Prior to Iterate, Jon was the founding 10-year CEO of eBags.com which grew profitably at a 34% CAGR between 2000 and 2008. While CEO, eBags grew annual gross sales to more than $100 million. eBags was known as an innovator. Between 1999 and 2001, eBags became one of the first retailers to:
Drop ship from ~500 3rd party warehouses (1999)
Run on a negative cash conversion cycle (1999)
Solicit product reviews from consumers (1999)
Test site features using A/B split methods (2000)
Like at eBags, experimentation is a cornerstone of Iterate. Testing helped eBags systematically create one of the Web's top converting sites before 2008: Top 10 CVR (Nielson Report). eBags also built 6pm.com and sold it to Zappos while running CaseLogic.com and TUMI.com in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. Today, eBags serves more than 40 million shoppers per year. It's sold more than $1.3 billion worth of bags. Jon remains eBags' Chairman.
Between eBags and Iterate, Jon invested in and worked with Startups, many of which graduated from three accelerators like Happy Farm from Ukraine (left). He’s formally helped VC- and angel-backed Startups including Silicon Valley-based Runa (acquired by Staples, 2013) where he was chairman of their advisory board.
CEO & Co-Founder
Founder, CEO of eBags (acquired after selling $1.6 billion of bags)
Before Iterate, Brian was a part of the seed stage investment team at Turner looking for startups in the Social, Consumer, Advertising, and Recommendation spaces. Over two years, he made 13 investments, saw two of those companies be acquired (one by Apple). He also participated in Turner's acquisition of Bleacher Report.
Prior to Turner he founded Avot Media, a video transcoding platform built for Mobile, where he was CEO. Customer list included companies like Warner Bros. Avot was acquired by Smith Micro, a public company based in L.A. At Smith Micro, Brian became the head of the video business and was responsible for strategy, vision, and integration.
Before Avot, Brian held management positions over 8 years at Apple. For 6 of those, he lead iPhone and Intel Mac initiatives within Apple's very private Secret Products group. He led two core groups that designed the security and activation platform for the first iPhone, and he holds patents in those areas. Brian was initially hired by Apple for his software development and encryption skills.
Brian is passionate about digital startups, and his mission is to help the entrepreneurial community connect seamlessly into enterprises. He is an active advisor and an investor to several Valley startups. Brian has an MBA, plus an MS degree in Computer Science, and he is now a co-founder of Iterate Studio. He lives in Silicon Valley.
Chief Digital Officer & Co-Founder
Apple Secret Products (1st iPhone), 8 patents issued, Interplay inventor, Avot Media founder (acquired), VC for Turner Media
Andrew oversees all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and business operations for Iterate Studio. Before joining, Andrew was General Counsel of Jones International, Ltd. and its subsidiaries, which engage in e-commerce, software, education and entertainment projects.
Prior to Jones, he was a lawyer at Morrison Foerster and Messner Reeves. During his tenure, he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and provided general counsel to public and early stage private companies. Previously, Andrew worked in Silicon Valley serving in leadership positions within the services operations of venture-backed software companies Opsware, Inc. and Crossworlds Software, Inc.
He began his career with Ernst & Young where he worked primarily in Europe within E&Y’s global client consulting practice. Andrew holds a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, a MS in Management Information Systems from the Mays School of Business and a BBA in Accounting from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin.
Chatura has specialized in developing end-to-end AI solutions and integrating AI capabilities into the the Interplay platform. He works primarily in the sub-domains of AI which include Conversational AI, Computer vision based applications and regression modeling.
David is a IOS Software Developer and Jr. Product Manager. While finishing his final quarter of College at UCSB for Computer Engineering in Fall 2019, David has taken on his second internship with Iterate. Working on IOS Development, taking Iterate's innovative ideas to the mobile landscape.
While managing to take on his software developer role, David has also implemented many of Interplay's formal documents and is looking to help Interplay expand clients through a new lead generation role.
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence
BS in Computer Science, emphasis in AI and ML; QM Scientific (acquired)
Anthony leads the Product Experience Team and Boulder Innovation Garage where his team is building primarily the Signals and Curate aspects of the Iterate Innovation platform. Anthony is a life-long creative, technologist and entrepreneur and passionate about all aspects of the product development life-cycle.
