Michael Matousek, CEO/Founder
Mike Co-Founded Flashnotes in 2010 while a senior at Kent State University. He brings energy and passion to the company. While at Kent State, Mike studied and graduated with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Inspired by his personal experience and frustration while in school, Mike believes in the mission of Flashnotes: powering the student-to-student exchange of high quality academic materials to help supplement and complement the learning experience by harnessing commerce and the latest technologies.
Steven Maggs, CTO/Founder
Steven Maggs serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Flashnotes and brings leadership and innovation with both hands-on and management experience building, running, and maintaining large-scale Internet services. As the former CTO of Thinking Screen Media and AVP at CNET Networks, Steven brings an array of experience poised to run Flashnotes through its growth phase. Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts at Amherst College and lives in Acton, MA with his wife, two children, and dog.
Jeff Kushmerek, CPO
Jeff is responsible for all digital product development and technology. Prior to joining Flashnotes, Jeff ran Product and Operations for Ourstage.com, a powerful source and enabler for new music discovery. Jeff was also the Vice President of Professional Services for Brightcove for several years, growing the team from 4 to 25 and managing a multi million dollar, profitable P&L. There, he architected video solutions for media giants such as Vevo, AOL, AMC and Viacom. Prior to Brightcove, Jeff was at Endeca , overseeing successful ecommerce projects for IBM, Office Depot and QVC.
Kate Adams, Vice President of Marketing
Kate has a passion for making the pursuit of a college education a better experience for today’s student. She feels passionately that Flashnotes is a contributor in improving today’s college experience. Prior to joining Flashnotes Kate worked for Edvisors where she contributed to the significant growth and success of ScholarshipPoints.com. In her personal time Kate can be found either out for a run or sitting on a beach with her wife and daughter.
Kate Babetski, QA Engineer
Kate has often been drawn toward collaborative projects, even prior to her QA Engineer days. In her college years, she worked as part of a three-person film crew specializing in wedding and event cinematography. After graduating from Fitchburg State University with a degree in Communications Media and Photography, she found herself freelancing alongside a number of creatives and enjoying contract work as a photographer, videographer, and editor. Read More
Always drawn to new and interesting endeavors, she joined a team at Scholastic as a Quality Assurance Engineer, helping to develop education-based software for students in grades K–12. Kate is now bringing all of these experiences and skills together with the team at Flashnotes to help create useful, innovative tools for university students. She can also be found (often behind a camera) at concerts, shows and events throughout the city of Boston. Read Less
Craig Curelop, Financial Associate
Craig Curelop started off selling study guides using Flashnotes at Northeastern University in his Macroeconomics class. After making over $400 on his final exam, he started helping Flashnotes launch on Northeastern's campus. After 10 months of working with the marketing team, Craig, pursuing a Business degree concentrating in Finance at Northeastern, transferred to the finance team.
Kelly Fritz, Campus Recruitment Coordinator
Kelly is a full-blooded Hoosier and 2013 Indiana University grad with a BA in Professional Writing. She's passionate about words, and served as Opinion and Weekend editor at the nationally-recognized IU student newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, for over a year. She also runs a (decidedly amateur) secondhand-themed fashion blog. Read More
Before coming to Flashnotes, Kelly worked a variety of odd jobs, inadvertently specializing in Indiana's bar/nightclub industry--first as a temp for the Brewer's Guild of Indiana, then as a promotional manager for Bacardi, and most recently as a legal assistant to one the state's preeminent lawyers specializing in liquor, race car and strip club legislation. In her opinion, Flashnotes is (so far) much more exciting than a life full of exotic dancers and fast cars. She's new to Boston and looks forward to no longer getting lost on public transit.
Romana Hai, Customer Champion & Social Media Rockstar
Romana Hai is a native New Yorker and Penn State 2010 graduate who holds bachelorette degrees in both Economics and Communications. Romana has called Boston her home for the past 2 years and has made her mark within a few Boston based startups. With the ability to gain some really hands on experience, she was inspired to start her own website and works on it in her free time.
