Team

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Leadership

The managers and directors at Rokk3r Labs are industry leaders who have a proven and profound understanding of how to lead and grow a company.

Nabyl Charania

Leadership - Chief Executive Officer

Nabyl Charania is Co-Founder and CEO of Rokk3r Labs, where he shapes the global vision, direction, and expansion of the company. Nabyl is anathema to “technology thinkers” who simply pontificate about web and mobile technologies. He is a doer and an executioner with a track record. Prior to cofounding Rokk3r Labs, Nabyl built software companies and guided them to successful exits. With a focus on exponentially growing the Rokk3r Labs portfolio of companies, Nabyl oversees investor relations, worldwide partnerships, and Rokk3r Labs’s intellectual property portfolio.

 

Previously, Nabyl has built and grown successful software companies, developed R&D teams as well as managed over 200 direct reports as the Director of Engineering at Convergys Corporation. His legacy includes developing and deploying SMS billing platforms, downloadable ring-tone systems, developing a global VoIP/SIP based call center architecture, and driving large-scale reduction of global deployment costs through smart IP based tools. Nabyl transitioned to Convergys when Opence Inc., the software consulting start-up he played an integral role in forming and growing from a 2 person to a 20 person team, was acquired by Convergys.

 

Nabyl is a mathematician by education and is a strong believer in applying analytics, game theory and social trends in developing algorithms, software and products that are not only functional, but are intuitive and fun to use.

Germán Montoya

Leadership - Chief Strategy and Creative Officer

Germán Montoya is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy & Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs. He sets, communicates and executes the strategic direction of Rokk3r Labs and its portfolio companies. As a creative leader, Germán is responsible for developing new and engaging ways to enhance value and recognition of the Rokk3r Labs brand globally.

 

Previously, Germán was part of the DDB family, and served as part founder of the specialized mobile unit Rokk3r. Before that, Germán led Cyclelogic’s strategic and commercial efforts as Marketing Vice President for 4 years. Other experience includes 12 years as consultant for both Accenture and McKinsey, spending most of his time in strategic functions within the financial services industry.

 

Germán is an economist by education, having studied extensively and with multiple degrees from Cornell University, Harvard University and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. German believes technology is today’s biggest creativity driver. New thoughts and ideas are made possible thanks to new technology, and due to the democratization powers of mobiles and other wireless technologies. He is passionate about creating for the new world.

Juan Montoya

Leadership - Chief Operating Officer

Juan Montoya is a Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer at Rokk3r Labs. He leads key strategic legal, financial and operational initiatives critical to Rokk3r Labs’ expansion plans. Juan oversaw the initial operational growth and expansion of the company in the US and Colombia and was instrumental in establishing the infrastructure that supports products and companies in the Rokk3r Labs portfolio today. He is well versed in global business, strategy, and operations.

 

Prior to co-founding Rokk3r Labs, he worked as an economist and consultant, leading teams of consultants in projects for private and public institutions in multiple industries.

 

His past clients include The US Treasury, IFC/World Bank, Freddie Mac,Univision and the CIA, among others.

Martin Schmieg

Leadership - Chief Financial Officer

Martin Schmieg is Chief Financial Officer at Rokk3r Labs. He sets the financial strategy of the organization and its portfolio companies by combining finance with technology and business objectives to drive growth in revenues and profit.

 

Martin, with 35 years of business experience, is a “C” level executive with a diversified background in the global biotech, med-tech and pharmaceutical industries. As a hands-on leader, Martin’s early career focused on accounting and financial management responsibilities serving as Chief Financial Officer to Cytometrics, Inc., Advanced Bionics Corporation, Sirna Therapeutics, Inc. and Isolagen, Inc. With Cytometrics, he raised $55 million in four rounds of venture capital financing to bring the company’s Cytoscan® instrument to market. With Advanced Bionics, he was the financial architect of the company’s sale to Boston Scientific for $4.2 billion. With Sirna Therapeutics and in collaboration with its venture owners, he co-developed the company’s strategic plan which led to the company’s acquisition by Merck & Co for $1.3 billion.

