Meet the Spring 2014 Class of
Startup Institute Boston

Product & Design

Elizabeth Long

Elizabeth has begun her transition to becoming a UX Designer. She is currently working to develop a portfolio a Elizabeth Long's prior experience is in non-profit management, fundraising and event planning. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degr...

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Emily Canina

I am a Boston native with a love for the hometown feel and sports teams. Last May I graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Interactive Digital Design and a minor in Marketing. What drew me to that major was my passion for problem solving and my interest in drawi...

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Jesse Tremblay

Originally from Massachusetts with degree in Marketing from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I've spent the last decade consulting and building digital experiences for businesses, organizations and non-profits in the Central Massachusetts area. Started as the web design...

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Jessie Lin

Aspiring UI/UX designer, leaving the strategy consulting world with an itch to create and act upon insights, and to return to her tech roots. Start-up junkie: molded at a experimental college (Olin), refined at a VC-backed biotech (On-Q-ity), and polished at an upstart cons...

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Joana Alba Melo

Experience as a product and user experience analyst with a passion for creating seamless, enriching user experiences. Well versed in modern application design. Team player, proven problem solver and capable multitasker. Particularly interested in EdTech, global health and glob...

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Julie Hayes

Julie has spent 10 years working at higher education institutions across the country--spending time in Illinois, Kansas and Wisconsin. Along the way, she acquired a B.A. in English and an M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Adult Development, Assessmen...

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Kathy Chau

I’m a self-driven designer who loves a good challenge. I received my BA in psychology from Boston University, but my heart told me that the creative field is where I truly belong. The transition was not easy, but my extensive background in visual arts and digital illustrations...

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Kirsten Nelson

I am a designer who believes you can make things easier and more enjoyable through clear, simple design. I love to use design to solve problems and think great design can make the world a better place. With a background in healthcare, I spent the last three years working in...

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Kristofer Mondlane

I design and deliver quality experiences. When I was 11, I would sneak out of the school grounds at lunch to stockpile sweets I would later sell to my peers after class. In the last four months I have built two services, one to help deliver local delicacies to people for ...

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Lara Cavezza

I am a UX designer and front-end developer. I have a background in working with people with language disorders, giving me a unique perspective on working as a front-end developer. Imagine a baby, not making sounds as it should, and not developing language as it should. This...

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Lauren Armstrong

I'm all about the ideas. I can't stop myself from thinking about new ideas, breaking apart what makes an idea great, and reconstructing an idea to fit new contexts. Visual thinking helps me map out these ideas and roasted & salted cashews help me sustain my blood sugar.

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Layla Ji

As an inquisitive, imaginative, & quick-learning visual designer, my experience working with lean social change organizations has taught me to be strategic but nimble. I know this translates well into startup culture. I've learned that design is much more than aesthetics. ...

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Stephen Young

From cartooning, painting, photography and furniture making; I have always found an outlet to express myself creatively. I have found that these abilities are all extremely useful together, and they allow me to create beautiful websites. When a client needs a nice photo for t...

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Sales and Account Management

Anand Deshpande

I am a people person. I thrive where I can constantly learn and where collaboration in finding creative solutions is routine. My young career includes a particularly diverse set of experiences, showing my penchants for quickly learning, adapting to and balancing new tasks. Hav...

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Basmah Sakrani

I fell into digital by pure chance, and it's been my happiest stumble yet. I'd walk by a billboard of a local Dubai digital agency and think to myself, 'Man, I'd love to work there some day." I made some day happen as soon as I could and spent the next year and a half learn...

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Damian Priday

I have lived in 14 cities, in 9 different countries and on 4 continents. Since moving to Boston I have grown a desire to become a part of this amazing ecosystem that is the Boston Startup Community. My experience has been in marketing and brand strategy for SAB Miller and C...

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Darell Austin, Jr

Senior business and financial analyst who combines strong finance, technology, and business acumen with in-depth experience managing projects and client relationships across the product and pricing data stream for over 10+ years within government and financial service industri...

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Darren Howerton

Upon graduating from Brown University, I chose to enter one of the most competitive work environments I have encountered-- professional sports. After moving to Germany and earning a contract with a mid-level soccer team, I acquired many skills that have transferred over to my ...

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Ian Brisson

I decided that instead of reading another Fast Company article evangelizing about the next Facebook (or ValleyWag making fun of the next Zuckerberg) I would put my foot in the door and make my mark on this ever-influential corner of the economy. I joined the Startup Institute ...

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Kohshean Kuda

I am a professional who enjoys the sales process where I can leverage technology to help develop solutions that are fit for solving the challenges that my clients encounter. I have a background in technology, wireless and security. My goal is to build companies and take them t...

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Lilian Y. Mitchell

I've been given plenty of titles: Outspoken Leader, Question Asker, Great Reframer, Operations Wizard, Marriage Counselor for Business Partners, and Junkyard Dog. Ask me about them! Let's see what I can do for you and your business. With a background in small business Oper...

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Spencer Dunfee

Since I graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland a few years ago, I've had a unique and exciting experience in the professional world. After finishing my Masters in International Relations I decided to use my knowledge of trade policy to start a career in the Sh...

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Stephen Wong

How can I help you succeed? Over the course of my career I have served many roles. I have been an engineer, a teacher, an omelet chef, a software developer, a data analyst, and much more. I am currently focusing my efforts on developing my sales and business development ...

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Web Development

Alex Wheeldon

My career so far has been varied, but a few things have remained constant. First, I have always been compelled to find and analyze data. And second, I have always been happiest when I was working with intelligent and curious people.

