Our Selected Ventures!

From innovative ways to deliver meals to the hungry, to unique solutions to solve the language barrier between teachers and multilingual homes, here are our nine rockstar nonprofit startups who’ve been accepted into Visible Connect!

About our Ventures

CareerVillage

CareerVillage is a platform where underserved students receive free career advice from a volunteer corps of more than 15,000 professionals who share their time, experience, and expertise.

Feeding Children Everywhere

Feeding Children Everywhere is disrupting the way we fight hunger in America via their mobile app, Fed40, which delivers meals and additional resources to Americans in need.

FreeFrom

FreeFrom is on a mission to dismantle the nexus between gender-based violence and financial insecurity via their online platform that financially empowers survivors of domestic violence.

IssueVoter

IssueVoter is an innovative, non-partisan online platform that helps voters understand new bills in plain language, communicate their opinions to their representative and track how s/he voted.

JustFix.nyc

JustFix.nyc supports urban New York tenants facing harassment and poor housing conditions with a mobile app designed to build well-documented legal cases and connect with advocates.

Onward Financial

Onward Financial helps low-to-moderate income workers build financial cushions through a mobile app, saving effortlessly directly from their paychecks and building financial literacy.

Real Talk

Real Talk uses real stories by real teens to bring sex ed into the 21st century, while positively shaping their knowledge and behaviors around common issues surrounding adolescence.

SIRUM

SIRUM connects organizations with surplus medications to patients in need. A patented delivery system makes medicines available to those who can’t afford them while reducing medical waste.

TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting platform that allows teachers and schools to communicate with families via automatically translated text messages in their native languages and improves home-school connection.

Meet the entrepreneurs behind each nonprofit startup.

Here are the amazing teammates from each nonprofits startups who will be attending our Summit this August in Denver, CO.

Bryant Gomer
Bryant Gomer

Education Manager, CareerVillage

Bryant Gomer

Bryant Gomer

Education Manager, CareerVillage

Bryant graduated UC, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science. He completed a Masters in Teaching and Secondary Education at USC’s Rossier School of Education. Driven by a passion to positively impact the quality of the education experience, Bryant entered the classroom and taught HS social studies in Richmond, CA, and has also taught in Middle school and Special Ed classrooms. After two years in Ann Arbor, Bryant joined CareerVillage to expand his reach on impacting learners.

Jared Chung
Jared Chung

Chief Village Elder and Co-Founder, CareerVillage

Jared Chung

Jared Chung

Chief Village Elder and Co-Founder, CareerVillage

Before founding CareerVillage, Jared was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. and a Director at TEDxCambridge. He holds a B.S. in Finance from NYU Stern, where he first began working with education organizations on a pro-bono basis. When he isn’t evangelizing for our cause, he’s usually writing code or cooking up something tasty.

 

Dave Green
Dave Green

CEO, Feeding Children Everywhere

Dave Green

Dave Green

CEO, Feeding Children Everywhere

Dave is the Chief Executive Officer for Feeding Children Everywhere, a global nonprofit working to activate people for a hunger-free world. He was recognized as the Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel for the amazing achievements that have been done through his leadership at Feeding Children Everywhere. He is married to his loving wife, Debbie and together they are raising two beautiful daughters in central Florida.

Jonathan Sutherland
Jonathan Sutherland

Director of Marketing, Feeding Children Everywhere

Jonathan Sutherland

Jonathan Sutherland

Director of Marketing, Feeding Children Everywhere

Jonathan is the Director of Marketing for Feeding Children Everywhere. For the past seven years, he has worked in the nonprofit space focusing on making digital tools that empower others. He cares deeply about doing things that matter and pursuing them with a high level of excellence.

Sonya Passi
Sonya Passi

Founder & CEO, FreeFrom

Sonya Passi

Sonya Passi

Founder & CEO, FreeFrom

Sonya has been a domestic violence activist since she was 16 years old. Before founding FreeFrom, she launched the Family Violence Appellate Project (www.fvaplaw.org) while earning her law degree at UC Berkeley. Based in Oakland, California, FVAP is the first and only organization in California to provide pro bono appellate legal services to survivors of domestic violence and has fundamentally transformed the legal landscape in California in just 5 years. For her work with in the field, Sonya was listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 For Law and Policy, and won the Impact & Audience Awards at SVP LA’s Fastpitch 2018 event.

Amira Samuel
Amira Samuel

Economic Justice Program Director & VP of Operations, FreeFrom

Amira Samuel

Amira Samuel

Economic Justice Program Director & VP of Operations, FreeFrom

Amira received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2010, where she devoted herself to serving domestic violence survivors. After graduation, Amira was named the first Judge Gertrud Mainzer Memorial Fellow for her dedication to public interest family law work throughout law school. In 2011, Amira joined the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), as Coordinator of Project Eden, which serves Orthodox Jewish survivors of abuse. She later became Senior Staff Attorney and then Supervising Attorney for NYLAG’s Family and Matrimonial Law Unit, where she oversaw countless domestic violence-related cases. Amira joined FreeFrom in 2016.