Bobby Klucevsek, Graphic & Web Designer
Bobby is a graphic and web designer, and also knows a thing or two about marketing, public relations, SEO, video editing and journalism. He’s driven by creating unions of functionality, beauty, wit and relevance to help companies reach and engage their audiences. A native to Massachusetts, Bobby spent a few years in South Florida and a brief stint in West India before graduating from Northeastern University in 2010. In his free time, you can find him writing for his TV blog, tackling new routes at the rock gym or pretending he knows what he’s talking about while volunteering at craft beer festivals.
Nish Murthy, Director of Campus Recruitment
Nish has spent his career contributing to small teams with really big ambitions. After graduating Tufts University he spent four years helping scale a startup from 10 to 50+ people, took two years getting his MBA from Babson and then spent four years working at EMC. Most recently he was Director of Business Development at Intrepid Pursuits. He lives in the North End with his wife and son and eats at Pizzeria Regina way too often.
Jason Myatt, Software Architect
Jason has been working as an application developer and solutions architect in the Boston area for 12 years with companies such as Endeca, MarkLogic and Brightcove. Over the years he has specialized in search / information access, e-commerce, big data, and most recently online video solutions. He comes to Flashnotes with an excitement to contribute to the growth of the Education space, where technology can enhance students' learning experience in effective, tangible ways. In his spare time Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys, acting in community theater productions, and playing in a local over-30 baseball league.
Lana Nelson, Web Developer
Lana Nelson came to the United States from Ekaterinburg, Russia after graduating in 2007. Living in Boston has made it easy for her to expand her connections and knowledge in IT field. She contributed to a few tech startup projects, while completing her Master's degree at Harvard Extension School. Working as a front end developer at Flashnotes she enjoys the challenge of creating compelling user experience, and is always ready to master new technology or another language.
Cecilia Radgowski, VP of Finance
Cece has over 20 years of experience in private and public companies. During the last five years, she has worked with startup companies in the video advertising business, including ScanScout, where she was a participant in the acquisition process by Tremor Video. Recently, she worked at Visible Measures as Senior Accountant, responsible for all daily operations through month/year closings. Cece brings expertise and skills built at both small and large business over the course of her career, and is excited to play a role at Flashnotes.
Cece has lived in New England for most of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys oil painting, baking, and family time.
Courtney Smith, Campus Recruitment Coordinator
Courtney is passionate about making a difference and loves connecting with people, which is why she joined the team in March of 2014. Prior to joining Flashnotes, Courtney worked for a national food broker managing a team of 19+ associates at Acosta Sales & Marketing, developed Individual Success Plans for adults with physical and developmental disabilities as a Supervisor at Alternatives Unlimited, and recruited staff for New Boston Select Staffing for several years. Read More
She graduated from Worcester State University (BA in Psychology and Art History) with experience teaching English to students for a summer in China. She’s lived in Atlanta, GA and Provincetown, MA, traveling from Jamaica to France finally finding her other half (Christian) whom she will marry in September 2014. Her motto is: “Happy to be here, Happy
to be alive!”
Ian Walter, Senior Full Stack Developer
Ian is a full-stack developer who has spent the last couple of years focusing on front-end development and user interface design. He grew up in the United States Virgin Islands before moving to Massachusetts to earn his bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University. Ian previously worked in the finance industry but now prefers working with small agile teams and cutting-edge technology often found in the start-up world. When not building web applications, Ian is probably reading stories on hacker news, creating a playlist, or getting food with friends.
Teddy Wing, Web Developer
Teddy Wing is a designer and developer. Nearly a century ago he time-travelled to present day Boston and studied computer science at Tufts University. Teddy decided to stay in Boston because of its European atmosphere and so he could continue wearing winter clothes. He enjoys creating and tinkering with software, french viennoiseries, beautiful typography, and listening to classical music.
Kieu Wong, Senior Director of Academic Relations
Kieu loves working with fun and dynamic people who are passionate about changing the world and making great things happen for students. She studied marketing and consumer studies at UMass Amherst and after graduation, went in pursuit of a meaningful career. After being in the financial services and insurance industry for a number of years (and gaining a vast knowledge about what not to do with money), Kieu finally found her calling in higher education seven years ago when she helped over a hundred schools increase student learning outcomes. Read More
She is very excited about Flashnotes and is happy to help institutions implement the platform. Kieu currently lives in Norwood with her husband and two children where Saturday morning waffles are a must have and Sunday afternoons are spent on adventures.
