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Tony • Medrano

CEO and Co-founder of RapportBoost.AI

Tony Medrano is the CEO and co-founder of RapportBoost.AI.

Tony started his career as a technology entrepreneur out of his Stanford University dorm as co-founder and President of DoDots, the first desktop-to-mobile app platform. He built the company to 100+ employees, raised $25M in venture capital and managed all company operations, personnel and deals.

He was most recently CEO of Boopsie, a mobile Platform-as-a-Service company that he grew for 4 years and successfully sold to a strategic partner in 2015. Tony has also served as Vice President of Sales / Business Development Reply! and SmartDrive Systems.

Tony has dedicated his career in technology to leading sales teams and understands the need for automation tools that help sales reps increase efficiency, close more business and increase margins.

Tony received his MBA and JD from Stanford, M.A. from Columbia and B.A. from Harvard.

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Dr. Michael • Housman

Chief Data Scientist and Co-founder of RapportBoost.AI

Dr. Michael Housman is the Chief Data Scientist and Co-founder of RapportBoost.AI.

Michael has spent his entire career applying state-of-the-art statistical methodologies and econometric techniques to large data-sets in order to drive organizational decision-making and helping companies operate more effectively.

Prior to founding RapportBoost.AI, he was the Chief Analytics Officer at Evolv (acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand for $42M in 2015) where he helped architect a machine learning platform capable of mining databases consisting of hundreds of millions of employee records. He was named a 2014 game changer by Workforce magazine for his work.

Michael is currently an equity advisor for a half-dozen technology companies based out of the San Francisco bay area: hiQ Labs, Bakround, Interviewed, Performiture, Tenacity, Homebase, and States Title.

Michael is a noted public speaker and has published his work in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and has had his research profiled by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Atlantic.

Dr. Housman received his A.M. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Managerial Science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his A.B. from Harvard University.

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Andrew • Kim

Product Advisor

Andrew Kim is a Product Advisor at RapportBoost.AI

Andrew assists with product builds from end-to-end to ensure an outstanding user experience. He is passionate about building great solutions and has experience in every aspect of the product development process.

Most recently Andrew led Product and Engineering at hiQ Labs. He shaped hiQ’s product direction and roadmap for their Control Center application – which was awarded Product of the Year at the 2016 Human Resources Technology Conference – and led the strategic technical development of hiQ’s Keeper and Skill Mapper offerings. As Director of Analytics at Evolv, Andrew worked closely with the Product and Sales teams to build the Insights platform.

Andrew loves to stay active in the tech community and advises early stage startups on product development and management. Andrew received his M.P.P. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

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Fareed • Adib

Board of Directors

Fareed Adib, Board of Directors at RapportBoost.AI

Fareed Adib currently serves RapportBoost.AI on its Board of Directors. He is the Chief Technology Officer of VistaEquity Partners, a Private Equity fund with more than $15 Billion under management where he provides product and technology oriented strategic operational and programmatic support to the entire Vista organization. Fareed supervises the distributed team of software development and project management professionals and is accountable for setting the direction of the technology roadmap for Vista’s portfolio companies.
Fareed brings nearly 20 years of experience in technology with a distinguished track-record of building diverse, global teams while managing billion-dollar profit and loss statements for some of the world’s most impactful and iconic brands, including Google, Softbank, Sprint, Nextel and IBM. He has been named by Fierce Wireless as a “Rising Star of Wireless” in 2013, by Fortune as a “Forty Under Forty: Mobilizers Making Waves on Mobile Platforms” in 2012, and as one of “The Smartest People in Tech” by Fortune in 2011.
Fareed has a B.S. Computer Science from the University of Missouri and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
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David • Shuttleworth

Data Scientist

David Shuttleworth is a Data Scientist at RapportBoost.AI.

David leverages his background in behavioral economics and outcomes research to build predictive models and optimize agent decision-making.

Prior to joining RapportBoost.AI, he conducted clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics and the Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. His studies have been funded by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Health, Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

David has co-authored research that has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Health Promotion, and SLEEP.

In addition to RapportBoost.AI, David is currently working in predictive analytics and machine learning at Bakround and States Title, technology companies based out of the San Francisco bay area.

David received his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and his B.A. from Temple University.

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Vanessa • Van Ormeer

Business Development

Vanessa Van Overmeer, Business Development at RapportBoost.AI

Vanessa is a California native who has been leading business development for startups in technology, fitness and lifestyle companies for ten years. She has a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and loves to rollerblade to RapportBoost’s Venice office.