Aleia Lebowitz
Aleia Lebowitz

Head of Content and Design, IssueVoter

Aleia Lebowitz

Aleia Lebowitz

Head of Content and Design, IssueVoter

Aleia Lebowitz is the Head of Content and Design at IssueVoter and the Social Media Manager at the Roddenberry Foundation. She earned a degree from Boston University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, and was awarded the Marianna Pineda Award in recognition of her sculptural work. With a background in fine arts, she has worked to develop cohesive design and branding for civic and social justice start-ups.

Maria Yuan
Maria Yuan

Founder, IssueVoter

Maria Yuan

Maria Yuan

Founder, IssueVoter

Maria Yuan is the Founder of IssueVoter, a non-partisan platform that offers everyone a voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, impactful, & efficient. Maria first envisioned IssueVoter while managing a State Senate campaign in Iowa, a battleground state known for its voter engagement. Having previously worked for a rep, she knew how little contact voters have with legislators year-round despite the fact that reps really do count every voter call and letter. She thought, “How can we extend engagement beyond elections and keep elected officials accountable? How can we help everyone understand laws that will affect their daily lives? And how can people take action in the most effective way?

Maria’s professional experiences include recruiting, social enterprise, investment banking, strategy, and corporate development. Maria has consulted the San Francisco Conservation Corps, PlaNet Finance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Urban Outfitters. She has served on the boards of Gibney Dance and The University of Texas Co-Op, and was a founding member of Friends of the Children NY’s Young Professionals Board.

Maria earned degrees from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Texas at Austin. Maria’s writing has appeared in Huffington Post and The Hill, and she has spoken at SXSW, The Social Innovation Summit, Shearman & Sterling, UBS, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Georges Clement
Georges Clement

Co-Founder & President, JustFix.nyc

Georges Clement

Georges Clement

Co-Founder & President, JustFix.nyc

Georges is a product manager and experienced nonprofit leader who specializes in partnerships, business operations, fundraising, and gathering research insights to inform digital product features. He was a Product Fellow in the 2015 Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood Fellowship. Previously, he was a Product Manager at General Assembly, leading the management and development of GA’s Business programs across the world and specializing in innovative educational program design. He is a native New Yorker with a BA in Sociology and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was recently selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and American Express Emerging Innovator.

Dan Kass
Dan Kass

Co-Founder and Executive Director, JustFix.nyc

Dan Kass

Dan Kass

Co-Founder and Executive Director, JustFix.nyc

Dan is a web developer and creative technologist with a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University. He has lead small creative and technical teams on breakthrough projects for clients such as Spotify, Time Inc, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With strong ties to social justice work, he has served working-class families around the greater Boston area through LIFT Boston and is a certified support worker for the federally incarcerated through the Focus Forward Project. The inspiration for operating within the housing justice movement came in 2013, where he gained firsthand experience with on-the-ground advocacy and organizing work as a volunteer for the Crown Heights Tenants Union, an anti-gentrification project fighting for the rights of lifelong Crown Heights residents. Most recently, he was a Technology Fellow for the 2015 Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood fellowship program, where JustFix.nyc was founded. He was recently selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy.

Omar Al-Alami
Omar Al-Alami

COO, Onward

Omar Al-Alami

Omar Al-Alami

COO, Onward

Omar leads Onward’s product and partnerships, connecting the organization to strategic players and creating a product range catered to its core segment.  Omar builds on his 12 years’ experience in payments, underwriting and product management to address financial inclusion. He previously implemented innovative FinTech solutions, including creating payment corridors that connect families across borders and refugees to assistance funds.  He developed and advised on card-based, m-payments and e-payments solutions.

Ronnie Washington
Ronnie Washington

CEO, Onward

Ronnie Washington

Ronnie Washington

CEO, Onward

 Ronnie received his MBA from Stanford, focusing on social entrepreneurship and finance. Ronnie is a former Management Consultant at Deloitte, where he focused on serving large commercial banks and health insurance companies. He assisted non-profit, Global Brigades Ghana, in developing its microfinance program and launching 4 new community-based banks. Ronnie received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Morehouse College. He is passionate about providing every working individual with financial security.

Cristina Leos
Cristina Leos

Co-Founder & President, RealTalk

Cristina Leos

Cristina Leos

Co-Founder & President, RealTalk

Cristina Leos is co-founder and president of MyHealthEd, Inc / RealTalk. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina and has spent the last seven years working on federally funded research investigating lifestyle- and technological-interventions to improve health. She is currently an advanced doctoral student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cristina’s expertise centers on finding innovative ways to improve adolescent health and reduce disparities, specifically by leveraging behavioral science and digital health innovation.

Vichi Jagannathan
Vichi Jagannathan

Co-Founder, RealTalk

Vichi Jagannathan

Vichi Jagannathan

Co-Founder, RealTalk

Vichi Jagannathan is a co-founder of MyHealthEd, Inc. and is a recent MBA graduate from the Yale School of Management. She began her career as a high school science teacher in rural Eastern North Carolina through Teach for America. She has extensive experience using human-centered design to build products and programs that support rural communities in reducing disparities and achieving inclusive growth. She holds degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton and Stanford Universities.

