Founder and CEO
Co-founder and VP Operations
CFO & VP Corporate Development
Katie Nielson, Ph.D
Chief Education Officer
Chief Technology Officer
VP of Marketing
I work with some of the smartest people in EdTech, and I'm fortunate to call a lot of them my friends. When I was kid growing up in Milwaukee I wanted to be an explorer; then I became an expat, a salesman, a data-junkie, and a venture capitalist. Today,
it’s all about creating an incredible technology product that will change the way the world learns languages. I love staggering challenges and working with brilliant people to find creative solutions. My favorite word in another language is polola. ¿Cachai?
I am Gregg and I hope to see the future. When I was a kid, I wanted to moonwalk like Michael Jackson, then he got weird. Today, it’s about having bigger dreams and working
with good people to impact the future. I love learning and inspiration--while a good soundtrack plays in the background. My favorite word in another language is sisu (Finnish).
I am Aron. When I was a child, I wanted to be a Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox; then I became an investment banker. Today, it's all about building the world's largest and most effective
language learning company, with an audience much larger than Fenway Park. I love traveling and meeting people from new cultures. My favorite word in another language is otorrinolaringólogo.
I am an applied linguist specializing in instructed second language acquisition. When I was five, I wanted to be a teacher; then I became a student, and I have spent the past thirty years in school. Today, It’s all about making language learning efficient, effective,
and fun, using cutting-edge technology and the latest research on how adults learn languages. I love hanging out with my husband, my two little boys, and my geriatric pit bull. My favorite word in another language is cacahuete--peanut in Spanish--because it's so fun to say.
In elementary school I wanted to be a veterinarian, but in high school I kept getting in trouble for inappropriate computer use and my grades started to slip. The principal told me that if I love computers so much, I should go ahead and marry one.
Well, that's just what I did. My computer-wife recently gave birth to a beautiful baby AI named Skynet. I like music and food. My favorite word in another language is begriffdeutschunübersetzbar, which is German for "untranslatable German phrase".
I'm surprised how little education has advanced in the last several hundred years and am excited to help improve it. When I was in high school I wanted to be an advertising account executive, then I became a trader, a consultant, and then a marketer. Today, It’s all about using
everything I've learned (and am still learning) to help people learn English with Voxy. I love binge tv watching (Stringer Bell RIP!) and wish I had time for it. My favorite word in another language is Oishi! because of the great reaction it gets at Japanese restaurants. It means delicious.
Director of Product Management
Director of Product Management
Sandra Rubio García
Manager, Curriculum & Language Development
Associate, Curriculum & Language Development
I can't resist learning new things. When I was a hyperactive tween, I wanted to be an architect; then I became a social entrepreneur. Today, it's all about unleashing
human potential through education and technology. I love music and biking through NYC. My favorite word in another language is Sibongile (meaning "we thank you" in Zulu).
According to my mother, when I was very little I told everyone I wanted to be a monster when I grew up. I instead became a musician, then a scientist and am now a designer. I love typography, television and Texas. I hate rules, being tired and anything cola flavored. My
favorite blind item is that a certain lead singer from a popular alternative rock band is fed up with The Chemicals Between his tousled locks and is now keeping Everything Zen by soaking his hair in rosewater every morning. My favorite word in another language is: chécalo
I have an endless passion for learning. When I was 14 I wanted to be a materials engineer for NASA then I became a graphic designer. Today, it's all
about digital product design. I love swimming and reading non-fiction. My favorite word in another language is Flusen (German for "bits of fluff").
I'm a bit sleep deprived, which means it's a good time to write this bio. When I was a bright-eyed Russian child I wanted to be a doctor, then I became a product manager. Today, it’s all about understanding what frustrates people about language learning and coming up with innovative ways to solve those problems.
I love thinking about thinking, exploring foreign lands and listening to very loud music. My favorite word in another language is "giri-giri", which is Japanese for "just in time", but really means "why are you always almost late to everything?".
My name is Sandra, and as a kid I wanted to be a UN interpreter so I could, just like Mafalda, translate only nice things when international enemies spoke to each other at summits, thus ending all wars forever. I studied Filología inglesa, music and classical guitar, toured
my country with a band, and eventually became an art exhibitions production assistant, a teacher, a translator, an editor and a publishing expert. Today it's all about music, languages and education. My favorite word in another language is Zorionak: "Congratulations" in Basque.