Adriana Woods, Email Marketing Guru
Adriana Campos Woods is a born-and-raised Californian who graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Journalism in 2007 and has called Boston home ever since. At Flashnotes, she draws upon her background in film production and law to fuel her passion for brand management and on-campus marketing. As a former JetBlue campus representative at Northeastern, Adriana pitched and secured approval to award the winning team of NU’s iconic Amazing Husky Hunt with twelve free round-trip tickets to any JetBlue destination. Read More
At 50 Eggs Films, she served as the liaison for production needs and deliverables for on-location shooting, event premier planning, digital and film print creation and print delivery to theaters across the country. She caught the entrepreneurship bug through her work on the inspirational film TEN9EIGHT, which premiered at AMC Theatres and featured the incredible stories of teen entrepreneurs from throughout the country.
Adriana is an expert airport navigator, voracious learner, and full-time dreamer with interests in research and writing, social media, and creative wedding and event planning.Read Less
Carl Rosendorf, Advisor
Carl Rosendorf has been actively involved in the Internet space since 1994, with a specific focus on the business-to-consumer market. Carl established his consulting practice in 2007 with clients including Textbooks.com, AbesMarket.com, FlashNotes.com, amongst others.
Most recently, Carl was President & COO of Gather.com from 2005-October, 2007. Gather is a social networking, social media community website for a 30+ demographic. At Gather, Carl’s responsibilities included marketing, business development, editorial, ad sales and customer service. Investors include McGraw-Hill, Hearst, Jim Manzi and Senator Bill Bradley. Read More
Prior to Gather.com, Carl was CEO of SmartBargains.com from 2001-2005. SmartBargains is an online retailer of off-price merchandise. During Carl’s tenure, SmartBargains received industry recognition as one of the top 50-ecommerce sites.
Prior to SmartBargains, Carl was Executive Vice President of Barnes & Noble.com from 1997-2001. Carl was instrumental in transforming Barnes & Noble from a bricks and mortar retailer into a multi-channel retailer with a strong web presence. While at Barnes & Noble.com, Carl was named by AdAge Magazine to the list of 1998 Digital Masters.
It was in 1994 as one of the founders of Cybersmith, an Internet café company, that Carl first became an Internet entrepreneur. By bringing emerging web and interactive technologies to the general public, Cybersmith received international attention.
Paul Tedeschi, Advisor
Paul started his first youth marketing firm, Collegiate Advantage, as a college student in 1988..pre-internet and pre-cell phones. He believed a niche peer-to-peer agency was the best way for brands to market to students. Collegiate Advantage provided a variety of media and marketing services to both agencies and brands. They worked closely with Barnes & Noble College Bookstores creating campus tours, in store tabling events and creative sampling programs for top brands such as M&M Mars, SC Johnson and American Express. Read More
Collegiate Advantage also conducted large promotional efforts for Reebok, Citibank, Rolling Stone Magazine, Coca Cola, EA Sports and Sprint. Additionally, Collegiate Advantage created a massive multi-year brand ambassador program for Sprint that generated hundreds of thousands of new student customers per year. Paul sold Collegiate Advantage to Student Advantage in 1998 where he then became the SVP of Partnership Development for the student discount company. CA was rebranded SAMG (Student Advantage Marketing Group) and eventually sold off to Alloy. After Student Advantage, Paul joined Woolf Associates, a sports marketing agency, as their CMO. Woolf’s corporate clients included John Hancock, Fleet, EMC, Stop & Shop and Liberty Mutual. Paul took his interest in sports marketing to Host Communications (now IMG College) in 2000 where as an SVP, he sold the NCAA Corporate Partnership program to companies including Monster.com. In 2002, Paul co-founded Mr. Youth and served as the CEO until the sale of the business in October, 2008. Mr. Youth’s clients included VS Pink, Microsoft, Neutrogena, MSN, Chase, Red Bull, Google, Valvoline, Calvin Klein, Playstation, Mountain Dew, JetBlue, Butterfinger, GM and Bandai. In 2004, Paul managed the acquisition of CollegeFest by Mr. Youth, an event he first attended in 1986 as a student at Boston University. In late 2008 Paul joined the AVP Pro Beach Voleyball Tour and served as their CMO working with the tour’s sponsors that included Nivea, Crocs, Paul Mitchell, Bud Light, Johnsonville, Barefoot Wines, Nature Valley, Malibu Rum, PopChips and Rockstar. Paul is currently the General Manager of SUMM Agency, a division of StudentUniverse. Read Less
Donald W. Moorman, M.D., FACS, Advisor
