We’re excited to announce the launch of Recess Labs @ GCT, a full-time program for makers and entrepreneurs exploring ideas at the cutting edge of tech, design, and product. The Recess Labs fellows make up a diverse group, ranging from serial entrepreneurs, former executives, ex-venture capitalists, Fulbright Scholarship alums, and former employees of top technology companies. They’re now working on their own projects, encompassing everything from enterprise EMR and HR software to experiential retail and virtual reality games. Learn more about the impressive fellows below.
Randy Brown is a software engineer who is passionate about leveraging technology to promote equal opportunity. He was the founding engineer and CTO of Jopwell, a Y-Combinator alumnus, and until recently was the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Engineer in Residence at /dev/color. Randy studied Economics and Computer Science at Princeton University.
Andy Berman was the COO, Co-Founder and Board Member of Nanit, an AI/CV consumer hardware company. Previously he worked as a VC at Norwest Venture Partners in Palo Alto. Andy is an active angel investor in CV/AI companies and looking at opportunities in CV/AI at Recess Labs.
Paul Fisher founded his first company, SmartPants Media, in 1997. Most recently, he was CTO at genomics companies Recombine and Phosphorus. Paul also served as CTO at Onswipe, Sonar Media, and K2 MediaLabs, was Director of Engineering at LimeWire, ran technology at Wired.com, and has co-authored two technology books. He’s currently working on a blockchain-based platform within the HealthIT and IoT space.
Christian Flores is a software engineer who has spent the last few years building and advising startups in beauty-tech and fashion-tech. He is now exploring several different ideas, including synthetic voice technology.
Daniel James is a product manager exploring how technology can improve the planning of end of life care. He has a background in consumer product, e-commerce and FinTech, and experience with machine learning application in financial services.
Jessica Lee is a software engineer and formerly worked at Stripe in a variety of roles. She is currently exploring writing and photography, teaching coding at The Coding Space, and contributing to a political platform startup.
Sib Mahapatra is the co-founder of Recess Labs. He was a founding member of the New Ventures team at Redfin, a Greylock-backed startup, where he worked on partnerships, corporate development and incubating speculative products and new businesses. In addition to building out Recess, he’s exploring projects in real estate tech, publishing tech, and augmented reality.
Casey Rosengren is the co-founder of Recess Labs. He also is one of the co-founders of Hacker Paradise, a traveling community of remote workers. At Recess, he’s working on developing the Recess Labs program, as well as playing around with several ideas around community and how we gather in this modern, digital age. In the past, he was involved with a number of hackathons, and briefly ran a meditation coworking space. .
Tiffany Lu is a developer, designer and writer interested in emancipatory systems. She’s helped build enterprise software libraries, platforms for queer asylum seekers, community-centered design frameworks, and an urban commune. She believes we have the most to learn from our least advantaged and is exploring how technology can facilitate people’s freedoms.
Ashoat Tevosyan is a former engineer at Facebook who spends his time building things in React and playing with LEDs. Right now he’s working on a lightweight messaging app with an integrated calendar for planning social events. He also handles bookkeeping for HelioHost, a non-profit free web hosting service.
Misha Tsidulko is the founder of Momentum Research, which helps early-stage startups accelerate sales growth and partner with Fortune 500 brands using behavioral science. He’s currently working in the intersection of blockchain, business development, and behavioral science. Previously, Misha was an early employee at Crowdtap, part of the founding class of Startup Institute, and a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria.
Danilo Vicioso worked at AppNexus and recently taught a class at the University of Delaware. After selling his first startup and entering the music industry with Influencia, he’s currently exploring new ideas in the digital streaming and professional education diversity space.
Matt Voda is a VR developer making a suite of brain-training minigames, some aimed at delaying the onset of dementia. Short term, he wants to provide a free resource to medical researchers examining the relationship between video games and brain fitness. Long term, he hopes to help usher in an era of professional-grade VR productivity apps by rebuilding core OS interfaces in 3D.
Stephanie Weiner is the Founder and CEO of experiential jewelry brand, LuxLab. Prior to founding LuxLab, she invested in retail and financial technology startups at Bain Capital Ventures, where she was the youngest person named to Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. Steph graduated summa cum laude and Beta Gamma Sigma from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Meghann Wu is a media consultant, writer, and former svp of strategy & business development at Viacom where she led long-range planning and investments. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. Her current focus is Edittress, a mentorship platform providing on-call advice for navigating office politics, writing that email, and thriving in the modern workplace. It’s owned and made by women, and available to everyone.
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