The Team

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Steve Olechowski
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Steve Olechowski

Co-Founder

Steve looks happy because he's on vacation in this picture. After a stint of founding FeedBurner, and then selling it to Google, where he spent four years integrating FeedBurner and AdMob into Doubleclick, he was happily enjoying life a few miles away from where Fiorentina plays. Though Gabe Batistuta and Rui Costa are long gone, he can still be found donning the purple shirt for an occasional match.

Juan Luis Hortelano
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Juan Luis Hortelano

Co-founder

We don't know why Juan Luis is looking down in this picture, but we assume he's looking down the La Liga table at Valencia CF, who are probably in third or fourth place, if they are lucky. That's okay, because even if VCF hasn't done well, they're under new ownership, which should provide plenty of entertainment for the folks at Blinkfire Valencia, co-located within the hallowed halls of Plug and Play España, which Juan Luis also co-founded.

Alex Tatay
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Alex Tatay

CTO

In English, we call that bit of stubble on Alex's chin a "soul patch" - made popular by David Villa while at FC Barcelona - in Spain it's called a "mosca" which loosely translated means "there's a fly on your chin", but in Spain everyone has a barba by 1pm. Alex was previously the CTO at meetmeals.com and is now our technical skipper.

Nan Jiang
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Nan Jiang

Computer Vision Engineer

If one designs a "face-spotter" for the photos in the biographical parts of academic publications, the face in this photo will be surely spotted in many high-quality journals in computer vision, pattern recognition and image processing. If it reports its findings in other fields, like chemistry, she says they must be her unknown relatives. Nan is interested in developing useful computer vision and pattern recognition algorithms for real life applications, like what she does at Blinkfire.

Jonathan Kutnowski
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Jonathan Kutnowski

Front-End Developerson

Here at Blinkfire, we're a little bit country, and a little bit rock n' roll. Johnny's a little bit punk rock in this picture. It's also the one and only picture we'll have taken in a bathroom on this website. We promise. Johnny is our Front-End Developerson, which is a title he made up himself. We like it.

Daniel Roca
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Daniel Roca

Business Development

We've been told we have way too many hair and beard jokes in these bios, so we'll leave this one alone. That's okay anyway, because we'd rather go on about Dani's experience in marketing Valencia's regional basketball league, degree in Sports Management and Administration, and the rest of his CV which make him our customers' go to guy in Europe.

Jeff Mirmelstein
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Jeff Mirmelstein

Business Development and Finance

Okay, so Jeff was a Michigan Wolverine, but we hired him anyway, because at least he played soccer, so he won't be too excited about Harbaugh coming back. He also joins us from Twitter where Jeff did Agency sales and Sales Finance, so the combination of all those things makes him a perfect match for Blinkfire!

Michael Bolden
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Michael Bolden

Business Development

Michael is another Wildcat, who we almost didn't hire because we heard he played Nickelback. Then we learned it was the football position, and not that awful poser-grunge band with the same name. Whew! Mike joins the business development team, where he's able leverage his previous experience in sales and entrepreneurship.

Christian
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Christian Olivares

Communications

Why so serious? Christian worked with Juan Luis and Steve on translating FeedBurner into Spanish. He did such a good job, that they brought him back for round two. Plus, we enjoy watching him take a beating for being a Real Madrid fan in Valencia.

Pablo
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Pablo Poveda

Software Engineer

Of our many polyglots, Pablo is the poly-glotiest of them all. mariposa. borboleta. butterfly. papillon. SCHMETTERLING! Oh, and he knows some Python too.

Our Advisors

Matt Shobe

Matt Shobe

Matt was part of the same co-founding team with Steve for FeedBurner (acquired by Google) and three prior startups. A sport fans more-or-less since birth, Steve lost count of the number of times Matt threw his game controller across the office after yet another close loss at FIFA ’98.

Shergul Arshad

Shergul Arshad

We knew Shergul was a match for us when we found out he used his Harvard education to become the translator for the Azzurri in World Cup '94 instead of going into something like banking. From there he pioneered the use of Digital and Social at AS Roma and is now the CEO of Mondogoal.

Carlos Domingo

Carlos Domingo

Carlos Domingo was born in Barcelona, not far from La Masia, where most of the stars of his favorite team FC Barcelona grew up so he likes to think that he has inherited some of the skills that help Barça be the best team in the world. Former CEO of Telefonica R&D, he's now based in Dubai and Riyadh where he is a Senior Executive Officer for Business and Data Monetization in Mobily. He is also an active business angel.

Our Investors

Our Story

Who we are

Steve and Juan Luis met in 2006 while Steve was COO of FeedBurner and looking to expand the company's global reach to Europe and Spanish-speaking South America. Juan Luis and his company at the time were signed as a key FeedBurner partner to localize feedburner.com into Spanish, and help re-sell the product to publishers and advertisers in those markets. Since that time, Steve has been an active advisor in Plug and Play España, where he re-engaged with Juan Luis.

Why are we doing this

The founders' passion for the intersection of digital media and sports is what initially spawned the idea for the company. Individually, as well in collaboration with key investor/advisor/FeedBurner co-founder Matt Shobe, our experience of understanding how to create compelling analytics and ad tech by being in between publishers, advertisers, and consumers (much learned during our 4 years at Google) led us to this particular market innovation.

Where are we?

Location, Location, Location!

Chicago, IL
Valencia, Spain

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