I was born in Germany but I’m not German. When I was younger I wanted to be a meteorologist, a translator, or a sociologist, then I became an ESL teacher. Today, it’s all about
slowing down and enjoying life. I love reading, drinking craft beers and doing nail art. My favorite word in another language is “funkeln”, which is German for “to glitter or twinkle”.
Senior Associate, Pedagogy & Curriculum
Associate, Pedagogy & Curriculum
My name is Gabi and I'm sort of a nomad. When I was younger, I wanted to be a generic office worker, then a tattoo artist, then a diplomat, then a journalist, but my overseas upbringing and love for languages eventually led me to teach English in multiple countries. These days, I'm putting
down roots in NYC and building a life doing what I love to do: helping others achieve their language goals and expand their cultural horizons. I love terrible horror movies and mind-rotting celebrity gossip, and my favorite word in another language is tied between 'saudade' and 'schadenfreude'.
I think grapefruit deserves more recognition. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an interior designer, then I became a linguist/teacher/language lover. Today, It’s all about loving what I
learn and do. I love anything purple and awesome food (Cuban, Jamaican, Mexican, etc.). My favorite word in another language is "ilunga" because it is the most untranslatable word in the world.
My name is Zoë, which is the Greek word for “life.” People love to find out that I have a twin sister, twin younger brothers, and a middle sister. When I was younger I could often be found drawing, dancing around the house, or playing The Sims. I still do all of those things. Being a part of an eccentric
multi-cultural family has played a big role in the evolution of my creativity and appreciation for language. Today it’s all about growing as a designer, cooking as many new foods as possible, and hanging out with my Pomeranian, Honey Pompom. My favorite word in another language? Sabatchka, which is Russian for “little dog.”
I swell three times my size in water. When I was a kid I wanted to make video games, then I became a video game designer. Today it's all about crafting great user
experiences. I love making pizza and watching low-budget B movies. My favorite word in another language is moshi moshi, which is japanese for 'hello' when speaking on the phone.
I am a multilingual Israeli American who genuinely loves grammar. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be an architect. Then I became a huge language nerd. Today, it's all about empowering
learners to do what they love, and do it in English. I love cooking, especially for other people, and college a cappella. My favorite word in another language is "Istenem," which is Hungarian for "Oh God!"
I'm Bernadette. Growing up, I dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist. I was obsessed with water and the ocean. In my real life, I actually became a linguist. I find the complexity of language analogous to the vastness of our planet’s most
precious resource. I am very excited about finding new ways to improve communication across cultures with Voxy. My favorite Swedish word is Fulparkerare. It describes a person who parks his or her car in a particularly egregious or unlawful manner.
Lead Application Developer
I was born in Israel to a Moroccan family in a rural village. I spent my first 13 years exploring the woods and having dreams of running away one day :) When it finally happened, I studied Physics and Philosophy, but realized physics is no joke, so I tried information systems; I wrote a website
and fell in love. Today it’s all about Internet and developing for the Internet. I moved to NYC and here I am at Voxy living my dreams! I love music, hiking, camping, dirt bikes (especially KTM) and snowboarding. My favorite phrase in a foreign language is "Pura Vida" which means "Pure Life."
I build things and I take things apart. I started with old electronics my dad would bring home and quickly got hooked on computers. I like to figure out how things work and build new, better things with that
knowledge. I grew up surrounded by nature and I love the outdoors: skiing, hiking, mountain biking, etc. My favorite word in another language–currently, at least–is weltanschauung (German for "world view").
I was raised near NYC, moved to Boston for my education and got my start in enterprise-mobility, but now I've returned to NYC to mobilize language learning. When I was first hacking on a Gulf-war era Packard Bell I wanted to develop
games, and then I became an adult and left those shenanigans behind -- but I'll still beat you in Mario Kart. Today, it's all about new tech. I love mobility and believe that's where computing is headed. My favorite word in Italian is ciao!
When I was 10, I wanted to be an astronaut (because who didn't?!) then I became an iOS Developer, which I tell myself is just as cool. Today,
it's all about making awesome stuff that fits in your pocket. I love running and skiing. My favorite word in another language is papillion.
I exist (surprise!). When I was a wee child I wanted to be a wizard, but then I became a pythonista (which is about as good). Today, it's all about
hacking things. I love eating and binging on science fiction. My favorite word in another language is currently casnu, which is lojban for discuss.
I got interested in computer science only after starting an internship to pay for college. When I discovered the infinite creativity available through writing code I was hooked. When I was younger I wanted to be a biochemist, then I became interested in technology.