Kiah Williams
Kiah Williams

Co-Founder, SIRUM

Kiah Williams

Kiah Williams

Co-Founder, SIRUM

Kiah Williams is co-founder of SIRUM, a 501(c)3 social venture solving America’s high drug cost problem. SIRUM takes unused, surplus drugs and seamlessly delivers them to working poor families, using technology to democratize access.

SIRUM has helped redistributed over 300,000 prescriptions worth over $11M of medicine to people across 5 states.

Kiah has been recognized for her work at SIRUM as both a Forbes 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneur stand-out and Outstanding Alumni, Silicon Valley Business Journal 40-Under-40, Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize and inaugural Westly Foundation Social Innovator.

Kiah previously led negotiations for the Clinton Foundation to create the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, an industry collaboration to reduce childhood obesity. Kiah developed partnerships with Fortune 100 companies to expand health benefits to 2 million children.

Williams earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University, where she was also the president of the NAACP. Kiah proudly hails from West Philadelphia and is passionate about health equity in underserved communities.

 

Heejae Lim
Heejae Lim

Founder and CEO, TalkingPoints

Heejae Lim

Heejae Lim

Founder and CEO, TalkingPoints

Heejae Lim is the Founder and CEO of TalkingPoints. Previously, Heejae worked with Aspire Public Schools, served as Chief of Staff to a special advisor to the UK Secretary of Education, and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company working with national education reform, Gates Foundation and Teach First. Heejae is graduate of Oxford, LSE and has an MBA from Stanford Business School where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and has been recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow, Stanford Social Innovation Fellow, Ashoka Changemaker and Forbes 30 under 30 to change education. Having grown up as a Korean immigrant, English Language Learner student herself, Heejae is passionate about driving student outcomes for the underserved student population through innovation.

Here’s What Our Ventures Will Receive:

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$10K in funding

Each nonprofit will receive a $10,000 grant

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In-Person Summit

5-day, in-person summit in Denver, focused on building a plan for scale

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Online Curriculum Modules

Online courses designed for social entrepreneurs, taken from Uncharted curriculum

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World Class Mentors

1:1 mentor meetings, and 3-4 mentors committed to at least 6 months of formal advising

Here’s What Our Ventures Will Receive:

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Funder Event

Access to a customized funder summit to meet relevant donors, philanthropic funders, and investors

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Coaches

1:1 executive leadership and fundraising coaching to build leadership skills and business acumen

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Fractional CFO

20 hours of pro bono financial model building from a professional financial architect. Think: Your temporary CFO!

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Access to Visible Experts

Pro bono mentorship, resources, and service from Visible teammates

Timeline of Events

Applications Open!

April 25th, 2018

Any registered nonprofit that uses mobile as a means to create impact is invited to apply! See the application for more details

Applications Close

May 28th, 2018

Applications close. We will be reviewing them on a rolling basis, so strongly suggest you get yours in early!

Ventures announced!

July 24th, 2018

We will select and announce 9 of the very best ventures who are a fit for this program

People at a Gathering

In-Person Summit

Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

A 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado focused on invaluable connections, clarity, and access to capital

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Online support begins

August 2018

The start of on-going online curriculum and support— including courses pulled from Uncharted proven curriculum, personalized check-ins, and coaching & mentorship sessions

Funder Days

October 2018

Access to a customized funder summit to meet relevant donors, philanthropic funders, and investors

Program Wrap-Up

March 2019

"It's not goodbye, it's see you later": Impact assessment, feedback sessions, learning sessions, and hugs

Mentors & Visible Experts

This is just a sampling of the world-class mentors and Visible Experts who will be part of the program— who are dedicated to personalized mentorship, guidance, and pro bono work to help tackle your nonprofit’s trickiest challenges.

Kerry Suddes
Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry Suddes

Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry started in the for-profit training world where she built and facilitated world-class teams programs for Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact team as Director of Live Experiences and Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations — including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations, and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures — through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all live experiences – Speaking, Boot Camps and Workshops.

She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two-time Half Ironman finisher and known as Aunt Kiki to seven nieces and nephews. She is a YPO forum member and a mentor at Uncharted. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

 

Chris Maliwat
Chris Maliwat

Former Product Manager for Netflix and Facebook

Chris Maliwat

Chris Maliwat

Former Product Manager for Netflix and Facebook

Chris is a seasoned product lead, business strategist, and interface designer with proven ability to transform concepts into award-winning, robust products. He has helped successfully launch internet and software projects including e-commerce solutions, content management systems, collaborative environments, network monitoring, streaming media, and personal finance software.

Rashmi Ankireddypalli
Rashmi Ankireddypalli

Technical Product Manager at Visible

Rashmi Ankireddypalli

Rashmi Ankireddypalli

Technical Product Manager at Visible

Rashmi’s Specialties:

  • Budget and Cost Management
  • Business Requirements Gathering and Analysis
  • Project Management and Tracking
  • Agile Software Methodologies
  • Answering the questions, “How do I organize my must-haves and nice-to-haves?”, “How do I stay organized so I don’t lose sight of my goal?”