 

In 2006, Martin assumed the position of Chief Executive Office of Freedom-2, Inc., a venture startup in novel dermatology applications. While at Freedom-2, Martin raised $14 million in venture capital and led the company in the development and market introduction of InfinitInk®, which was a Time Magazine “Invention of the Year” in 2008. In 2009, Martin reversed merged Freedom-2 into Nuvilex, Inc., now a successful and thriving publicly trading biotech company.

 

Since 2010, Martin has been providing strategic employment/consulting services to the cell/gene therapy industry including engagements with the following companies: NeoStem, Beckman Coulter Genomics, Calimmune, Cryoport, Hemacare, Akron Biotechnology and Vetbiologics. Martin is widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in cell therapy corporate development. In 2014, Martin founded ClearIt, LLC and Pic-Right, LLC, startup companies in the dermatology and computer app markets respectively.

 

Martin holds a BS from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. Is a licensed certified public accountant and frequent guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and MIT.

 

Andrea Arnau

Leadership - Chief Growth Hacker

Andrea Arnau is Chief Growth Hacker at Rokk3r Labs, where she is responsible for achieving growth for its portfolio companies and selective external clients with strong Massive Transformative Purposes (MTP). Her focus is on improving companies’ main business metrics through creatively “hacking” traditional marketing strategies and tactics with the sole purpose of achieving exponential results.

 

Before joining Rokk3r Labs, Andrea was co-founder and partner in Tribal DDB Colombia, Tribal DDB Latin America and Chef Company. She successfully led brand and digital strategy as well as business development for large multinational organizations, local businesses and startups.

 

Her entrepreneurial spirit plus her insatiable curiosity has brought Andrea to work in different companies and geographies. She is passionate about new technologies and believes that good professionals can collaborate from anywhere in the world as long as they have an Internet connection. She describes her ideal job as one where she can work with interdisciplinary teams of people who are both talented and nice.

Ernesto Noboa

Leadership - Partner

Ernesto Noboa is a Rokk3r Labs Partner. He works together with the leadership of Rokk3r Labs in setting and executing the strategy in order to expand Rokk3r Labs’ relevance in Latin America, seeking to add value to the global portfolio of Rokk3r Labs exponential ventures.

 

In addition, Ernesto serves as Academic Director and innovation / entrepreneurship professor at IDE Business School in Ecuador. Previously, he was co-founder and partner in Lösning Business Solutions, a management and innovation consulting firm based in Ecuador. He also worked at Corporación Jabonería Nacional, a consumer goods company founded by his great grandfather in 1911 and sold to Unilever in 2000.

 

Ernesto is a writer. In 2012, he published the innovation book El Modelo 206. In his literary career he has published five poetry books, and plans to publish his sixth in 2017.

 

Ernesto is passionate with the idea of dismantling mental and physical frontiers and barriers, especially in this digital era. He has lived 13 years between USA and Spain. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from IESE Business School, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Ricardo Noboa

Leadership - Partner

Ricardo Noboa is a Rokk3r Labs Partner. He works together with the leadership of Rokk3r Labs in setting and executing the strategy in order to expand Rokk3r Labs’ relevance in Latin America, seeking to add value to the global portfolio of Rokk3r Labs exponential ventures.

 

Before joining Rokk3r Labs, Ricardo was co-founder and partner in Lösning Business Solutions, a management and innovation consulting firm based in Ecuador. He also worked at IB Partners, a Chilean based investment bank with presence in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

 

Ricardo graduated as an economist from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA degree from IDE Business School. He is also certified by the innovation company Foursight and has taken project management courses.

Source

Source vets the ideas of hundred of clients every year to find not only great ideas, but partners with the expertise and resources to truly lead a digital platform.

Christopher Staley

Source - Director Rokk3r Source

Christopher Staley is a Director in Rokk3r Source, where he engages with local, national and international business communities to identify target entrepreneurs for Rokk3r Labs and develops key strategic partnerships with corporations, educational institutions, angel investors and VCs to grow the Rokk3r Labs portfolio.

Aurelia Crews

Source - Director Rokk3r Source

Aurelia Crews is a Director in Rokk3r Source, where she engages with local, national and international business communities to identify target entrepreneurs for the Rokk3r Labs Think Phase, the entry point into the Rokk3r Labs portfolio of companies. She also develops key strategic partnerships with corporations, educational institutions, angel investors and VCs to further facilitate the growth process for Rokk3r Labs entrepreneurs and the brand.