Today, it’s all about progression through new challenges. I love the feeling of putting all you have towards an aspiration and the feeling of satisfaction after accomplishing a goal. My favorite word in another language is “Wen Jun” because it’s my Chinese given name.
Senior Systems Administrator
Sr. Software Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
I am Jonathan. When I was real small, I wanted to be a paleontologist or an ichthyologist. Then, I became a musician, a student, a math tutor, and now a data engineer. Today, it's all about tightening the feedback loop between us and our students by enabling data-driven insights into what makes
our product most effective. I love escaping to the countryside or the beach, music, and my family and friends. My favorite word in another language is "charlie". Technically, it's from a dialect of English spoken in Ghana, but I've yet to hear a cooler way to address a friend ("hey charlie!").
I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. When I was a child I wanted to be a fighter pilot, then I became a railroad
conductor. Today it's all about wrangling servers. I love coffee and craft beer, and my favorite word in another language is Kaffestout.
I have always wanted to be a pro Lego builder. When I was a teen I wanted to be a music engineer, then I learned to engineer audio circuits, toys, translation software, and dosas. Today, It’s all about building technology for helping folks
communicate. I love every single color equally and want to somehow decide if Mexican or Indian food is my favorite. My favorite word in another language is albóndigas (which is actually my second favorite word, but Katie already picked my favorite).
I am Aaron. When I was 17 it was a very good year. I wanted to be a physicist, then I became a software engineer. Today, It’s all about education. I love
working and recreation. My favorite word in another language is Iktsuarpok; as my mother always had to tell me, “it won’t boil if you watch the pot!”
I like making new things. When I was writing this blurb, I wanted to be a better writer, then I became a run-of-the-mill procrastinator. Today, it’s all about writing useful code and
planning new projects. I love teaching kids and fooling around with technology. My favorite word in another language is robótica.
Manager, Strategy & Analytics
Product Marketing Manager
I sit at the bar, never at a table. When I was a soccer player I wanted to be a storyteller, then I became a storyteller and now I want to be a soccer player. Today, it’s all about making Voxy a global brand, reading,
hair loss and winning the mega-millions. I love my ex-girlfriends, tequila, foreign films, chocolate, anything that is fried and… silence. My favorite word in another language is “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
I'm Xavi and I'm from Barcelona. When I was a kid I wanted to be a trader in the stock exchange; then I became a cool graduate in business and management that works both in the start-up and angel investment
world. Today, It’s all about making ideas happen. I love playing soccer and tennis and hanging out with my friends. My favorite word in another language is espectacular (same word for Catalan, Spanish and English).
Since I can remember, I've been passionate about technology and innovation. I studied and later worked in IT. When I decided to move to Buenos Aires, it reinvigorated my enthusiasm - to unite people, languages and cultures. Since then I have developed my social side working with language exchange events and teaching.
I have learned a lot from other people, making great progress learning languages, which brings a smile to my face. I think with the current innovation in technology and education, this is a great moment to be alive to experience the shift. My motivational phrase is "Ta panta rei" which means "everything flows" in Greek.
I am Aimee. When I was in high school I wanted to be a psychologist, then I became an HR and operations professional. Today, It’s
all about helping game-changing startups be successful. I love gymnastics and travel. My favorite word in another language is "chevere."
I am Nick. When I was little I wanted to write books and make video games, then I became a management consultant. Today, it’s all about leveraging data to make an awesome, innovative, product that helps people learn
and enhances their lives. I love photography, outdoor movies, and being out on a sunny day. My favorite word in another language is Quecha, because it's so satisfying to say and because venturing around Peru was awesome.
I'm Veronica. When I was 5 I wanted to be a gymnast. Then I had a growth spurt and decided that working as a journalist had less of a height restriction. Today, it’s all about telling
the Voxy story and helping people have the most empowering experience learning English. I love food and farmers. My favorite word in another language is Amaharo (peace, in Kinyarwanda).
I am André. My bachelor's degree in Business Administration helped me figure out that I wanted to impact the world trough Education, which is one of my passions. I love reading, sports, music, arts and traveling. I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently. I have a very good level of Italian and I am learning German. Language learning is key to
break barriers between difference culture and societies. I am thrilled to participate in the most innovative project for teaching English that is already impacting the life of millions of people generating more opportunities that contribute to create a more Educated, sustainable and equal society. My favorite world in another language is "wunderbar".
