Meet the Team

Delight. Crank. Vibe. Our mantras define how we work and why we do what we do. We believe that the more diverse we are – through background, gender, age, ability, and thought – the more we will vibe together. We delight each other by working to foster an inclusive culture, valuing the voices of our team and customers alike. As a company, we crank best through collaboration, feedback loops, transparency and trust. Upside is committed to incorporating inclusivity and diversity in our hiring practices, product development and everything in between.

We asked everyone "What's one thing about you everyone should know?"

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Jay Walker

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

According to Yonker’s NY, I am an official Yonker’s Legend.

Scott Case

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

I’ve been a sneakerhead since 1989.

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Jon Ellenthal

CO-FOUNDER

I once presented on stage at The Kennedy Center with acupuncture needles in my head and face...Oddly, my talk was not about acupuncture.

Jen Moyer

CHIEF OPERATING & FINANCIAL OFFICER

I ride a Vespa to work.

Cristyn Girolami

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

I once managed a horseback riding business in St. Lucia.

Jason Wynn

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

I lived in Iran.

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Adrian Coffey

SENIOR MANAGER, TALENT & CULTURE

I once jumped off the top of a catamaran in Costa Rica....directly onto a coral reef.

Alex Samaha

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I created a small bottle-flip iPhone app with a friend that was somewhat popular.

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Andrew Gu

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I somehow have an ongoing collection of water bottles and Gundam models.

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Andrew Nitz

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I once played a couple down the aisle at their wedding on banjo.

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Andrew Swe

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I find baking very enjoyable and therapeutic.

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Angie Marable

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

I’ve recently traveled to 10 countries in one year (mostly solo)!

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Ania Hoffmeier

QUALITY ENGINEER

Despite never having ridden a mountain bike, I recently did a 4 day mountain bike trip in the Canyonlands.

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Benjamin Sun

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

I speak three languages.

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Beshad Talayeminaei

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I am fluent in Farsi.

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Birin Padam

PRODUCT MANAGER

I’m a health nut and personal trainer!

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Boyang Huang

SENIOR PYTHON ENGINEER

I enjoy swimming and playing the violin.

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Brian Mahoney

SENIOR MANAGER, MID/BACK OFFICE

I’ve flown in the cockpit of a commercial airline as the guest of the captain.

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Brooks Lawrence

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I swam with Great White Sharks in South Africa.

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Catherine Jones

GENERAL COUNSEL

I clerked on the Supreme Court of Argentina.

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Chanel Butler

LEAD QUALITY ENGINEER

I performed in a choreographed lip sync battle in front of over 500 people!

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Chiamaka Okoroha

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

I used to sew and sell self-tie bow ties.

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Chris Blackburn

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I won my wife over on our first date with inappropriate stories and a rousing rendition Vanilla Ice's "Having a Roni".

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Christopher Rung

SENIOR SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

I lived in Denmark for a year when I was younger.

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Daniel Curaca Malito

LEAD SOFTWARE ENGINEER

I participated in a competitive karaoke league for several seasons.

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David Lee

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

I made my own smoker while living in Texas and love to smoke meat.

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David Little

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have managed to convince the Netflix algorithm that 'Gritty British TV cop procedurals' is a section that should exist.

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Elizabeth Harp

UX WRITER

I rode the Hogwarts Express.

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Elliot Frost

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have been to 11 countries and counting. I love to travel.

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Emily Gumbulevich

SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

I published a book about the changes needed in the rent-seeking music industry.

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Erica Snider

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I rode an air-cooled, kickstart-only motorcycle across the country.

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Erik Mangor

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

My wife and I sold everything we had and moved to Denmark with 4 suitcases and two cats.

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Francesca Dapiran

ACCOUNT MANAGER, TRAVEL

I traveled to over 30 countries before I was 30

Genevieve Rafla

DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

I have received a voicemail from Kanye West.

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Henri Blancke

DATA ENGINEER

I never had Mexican food before I came to the US. My first experience was a “mission burrito” in San Francisco. It blew my mind.

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Hillary Yale

DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIPS & SUPPLIER RELATIONS

I participated in a flashmob in Vegas.

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Hung Do

ANDROID ENGINEER

"For about 8 months I played Pokémon Go full-time, went to grad school part-time, did zero work and still got paid. Ask me about it."

Indira Mason

IT SPECIALIST

I love musicals, there are only two musicals that I can actually sit and sing from start to finish and those are

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Isra Elmahdi

PRODUCT MANAGER

I drove a car in Saudi Arabia before it was legal.

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Jabari Long

LEAD DATA ENGINEER

I am an avid music lover and for years I worked as an audio recording engineer.

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Jacob Duell

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

I was planning on going to art school at VCU before I decided to become a software engineer.

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James Opperman

SENIOR SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

I want to raise turkeys.

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Jami Schell

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

I was mistaken for Monica Lewinski on a college trip to Israel. My trip leader was offered 200 camels and 2 Mercedes to leave me.

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Jay Gorrell

SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER ARCHITECT

I grew up in a town with one traffic light.

