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 & President/COO

Quora | LinkedIn | @jdmoran

Jim founded previously worked at The Blackstone Group. He graduated from Harvard College in 2005 with a degree in Economics. As a senior in college, he won the 2005 Harvard Business Plan Competition.

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

Data Product Analyst


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 maintainance. Hugo authored, coauthored, and contributed to lots of opensource projects including: pip, the Python package installer, splinter, should-dsl, and others.

James Farner

Data Product Engineer


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.

Violeta Cortez

Office Manager


Violet, a native Texan, joins us with an extensive background in the office administration, event planning and hospitality industries. She has nearly a decade of experience in the travel and design industries, most recently at Hilton Grand Vacations. She has a BA in Communications from UTA and is a huge “foodie” who enjoys dancing salsa, watching sports, traveling and learning about different arts & cultures.

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.

Anna Boffetta

Data Product Analyst


Anna joined Yipit after working at Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity fund investing in energy and infrastructures, previously she worked in mergers & acquisitions at Barclays. She graduated from HEC Paris in 2012 with a degree in Finance and International Business. Anna is French and Italian, she is a foodie and a great skier, she also enjoys traveling and reading.

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.