Dane Witbeck is a serial startup founder and venture investor. He previously co-founded Meshify, an Internet-of-Things startup that builds hardware and software for residential and small business risk monitoring. Meshify was acquired in 2016 by publicly-traded insurer Munich RE (MUV2) out of Munich, Germany. Since 2016, he's supported 23 startups as a venture investor. Dane studied engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and then studied business at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. When not building startups, Dane can likely be found coaching a kids sports game, painting small nails, cooking with little helpers, or camping and 4x4ing in his '69 Bronco with the family.
Isaiah McPeak is a Master Yoda of building and scaling teams, product management, brain science, communications, teaching, and coaching, with an Aristotelian rhetoric twist. He has started six organizations (and 2 bands!), designed and shipped multiple B2B and B2C products, successfully been part of four startups raising pre-seed funding and journeying to or through growth stage (5 money raises, $6M total), personally sold over $35M in services and software, and coached CEOs and keynote speakers. He is coauthor of Upside Down Debate: A Deeper Why to Persuasion and frequent tech speaker and trainer in Austin, TX. He paints, musics, sews, dances, adventures, and road trips with his wife (a future Brené Brown!) and two daughters, 11 and 7.
Keyla is a multi-tasker, challenge-seeker Executive Assistant. She has learnt to wear many hats in different industries with more than 9 years of experience in admin support and management. She enjoys learning about new cultures and technologies and deeply appreciates work-life balance. When she’s not working, Keyla spends time travelling around with her husband and two daughters, as well as gathering with friends
Shelley’s overriding passions in life are community, communication, and children. Her career has always centered on helping people connect. A graphic designer, writer, professional storyteller and speaker, Shelley can always find a way to help people to share their ideas more effectively. In 2015, Shelley founded a co working space, to create work community for herself and for her neighborhood. After exiting that business, she discovered Pinwheel while researching a phone solution for own family. When not working, Shelley sews, makes books, dances tango, and has adventures with her daughter.
Julie Taylor started as a Pinwheel customer, and after realizing the positive effect the smartphone had on her child and others, she felt compelled to leave her corporate position at a Fortune 250 telecommunications company to support Pinwheel’s growth. She now focuses on building and fostering communications strategies, media relations, and content creation. Pinwheel’s startup atmosphere is the perfect place for her entrepreneurial mindset and background in newspaper journalism. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Communication and Journalism, and she’s working to earn a Master of Liberal Arts in Journalism and Business Communication Certificate through Harvard University Extension School. She’s loved ballet since childhood and still gets in as much training as possible so she can dance in the kitchen with her two kids. The little troupe also enjoys hiking, camping in the Rockies, and their long-standing Friday night tradition of pizza and a movie.
Tim was once a homeschooled kid from West Texas who had big aspirations of entering the music and live event industry. Through humble beginnings, he quickly found his love for making others smile and more importantly connecting people to enjoyable experiences that enrich their lives. After running live event operations for the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, he had the opportunity to start his own marketing agency to serve small to medium business owners on a daily basis. This gave him a front row seat to some of the biggest success stories started from small dreams someone once had. This changed his focus from music and live events changing the lives of everyday people.Tim has spent the past few years sharpening his skills in all aspects of marketing and is excited to be a part of the Pinwheel team’s work towards helping parents raise technology responsible children. He is outnumbered four to one in his house made up of his wife, daughter (a recent addition!), and 2 doggie daughters. When not working, you will find Tim writing music, having family time, or volunteering with the organization Camp Agape Texas.
Social Media and Influencer Coordinator
Genaveve Davis is a dynamic digital media marketing intern and social media coordinator driven by a desire to better understand why people are the way they are and consume what they do. She is currently a student at Colorado College studying Sociology, Museum Studies, and Urban Studies. Genaveve fuzes her passions for art, community development, social media, and personal growth to help develop the bridge between Pinwheel, our team, and you. When she’s not creating content, Genaveve loves traveling, hiking, cooking, and getting too excited about dogs.
Channel Marketing Manager
Sam Marreiros is a customer focused, technology minded individual who is always there to help. He has worked with customers at restaurants and retail; as well as technology and mechanics at Menzies Aviation. Now with the knowledge of customer relations and fixing things, Sam is ready to get you going on your Pinwheel journey! When he’s not working the phones, Sam likes to spend his time surfing, playing piano, and reading a good book with some boba.