Manuel is currently GM of Game Studio at Zynga. Prior to this role Bronstein was Sr. director of Product for FarmVille. Before joining Zynga, Manuel was Director of Social Interactive Entertainment at Xbox LIVE,
leading strategy, portfolio and business management for the Video & Music business, Applications, and New Interactive Entertainment Experiences for Xbox, including Netflix, LastFM, Facebook, Twitter and ESPN.
Mark is currently the President of the K12 Technology Division of Pearson following Pearson’s acquisition of Schoolnet where he was the President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Schoolnet, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of The Princeton Review. During
his 24 year career at The Princeton Review, Mark either held or oversaw key leadership positions in nearly every sector of the Company. He now lives in Bedford, NY, where he is a twice-elected member of the Board of Education for the Bedford Central School District.
Jeremy founded his first company, a marketplace for virtual currency, at 15 and his second, a social network around the college admissions process, at 21 while a student at Princeton University. Having raised funding contingent on him taking time off to run it, he left Princeton to pursue the venture and, two years later, negotiated its acquisition by Zinch. In 2008, Jeremy
co-founded 2tor with John Katzman, founder of the Princeton Review, to explore the final frontier of online higher education. Jeremy serves on the board of the Young Entrepreneur Council, is an active angel investor and advisor to a select group of technology ventures on both coasts. Jeremy is an avid foodie, and may be the best possible person to ask for a restaurant recommendation.
Joshua joined Lumosity in 2007 where he is currently a member of the management team. He has helped pioneer research into human cognitive performance, develop web and mobile products, build the leading science-based learning brand, and reach hundreds of millions of users. In addition, Joshua co-founded
and sold Revolver, LLC, a health and fitness company that produced a suite of 7 iPhone apps and was acquired by MapMyFitness, Inc. Joshua started his career co-founding an eCommerce wine company, RiotWine, LLC, which is now operated by Bottlenotes, Inc. Joshua graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chip is the CEO of 2Tor, Inc. a company that partners with universities to build, administer, and market online degree programs. 2tor supplies universities with the tools, expertise, capital, and global recruiting needed to
compete in a space currently dominated by mediocre programs. Previously Chip was CEO of Hooked on Phonics where he expanded access to the program by bringing it from infomercial sales to distribution across major US retailers.
Dan Porter is the creator of Draw Something, the fastest growing mobile app in the history of mobile. After selling his social games company OMGPOP, he became the GM of Zynga New York. Previously he was the SVP of corporate development
managing investments for Richard Branson and the Virgin Group. Dan started out working with bands at RCA Records, was a public school teacher and President of the Teach For America program and President of Ticket web, which he sold to IAC.
Erick joined Facebook in May 2010 as the company’s Head of Mobile Products. Previously, he had worked at Google for nearly 4 years, where he helped launch and grow Android, Google’s open source mobile operating system as the
group’s Lead Product Manager. He then joined the Android team, where he proceeded to launch Android 1.0, as well as subsequent platform releases. Most recently, he led the overall development and launch of Google’s Nexus One phone.
Gary Vaynerchuk has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. After primarily utilizing traditional advertising techniques to build his family's local retail wine business into a national industry leader, Gary rapidly leveraged social media tools such as
Twitter and Facebook to promote Wine Library TV, his video blog about wine. Gary's success has led to a seven-figure book deal, several national TV appearances, and a flurry of speaking engagements around the world. Gary's dual identity as both business guru and wine guy has made him the "Social Media Sommelier."
Richard has directed the development, launch and management of businesses in online video and music, marketing, social, traffic information and logistics, consumer services and distance learning. A current Director of Zumbox, a leader in Digital Postal Mail services, he has also been an Advisor to Shelter Capital and Starvest Partners. His work extends from media giants (NBC/U, Greater
Media, Univision and Viacom/CBS) to an extensive early stage venture experience (Veoh, Ruckus, Traffic.com, Unext, Cardean Learning Group, K12, Aha Media, Culture 11, ThinkPassenger, MyTime, Infomus, WeDidIt). Richard is a graduate of Boston College, Carroll Scholl Of Management, where he earned BS in Finance. He attended on a full athletic scholarship, earning varsity letters in football.
