and social media platforms, including YouTube (over 20MM monthly views), Facebook (over 1.5MM fans), and other social platforms. He planned for and executed strategic web optimization of original content across YouTube and multiple web platforms; provided creative direction for a digital strategy that drove traffic throughout FashionTV’s YouTube partner network; oversaw logistics of editorial contributions for web and social media properties; used ongoing measurement to inform future content creation and worked with analytics expert to provide detailed reporting; developed and scheduled editorial calendar, ensuring timeliness and relevance for all content; and coordinated delivery and creation of content for web internally with traffic, production and promo departments.
Tom Sennett: Product Development
Tom Sennett has guided products from concept to launch and beyond across a variety of platforms and industries, with expertise in mobile apps. His background spans design, development, and project management, and he used to live in a van traveling the USA. (Now he lives in Philadelphia.)
As a former product manager at Fueled and BNY Mellon, Tom obsesses over user metrics, using an iterative, lean approach to development. His experience as a designer, and as a co-creator of the drawing app French Girls, ensures a healthy dose of creativity to his work.
Since a young age, Tom has also been a prolific independent game designer, winning IndieCade's 2011 award for Game Design, and having his work featured in publications like Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, and VICE.
Tom Walker: Development
Named Microsoft and Xamarin Most Valuable Professional, Tom Walker has over over +10 years of experience in the .NET stack. In those +10 years he gained specialized experience in the auto, medical, and fitness industries, working on real-time messaging and auto manufacturing applications.
Dedicated to bringing his expertise to the community, Tom is the founder of London .NET Developers user group in Canada. As an entrepreneur, he built 13North, a mobile development consultancy. 13North was born from his passion to create rich mobile experiences and its focus helping clients bring their ideas to the mobile world.