Grace Denman is a creator at heart whose life goals consist of putting God first and loving people. She is finishing up her Business Administration degree in the Spring 2021, and pursuing marketing through internships and research as she goes. Grace is a thorough worker who values integrity and looking at the bright side. She’s in love with the ocean, always down for spontaneous traveling, and enjoys being outdoors with her camera.
Josie Cruser is a rising junior at the University of Georgia, where she is pursuing a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Communication Studies. She serves as VP of Communications of the American Marketing Association at UGA, and is a teaching assistant for MIST, Introduction to Information Systems in Business. She is driven by a pursuit of excellence in her work and in her desire to help and understand others. Her hobbies include playing classical music, volunteering at a cat shelter, and painting.
Fulfillment & Inventory
Sara Shipley is a people-focused leader with years of communication and research experience who is now moving into the worlds of management, business, and startups. Her vision is to lead teams to successfully accomplish goals that will serve others. She graduated with her degree in Political Science, and is now devoting her time and energy to building out projects that matter. Initiating and organizing projects towards success is her forte, and helping people to achieve their goals is always at the core of that mission. When she’s not defining objectives or organizing something, Sara loves discovering new music and reading influential economists.
Finance & Data Intern
Mira Ajgaonkar is a native of Austin, Texas, and a junior at the University of Georgia. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance at the Terry College of Business. Mira was selected for the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program ,where she will earn their Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership. This program aligns with Mira’s personal mission to serve her community and lead with integrity and purpose. Although her primary focus is finance and economics, she has had a lifelong passion for painting and the arts. She is dedicated in all her endeavors, and thrives working in creative environments. On the weekends Mira loves to play tennis and take her Saint Bernard on long walks.
Product Manager & Designer
Greta Crockett is a product designer passionate about business strategy and human-centered design. Previously, Greta has worked in Venture Capital and Corporate Strategy, fueling her passion for startups and entrepreneurship. Greta enjoys solving burning pain-points and creating intuitive user experiences that make people's lives better. When she's not problem-solving, she enjoys shooting film photography, discovering new music, and watching every film ever made.
3rd Party Apps Manager
Arbie Buatis used to worked in the Engineering Industry. Having a background in Electrical Engineering, he held various roles such as a Site Engineer and Sales Engineer. Later on, Arbie knew that he found his passion in serving kids through Pinwheel. Seeing kids one by one turn into screen zombies and phone dependent beings, he’s on the mission of eradicating this kind of system in our children - changing the world one Pinwheel phone at a time. He serves as 3rd Party Apps Manager for Pinwheel to contribute in forwarding its vision and mission to the world. In his free time, he serves through teaching devotionals and acts as a consultant in his ministry. Not only that, he also strives to achieve a work-life balance by doing the things that he loves, such as watching anime series, reading books, and playing sports/video games.
Lead QA/Product Specialist
Raiyan Jamali does quality assurance and product testing at Pinwheel. Prior to that, he worked as a Business Systems Analyst at MUFG Union Bank in California, spearheading meetings and resolving issues under the Derivatives and Traded Products (DTP) workstream at MUFG Union Bank for project GZEUS. He graduated summa cum laude from NYIT with a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a BsC in Electrical Engineering from NYU. He loves all things soccer and is an avid cinephile with a fledgling interest in the visual and performing arts. On a cold, rainy day, he likes cozying up with a book and a single malt.
Director of Engineering
Brian Bauman is a tech enthusiast and leader. He has worked at IBM and Visa in addition to being the technical founder on Gigday before joining Pinwheel. The only things he enjoys more than building tech teams and products is playing soccer, mountain biking and running.
Senior Back End Engineer
Rubel Hasan is a true full stack developer who has been helping startups achieve success for many years. He is experienced in building highly scalable back-end services and modern front-end apps using Node, Golang, PHP, GraphQL, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, React, Redux, and AngularJS. He loves to work remotely which helps him maintain a good work-life balance, and when required, to give extra effort to meet tight deadlines. Besides technical expertise, he willingly takes any challenge for his project. Personally, he loves to spend time with friends and enjoys a long drive.
Sharifur Rahaman is an active contributor in the android developer community with an over 20K reputation in StackOverflow. While writing solid, independent and testable code, he always strives to upscale his codebase by following all modern mobile architectures. He is well versed with large android codebases, and is an expert in converting legacy code to reusable and maintainable projects. He likes to use his bicycle daily and go solo deep in the greeny villages, and his holidays are well spent with fish farming, catching fish and vegetable production.
