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

CTO

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

Developer

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

Developer

LinkedIn | @awgross

Andrew came to Yipit.com 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

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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.

Hugo Lopes Tavares

Developer

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 Globo.com'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

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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.

Thiago "jester" Silva

Developer

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Wei Lu

Data Product Engineer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Eléonore Jaillot

Data Product Analyst

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Before joining Yipit, Eléonore worked for three years as a Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group in Paris and Mars & Co. in Greenwich , CT. She graduated in 2012 from HEC Paris with a Master's in Entrepreneurship.

Lorna Zhang

Data Product Analyst

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Prior to joining Yipit, Lorna worked in the Securities and Finance practice at NERA Economic Consulting. She graduated in 2013 from Columbia University with a degree in Economics-Mathematics.

Lucas Carvalho Teixeira

Data Product Engineer

LinkedIn | Github | @lucascart

Lucas is a software developer with over 10 years of experience with Python. He graduated from Universidade Candido Mendes with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to Yipit, he worked at Globo.com. Lucas has also contributed to ERP5 for years and is a true open source enthusiast.

Alina Zhao

Data Product Analyst

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Prior to joining Yipit, Alina worked as a risk analyst at MIO Partners, the investment office of Mckinsey&Company. Originally from China, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in economics. and statistics in 2013.

Shaun Viguerie

Data Product Engineer

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Prior to joining Yipit, Shaun worked for three years as an engineer in the parsing group at Markit. He studied Computer Science at Hobart and William Smith, with minors in Math and Economics. In his free time, Shaun loves running and developing mobile games.

Sam Larson

Data Product Analyst

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Prior to Yipit, Sam was the head economic research analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. He graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in Public Policy.

Wilson Zhen

Data Product Analyst

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Before joining Yipit, Wilson worked in the healthcare investment banking group at Stifel. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a degree in Economics and Mathematics.

Jenny Liu

Data Product Analyst

Jenny joins Yipit from J.P. Morgan, where she worked on a team that provided investment analytics and consulting services to large institutional investors. She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in Economics and a certificate in Finance. She enjoys cooking, crafts, and exploring New York City in her free time.

Terri Mathews

Office Manager

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Terri is an Office Operations and Management Specialist. She has over 10 years of experience supporting small and growing businesses. Her “can do” attitude has allowed her to work in all departments from Finance to Human Resources to IT support. Terri’s passion for event planning and organization drives her commitment to produce an efficient and creative work environment where employees thrive. She studied Computer Science at Slippery Rock University.

Josh Maccabee

Product Analyst

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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.