Fun Fact: Worked in various industries, across all US time zones, and loves living in Colorado!

Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff, Teach for America

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff, Teach for America

Will grew up in a low-income family in rural Colorado, and became the first in his family to attend college. While in college, Will was fortunate enough to discover his two life passions: entrepreneurship and education. During his senior year he founded a start-up aimed at making college more affordable for students like himself, and led that organization as CEO for the next 5 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.4x each year on average. He then joined the staff of Teach For America, where he held a number of leadership roles as the organization grew from impacting 80,000 students nationwide to over 500,000 students nationwide during his tenure. While at Teach For America Will solidified his belief that solving socio-economic disparity is the root solution to a majority of the problems in our society. He also discovered a unique strength in helping others reach their full potential, and has been coaching and mentoring management teams and CEOs to create the conditions for success in their organizations ever since.

Luisa Molano
Luisa Molano

Principal with LM Consulting, LLC

Luisa Molano

Luisa Molano

Principal with LM Consulting, LLC

Luisa has been in the HR space for over 10 years, supporting work across the entire employee lifecycle. Most recently she held the role of Director over North American Recruiting at Arrow Electronics (ranked #118 on Fortune’s 500 list) where she oversaw more than 2,100 annual hires. In 2016, Luisa was selected as one of 21 participants in the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Fellowship program. In June of 2017, Luisa launched her own consulting company, serving CEOs/Founders of companies with revenue between $1M and $10M, pursuing annual growth in excess of 25%. The companies she serves consider the ability to attract, develop and retain top-talent as the single most critical factor to realizing their company’s full growth potential.

Heather Horsey
Heather Horsey

Social & PR Brand Manager at Visible

Heather Horsey

Heather Horsey

Social & PR Brand Manager at Visible

Heather’s Specialties:

  • Social media
  • Public relations
  • Extensive healthcare background
  • Answering the questions, “How do I use social media to gain awareness?”, “How do I speak to press that differs from customers?”, “How do I build personas to create customers?”

Fun Fact: Heather loves dogs, beer and Colorado!

Nicole Glaros
Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars

Nicole Glaros

Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars

Nicole is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. While earning her masters degree at the University of Florida, Nicole co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry. It was there she developed her lifelong passion for supporting tech entrepreneurs.

She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002, before accelerators existed.  She helped grow CTEK from 1 to 5 offices across the state, and was an early catalyst in developing the startup ecosystem in Colorado. Most recently, she is a Partner at Techstars – a global network and investor in early-stage web software startups. She’s been with the company since it’s earliest days, helping build the company around her and rising through from a Managing Director to Chief Innovation Officer and most recently, partner.  She has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with $265M in capital under management and a market cap of over $5B. Through Techstars she’s invested in over 90 startups, most of which she still supports to this day.

In addition to her role at Techstars, she’s also on the board of PanaSimple Energy, the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Leeds Board of Alumni and Friends at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Previously she’s been on the boards of Owlet, the Application Developer’s Alliance, and Pledge1Percent Colorado,  She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the NewGuard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch and featured in the Denver Business Journal. She’s been featured on CNBCInc.com, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders@WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments, and many, many more.

Nicole blends the strategic with the tactical and loves pushing her own limits and the limits of those around her. She’s been a competitive swimmer, triathlete, and boxer. She’s summited Mt. Rainer, is a NOLS graduate, has guided adventure travel trips, and knows enough about backcountry medicine to make her dangerous, She loves traveling to places radically different than home and mourns the spread of the western culture across the globe. She lives the mantra #GiveFirst and does one philanthropic thing every year, and is always looking for new ways to learn, grow, and help others.

When not working with startups, you’ll find Nicole smothering her husband and two kids with kisses, or hiking, biking, skiing, reading, and lamenting how little time there is to do everything she loves.

David Kyle
David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world.

Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07.

Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK.

Rob Fleisher
Rob Fleisher

Director of School Partnerships, CommonLit

Rob Fleisher

Rob Fleisher

Director of School Partnerships, CommonLit

Rob Fleisher is the Director of School Partnerships at CommonLit. Rob joined CommonLit prior to the launch of CommonLit’s digital platform in the fall of 2016. Since then, CommonLit’s free ed-tech program has grown to serve 45,000 schools and 5 million students across the United States. Rob and his team work closely with schools and districts around the country to provide customized supports. Prior to joining CommonLit, Rob taught Special Education English Language Arts in Washington D.C. for 6 years and was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member.