Aronno Hossain is an accomplished coder and programmer, and he enjoys using his skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances that happen every day at Pinwheel. He has worked at both small startups and large organizations. He has the ability to translate business requirements into technical solutions. He loves building things. While hard engineering problems are often intrinsically fun to tackle, he is most attracted to solving real customer problems with a business justification. In the midst of all this, he likes to play games in his free time because he is also a gamer.
Suhail Selim is a passionate software engineer. He develops web applications and mobile applications, and has worked for almost 4 years in startups and organizations. His focus is to bring success to the company by implementing effective application procedures and collaborating with other teams. His goal is to make the web more open to the world, and in his free time he loves to read tech blogs and books and play games.
Minkul Alam is a full stack developer with proven experience of working for international clients. He loves to engage with the various parts of a product’s development, and is good at quickly building minimum viable products and rebuilding legacy web applications on a modern stack. Before joining Pinwheel, he was a long time developer for a Florida based software development agency where he put his technical skills and dedication to good use. Minkul is a compassionate and easy going person, and apart from coding he likes to watch super hero and animation movies.
Ramjan is a web developer who has experience in many different front end and back end languages, responsive frameworks, databases and best code practices. His objective is to be the best web developer that he can be and to contribute everything he can to the latest technology industry. He is dedicated to perfecting his craft by learning various technologies from more seasoned developers, remaining humble, and continuously making strides to learn all that he can. He enjoys self-managing during independent projects, as well as collaborate in a team setting. He’s also a music lover that can eat music, sleep music, and code music.
Junior Software Developer
Nicholas Kosik is a customer-focused support and product specialist with a plethora of previous experience working directly with clients from a wide variety of fields. With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from La Verne University, Nick's customer-first approach is tailored with you, the customer, in mind. During his downtime, Nick enjoys spending time with his fiancée and two pups, as well as making homeade bread and soap, and playing guitar.
Junior Software Developer
Zachary Harris is a multidisciplinarian with a true passion for working with others. Growing up on the Renaissance Faire circuit, Zachary has brushed shoulders with all walks of life. After finishing his Bachelors of Business Management, Zachary got his Full-Stack programming certification from the University of Texas. When not mashing keys and drinking coffee, Zach enjoys working on various pet projects with his wife Amy and their three dogs.
Customer Care Specialist
Ethan Reed is a customer-first wizard and ready to help you tackle some of life's most confusing problems. He previously worked for Verizon, so this isn't his first rodeo in the smartphone and cellular plan world. Now, fueled with a desire to help customers and lots of coffee, Ethan is ready to answer all of your burning questions. When he's not answering queries, Ethan enjoys listening to a plethora of different genres of music and is a full-time student to boot.
Customer Care Specialist
JM has over 6 years customer service experience, handling multiple roles along the way. She used to be an introvert, but decided to step out of her comfort zone for her career and her personal growth. Integrity is especially important to her, and she strives to uphold it in everything she does. While not at work, JM’s life is her family. Her current project is to get my kids to spend more time outside, so in her spare time you’ll find her looking through google and parenting websites for advice and inspiration.
Customer Care Specialist
Ralph Guevarra has handled customer support for quite a while now, and will be your go-to man if you have questions. He has been equipped with first-class customer support training, and is more than willing to help people with anything. Ralph enjoys solving mind bending puzzles together with his daughter.
Customer Care Specialist
Leo Francis is a customer service rockstar keen on resolving any issues wearing a smile on his face. Working in the business process outsourcing industry for more than three years has equipped him to learn the ins and outs of business. He is a cheerful and a creative soul excited to add some color to your day!
Customer Care Specialist
Edward Tanuyan is a natural problem-solver, ready to take on any challenges you have with your kid’s Pinwheel phone. Equipped with vast experience of working with big tech companies, he brings his brand of customer support to ensure you get the most out of your device. During his free time, Edward engages with his neurodivergent boy and pursues self-satisfaction through digital entertainment.
Customer Care Specialist
Happy customers are music to Arthur’s ears. He is eager to help and working hard to reach his life’s goals, which include starting a business and enjoying a simple family life. His philosophy is that while life may be tricky, if you look at the positive sides you’ll be able to handle it without a doubt.
Customer Care Specialist
Genn has worked in the customer support industry for 6 years, handling various types of projects along the way. She always tries to empathize with the people she works with and works for, because she believes everyone deserves to be understood and to receive help. She’s an introvert who likes to chill in her room during her free time; watching animations, playing games online, making conversations with her cats, or making art— whether through drawing or music. Always a kid at heart, no matter what her age, Genn would also love to fulfill her desire to travel and explore the world one step at a time.