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Tushar • Pandit

Data Science Advisor

Tushar Pandit, Data Scientist at RapportBoost.AI

Tushar has industry experience working in technologies like ASP.Net C#, ASP.Net MVC, Entity Framework,. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Jquery, AJAX, Bootstrap, Knockout JS, Angular JS,  JAVA, Python and MS SQL Server.

Recently, he worked on a project named cluster-computing on geospatial data using GeoSpark. The project included performing Geo-spatial operations on large datasets stored in distributed systems using Hadoop, Apache Spark, Scala and GeoSpark library.

He is more inclined towards Data Science- Machine Learning and would like to pursue it as a career. Tushar successfully, built Classification and Regression models as a part of a school project.

Tushar Pandit is a software engineering graduate student at Arizona State University.

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Meredith • Lackey

Research & Content Production

Meredith Lackey, Research & Production at RapportBoost.AI

Meredith Lackey is a content producer with expertise in computer networks and systems. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Hampshire College, and her M.F.A in Moving Image from the University of Illinois Chicago. Her output spans long form writing, B2B and B2C content, and branded video content. Meredith loves gritty travel experiences where she can learn about diverse people and new trends.

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Karim • Adib

Product Strategy

Karim Adib, Product Strategy at RapportBoost.AI

Karim Adib has over 20 years of experience in business technology, spanning all aspects of operational and innovation leadership. Karim started his career at the University of Missouri but was soon recruited by the president of Sprint to head up efforts in enabling technologies where he pioneered many technologies we find common place today. Later, as the founder and Managing Partner of Maxtel, Karim built a consulting firm known among clients and vendors for efficient methodologies, comprehensive technology architectures. Karim appreciates fine wine, but rarely during traditional working hours.

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Evelīna • Dzelzkalēja

Customer Success Manager

Evelīna Dzelzkalēja, Customer Success Manager at RapportBoost.AI

Evelīna Dzelzkalēja serves as the liaison between customers and our data science team in the role of Customer Success Management. She holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Riga Technical University in Latvia and a B.A. in Marketing. She has worked on integrated and challenging digital advertising projects and large sales organizations. Evelina is a huge animal defender and traveler.

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Dr. David • Clementz

Advisor

Dr. David Clementz is an Advisor to RapportBoost.AI and was formerly the CIO of Chevron-Texaco

David is the former CIO of Chevron-Texaco. He uses his 35 years of experience in technology management to help firms develop technology enabled strategies.

David formerly worked with EDS in Dallas, Texas, where he served as Executive Vice President for Service Delivery.  In that capacity he was responsible for over 100,000 employees in 65 countries and a budget of over $15 Billion.

Dr. Clementz has an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, an M.S. from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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Steve • Bond

Business Development

Steve Bond, Business Development at RapportBoost.AI

Steve is a Business Development and Strategic Planning executive with broad experience in sales, value building & strategic alliance development. Since selling his regional consulting firm in 2013, Steve has worked with technology companies from SAAS to semiconductors to bring their IP to market, most recently Lorica, which he joined in 2014 and sold in 2017. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University.

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David • Oates

Marketing

David Oates, Marketing at RapportBoost.AI

David Oates is a 20-year marketing and public relations veteran who holds extensive experience in developing as well as executing successful and measurable programs for a wide range of agency, high tech, corporate and government organizations. He is an accredited public relations (APR) expert affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Operation Homefront, California as well as on the Board of Directors for Rotary Club of San Diego. He received his MBA from San Diego State University’s Executive Program in 2004 and his bachelors of arts from the University of Maryland in 1991. David was named among the 2009 “40 under 40” list of top professionals by the San Diego Metropolitan.

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Danielle • Apgar

Sales & Customer Success Advisor

Danielle Apgar, Sales & Customer Success Advisor

Danielle is one of the world’s most successful enterprise artificial intelligence sales professionals. She has led the sales, customer success, account management, and sales engineering teams for more than 3 years at Persado, a CNBC Disruptor Top 50 Artificial Intelligence company funded by Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital.

She has personally closed six and seven figure artificial intelligence / SaaS/ARR deals with Microsoft, Travelocity, Caesars Pottery Barn, and Zulily. Her clients have the highest rate of customer retention and satisfaction in the 200+ person company.