Anthony's digital career has included a diverse breadth of work for well known consumer brands (Dominos, Jose Cuervo and Hyatt) as well as technology companies (Twitter, Braintree, Paypal, FirstData, Avaya) in addition to startups of all sizes (Carvana, Gnip, RealMassive, TapInfuence, Telespine). He has been a contributor on numerous projects winning international accolades, including a Silver Cannes Lion in Creative eCommerce for PayPal and a Bronze Cannes Lion for Dominos in the Direct category.
Anthony lives in Boulder with his wife and two cats where he can easily access the Colorado mountains to fly fish, mountain bike or ski. He is also an avid SCUBA diver and pursuing advanced technical diving certifications in the ambitions of exploring the underwater caves of the world and other realms seldom seen.
User Facing Technology
Head of Signals; Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Serial Digital Craftsman
James Lukensow is a tech leader with full-stack development experience with over 13 years working on web-related technologies. With a desire to build dynamic and complex backend distributed systems, James is always looking to discover new and emerging technologies.
Before switching to Iterate, he spent 12 exciting years at CP+B in mixed roles, from Quality Assurance to Development, James has had the opportunity to work on multiple award-winning campaigns, such as the Burger King Whopper Freakout or Best Buy Movie Mode which debuted with the theatrical release of Despicable Me.
Dave is an experiential design director with over a decade of leadership experience in high-stakes product and agency environments. He started as a mobile game designer who became infatuated with the process of connecting the opaque realm of technology to the visceral realm of human interaction. This led him to the agency life, where he had a hand in defining experiences for dozens of in-market digital solutions and experiential activations for major brands like Domino's.
As the Head of Experience at Iterate.ai, Dave focuses on making sure "we build the right things" for our digital experiences, and our members' innovation initiatives, so they can deliver real value to both the customer and the business.
Crispin Porter + Bogusky for Dominos, Concrete Software - Mobile Game Design
Prior to Iterate, Arul led two teams in Smith Micro Software, Inc. a public company in Bay Area headquarters in L.A that designed, architected, implemented and managed visual voicemail of millions of customers for carriers like Sprint as well as managed movies / videos of studios like Warner Bros, streamed live as well as on demand in the hospitality industry segment of premium customers protecting piracy using multiple DRMs.
Prior to Smith Micro, he was the CTO of Avot Media. Led the company from proof of concept stage to a successful M&A. Avot Media was acquired by Smith Micro. At Smith Micro, Arul became the Director of the video business and also the voice business with Carriers.
Prior to Avot Media, Arul was part of Apple’s secret projects group, particularly very first iPhone initiative. He was mainly part of the design, development & implementation of the security and activation platform for the iPhone cryptographically, following GSM 11.11 specifications around the RF radio board. Also responsible for developing a comprehensive secure environment in which the devices are manufactured and preventing the device from being cryptographically attacked.
Prior to Apple, Arul held management positions over 5 years at Odyssey Technologies, India. His primary duties include administering a comprehensive intrusion detection analysis infrastructure, and vulnerability analysis of the production and development environments of major banks like HDFC bank, Centurion Bank, ABN Amro Bank in India. Architecting and documenting the security policies and system security based on Public Key Cryptography.
As Engineering and usability expert with excellent adaptability and innovation in program leadership, execution intelligence, and architectural design, Arul remains as CEO of NATZ Technology Pvt Ltd, India. NATZ has a unique turn-key platform called NZPlatform, a carrier grade software-based network management, QoS managed, Centralized turn-key platform that is easy to deploy, manage network and handles all payment functionalities of sub-carriers, vendors & end-users.
Arul’s unique combination of the broad industrial technology insight, business strategy, project management, product architecture and hands-on development experience in small startups to large companies like Apple. As an executive technology leader with proven ability to capitalize on carrier-level and enterprise-level technologies to produce multimillion-dollar savings, led Avot Media from proof of concept stage to a successful M&A.
Arul Kumaran Chandrasekaran
Apple (Secret Products); Avot Media CTO (acquired), Interplay inventor
Rom currently specializes on SPA (single page application) front-end development. He has developed end-to-end solutions all over the world and has worked on a variety of disciplines, from database design, front-end & backend technologies, UI/UX to final production deployment.