 

Previously, Aurelia was Vice President of Business Development for the joint venture between Magic Johnson and Edison Learning. She also held senior business development positions at Cisco and Microsoft, where she built multi-million dollar accounts, and led global sales strategy implementations.

Natasha Petrukin

Source - Director of Investor Relations

Natasha Petrukin is Director of Investor Relations. Natasha defines and implements the Rokk3r Labs investor relations strategy and focus on fund raising, ongoing communication flow with the investment community and access to specific investment channels required by our portfolio companies to meet their ongoing financial needs.

Sebastian Chavarria

Source - Director Rokk3r Source

Sebastian Chavarria is a Director in Rokk3r Source, where he engages with local, national and international business communities with a focus on Latin America to identify target entrepreneurs for Rokk3r Labs and develops key strategic partnerships with corporations, educational institutions, angel investors and VCs to grow the Rokk3r Labs portfolio. Previously, Sebastian served as Executive Director of Veritas DDB, a leading communications group which owns Omnicom affiliates DDB, Tribal and Fleishman Hillard.

Cobuild

Cobuild is the core process at Rokk3r Labs. During this phase the best ideas from think phase are executed by our team of strategists, creatives and engineers. This is where visions are transformed into real companies

Lorenzo de Leo

Cobuild - Managing Director Rokk3r Cobuild

Lorenzo De Leo (Ph.D) co-leads a team of over 65 product designers, engineers and business strategists working with partner entrepreneurs to develop digital products and launch companies. Lorenzo manages a comprehensive deconstruction, evaluation and rethinking process for ideas that could turn into Rokk3r Labs portfolio companies. He leads a cross-functional team through the development of strategic visions, models and roadmaps that give each idea in the Cobuild process the highest chance for additional investment, scalability and profitability.

Farhan Lalji

Cobuild - Managing Director of Rokk3r Labs EMEA

Farhan is Partner and Managing Director of Rokk3r Labs EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia).  He leads the strategic growth and operations of Rokk3r Labs in the EMEA region. Farhan works to develop the influence of Rokk3r Labs’ brand and builds relationships with targeted categories of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors.  He has built a world-class team in Europe, and works with them to evangelize the cobuild approach through strategic pitches, campaigns and projects.

 

Farhan started his career as a developer, product manager, and management consultant, and transitioned to Yahoo! as head of customer acquisition where he managed the operations for their European display advertising campaigns. Farhan completed his executive MBA at London Business School.

 

Brian Sanchez

Cobuild - Director of Technology Innovation

Brian Sanchez is a cofounder of Rokk3r Labs and the Managing Director of Technology Innovation. Brian defines, implements and supports the core of Rokk3r Labs’ Technology Platform, related products and intelligent algorithms. He cross-pollinates technologies and standards across Rokk3r Labs portfolio companies, and leads the invention of new engineering solutions. Brian has successfully built and exited his own software startup.

 

Brian’s endless arsenal of technical abilities and equally impressive management and software architecture skills combined with his innate curiosity to dissect and utilize emerging technologies make Brian a critical part to the Rokk3r Labs team.

Marco Aramburo

Cobuild - Managing Director Colombia

Marco Aramburo is a Director of Build at Rokk3r Labs in Colombia, where he manages a team of over 40 product designers, engineers and analysts working with partner entrepreneurs to develop digital products and launch companies. He oversees all operational activities for the Rokk3r Labs in Colombia, and works with Rokk3r Labs Partners to grow the company’s brand across Latin America.

 

He studied Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and since then founded his own web studio, creating applications for private and public companies for 12 years. After that he worked in the production area in Mass Digital, part of the Lowe Group in Bogota Colombia. During that time he was a consultant to major brands and television networks in the areas of ecommerce and social media.

 

Marco is passionate about technology, and a firm believer in its power to improve quality of life and reduce costs globally.

