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 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.

Mingwei Gu

Senior Engineer

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

Senior Engineer

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.

Hugo Lopes Tavares

Senior Engineer

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. Authored the book Redis Essentials.

Josh Maccabee

Product Analyst


Prior to Yipit, Josh worked as an analyst at a global event ticketing startup after working at Rothschild in investment banking. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with a degree in Economics.