Team

Karen Edwards

Co-Founder & CEO

Lifelong student of media and democracy. Co-founder and former CMO of Common Sense Media. Former top marketer and 17th employee at Yahoo. Today, serves on the board of KQED and Institute for the Future; has helped grow over 10 media and technology companies. Harvard MBA, Stanford BA. Mom of 2 teens.

Raj Narayan

Co-Founder & CTO

Brings deep expertise in consumer applications and data platforms. Co-founder and VP Engineering at Mode Media (formerly Glam) for over 9 years managing over 100 engineers. Former engineering manager at NetObjects. He has generated 5 content management patents sold to Adobe. Georgia Tech BS.

John Marcom

SVP Content

Passionate about editorial and marketing excellence. Years of hands-on experience reporting and editing, developing teams, selling big new ideas and sustaining strong marketing partnerships around the world for Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Time, FT, Yahoo, others. INSEAD MBA, Princeton BA.

Marla Griffith

VP Operations & Finance

Seasoned operations and finance professional with areas of expertise that include: transaction banking, investment banking, financial planning and analysis and private equity. Wharton MBA, UC Santa Barbara BA.

Ronna Tanenbaum

VP Partnerships & User Insights

Driven to bring impactful solutions to life as an entrepreneur and design executive focused on education, media and tech. Experience includes CCO and initial team at Alexa Internet, acquired by Amazon, Internet Archive, RaiseMe (1.6M+ students/$2.5B micro-scholarships). Designed for The NYTimes, Apple, HP, others. Harvard Ed.M., Syracuse BFA Media & CG.

Pamela Kelly

Acting CMO 

Track record of building consumer-facing businesses in a global digital world, managing all aspects of digital and traditional marketing. IMVU, Speck (acquired by Samsonite), Electronic Arts, LeapFrog. Communications leader, garnering industry wide recognition including Advertising Age’s prestigious Marketing 100 Award. UCLA BA.

 

Kelley Corten

Sales & BD 

Spearheaded partnerships with some of the world’s most well-known brands, such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Best Buy, Sony, Hyundai, and the Walking Dead. As VP of US Content and Product at Future plc, published websites, apps, and magazines including MaximumPC, MacLife, PCGamer, and Official Xbox. Launched TechRadar.com in the U.S., growing to 22m unique monthly users in its first year. MBA in Publishing from City of Westminster University, U.K. Goucher College BA.

Johnny Hal

Creative Director

Award-winning entertainment and technology junkie. Particular expertise in launching new platforms and developing original media concepts. Worked with and for all the usual tech and media giants — Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Fox, Paramount, MGM, Viacom — and managed to come out alive.

 

Bhavesh Zambare

Lead Platform Engineer

Bachelor in Computer science. Expertise in building applications at web scale for more than 7 years. Developed Mobile advertising platform at Bonzai as a Lead Engineer & Architect.

Appasaheb Sawant

Platform Engineer

Proficient in developing large-scale enterprise application with 12+ years of IT experience. Hands-on experience in server infrastructure, cloud computing, dev ops practices, scaling and optimization of Elasticsearch and distributed technology.

Venkata Raghu Kumar

Frontend Engineer

Fullstack Developer with more than 10 years expertise in a diverse range of technologies in implementing web and mobile apps. Passionate about building smart, beautiful, and scalable applications that are easy to use. Bachelor in Electronics and avid traveler.

Lovestor Law

Public Media Development:

VP Marketing, Wells Fargo Media sponsorship expert.

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Cynthia Zapata

UC Merced

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