Meet the MobileMonkey Team

Larry Kim


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 4-year-old and a newborn who keep him busy.

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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 has over a decade of experience helping businesses use content and analytics to reach new customers, build a brand, and tell compelling stories online. She heads up marketing at MobileMonkey and she takes a hands-on approach to helping businesses grow with chatbots.

Virginia received a masters in journalism from Syracuse University, then cut her teeth in content marketing at an Inc 5000 SEO marketing agency. She lives on the SoCal coast with her family and tortoise.

tim gianelli


Director of Customer Success

Tim leads the world-class Customer Success team at MobileMonkey and has been a customer success leader in the SaaS industry since 2014. He has a passion for providing excellent customer service!

He studied Business Administration and Marketing at Coastal Carolina University and studied abroad in several international business programs, including ESCE International Business School in Paris.

Outside the office, Tim creates art, listens to live music and, when New England weather permits, plays volleyball. He likes to travel and has been to 19 countries as he chases down Michael.


Senior Product Manager

Dan joined MobileMonkey as the company’s first Product Manager. Previously, he was a Product Manager at Pixability, a video ad tech company. He is excited to continue working with brands and agencies of all sizes on the fresh problems and exciting opportunities presented by mobile chat.

He studied Computer Science at Boston College, sings bass in the Metropolitan Chorale, and has two cats named Ilana and Abbi.

David Mercurio

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.

evan milho


Account Executive

Evan started in sales at Brainshark as an Account Development Rep and grew a passion for the software industry. He joined MobileMonkey to be able to work for a proven leadership team and to follow his passion in helping businesses grow.

Evan studied Business Management with a concentration in Marketing at Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Evan likes to golf, play soccer and attend as many sporting events as possible!

alex engels

Alex Engels

Account Executive

Alex has spend the past few years as a Sales Executive for WorkWave, a field service software company. He is hoping to become another building block in the MobileMonkey family. Alex is looking to bring his passion and experience to a team already striving and really hitting their stride.

Even though work is always on his mind, he does enjoy a few activites outside of work. Whenever he is not working, Alex spends most of his time either playing or watching sports and going on hikes with his dogs.


Software Engineer

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.


Software Engineer

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.

MobileMonkey Advisors


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.