Team

The Team

Meet The Team

Blake Ian

CEO | 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 | 10 years of Transcendental Meditation | New York native, currently living in Delray Beach with his mini-goldendoodle “Bodhi Skywalker”

Rodrigo Bartels

Chief Technology Officer
Software Architect with a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Costa Rica. 15 years experience working for global companies including Amazon, 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.

Rachael Workman

Brand Director | 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 two children.

Mike Linetsky

Sales
Being born into a family of developers, Mike began working for his dad's startups at the age of 12. After attending college at UCSB and majoring in psychology Mike reverted back to his roots. Since then he has worked in the tech industry, starting with IT, then support and finally found his passion in sales where he spent the last 10 years in a variety of roles, both inside and outside, B2B and B2C. In his free time he enjoys traveling, snowboarding and poker.

Raquel Fonseca

Lead Developer
15 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.

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 & Development @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.

Roy Stein

Operations
Operator with 25 years experience building, leading & growing startups from idea to acquisition. Passion for product development and generating widespread adoption in the marketplace. Roy held executive leadership roles and led business units in BabelBark (Co-Founder and CEO, acquired Oct 2020), EnergyPoints (Co Founder and COO, was acquired in 2014 by Lux Research), GridPoint Inc. (VP Operations, acquired by TFC Utilities), Comverse Technologies Inc. (public company, VP Corp Dev) and Comverse Billing Systems Ltd (VP Operations, acquired by Amdocs).

Will McDonough

Business Development & Talent
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 | 10 years of Transcendental Meditation | New York native, currently living in Delray Beach with his mini-goldendoodle “Bodhi Skywalker”

Peyton Sterns

Publishing & Advertising Sales
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.

Zac Hirsch

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
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