Toni Maraviglia
Toni Maraviglia

Founder of Eneza Education

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia

Founder of Eneza Education

Toni currently works for the predictive analytics company Uptake as a lead for their philanthropic vertical, beyond.uptake. She’s oversees the Data Fellows Program and the Student Union college matching tool for beyond.uptake. Prior to Uptake she co-founded a pan-African education technology company called Eneza Education, which currently serves over 2 million students across Africa. She also co-founded a program called WISERBridge in rural Kenya and was a Teach For America corps member.
Toni has been recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow, Bluhm Helmand Social Innovation Fellow, and one of EdWeek’s “People to Watch in Education.” She’s also an active mentor and supporter of the Uncharted network.
Joe Kotsis
Joe Kotsis

Care Operations Triage Manager at Visible

Joe Kotsis

Joe Kotsis

Care Operations Triage Manager at Visible

Joe’s Specialties:

  • Customer Care
  • Agile software production
  • JIRA
  • Hospitality/wine
  • Answering the questions, “How do I make JIRA work for me?”, “How can we make a process improvement to an existing workflow that needs reworking?”

Fun Fact: Joe is a self-proclaimed “dinosaur dweeb.”

Byron Stanford
Byron Stanford

International storyteller and designer

Byron Stanford

Byron Stanford

International storyteller and designer

Byron is an international storyteller and designer with over 8 years of experience working with clients from around the world. He’s collaborated with multiple startup accelerators in Europe and the US and has helped companies with their design, pitch and communications. He has also had the opportunity of working with some of the world’s largest advertising agencies. In the past 8 years he’s worked on Presentation Design, Branding, Motion Graphics and Filmmaking for clients like Apple, Nike, Volvo, Coca-Cola, The Weather Channel, Atlanta Food Bank, and more.

Byron grew up in Europe, studied in Japan and moved to the US in 2013 to work for R/GA in New York. Most recently he’s relocated to Denver to reconnect with his love for the outdoors and snowboarding. You can see more about Byron and his work at www.NotJustBSDesign.com.

Stephen Joos
Stephen Joos

Product Manager, Product & Subscription Services at Visible

Stephen Joos

Stephen Joos

Product Manager, Product & Subscription Services at Visible

Stephen’s Specialties:

  • Mobile marketing & app design and development
  • Nonprofit mobile fundraising expertise
  • Answering the questions, “How do I build X to get Y?”, “How do I get people to take action?”

Fun Fact: Stephen lived in Nairobi, Kenya for 2+ years

Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO of Propel

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO of Propel

Jimmy Chen is the founder and CEO of Propel. Propel builds Fresh EBT, a free smartphone app that enables food stamp recipients to manage their benefits, save money, and build their careers. Fresh EBT is used by over a million families across the country each month and has over 15,000 five-star reviews. Originally founded through the Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship @ Robin Hood Foundation, Propel has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine; their investors include Andreessen Horowitz, the Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant, and Nas.
Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. He has also worked at LinkedIn, Yahoo, and the World Bank. Jimmy has a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

 

Catherine Jaynes
Catherine Jaynes

Principal, Cicero Social Impact

Catherine Jaynes

Catherine Jaynes

Principal, Cicero Social Impact

Catherine has extensive experience in the public and social sectors in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Most recently at the George W. Bush Institute, Catherine was responsible for the development and execution of national and international programs, including Presidential Leadership Scholars. Additionally, she led the design and implementation of robust measurement and evaluation strategies across the Institute and, previously for the US Department of Education.

Prior Experience

  • Director, Presidential Leadership Scholars and Research & Evaluation, George W Bush Institute
  • Chief of Staff, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington, DC
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Education
  • Vanderbilt University, BS & PhD; University of Texas, M.Ed.
Rustin Coburn
Rustin Coburn

Head of Marketing, About.me

Rustin Coburn

Rustin Coburn

Head of Marketing, About.me

Driven by a curious and creative spirit, I have been highly motivated and focused for the past 12 years towards developing innovative strategies for brands, places and passionate leaders. My motivation is purely driven by solving problems that collectively improve our community and our planet. In any new venture, I infuse my diverse and extensive experience; ranging from leading the marketing and brand teams of a San Francisco food and culture company, to founding a fashion design incubator, launching new technologies, and creating a global clothing brand. The best shines through when I can apply my core strengths including; leadership, marketing, brand strategy, storytelling, creative problem solving, design, project management, and execution on new ideas.
Currently, I am leading the growth and brand strategy for about.me as Head of Marketing, while mentoring for programs like Unreasonable, Watson University, and Uncharted. Looking forward to connecting!
Chris Yeh
Chris Yeh

Invested in 50+ companies

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh

Invested in 50+ companies

Chris Yeh is the co-founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures, and has founded, advised, or invested in over 100 high-tech startups since 1995.  He is also the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, of the New York Times bestseller, “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age”, and the co-founder of Allied Talent, the official provider of The Alliance Framework for helping organizations better recruit, engage, and retain entrepreneurial employees.  He and Reid are currently working on their upcoming book, “Blitzscaling”, which will be published in October 2018.  Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.

