Team Yipit

Vinicius Vacanti

Co-Founder & CEO

Blog | LinkedIn | @vacanti

Prior to Yipit, Vinicius worked at Quadrangle Group and The Blackstone Group. In 2003, he graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College where he served as a teaching fellow for the Computer Science department. He writes frequently on entrepreneurship and serves as a mentor for TechStars.

Jim Moran

Co-Founder & COO

Quora | LinkedIn | @jdmoran

Jim founded previously worked at The Blackstone Group. He graduated from Harvard College in 2005 with a degree in Economics.

Steve Pulec


LinkedIn | @spulec

Prior to Yipit, Steve interned with CUNA Mutual Group. Steve double majored in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dave Tomback

Director of Business Development

Blog | LinkedIn | @davetomback

Prior to Yipit, Dave co-founded neigh*borrow, a peer-to-peer marketplace for sharing items with friends and neighbors. Previously, Dave worked in management consulting and investment banking. He received a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Joe Johnson

Business Operations Associate

LinkedIn | @JoeDoubleJ

Prior to Yipit, Joe worked at AOL Ventures, founded an education technology company, and worked as an investment banker in the Financial Sponsors Group at Wells Fargo Securities. Joe graduated from Georgetown University in 2008 with degrees in Finance and International Business. While in college, he spent a semester abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Outside of work, Joe is passionate about skiing, photography, and travel.

Mingwei Gu


LinkedIn | @mwgu

Before joining Yipit, Mingwei worked as a trading assistant at Five Rings Capital. Mingwei graduated from MIT in 2010 with a degree in Mathematics with Computer Science.

Andrew Gross


LinkedIn | @awgross

Andrew came to from Quality Health, a successful NYC based healthcare marketing company, where he lead the integration of Amazon Web Services into the infrastructure. Andrew graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Engineering Physics in 2009.

Jordan Milan

VP of Product - Data


Before joining Yipit, Jordan worked as a credit trader and a high yield credit research analyst at Barclays. Jordan graduated from Harvard in 2011 with a degree in economics and a minor in statistics. Away from work, Jordan enjoys fitness and nutrition, golf, books, and movies.

Matt Raoul

Head of Design/UX

LinkedIn | @mattraoul

Prior to Yipit, Matt co-founded Nestio, a TechStars backed company determined to fix the crazy world of apartment renting. Previously, he worked for an unknown amount of years in Interactive Advertising at The Barbarian Group. His origins beyond that are unknown, even to him. Outside of work, Matt is determined to see how many ways he can prepare deviled eggs.

Hugo Lopes Tavares


Github | LinkedIn | @hltbra

Hugo is a passionate software developer and he is very experienced with the Python programming language and automated testing. Prior to joining Yipit, Hugo worked in team responsible for's Live Video Infrastructure development and maintenance. Hugo authored, coauthored, and contributed to lots of opensource projects including: pip, the Python package installer, splinter, should-dsl, and others.

James Farner

VP of Engineering - Data


Prior to Yipit, James was lead engineer for equity backtesting products at Bloomberg. He is a 2010 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Finance, Accounting, and Computer Science. Outside of work, James enjoys fishing, reading, and the NBA.

Zack Kourouma


Github | LinkedIn | @ZKourouma

Zack came to Yipit after working as a desk based analyst at Barclays Capital. Although he didn't study computer science formally during undergrad at Columbia University, he discovered a passion for coding after automating some of his daily tasks and in further exploration in his spare time. While not at work he enjoys reading, sports, and philosophy.

Thiago "jester" Silva


Github | LinkedIn | @thiago_silva

Working as a software engineer for over 12 years (known through all of them as "the languages guy"), Thiago has dedicated his career to advance the state-of-the-art of programming and engineering practices in the field. His main interest is leveraging human collaboration through meaningful computer-mediated experiences. Prior to Yipit, he was a graduate student conducting research on programming language theory.

Charles Nairn

Data Product Analyst


Before joining Yipit, Charles worked in the securities and finance practice at NERA Economic Consulting. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a degree in economics and mathematics.

Mu Chen

Data Product Analyst


Mu joined Yipit from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group where he worked as an associate in the syndicated loan capital market group. Mu has previously worked at Pacific Alternative Assets Management Company and Chilton Investment Company. Originally from China, Mu spent his high school years in Singapore and college years at the University of Virginia (go Hoos!), where he graduated with a degree in Economics and Foreign Affairs. Outside of work, he enjoys food hunting, backpacking, and reading.

