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 practical hands-on experience developing teams, selling big new ideas and large media packages, improving internal processes, and refining everything from 100 year-old magazines to brand-new mobile apps. 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.

Timos Tokousbalides

Product Lead

Creative professional with a diverse range of expertise and proven experience in mentoring and leading creative teams. Avid enthusiast of not being one thing only.

Ronna Tanenbaum

VP Development 

Driven to bring impactful ideas to life as an entrepreneur and design executive focused on education, media and technology. Experience includes CCO and initial team member at Alexa Internet, acquired by Amazon, and RaiseMe, where 1 million+ students have earned Micro Scholarships for their achievements in high school. Former designer at the NYTimes. Designed for Apple and the Internet Archive. Harvard Ed.M., Syracuse BFA Media & CG.


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 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.

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.

Our Interns

Inyoung Choi

Stanford University

Cynthia Zapata

UC Merced

Ashley Zhang



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