 

Adam Peter
Adam Peter

Lead, Strategy & Competitive Intelligence, Visible

Adam Peter

Adam Peter

Lead, Strategy & Competitive Intelligence, Visible

Justin McNeill
Justin McNeill

UX, Design and Customer Research Lead, Visible

Justin McNeill

Justin McNeill

UX, Design and Customer Research Lead, Visible

Justin is the UX, design and customer research lead at Visible, where he designs a beautiful and intuitive, user-centric experience for Visible customers. Before joining Visible, Justin worked as a customer experience and UX architect at Deloitte Digital. During the weekends, Justin spends time with his wife and dog and enjoys all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

What music he’s streaming: Live performances of bands or DJs he’s never heard before.

Kayla Birdsong
Kayla Birdsong

Executive Director, The GrowHaus

Kayla Birdsong

Kayla Birdsong

Executive Director, The GrowHaus

Kayla joined the staff of The GrowHaus in summer 2013 while living in the Elyria neighborhood. She first served as  Director of Food Distribution for two years and helped to start our retail market as well as no-cost grocery program that still impact thousands of people every year. For the following two years, Kayla served as the Director of Operations, helping the GrowHaus’ thrive on a day-to-day basis. Kayla moved into the Interim Executive Director role in June 2017, and into the permanent position in October 2017. Kayla is passionate about working with communities to shape our local food system. She grew up in Florida and studied Business Management and Spanish at the University of Florida. She has studied abroad in Spain, traveled extensively through Asia, and volunteered on organic farms in Nepal. She speaks Spanish, has a Permaculture Design Certificate and has a deep passion for all things food. Kayla believes that by leveraging the amazing partnerships The GrowHaus has, we can ensure lasting access to healthy food in our neighborhood and thus serve as a model for other communities with similar barriers across the nation.

Tyler HartungTyler Hartung
Tyler Hartung

VP of Finance & Ops at Aunt Bertha, Co-Founder of Unreasonable Institute (now Uncharted)

Tyler Hartung

Tyler Hartung

VP of Finance & Ops at Aunt Bertha, Co-Founder of Unreasonable Institute (now Uncharted)

Tyler has supported hundreds of impact-focused businesses as founder of Unreasonable Institute (now Uncharted). He built the funder network from 0 to 300+ funders and created the financial architect program, funder days, and the funder boot camp. He now works for Aunt Bertha, a 2012 Uncharted company that has been funded by multiple impact and tech investors (most recently by Techstars Ventures). He leads internal operations and finance as the company scales its customer base, team, and operations.

Elizabeth Hou
Elizabeth Hou

UX Designer, Visible

Elizabeth Hou

Elizabeth Hou

UX Designer, Visible

Elizabeth is a UX designer at Visible, where she creates beautiful, delightful, and effective experiences for users. She has extensive experience working with startups and nonprofits and the unique challenges they face. In her free time, she can be found exploring Colorado with her husband, dogs, and camera.
Juli Dimos
Juli Dimos

Founder & Managing Partner, VOCO

Juli Dimos

Juli Dimos

Founder & Managing Partner, VOCO

Founder of VOCO Creative, a Colorado-based Marketing Agency that specializes in savvy marketing for brands.  Known for her interdisciplinary approach to marketing, Juli has worked with powerhouse brands like Transamerica, ONE Bar, RPI, Cars.com, Realtor.com, Earth Balance, Cuties, Progresso, and Ancient Harvest. As the creative/analytical force behind VOCO, Juli finds inspiration wherever she looks, pushing toward what’s new, what’s next, and what makes sense for the brands VOCO serves.  Juli volunteers time with Freedom Collective International and Project I See You.  As a previous board member of the Denver Better Business Bureau and alumni of the Impact Denver class of 2014, Juli is very passionate about servant leadership.

Nim Patel
Nim Patel

CTO, Bright By Text

Nim Patel

Nim Patel

CTO, Bright By Text

Joined Bright by Three in July 2016. Nim oversees all technology and development of Bright by Text. He also supports the scaling and expansion of Bright by Text statewide and nationally. Nim is the Principal at NimbleIQ, a company that works with Business Founders to launch MVP’s that solve real problems, and Business Owners/Managers to create software solutions that transform their business. Nim is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, and a Mentor for Uncharted.

James Sarni
James Sarni

Manager of Business Development, Visible

James Sarni

James Sarni

Manager of Business Development, Visible

James has over 11 years of business development and strategy experience working for Fortune 10 companies. He has worked for Cricket, AT&T and Visible shaping their national strategy through partnership management, joint ventures, and M&A activity.

Shannon Patterson
Shannon Patterson

Human Resources Lead, Visible

Shannon Patterson

Shannon Patterson

Human Resources Lead, Visible

Shannon is an accomplished business professional in Human Resources with extensive experience providing leadership and guidance to drive the achievement of key organizational human resources-related goals and objectives. She is skilled at developing and executing strategy to connect human resources initiatives with organizational effectiveness in line with the mission and values of the organization. In addition, she brings proven strength in building strong, long-term relationships with business partners based on open lines of communication.

John Milanski
John Milanski

Product Manager, Level 3 Communications

John Milanski

John Milanski

Product Manager, Level 3 Communications

John has been talking to people about new products for 20 years, working in Human Factors, Usability, UI, UX, Product Owner, and Product Manager roles. He has worked for consultancies, startups, small business, government, and corporations, including Accenture, Philips Design, Comcast, IBM, Ricoh, and CenturyLink. His specialty is gathering requirements for software development. John has a Masters in Human Centered Product Design, and a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering.

