Meet the Team

Blake Ian

CEO and Co-Founder

Former Business Product Lead @Apple  | CTO @SHADOW PR |  Serial entrepreneur with a passion for creativity, product, innovation, communication and execution. TEXTING Since 1992! | Singer-Songwriter-Producer | 7 years of Transcendental Meditation | Living in Jersey City with his Goldendoodle  “Bodhi Skywalker”

Rachel Workman

Brand Director and Co-Founder

Former @Time Magazine @SHADOW PR. Over a decade of experience in public relations, partnerships, copywriting & brand development. Passionate about working on early stage projects, with the opportunity to help excited, young companies find their voice and market fit. She’s been with Tawkers since the beginning, helping steer the ship in an ever-shifting landscape of media & technology. These days she works from Tel Aviv, with her husband and dog.

Rodrigo A. Bartels

Chief Technology Officer

Software Architect with a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Costa Rica. 11 years experience working for global companies such as Subaru, Merck, Kaplan, EMI, Proxibid, ANA, Atomite and Zappos. Professor @University of Costa Rica School of Computer Science. Part of the Tawkers team since 2012. Passionat about economics, politics and soccer. Married with a Golden Retriever, Rough Collie and Border Collie.

Raquel Fonseca

Lead Developer

10 years of solid experience in Software Engineering. Raquel has lead the Research & Development efforts in mobile platforms like iOS and Android for several clients. Raquel is a natural team player, very detail-oriented and with excellent results fulfilling goals and meeting deadlines in less than the average time. As a Mobile Development Lead, Raquel manages the development of new applications for mobile devices, providing guidance and technique improvements along the entire software development process.

Gabrielle Hamann

Marketing Director

A passionate and driven Marketing professional with a Masters in Business Marketing at the University of Technology Sydney. Gabrielle is focused on new media, growth strategy and digital marketing. Her time in media spans 4.5 years from B2C event marketing, digital and TV sales for a media publication, to digital marketing for a start-up. She recently moved from Sydney, Australia and is now based in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Anna Howell

Content & Social Manager

Mary Anna graduated from the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. She currently lives in Haifa, Israel and has worked with Tawkers since 2014 in several roles across content creation, product development and social media management.

Advisory Board

Sab Kanaujia

Board Director

GM/VP Digital Product Strategy & Developmen @NBC Universal. Dir. Business Development & Strategy AOL Time Warner. Globally recognized entrepreneur, executive, advisor and investor in the digital technology industry.

John Petralia

Advisor - Publishing & Market Strategy

Former Global Head of Marketing @Bloomberg, CMO @Iron Mountain, VP & GM @ XEROX. 20-year track record of building high performance teams and is recognized for developing strategies that have accelerated growth and built brands of the world’s most successful informations service, technology and media companies.

Peyton Sterns

Advisor - Publishing & Advertising Sales

Current Founder & CEO @Bashed. Former head of Business Development @Jetsetter, previous biz dev and audience development professional @Bloomberg and @Forbes. Passionate about building relationships, growing brands, driving revenue and creative problem solving.

Will McDonough

Advisor - Business Development & Talent

Co-founder Goldman Sachs Builders & Innovators Summit, VP $825mm IPO for Atlas Mara on the London Stock Exchange, VP @ Goldman Sachs. Will has built and scaled businesses over the last 20 years for some of the worlds most known people.

Steve Gertz

Advisor - Growth Strategy

Over ten years building and managing investment and business development platform for Joe Gibbs, former NFL, Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Coach and current owner of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion race team.

Zac Hirsch

Advisor - Enterprise Sales

Dir. Sales @Dynamic Signal, Dir. Sales @Pixlee. Seasoned SaaS Sales Executive with over a decade of experience executing Enterprise partnerships with companies such as Panasonic, Sonos, Sennheiser, Keurig, Kenneth Cole, Coach, Stuart Weitzman, Rent The Runway, Rawlings, Goldman Sachs, UBS Asset Management, BlackRock