Rom has developed multiple dashboarding systems that are now implemented at Iterate.ai as well as for existing members. He is also proficient in graphics, desktop publishing and video editing.
Prior to Iterate, he worked at Cisco, Palm (now HP), Apple, and Avot Media (acquired by Smith Micro).
Cisco, Palm (now HP), Apple, Avot Media (acquired by Smith Micro)
Consumer expectations are changing and enterprises need to keep up with the pace of innovation. Joanne is a seasoned entrepreneur and ex-strategy consultant who understands the challenges large enterprises experience in defining strategy, prioritizing work, curating solutions, prototyping and testing and learning.
Joanne's passion is taking an idea to production quickly and measuring the impact. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her three energetic boys, entrepreneur husband and two dogs who continually need to be trained in Denver, CO.
Innovation Success, CoDE Program
Goldman Sachs, Gap strategy, Business Analysis at JPMorgan Chase & ABM Amro; public sector
Andrea has spent the past 13+ years leading strategy and execution in enterprises across various industries. You name the challenge; she's probably seen it. At iterate.ai, her focus is in CPG, Retail, and Media.
From innovation, to strategy consulting, to marketing, she thrives when turning ideas into reality and gaps into opportunities. You can find her in Denver, CO with my family and friends, or if she's lucky, at a nice warm beach.
Innovation Success, Marketing
Hitachi Consulting; Marketing content strategy at Keysight Technologies & Hach Corp., Enterprise IT & Strategy PMO, BS Economics, Math minor
Valentina (Val) currently manages our enterprise and partner events as well as the relationships with our Emerging Technology (ET) partners. Prior to Iterate she worked at Wells Fargo leading personal banking customer accounts.
On her free time, she likes to spend it outdoors exploring Colorado's backyard, traveling the world, and seeking good food.
Julian is a senior technology leader with over 20 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Cisco, PayPal, Yahoo and Qualcomm. He has built and maintained a successful record of directing large-scale, multimillion-dollar programs in fast-paced and high-growth multinational corporations. Leveraging a broad range of skills in big data analytics, Machine Learning and AI, and industry experiences in brokerage, banking, manufacturing, consumer electronics and payments.
Julian provides vision and leadership for developing, implementing and overseeing technology initiatives that align with business objectives. He is an MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Julian is a former Kona Ironman Championship athlete. He has authored 10 competitive triathlon training programs used by over 20,000 athletes in the Americas, Australia and Europe.
Julian Dean Morais
Curation & Analysis
Apple, Cisco, PayPal, Yahoo, Qualcomm, various Fortune 500 companies. Kellogg MBA- Northwestern University
John is a technology leader with a strong background in both technology and business strategy. His tremendous academical background includes a Ph.D. and three masters degrees (MBA, MS in Computer Science, and MS in Network Technologies).
He has conducted research in IoT and proposed a new IoT framework for distributed computing based on swarm intelligence to exchange data among self-driving autonoums units. He’s also published research papers in mobile commerce and mobile payment, and his research interests lie in IoT, Big Data and AI.
Prior to Iterate, John spent 12 years in building large-scale enterprise software solutions at SunGard. He is well-experienced in enterprise middleware designs and integrations. Besides the enterprise experience, John also spent time in startup life and served as the technology co-founder of a payment solutions provider, where he architected an innovative mobile payment system.
Curation & Analysis
Ph.D. (IoT, Big Data, AI), Interplay inventor, MS Computer Science, MBA
Niharika has been actively involved in legal and business affairs by keeping governance, processes and documentation in check along with focusing on building relationships with institutional investors and other high value client relationships, strategic sourcing and planning, and budgeting and market study.
She carries an extensive and varied knowledge of specialized commercial deals and has handled various commercial contracts of general corporate nature.
Niharika holds a keen interest in exploring different parts of the world and she combines this passion with experiencing diverse cultures. Her thirst for helping others keeps her active in doing social work and generally contributing towards betterment of society and environment.
Member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa (India); Bachelors in Science, Bachelors in Law, and Masters in Law
Learn more about innovating with Iterate
Interested in learning more about Iterate’s exclusive innovation network?