Dr. Moorman is a recognized expert in surgical safety, interdisciplinary team performance and surgical quality assessment. He has had a recognized career as a surgical clinician, educator and administrator, recognized as “One of America’s Top Surgeons”. He has held academic appointments as associate professor or professor at Northeast Ohio Medical School, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Temple University College of Medicine and the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Moorman is now focusing his professional efforts on health care quality, patient safety and patient empowerment through education. A long-term student of medical error, he has developed programs to better identify and analyze error, implement remedial actions, provide factual transparency and appropriate apology when medical outcomes are suboptimal. He also has significant experience in value based healthcare delivery. Read More
He has been a leader promoting these efforts within the American College of Surgeons, and currently provides expertise to the Institute of Healthcare Improvement as member of both the Advisory Group for the IHI course on Quality Improvement for Chairs and Chiefs and as a member of the Surgical Safety Advisory Panel. He has been an invited consultant for the AORN Board of Directors, as well as hospital systems and healthcare consultants. Read Less
Dr. Shay David
Dr. Shay David is a scholar and serial entrepreneur who specializes in collaborative and open-source information and communication systems. Headquartered in NYC, with over 150,000 publishers, universities and enterprises worldwide who have integrated Kaltura’s open source video platform, the company is the world leader in the field. At Kaltura Shay oversees sales, business development, corporate development and strategy. Shay is also, a founding member of the Open Video Alliance, an organization dedicated to open standards for video. Read More
Prior to Kaltura, Shay was a co-founder of several software startups and consulted on open systems to Fortune 500 companies like Toyota. Shay holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.A. from New York University where his interdisciplinary research thesis focused on the political economy of free and open source software and file sharing networks. Shay wrote his PhD dissertation on “Participatory information networks” at Cornell University and he is also a fellow at The Information Society Project at the Yale Law School (http://isp.law.yale.edu) where he has done his Post-doc work on issues of access to knowledge. Shay has published extensively in leading academic and industry journals, and has presented his work all over the world. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
James Kenigsberg is 2U’s Chief Technology Officer and a 2U founding team member. James is an entrepreneur and technology evangelist who finds the passion and fun in using technology to improve education. At 2U, James has translated his passion for technology into creating award-winning learning management platforms, client relationship management systems, mobile applications, and cloud-based architectures. He also takes great pride in building the industry's most impressive and driven technology team at 2U, Inc. Read More
Prior to 2U, James led the technology and product team at The Princeton Review where he created and managed the company’s award-winning assessment products. He was also formerly a part of technology and product development teams at Thomson Financial and Ogilvy & Mathers.
James enjoys hard work, fun, practicing martial arts, life-long learning, studying the art of creating and efficient and exceptional technology solutions, and being a self-proclaimed meat-a-tarian. He is also very proud of his family and heritage.Read Less
Ryan Moore - Atlas Venture
Atlas Venture is an international early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology, and life sciences companies. From the late 1990s through the mid-2000s the firm was leading investor in startup companies in both the U.S. and Europe. Atlas is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jordy Levy - Softbank Capital
SoftBank Capital is a venture capital group in the United States, focusing on technology and telecom early stage businesses. The firm is established and led by four partners: Ron Fisher, Eric Hippeau, Steve Murray, and Michael Perlis. The company is a member of National Venture Capital Association.
Deborah Quazzo - GSV Advisors
Deborah is an investment banker and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a merchant bank providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors. Additionally, as part of her involvement in the education sector, she is an individual investor in companies including Dreambox, Clever, Parchment, Altius, Think Through Math, HotChalk, and Tynker. GSV clients have included Collaborative Learning, Campus Labs, The Gates Foundation, Eloyalty, Praml International, Teachscape, rSmart and ePals (TSXV:SLN). GSV Advisors also has a partnership with Arizona State University to co-host the annual Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ and Co-Chair of the SXSW Launchedu Advisory Board.