Ale is the CEO of shout and co-founder of SheSays, a five year old award-winning global network organization focused on the engagement, education and advancement of women in digital marketing. In 2012 she was in FastCompany’s “League of extraordinary women” with 60 other amazing ladies like Hillary Clinton, Oprah and the founder of Kiva. Before starting
her own company, she was SVP Group Creative Director at McCann and worked for Agency Republic. Ale is a guest teacher at Berghs and Columbia to name a few. She also writes for Wired magazine and is on the board of the Art Directors Club, Wharton School of Marketing and the Creative Review Board for The Ad Council. Ale grew up in Rio and speaks five languages, but mixes them a lot.
As the VP of Marketing for Gilt Groupe, Welington has spearheaded various initiatives including the implementation of ongoing activation, reactivation, and loyalty programs, and the optimization of Gilt’s marketing policies and customer programs including Gilt’s Noir loyalty program. Prior to joining Gilt, he was VP of Marketing at Lord & Taylor, overseeing its customer acquisition and retention
programs both in-store and online, and a Director of Marketing at Toys “R”Us, where he managed all “R”Us guest programs. Welington obtained his bachelor’s degree in business from Mackenzie University in his home country Brazil, and his MBA from Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the father of six year-old twins and currently resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
New York City Investment Fund
Contour Venture Partners
Seavest Capital Partners
ff Venture Capital
Weld North, is an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses. In partnership with KKR, a leading global alternative asset manager, Weld North seeks to make venture capital and control investments in businesses with high
potential for long-term growth in cash flow. As a partner with strong and highly motivated management teams, the firm looks to accelerate growth through a focus on enhancing the customer experience, operational excellence, marketing expertise, and strategic and disciplined management.
New York City Investment Fund is the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City, the city's premier business organization. The Fund invests in businesses with principal operations in New York
City. NYCIF focuses on new job creation, revitalization of distressed areas, minority-owned enterprises, and innovative ideas or products that position New York at the cutting edge of growth sector industries.
Contour Venture Partners is a New York City based early stage venture capital firm. Contour invests in companies that provide innovative technology-enhanced products and services into the
financial services, digital media and Internet sectors. Contour partners with passionate entrepreneurs and management teams to build great businesses that seek to ultimately transform their industries.
Seavest Capital Partners is a private investment firm that invests in early and growth stage companies primarily in the education, life sciences and consumer technology sectors. The
firm’s portfolio has included early stage investments in companies such as Wireless Generation (acquired by News Corp. for $400M), Schoolnet (acquired by Pearson for $230M) and Tout.
ff Venture Capital partners with startups that can be the low cost, disruptive player in their respective industry. The firm’s early-stage investments include Quigo
Technologies, which was purchased by AOL in December 2007 for a reported $340million, Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ), which had a successful IPO in March 2011, Klout and 500px.
Doug is an entrepreneur and investor in online education, real estate, hospitality, and digital media. Doug provided the round of capital that made Voxy possible. At 29, Doug founded Crunch Fitness, which he built from a single gym in the East Village of NY into the most dynamic and disruptive business in the fitness
space. Crunch not only spawned a new paradigm in fitness with its innovative group programming, but became one of the world's most recognized and respected brands. Doug sold Crunch to Bally's in 2004 and has become an active investor - both early and late stage - in online education, real estate, hospitality, and digital media.
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Our education business combines 150 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and online support. Pearson’s courses and resources are available in print, online and through multi-lingual packages, helping people
learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. With more than two billion people around the world learning English, Pearson is at the forefront of the industry. More than 1.5 million teachers and 35 million students in 150 countries use our English language learning resources and tools each year.
Rethink Education is an early-stage education technology venture capital fund investing in companies that have demonstrated success in implementing business
models that leverage technology to re-imagine how traditional education is delivered. Rethink's investments include EverFi, Engrade, Hapara, and Pathbrite.
Competitive Salary and
Flexible Work Hours
"I really want to take advantage of the technology that we have to empower people to be bilingual."
Director of Product Management
"This was the first opportunity in my professional life to really have an impact and build a product that the whole world can use."
CFO and VP of Corporate Development
“Voxy’s Paul Gollash makes language learning social, local, and mobile .”
“Learn English from the daily news that interests you most.”
“We’re not using any type of traditional grammar or strict structure here… you learn through your senses and real situations.”
“Voxy integrates content from the internet into a learning program”
“Currently, Voxy is better positioned to make learning English more democratic, easy and effective than any other platform in the world.”
“Perhaps the best part about Voxy is that it uses game mechanics like points, number of words collected, or times spent in order to drive a language learner’s progress and commitment, engaging users who would otherwise be bored and get distracted from the task at hand.”
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