Ingrid Alongi
Ingrid Alongi

Software Engineer & Founder, Quick Left

Ingrid Alongi

Ingrid Alongi

Software Engineer & Founder, Quick Left

Ingrid is a software engineer and founder of Quick Lefta software development company, which was acquired by Cognizant in 2016. With deep roots in the Colorado technology community and many years experience as both a developer and leader, Ingrid is always interested in exploring the intersection of technology and human connection. The Quick Left team is now called The Studio, and is currently part of Cognizant’s Accelerator working on incubating internal product development. Ingrid hires for The Studio team as well as heads up the Mentor Network for the Accelerator.

Kristen Dolan
Kristen Dolan

Director, Paid Social/Digital Investment, Visible

Kristen Dolan

Kristen Dolan

Director, Paid Social/Digital Investment, Visible

Kristen leads the Paid Social Strategy and Activation for Visible, a new app-based phone service. She brings 7 years of experience, working extensively in the display, programmatic, mobile and social spaces.

Her work has spanned several verticals including Telco, Retail, Entertainment, Finance and CPG. Prior to Visible, Kristen led the Digital Investment practice for Kohl’s, where she helped to launch their DMP.

A proud UCONN grad, Kristen double-majored in Communication Sciences and Sociology.

Vinny Zecca
Vinny Zecca

VP, Search, Visible

Vinny Zecca

Vinny Zecca

VP, Search, Visible

Vinny Zecca recently joined VM-One from Resolution Media where he spent the past 2.5 years serving a unique dual role as the East Coast regional paid search lead as well as overseeing the search and social strategy across multiple lines of business including Nissan, Sony, Hasbro and JCPenney.  Prior to Resolution Media, Vinny spent the 5+ years overseeing the paid search and social strategy for Samsung. Born and raised in Long Island, Vinny attended Hofstra University, graduating with a degree in marketing and education. He is a sports fanatic, especially professional baseball and hockey, in which he still plays competitively.

Zarah Cinarli
Zarah Cinarli

UX/UI Designer, Visible

Zarah Cinarli

Zarah Cinarli

UX/UI Designer, Visible

It all started at Montserrat College of Art where I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. My design career started in Munich, Germany leading branding projects for small businesses as well as creating re-branding for larger clients. Eventually moving back to the U.S., I worked with KPMG creating business management apps. Working at Visible has been the highlight of my career so far because it gives me the opportunity to explore different creative avenues within the digital design realm.

Minjae Ormes
Minjae Ormes

Head of Marketing, Visible

Minjae Ormes

Minjae Ormes

Head of Marketing, Visible

Minjae Ormes is the Head of Marketing for Visible, a first-of-its-kind app-based phone service. Prior to Visible, Minjae led the global partner marketing and media teams at YouTube, overseeing partnerships driven marketing initiatives and media strategies for all of YouTube’s subscription products.

In her early career, Minjae helped media and arts organizations like The Walt Disney Studios, National Geographic Channel, and Tribeca Film Institute build new franchises and initiatives from the ground up, first as a client director at digital marketing agencies, and then through her own consulting business.

Minjae earned her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Jeff Abbott
Jeff Abbott

Managing Partner, Global Scaling Academy

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott

Managing Partner, Global Scaling Academy

Jeff is passionate about building and scaling international startups. His experience includes transforming technology commercialization through startups and innovating in online international startup education and mentoring.

Quayle Hodek
Quayle Hodek

Founder, Former CEO Renewable Choice Energy

Quayle Hodek

Quayle Hodek

Founder, Former CEO Renewable Choice Energy

Quayle is a social impact entrepreneur who’s primarily focused on the role of clean technology, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development in solving the world’s most pressing challenges. He enjoys engaging with organizations of all sizes around their global impact strategy, especially regarding innovative solutions to provide access to clean water, electricity, education, and healthcare to underserved populations. As a serial entrepreneur, he brings expertise in partnerships, business development, sales, and financing strategy.

Quayle is the founder of Renewable Choice Energy, a leading global advisory which helps Fortune 500’s and other large organizations procure clean electricity.

The company was named Green Power Supplier of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2017. Over 15 years building the company, Quayle and his team were responsible for bringing over 1 gigawatt of new wind and solar projects online.

In addition to his professional life, he is an avid runner, mountain biker, outdoorsman, and hopelessly addicted eco-traveler, passionate about experiencing new cultures and countries.  http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-future-of-renewable-energy

F.A.Q.

  • To create an accelerator program with the greatest impact, we knew we wanted a partner who shared our values and mindset. Visible caught our eye not only because of their mobile tech expertise, but because they’re a company designed to do good from the start. Together we started Visible Connect, which spotlights and supports the nonprofit startups using mobile tech to connect their beneficiaries to opportunity—whether that’s education, public services, environmental causes, or other resources.
  • As of 2017, 77% of all Americans own a smartphone, as do a whopping 94% of 18-to-29-year-olds. What’s more, the percentage of households owning a smartphone that earn less than $30,000 per year has increased 12 points in the last year alone. And Americans don’t just own phones, they spend over four hours per day on them.