Peter Bauert - Runa Capital
An experienced executive, Peter Bauert has been with Runa Capital from the beginning, assisting its founders with their start-up plans for the venture capital business. Applying his extensive knowledge of strategic planning, business development and business and financial operations, he provides guidance and support to both Runa Capital and its portfolio companies.
Peter brings an outstanding record of growing businesses, improving operating performance and realizing exit potentials to the team. Most recently, he served as CFO and COO of Parallels, a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software. Among other companies, he also worked for Fast Search and Transfer, where, as EVP of Strategy and Operations, he defined the strategic roadmap that led to a successful $1.3B USD acquisition by Microsoft in 2007.
Peter holds an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA; a MS in Computer Engineering from the University Central Florida in Orlando, FL, USA; and a BS in Computer Science from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL, USA. He currently resides in Naples FL, USA.
David Baum - Stage 1 Ventures
David Baum is an experienced general partner with 25 years in the information technology industry, including fifteen years in technology finance and ten years in entrepreneurial operating management roles.
As an operating entrepreneur, David founded two companies including Pensoft Corporation, a venture-backed (Mohr, Davidow Ventures, IVP, and Bay Partners) mobile communications company that was sold to AT&T in 1994. David has also spent time at larger organizations including IBM and Genentech.
Jere Doyle is an adviser, speaker, and serial entrepreneur. He helps people grow their companies and nurture success—which he defines broadly as “living the life you want to live.” His basic message is that people can do this by learning how to leverage five personal assets, five ingredients of a truly successful life. He calls these the “Five Ps”—Passion, Patience, Persistence, Principles, and Pride.
As an entrepreneur, Doyle has built two startup companies—Prospectiv and Global Marketing—into recognized industry leaders. Now, as a consultant, he is helping to build winning teams, launch innovative products, and spearhead effective marketing strategies. And, he is inspiring audiences with stories of how those five personal qualities can drive success in any project, career, or venture.
In 2004 Bob Mason co-founded Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud content services that are used to publish and distribute professional digital media. As the CTO, Bob provided leadership for Brightcove’s vision, technology and product design. Now thousands of customers across the globe rely on Brightcove to build and operate media experiences across PCs, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.
Previously, Bob was a founding member of the product team at ATG, an industry leading online commerce platform. As his first job out of college, Bob joined ATG as the 10th employee in 1994, and for a decade provided leadership in shaping strategy while also being a technical leader for software architecture and development. ATG went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1999 and was acquired by Oracle in 2011. Read More
Bob is passionate about the power of both for-profit and social impact entrepreneurs to better society and improve our local communities. To that end he mentors other startups through TechStars Boston and contributes towards “micro-genius grants” as a Trustee of The Awesome Foundation. Bob received the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994 and currently sits on the WPI Department of Computer Science Board of Advisors. Read Less
Michael is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four successful internet-based media companies. He has a passion for creating, managing and growing companies from the ground up. Michael is currently Chairman and CEO of Buddy Media, Inc., a New York-based company whose social enterprise management system, the Buddy Media Social Marketing Suite, is used by eight out of the top ten global advertisers.
Before Buddy Media, Michael founded University Wire, an Associated Press-like network of more than 700 student-run newspapers, now owned by CBS Corp, and GOLF.com, a profitable online golf media company purchased by Time Warner's Time Inc. in January 2006. In February 2007, he started Lazerow Consulting, which helps finance, launch, manage and grow numerous digital media businesses. Read More
Michael is widely recognized as a thought leader on digital media and marketing trends and is a contributing writer to Advertising Age, AllThingsD, MediaPost, Business Insider and Fortune, among other publications. He regularly speaks at conferences including the Monaco Media Forum, the Consumer Electronics Show, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur Summit, Mashable Connect, MediaPost OMMA Global, Web 2.0 Expo and iMedia Brand Summit. Michael lives in New York City with his wife, Kass, two sons, Myles and Cole, and daughter Vivian. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. and M.S. in Journalism in 1996. Read Less
Abigail Coxsen, Investor
Currently Abigail is involved in the bar and restaurant industry in downtown Boston. Having grown up in Westfield, New Jersey, Abigail moved to Boston to attend college. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in economics accompanied by a minor in business management.