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Jeffrey Moore

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER

I’m an esports nerd. I watch competitive Overwatch like other people watch football. Go Philly Fusion!!

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Jeremy Deppen

SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

My buddies and I got pickpocketed twice in a half hour while speed walking across Venice.

Jessica Pavone

PRODUCT DESIGNER

I was once an apprentice pastry chef at high-end restaurant.

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John Reed

CONTROLLER

I share a birthday with another Upside employee.

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Jordan Birnbaum

OPERATIONS MANAGER

I used to teach tequila classes for LivingSocial complete with full tasting and cocktail lesson so AMA (we'll see if I remember any of it 🙂

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Julie Gelb

SENIOR DIGITAL MARKETING ASSOCIATE

I was on my high school’s wrestling team.

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Kathryn Rhoads

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I once worked in a bat lab and got to name a bat after my favorite Battlestar Galactica character--Starbuck.

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Kathy Yu

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have been playing finger-style guitar for 15+ years. My dream is to see my favorite guitarist, Sungha Jung, in concert.

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Khayla Sill

TALENT & CULTURE SPECIALIST

I qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:33.

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Kris French

DIRECTOR, SECURITY

I have really broad musical tastes - I have both an orchestral Final Fantasy soundtrack and Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) on vinyl.

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Kristen Hannon

SENIOR DESIGN ARCHITECT

I won 1st place in the only bake off I’ve ever entered—it was the first (and last) time in my life that I made my Mom’s pumpkin bread.

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LC Cunningham

ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER

I was almost cast on the Real World in 2010, but my mom convinced me it was a bad idea. I think she was right.

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Liz Healy

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I love exploring new restaurants and cuisines. I will try anything once and am not a picky eater. Also, I can get rid of your hiccups.

Maggie Skinner

DIRECTOR, CLIENT EXPERIENCE

I met Michelle Obama (and Bo!) on a White House tour, and the footage was on NBC.

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Mariam Farrukh

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I’m one of the top 125 Heimerdinger players in NA based on mastery points.

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Marius Mogyorosi

SENIOR SECURITY ENGINEER

I enjoy mythology.

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Matt Harrison

SECURITY ANALYST

I can make a good batch of guacamole. I'll regularly bring guacamole into work.

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Matthew Suhay

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have never been stung by a bee/wasp/yellow jacket in my entire life.

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Mic Vachon

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I am obsessed with tech and want the smartest smart home of all time with a garage to park my future Tesla in that I aspire to get one day.

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Michael Bellerose

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING, PLATFORM

I was a manager for the University of Maryland Football team while in college. Go Terps!

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Michael Burkman

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

I played in the backing band to a college production of Oedipus: The Rock Opera.

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Michele Cardoso

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

I started eating salads only after moving to the US, the country of burgers! (I’m still improving on that).

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Mike Debnam

VP, ENGINEERING

I’ve developed a love for traveling recently and have been to Germany (during Oktoberfest!), Prague, Sydney, Hong Kong to name a few.

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Monica Bacican

SENIOR MANAGER, SALES OPERATIONS

I’m a food blogger! My favorite thing to photograph (and eat) is pasta.

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Patrick Gilday

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

I play water polo.

Phil Boothe

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

My dog's name tag was co-written by a best-selling author.

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Rachael Weinberger

ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER

I lived in Australia for six months.

Riley Bauer

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I ride an electric unicycle. it's like a segway with one wheel and no handlebars. It also hits speeds of around 23 mph.

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Robert Gardner

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

I once spent my entire layover in Memphis looking for the cardboard cutout of Tony Allen that welcomes travelers to the Memphis Airport.

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Robert Hitt

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have shared BBQ with Stephen Colbert.

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Robert Townley

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I've played a nearly-perfect game on the minigolf course I used to manage, with 15/18 holes in one.

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Sabrina Ritacco

PRODUCT DESIGNER

I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for 4+ years.

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Sandra Smothers

DATA WAREHOUSE ENGINEER

I'm a skincare aficionado.

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Scott Fiore

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I can juggle.

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Stacey Williams

SENIOR MANAGER, CLIENT ACQUISITION

I like trying new sports activities and last year won my first Stand Up Paddle Board race!

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Stephen Furlani

SENIOR MOBILE ENGINEER

I have over 1200 hours logged on Civilization 5.

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Stuart Dotson

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I played in a Metallica cover band in high school.

Tara McQuain

Tara Guthrie

MANAGER, DEMAND GENERATION

My side hustle is I’m a Lifestyle Blogger and Pure Barre Instructor.

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Tara Stigall

IMPLEMENTATION SUCCESS MANAGER

I was a key witness in an attempted kidnapping investigation.

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Tracy Taylor

VP, PRODUCT

I visited all 48 contiguous US states on two cross-country trips with my family.

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Warren Zentz

DIRECTOR, CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE & OPERATIONS

I have sung the National Anthem over 30 times for the University of Maryland's Men's Basketball Team.

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Will Ley

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I got to play the Madhatter in Alice and Wonderland in High School and it became the inspiration for my own website (https:madhatt

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Yesem Kebede

SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

I worked as a Sunday school teacher when I was in college.

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