Meet Gogobot's Team:
Travis Katz,Co-Founder & CEOTravis is a passionate globetrotter who has been to a zillion countries (actually, 56 and counting). Prior to founding Gogobot, Travis served as managing director at MySpace International. During his tenure, he launched the brand in 30 countries and grew the user base to nearly 70 million unique visitors. Before MySpace, Travis co-founded Fox Interactive Media, News Corp's digital arm. He spent several years in the high-tech and economic development sector working at McKinsey & Co and the World Bank, respectively. Travis has an AB from Stanford and a MBA from Wharton.
Ori Zaltzman,Co-Founder & CTOOri is a serial entrepreneur, techie and road trip enthusiast. In a previous life, he was the chief architect at Yahoo! BOSS, and a lead technologist at Yahoo! Answers, in charge of content quality for one of the largest social platforms on the web. This licensed pilot has co-founded two other companies, utvee and Tailor Made Television. Tailor Made Television provided interactive TV services to the three major cable companies in Israel, offering micropayments, multi-player gaming, chat and analytics. Founded in Mountain View, Calif., utvee was a contextual ad network for premium video.
Zaid Al-Husseini,VP of ProductZaid leads Gogobot’s product team in creating meaningful experiences through intuitive design and product development. This Duke and Stanford grad draws on his previous experience at top shops including Zynga, The Walt Disney Company, Facebook and Deloitte. Outside of the office, this laid–back linguist enjoys circling the globe and staying in shape.
Jason Flegel,Product ManagerJason loves to travel, eat ice cream, and take long walks on the beach (but only sandy beaches -- those rocky beaches aren't really his thing. Really, what is a rocky beach compared to a nice sandy one? This one time, in Nice, he had to pay 20 euro for the 'pleasure' of stubbing his toes on a rocky beach; he was not amused). When he’s not frolicking on the beach, this travel writer-turned-techie works with Gogobot’s engineering team to deliver users the best website and app experience.
Julia Pond,Managing EditorJulia is slowly making her way around world capitals, having called New York, Rome, and London home, with Bogota in all likelihood up next. Her love for travel, creative spirit, and eye for detail led her from a career in dance to an MA in International Relations, to work as an assistant to guidebook author Alex Leviton and to an internship at Gogobot in 2010. Quickly promoted to Editorial Assistant, then Associate Editor, Julia is now Managing Editor. She also reviews dance for East London Radio between trips to India, South America, and San Francisco.
Audrey Lo,Senior Community ManagerAudrey likes long walks on the beach in Thailand, Hawaii, and the South of France. She has a knack for getting fellow travelholics riled up about using Gogobot and embracing a life of daily adventure. Prior to joining Gogobot, Audrey was an event planner and freelanced as a business plan writer. She currently serves as the associate producer of TedxCulverCity. Aside from adding stamps to her passport (38 countries and counting), she is a professional dancer.
Alix Farr,Editorial AssistantAlix is a writer with a background in journalism and international relations who believes in the power of travel and communications to connect people across borders and, in turn, make the world a generally more pleasant place to live. Before landing at Gogobot, she spent five years in Peru working with non-profits and as a reporter/editor. She is a passionate llama enthusiast and marks as her most proud life moment the time she was kicked out of a Lima hotel for trying to "find" and "interview" (read: "stalk" and "gush over") Shakira.
Eunice Lee,Office Manager & HR GeneralistEunice takes excellent care of the entire Gogobot staff, worldwide. No task too great or small, her infectious smile and constant storytelling keeps morale up. The Bay Area native wears multiple hats at Gogobot, managing day-to-day office operations and HR duties. In her spare time, Eunice likes to bake, visit her favorite winery in Saratoga, and play with her loveable dog Hurley.