    This may be true because just under 40 million U.S. households do not have internet access. As of 2016, 12% of Americans depend on smartphones for internet access.  This number is increasing and is especially conspicuous among millennials, nonwhites, and low-income households. In fact, low-income and minority Americans are disproportionately affected by the digital divide. 38% of households without internet access are Black. 36% are Hispanic or Latino. And 61% never graduated high school.

    Our phones are at the heart of what we do, connecting us with people, places, and ideas. Today’s social entrepreneurs are no exception, and with the help of Visible Connect, they’re finding ways to create more measurable impact in more ways than ever before.

  • The only types of companies who can apply to this program are U.S. nonprofit organizations. Fiscally sponsored organizations can apply.

  • Yes! We recognize that many ventures have multiple avenues through which they reach their beneficiaries. Some nonprofits reach kids through board games, and also have a mobile app. Other nonprofits use SMS text messaging alongside a web platform. If mobile technology is one of the ways in which you’re creating impact, you are welcome to apply!

  • There is no cost to you if you’re selected to attend this program. In fact, we’ll deliver you all of the services described on this website for free; provide you a $10,000 grant; and cover your airfare, food, and lodging for your time in Denver, Colorado (August 13 – August 17, 2018) and your time in New York for the Funder Event (October 2018).

    All we ask for in exchange is that you fill us in on your impact every six months up to five years after the end of the program.

  • From August 13 – August 17, 2018, we’ll run a 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado (all expenses paid for chosen organizations). You must be able to attend this summit in order to apply. Before and after the summit, we will be working together virtually.

    In October 2018 (exact dates TBD), the 10 chosen organizations will have the option to participate in a Funder Day, and event where you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your organization to a room of relevant funders and donors, and then have follow-up meet & greets.

  • According to Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur should ignore most of the advice he or she hears. However, the best advice an entrepreneur will come from those that have done what that entrepreneur aspires to do at the scale at which they aspire to do it.

    Therefore, we look for mentors who have either (1) created impact for poor or vulnerable populations in the U.S. through the use of mobile technology (2) who have mastered critical skills that our chosen organizations can learn from. While we choose some mentors before starting our recruitment and selection process, we’ll also recruit additional mentors after announcing the 10 winners. We’ll spend time understanding their bright spots and their needs through diagnostic calls. With this information, we’ll recruit additional mentors who have expertise where our 10 chosen organizations face challenge. Altogether, we aim to convene around 25 mentors at the in-person summit portion of Uncharted Mobile, taking place in Denver between August 13- August 17, 2018.

  • The ideal candidate for Visible Connect is a venture that possesses these five qualities:
    1. Scalability. You might have a great product or service that meaningfully impacts a group of people. We want to know how you plan to successfully scale that impact. We’ll be looking to see if you have identified and entered a substantial addressable market, you have a logical path to serve that market, and the way you earn revenue/funding fuels smart growth.
    2. Team. We’re looking for a team with committed leadership. Ideally, your founder(s) is cohesive, brings needed expertise, and persists through challenges. Moreover, it is required that two committed teammates attend the 5-day in-person summit in Denver, Colorado.
    3. Impact. Your product or services addresses an issue that is both serious and concise, and you have a formula for how your organization is making specific strides to create deep, lasting change within that issue.
    4. Fit with program/Values aligned. Your team must be both coachable and values-aligned so Uncharted Mobile Tech can provide an immense amount of value to you. Take a look at Uncharted’s values to get a deeper sense of what principles guide us.
    5. Stage. Here are the stages we typically see when recruiting organizations to join an accelerator program. Stages 4-6 are poised to receive the most value out of the program and thus will take precedence when choosing our final cohort:
      1. Problem identification: You have identified a problem to be solved, but not yet an idea for how to tackle it.
      2. Idea: You have formed an idea for how to tackle the problem, but have not yet built a prototype or taken your product or service to market.
      3. Prototype/pilot: You have developed a prototype and have run a pilot to test your product or service in market. Typically referred to as “seed stage.”
      4. Early users traction/early revenues: You are getting your product out to small markets (beyond pilot programs), generating early revenues, and likely bringing on first hires. Typically referred to as “early stage.”
      5. Starting to see strong revenue traction: Your product or service sells consistently, you are generating revenues, making key hires, and beginning to become “established” as a company.
      6. Solidifying operations: You are preparing for rapid growth by acquiring more users and strengthening the core of your business. You are making key high-level hires and moving towards becoming cash flow positive.
      7. Rapid growth: You are seeing strong, consistent customer demand, generating significant revenues, and becoming cash flow positive. Typically referred to as “growth stage.”
      8. Mature business or exit: You have significant revenues and a full team. Your brand is well recognized and your business has scaled. The model has been proven and you are now perfecting it.
      9. Failed