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Andrew Nissen

I spend nearly all my free time hacking and building (what I hope is) interesting software. I like to focus mainly on the web, which was my duty as a programming intern at The Learning Games Network this last summer. While there, I helped define and produce a prototype for a n...

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Andy Wong

A self-taught developer currently attending Startup Institute's web development track, I like to think of myself as a complete interdisciplinarian. Officially a double major in English and Clinical Psychology from Tufts University's Class of 2013, I've dabbled in the creati...

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Ching Ting Sun

With my experiences at my home schools in Taiwan and my projects' experiences here in the United States, I can bring different perspectives on how to utilize databases for your domestic as well as international customers. I have collaborated with groups several times while wor...

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Cindy Tran

A web developer with experience in the full life cycle of the software design process including planning, implementation, testing, documenting, deployment and maintenance.

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Mary Ashton Inglis

I am a violist, a print designer, a farmer, a grant writer, and a developer seeking to create technical solutions that will free up people's creative energy. I thrive in hard-working, collaborative environments with a mix of short- and long-term projects.

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Peter Tuan

What draws me to full-stack development is the ability to build full-fledged products that make a positive difference in people's lives. There is a combination of creativity and problem solving that it demands. They are two challenges that have remarkably different aspects in ...

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Marketing

Arlin Ladue

Arlin Ladue (b. Mar 19, 1989) grew up in Charlotte, Vermont, where he was introduced to skis and a video camera at 22 months. He moved to Medford, MA in 2007 to attend Tufts University, where he studied Human Factors Engineering and worked as a freelance filmmaker & web design...

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Ben Feingersh

Hey! My name is Ben Feingersh, and I'm a proud member of the Startup Institute class of 2014 in Boston. I graduated from Northeastern with a dual degree in computer science and psychology. As an undergrad, I had the amazing opportunity to work with several companies in Boston,...

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Dana Perlov

I am an experienced team player who is motivated by strategic thinking and passionate about integrating lifestyle and tech. Before the Startup Institute, I had a great journey as a brand manager at L’Oreal Israel working on different brands with responsibilities across the va...

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Jean Theodat

With more than 6 years of experiential marketing serving as the face of a 50 plus brands, I have engaged with more than 100,000 individuals affording me the opportunity of encountering all walks of life. With that experience, I have developed the keen ability of successful...

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Layla Ferguson

I'm Layla, a recent transplant to the Boston area and new resident of Salem, home of the infamous witch trials. I'm a recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Foreign Policy at Tufts University where I received a masters in law and diplomacy. Before that, I got my BA from UC ...

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Lindsey Peckham

Connect. Create. Engage. I love that marketing is used to connect with an audience, create and tell a story through a product or an idea, and engage and build a community using social media and content. It is for these exact reasons that I decided to come to SIB. I wanted ...

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Martha Buckley

I am an energetic, eager professional who wants to change the world by creating a synergy between personal and professional passion. Passionately driven and inspired by the uncommon collaboration of people making uncommon ideas spark, ignite and come to life, I believe we ...

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Nicole Sullivan

I'm an ex-Wall Street/NYC transplant looking to leverage my black belt in Excel in the startup world. I have a professional business background and education, which has given me solid professional skills, relationship skills, and a revenue-oriented mindset. I am quantitati...

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Nikole Sylvester

While completing my PR degree at Suffolk University I stumbled into a part time job at the world's most famous bar. While my mother doesn't see serving beers as a future, I've been able to tie my knowledge of local craft beers, tourists and marketing together, creating a passi...

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Ramya T'Arya

I walk into work early each morning with a big smile and a positive disposition to take on challenges. Professional pressures and uncertainties make me thrive, think out of the box and keep me resolute and committed. As they say, a ripple in the right direction is good enou...

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Ryan Kelly

Born and raised in South Florida. Moved to Boston because I was sick of sunshine. Went to BU Law, where I learned from day one to forecast every conceivable thing that can go wrong for a client, then protect against it. Yeah, attorneys tend to be a pessimistic group, and I was...

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Stephanie Castaños

I began my Marketing career with a spanish-speaking television station. Being bilingual opened doors with many multicultural companies and networks. After years of working in the entertainment industry, I decided to focus in helping others achieve their dreams. From assisting...

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Tarun Jain

I am a Boston native who is highly impressed by the growth in the local startup ecosystem. My background in investment management has given me a strong foundation in data analysis, trend forecasting, market research and financial modeling. I also have always had a passion for ...

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Program Schedule

Berlin Spring '15 - Feb 23 to Apr 17, 2015

Round 1 Deadline: 01 December, 2014

Round 2 Deadline: 12 January, 2015

Round 3 Deadline: 09 February, 2015

Boston Spring '15 - Feb 23 to Apr 17, 2015

Round 1 Deadline: 01 December, 2014

Round 2 Deadline: 12 January, 2015

Round 3 Deadline: 09 February, 2015

Chicago Spring '15 - Feb 23 to Apr 17, 2015

Round 1 Deadline: 01 December, 2014

Round 2 Deadline: 12 January, 2015

Round 3 Deadline: 09 February, 2015

London Spring '15 - Feb 23 to Apr 17, 2015

Round 1 Deadline: 01 December, 2014

Round 2 Deadline: 12 January, 2015

Round 3 Deadline: 09 February, 2015

New York Spring '15 - Feb 23 to Apr 17, 2015

Round 1 Deadline: 01 December, 2014

Round 2 Deadline: 12 January, 2015

Round 3 Deadline: 09 February, 2015