Mark Kamenetsky,Senior Mobile Software Engineer, AndroidMark embodies the Gogobot spirit of everyday adventure. This software-engineer-turned-pilot often whisks away friends and family for dinners in Carmel or a day of skiing in Lake Tahoe. When he’s not flying the friendly skies in his Cirrus, Mark writes code for Gogobot’s Android app. He takes great pride in his work, and likes the fact that he helps millions of users discover the world through travel. Outside of the office, Mark spends much of his time with his wife and their two Shiba Inus, Jotly and Sulli. Prior to joining Gogobot, Mark worked for both blue chip and startup brands including IBM, ROLM, Vertical Communications and SkyWest.
Emon Tjokro,Senior Designer & Software EngineerEmon is a jack-of-all-trades at Gogobot. Not only does he serve as the UI and UX designer, but also he keeps the website looking pretty with constant refreshes. As one of the chief jokesters in the office, he keeps everyone in stitches and is a pretty good basketball player. This family man makes it rain! In his spare time Emon enjoys playing his two rugrats. Emon previously worked at MySpace and McCann Erickson.
Rodrigo Soares,Senior Designer & Software EngineerRodrigo is a designer by trade and self-described geek. When he is not hiking with his wife and cheering on the Los Angeles Lakers, he is feverishly writing code at Gogobot and enhancing the user experience on web and mobile. Prior to joining Gogobot three years ago, he helped to bring the sexy back to MySpace as a front-end developer.
Sam Angeli,Senior DesignerSam is a free-spirited bloke who doesn’t take himself too seriously. Originally from London, this creative savant has a keen eye for detail and is known for designing seamless user experiences across platforms. In a former life, this family man has worked for a host of critically acclaimed marketing agencies and brands including Greenlight, Splendid and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile). In his downtime, Sam enjoys hanging out with close friends and family, watching movies, and cheering on his beloved teams, Manchester United and McLaren Mercedes.
Eduardo Sasso,Senior Software EngineerEduardo is a full-stack senior software engineer at Gogobot. Prior to joining the team, he was at the helm of Zee, a tech company based in the lakeside town of Porto Alegre, Brazil. An extreme sporter, Eduardo likes snowboarding the slopes in Squaw Valley, CA, and riding the waves along the California coast. In his spare time, he likes hacking, and building apps from the ground up.
Avi Tzurel,Senior Software and DevOps EngineerAvi Tzurel leads infrastructure technology and engineer operations at Gogobot. This skilled problem solver has over 10 years of experience in web development and writing code. As one of Gogobot's first employees, Avi has worked diligently to develop key components of the brand experience including its scoring system, social graph, and Facebook integration. Outside of work, Avi enjoys time with his family and competing in triathlons.
Netta Drimer,Software EngineerNetta is a software engineer who loves the outdoors. The Israeli native and mother of two, previously worked at Intel, but always dreamed of joining a startup. The move to Gogobot was great, not only for her career, but for her social life too. She and her high school sweetheart-turned-husband husband have enjoyed using the app to discover beautiful new places to hike, dine and visit. In another life, Netta was a Combat Fitness Officer in the Israel Defense Forces and a long distance runner. She is also a do-gooder, giving back to the community by volunteering at the Bay Area non-profit, Zang Talk.
Yin Xu,Mobile Software Engineer, iOSYin is a passionate mobile developer, who believes in collaboration and teamwork. The Shanghai native is a dead ringer for Harry Potter, but takes the barrage of daily jokes from his colleagues in stride. After all, he is a whiz…at mobile. Prior to joining Gogobot, Yin worked at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin. Yin is best known for developing the award-winning healthcare app “Heart Health Mobile,” which provides consumers with a quick health assessment on the go.
Scott Marchington,Mobile Software Engineer, iOSScott’s job title might be software developer, but to many, this gentle giant is known for being extemporaneous. Originally from Scranton, PA, Scott migrated out west and attended Neumont University in Salt Lake City, UT, studying Computer Science. Soon after, Scott cut his teeth on high-tech at Web.com and APPEK Mobile Apps. He joined Gogobot in August 2013. Outside of the office, Scott enjoys traveling, playing basketball, mountain biking, and attending musical performances of all sorts.