Kevin Gould

Data Product Analyst


Before joining Yipit, Kevin worked in economic consulting at Analysis Group in New York. He graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a degree in economics, math, and business management. Outside the office, Kevin enjoys baking, cooking, soccer, baseball, biking, and reading.

Jacqueline Goldman

Data Product Analyst


Jackie joined Yipit after working in the Intellectual Property and Antitrust practice areas at NERA Economic Consulting. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a degree in Economics and Psychology. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys running, solving crossword puzzles, and traveling.

Natalia Medina

Business Operations Associate


Natalia joined Yipit after working in the Healthcare Group at UBS Investment Bank. She graduated from Brown University in 2012 with degrees in Applied Mathematics: Economics and Italian Studies. Natalia enjoys food and wine, balanced by Pilates.

Stephen Luban

Data Product Analyst


Prior to joining Yipit, Stephen worked at Kobre & Kim LLP, a litigation boutique focusing on complex financial disputes. He graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a degree in philosophy and psychology. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys biking, rock climbing, writing, and travel.

Daniel Pellegrinelli

Data Product Analyst


Prior to joining Yipit, Dan worked as an equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, covering the Communication Services industry. He graduated from the George Washington University in 2009 with a degree in Economics. Outside of work, Dan has a predilection for road trips, running, and competitive board game and pick-up sport play.

Annie Holladay

Data Product Engineer


Prior to joining Yipit, Annie worked at Carnegie Mellon University as a graduate Student in the Robotics Institute and received her masters in Computer Science in 2014. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Carl Jones

Director of Operations


Previously worked as a Management Consultant at PwC. Graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics and Management.

Wei Lu

Data Product Engineer


Prior to joining Yipit, Wei worked as an engineer at an ad tech startup and, previously, at a mobile consumer startup.

Jonah Levavi

Data Product Analyst

Prior to joining Yipit, Jonah worked as an Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Economics.

W. Kevin Zhu

Data Product Engineer

A Michigan native, Kevin joined Yipit after working as a hedge fund investment analyst at New Holland Capital since 2012, and has also passed all three levels of the CFA exam. He majored in Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University with a minor in Computer Science. Kevin enjoys classical music and singing opera, and is a big fan of the New York arts scene in general.

Ezgi Bereketli

Data Product Analyst

Previously worked in the antitrust practice at NERA Economic Consulting. Graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics on Economics and a citation in French Language.

Dane Cook

Data Product Analyst

Dane joined Yipit from Barclays, where he worked as a strategy analyst focusing on regulatory engagement and organizational change across the investment bank. Dane graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a degree in philosophy, economics, and history.

Ipek Nergiz

Data Product Analyst

Prior to joing Yipit, Ipek worked as a valuation associate at KPMG. She graduated with a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Integrated Business and Engineering and later received her master's degree in Analytical Finance from Lehigh University. During her free time, Ipek enjoys reading, traveling and exploring different kinds of food.

Dylan Payne

Data Product Analyst

Previously worked at Oliver Wyman as a management consultant. Graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Engineering Sciences and Economics.

Amanda Royes

Director of Human Resources


Amanda joins Yipit from Morgan Stanley where she worked as an HR Business Partner covering Technology & Data clients. She graduated from Rutgers University with her Master's in Human Resource Management. Outside of work, Amanda is a foodie who also enjoys working out (especially SoulCyle and playing tennis), reading, playing board games and traveling.

Jim Shields

Data Product Engineer


Prior to joining Yipit, Jim attended the Recurse Center (fka Hacker School) where he focused on Python and web development. He previously worked at Novus, a portfolio analytics and intelligence platform for hedge funds and institutional investors. He graduated from Fordham University where he studied Finance and Economics. Outside of work, Jim loves to run, write, watch old movies, travel, and code.

Pierre Guivarch

Data Systems Engineering Trainee


Previously worked at Crest and Co. and Simple-Task as a web developer. Pierre graduated from Mines de Nancy, a French engineering school with a major in Computer Science in 2008 and from HEC Paris in 2014 with a master's in Entrepreneurship. Pierre is a fan of rugby and homemade food.

Nessia Kushner

Corporate Counsel


Nessia joins Yipit from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. where she was a lawyer in its California and New York offices. Nessia graduated with a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2011 and received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2008. Her favorite activity is skiing, and she also loves to read and travel.

Don Butterworth

Data Strategist


Prior to joining Yipit, Don worked as an analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP. He received an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.