Rebecca Hubbard is a master's level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been helping people with traumatic pasts for over 23 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping people of all ages live full and healthy lives. She has worked in a variety of settings (office, in-home, schools), including in the field as a first responder where she provided psychological first aid to children, families and adults who witnessed or were victims of violence and natural disasters.
Mike Brooks is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology. He is the director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (ApaCenter). He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He has a wealth of expertise in technology and gaming addiction, positive psychology, the needs of children and teens, and effective parenting practices. He authored "Tech Generation," is a frequent presenter on the topic of families and tech, and maintains a website, TechHappyLife.com, devoted to the challenge of living a balanced life in a technological world.
Lewis Wight is an entrepreneur, investor, leader and technologist currently serving as the CTO of Meshify/HSB at Munich RE (MUV2). He is an expert on controlling and monitoring remote devices over the internet. He combines business and engineering knowledge to lead technical teams in surmounting difficult architectural and organizational problems in order to achieve market-leading results. He studied engineering at Utah State University followed by business and leadership at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Jason Wasserman is a leader with a proven track record of recruiting, developing, and retaining high performing teams to exceed targets in both domestic and international operations.
The following individuals have poured countless hours of time and energy into the Pinwheel mission, and we wouldn't be where we are now without them!
Senior Front End Engineer
Bálint Deáki is a product-minded software engineer and UI/UX designer who has been building and designing software products for web, mobile, and desktop for a decade. He is a fan of working remotely and has helped companies on (almost) all continents to ship their products. In his free time, you can find him playing Lego or Magna-Tiles with his wife and 3 year old daughter, or building the newest addition to his alarmingly large collection of mechanical keyboards.
Tat Whitley was a growth analyst intern at Pinwheel and is all things related to data. After two years as a high school teacher and coach, he pivoted towards marketing and finished his MS in Marketing in May 2020 from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Growing up in Austin, TX, he loves attending Texas football games in the fall, being on the water, and playing on a club ultimate frisbee team.
Affiliate Program Coordinator
Kemi Odufowokan was an outreach intern at Pinwheel and is a lover of all things strategy and a ball of creative energy. She studies Global Business with a concentration in Business Analytics at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is passionate about community building and cultivates this as a Peer Adviser on her campus. In her free time, she is learning ballroom dance, practicing a language, or enjoying a blend of tea over a Barbie movie.
Chi Whitley was a content production intern at Pinwheel and is diving headfirst into his content and growth marketing career. He has experience writing internal corporate communications, AP style articles, and creative fiction. Chi also taught pre-teen students for one year, and knows the emotional turbulence many kids face today. He enjoys working in fast-paced environments with others towards shared goals. Outside of work, you can catch Chi tossing a frisbee at Zilker Park, hiking in the hill country, or soaking up rays on Lake Austin.
Chenchen Gu was a product design intern at Pinwheel and is is an innovative and empathetic UX designer with an interdisciplinary and international perspective. She is currently getting her second masters degree at the University of Washington under the track of Master of Communication in Digital Media at the Communication Leadership Program. She has obtained a certificate in User Experience Design at Bellevue College, and is currently working towards the Web Design & Graphic Design certificates. Chenchen puts all her efforts, enthusiasm, and interdisciplinary experiences into pursuing a future career as a professional UX designer.
Muthouazhagi Dhanapal was a software engineering intern at Pinwheel. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Computer Science at Northeastern University, Boston. She has a serious passion for software development and loves to work on projects that follow good practices and use top-notch technologies. Apart from her professional life, Muthouazhagi loves photography.
Jugal Joshi was a software engineering intern at Pinwheel and is your friendly neighborhood tech nerd who can help you from a toaster to a Tesla. He's a passionate software engineer currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University. He has a knack for programming languages and under-the-hood tech of large scale distributed systems (Facebook, Netflix and AWS). Apart from being a full-time nerd, he is into gaming and soccer. You can find him clicking his mouse aggressively 120 times a minute or you can find him cheering his soccer team on the weekends.
Paavan Patel was a software engineering intern at Pinwheel and is your go-to guy for all things tech. He is an ardent software engineer completing his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He loves to leverage his skills to build projects that make an impact on people's lives. Outside of work, you can catch him playing Cricket or Badminton, or binging on Netflix.
Dolly Somani was a software engineer intern at Pinwheel. She loves challenging herself and is always eager to learn new skills. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University. Dolly is interested in coding and working on different projects. In her free time you will find her playing board games, doodling or dancing.