Ivan Braiker | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Ivan is an avid company building and a revenue and innovation leader for high-growth companies. Ivan has over 30 years of track record of transforming tech and media startups into industry leaders and growing established companies with effective business and marketing strategies. Ivan has built three companies from inception to IPO, with Hipcricket becoming a leading mobile marketing firm with 400k+ campaigns, proprietary SAAS technology, and 29 Fortune 100 clients through his leadership.
Ivan has a BA from American University in Washnington DC.
Ivan enjoys gourmet cooking, travel and going for long walks.
Simantini Chakraborty | Chief Product Officer (CPO)
Simantini is the co-founder and CPO of exactly.me. She brings fifteen years of experience in working with tech companies in product conceptualization, product development & marketing, UI / UX design, branding and business strategy. Previously, Simantini worked with product and data teams with Microsoft, Amazon and Sears Online, among others, while working with BearingPoint. She was responsible for leading strategic efforts in identifying consumer need and competitive landscape, A/B testing and iterative product optimization to increase adoption and engagement.
Simantini has MBA from Washington U. in St. Louis, and further specialization in entrepreneurship from Wharton, U. Penn.
Simantini has traveled to 53 countries and 48. US states. She is an avid landscape photographer and enjoys outdoor adventures and hanging out with her two super cute Cavaliers.
David Warthen | Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
David is the co-founder and CTO of exactly.me. He is an entrepreneurial CTO with thirty years experience in startups and early-stage tech companies in Silicon Valley. He was also the co-founder and CTO of askjeeves.com (now ask.com) which he took public for nearly $2B. In addition, David has held CTO / VP Engineering roles at Future Vistas, Globalstreams, Eye Games, Answerbag.com (acquired) GetFugu, and Allvoices (acquired). David has deep knowledge in personalized recommendations, machine learning, mobile, visual search, semantics search and predictive technology.
David has B.A. in Computer Science from UCSD, Ph.D. work at UC Berkeley.
David is a tech and science junkie. He also enjoys camping / backpacking with his three teenagers.
Mark Spickett | Advisor
Mark is an advisor to exactly.me and brings many years of experience in the tech industry. He specializes in business strategy, ideation and innovation, program management and M&A integration. Mark’s previous work experience includes Microsoft (where he led a international business division), Deloitte Consulting, Cognizant Technology and Brocade. Mark is an Advisor/mentor to several start-ups including Kndur, Beagle, Slope, Daysaver and GoSkip. Previously Mark was also a mentor for Microsoft’s Growth Accelerator start-up program and a judge on start-up funding panels.
A Brit who grew up in Africa, Mark is a confirmed internationalist. He has an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Mark is saving money by being a lapsed Pilot (PPL/Multi/IFR), building his wine cellar and other fun things. At some point he will finish building his wooden kayak and discover how to reverse the process of aging.