Meet the MobileMonkey Team
Larry founded MobileMonkey in 2017 after seeing the need for a product that enables marketers to engage with customers via mobile messaging platforms. He assembled the founding team, raised a seed financing round and today focuses on product and marketing strategy.
Prior to MobileMonkey, Larry was the founder and CTO of WordStream, the world’s leading provider of PPC marketing software, employing hundreds of people and managing approximately a billion dollars for thousands of customers worldwide.
Larry was named “Marketer of the Year” by Search Engine Land, the US Search Awards, and PPC Hero.
He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada and has a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old who keep him busy.
Chief Operating Officer
Jason has spent his career in technology startups, building teams on both coasts. He is passionate about helping small businesses adopt new technologies that will help them succeed and compete. He joined MobileMonkey to help enable businesses to communicate and interact with customers on mobile chat – something 99% were unable to do until now.
Jason lives outside of Boston with his family and enjoys skiing, playing guitar, IPAs and Grateful Dead music.
Chief Technical Officer
CTO by day and code monkey by night, Michael is an experienced technology leader with several tech startups under his belt. He’s built and managed multiple world-class software teams and has turned many product ideas into reality. His past experience with in content delivery systems, ad tech, and social networking taught him to scale systems to millions of consumers. Michael joined the founding team at MobileMonkey for the opportunity to work with an awesome team!
Outside of work, Michael likes to travel and has visited more than 40 different countries. He holds a BSCS from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree from Tufts.
Director of Marketing
Virginia is the director of marketing at MobileMonkey, the fastest-growing official Facebook Messenger marketing automation platform. In the year and a half since launch, she’s helped scale the company from zero to millions of users by providing actionable guides for marketers to develop bots for lead generation, customer retention and engagement. Her favorite thing about bots is the power they give brands to instantly connect with customers in the messaging apps they already use.
Senior Product Manager
Dan is Senior Product Manager at MobileMonkey and joined the company as its first Product Manager in 2017. Since then, he has led or contributed to the research, design, and development of every facet of MobileMonkey’s product, helping to build MobileMonkey’s thriving software business and marketing community from the ground up.
Dan studied Computer Science at Boston College and has worked in various Engineering, Consulting, and Product roles. He sings in and serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Chorale, and is an avid singer, hiker, and board gamer.
Senior Account Executive
David has spent the majority of his career helping retailers and brands grow their businesses by targeting the right consumers, at the right time, online. He is excited to continue to help businesses interact with their customers via mobile chat.
David attended Quinnipiac University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Outside of work, he spends time relaxing by the water or in the kitchen cooking up a great meal.
Senior Account Executive
Shaun has spent the last four years helping businesses grow via paid search at PPC leader WordStream. He loves the challenge of diagnosing sales and online marketing gaps and providing the right tools to drive more business from existing budgets.
Hailing from upstate New York, Shaun is a huge New York sports fan (Yankees, Bills and Knicks). Outside of work he can be seen watching sports at the local pub, or front and center at any Phish concert that may be in the area.
Senior Account Executive
Dan is a senior account executive at MobileMonkey, where he helps educate and consult with enterprise teams as they learn about MobileMonkey’s chatbot marketing solutions.
Dan has 10 years of experience in account management, and has been a key player at martech companies including Constant Contact and WordStream.
Mohamed started his software engineering career as an intern at Ping4, Inc, then became a full-time employee. He joined MobileMonkey looking for an exciting opportunity that he can be passionate about. His ideal information system is a system that evolves the community and develops our thinking.
Mohamed studied Computer Information Systems at the University of New Hampshire and enjoys watching the Premier League soccer games on Saturday mornings.
Vlad has vast experience making software/web ideas a reality, with his experience spanning roles of a software developer, a manager and a founder. Vlad brings full-stack development, DevOps and AI expertise to MobileMonkey, as well as 10+ years of managing teams of dozens developers.
Vlad has educations in Linguistics and Computer Science. As a hobby Vlad teaches Chinese martial arts.
Yair Goldfinger is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppCard, a loyalty 3.0 platform.
Previously, he co-founded and was Chief Technology Officer of Dotomi, an on-line advertising company which focuses on creating personal, relevant and timely one-to-one messaging between marketers and their customers; Dotomi was acquired by ValueClick at 2011.
At 26, Goldfinger co-founded ICQ, the world’s first Internet-wide instant messaging service, which was acquired by AOL in 1998. He holds several patents in the area of instant messaging.
Goldfinger is an active investor in several Israeli start-up companies. He is also a co-founder and sits on the management committee of the Friends of Raveh Ravid Fund, dedicated to the creation and formation of a new generation of young educated leaders who will take a part in management and leadership roles.
Goldfinger holds a BA in Math and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and was granted the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award in 2005.
Brian is the founder of the Backlinko blog and YouTube channel, offering search engine optimization training.
Success Magazine has referred to Brian as “the world’s foremost expert on search engine optimization” due to the influence of his blog, which reaches over 3 million people every year.
Co-founder of ThriveHive (acquired by Propel Marketing in 2016), a Techstars Boston startup that developed a SaaS Guided Marketing solution for small business owners.
Former small business owner, MIT Sloan graduate interested in technology, web, startups, entrepreneurship, mobile tech and marketing.
Co-founder of ThriveHive (acquired by Propel Marketing in 2016), a Techstars Boston startup that developed a SaaS Guided Marketing solution for small business owners. Currently SVP of Marketing, GM of SaaS.