Team Members

  • Sari Azout
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    Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Mike Rolfe
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    Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Mariana Gutiérrez
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    Thinker
  • Samantha Ledezma
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    Thinker
  • Jesse Golomb
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    Senior Startup Strategist
  • Jide Adebayo
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    Senior Startup Strategist
  • Marielena Rodriguez
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    Product Architect
  • Joel Mena
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    Senior Product Architect
  • Juan Torres
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    Senior Product Architec
  • Giovanna Salucci
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    Senior Strategic Designer
  • Andrei Piza
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    Designer
  • Lina Valencia
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    Designer
  • Camilo Martinez
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    Lead Product Engineer
  • Angela Vega
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    Lead Product Engineer
  • Ruben Godoy
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    Lead Product Engineer
  • Edison Galindo
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    Lead Product Engineer
  • Diego Ribero
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    Lead Product Engineer
  • Ivan Gonzalez
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    Senior Product Engineer
  • Mauricio Pradilla
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    Senior Product Engineer
  • Diego Santiesteban
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    Senior Product Engineer
  • Leonardo Vernaza
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    Senior Product Engineer
  • Jonathan Vargas
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    Product Engineer
  • Jhon Tovar
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    Product Engineer
  • Andrés Calderon
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    Hardware Engineer
  • Alvaro Ardila
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    Product Engineer
  • Julio Saldaña
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    Product Engineer
  • Juan Carrera
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    Product Engineer
  • Camila Ardila
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    Talent Manager
  • Isabella Toruno
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    Office Manager
  • Melanie Levy-Hara
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    UI/UX Designer Intern

Talent & Culture

Naheem Charania

Talent & Culture - Partner

Naheem Charania is a Partner at Rokk3r Labs, and leads a specialized tactical unit dispatched across high-value internal and external projects including Global Recruiting, Marketing & Public Relations. Naheem works with the CEO and Chief Strategy & Creative Officer to execute strategies related to Rokk3r Labs daily operations and its future vision.

 

Naheem Charania joined Rokk3r Labs after a career in management consulting where he spent time at BearingPoint, a global management consulting firm, and the Carly Rian Group, a boutique firm.

 

Naheem’s management consulting experiences span across multiple industries and top tier clients, in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, business process redesign, and risk & compliance.

Luis Buitrago

Talent & Culture - Creative Director

Luis Buitrago is a Partner and Creative Director at Rokk3r Labs. Luis works with the CEO and Chief Strategy & Creative Officer to manage the company’s creative and brand vision and sets the strategy for how the Rokk3r Labs brand can reach the largest target audience. Luis is deployed across special high value internal and external projects including internationalization of the Rokk3r Labs brand.

 

Prior to working at Rokk3r Labs, Luis worked for several years at DDB worldwide and Tribal DDB.

 

Luis has led several projects in the US and Latin America for global brands such as McDonald’s, State Farm, Clorox, Wrigley’s & Volkswagen, among others.

Team Members

  • Ryan Wenger
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    Talent Recruiter

Rokk3r Fuel

Jeff Ransdell

Rokk3r Fuel - Founding Partner & Managing Partner

Jeff started his business career at age 14 when he started his first company. By the time he was 24 he had built and sold 3 startups. After studying Finance and International Finance he joined Merrill Lynch in 1994 as an advisor to private clients. Over the coming 20 years he held many senior level leadership roles on Wall Street and helped redefine the financial services offering at Bank of America Merrill Lynch post 2009 as a member of the operating committee reporting directly into the head of wealth management. In his last role, Jeff was ultimately responsible for entrusted global private client investment assets of $138 Billion.

 

Jeff is fully licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) covering all asset classes including venture capital, financial planning, selling of publicly traded securities, and supervision and control of financial securities broker-dealers. His licenses include Series 6, Series 7, Series 9, Series 10, Series 63, Series 65.

 

His experience as a Senior C-Level executive with verifiable year-after-year success achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives within start-ups, turnaround and rapid change regulated environments both domestically and internationally has given him a conservative perspective into Venture Capital investing.

 

His international finance knowledge has been critical to our thinking about opening access for offshore clients to participate in US venture eco systems. His years of leadership development have been instrumental in helping our investment founders think through the strategies of building their companies and leading their teams.

Chris Kilroy

Rokk3r Fuel - Managing Principal & Head of Global Distribution

Chris Kilroy is a Managing Principal and Head of Global Distribution for Rokk3r Fuel, with responsibility and oversight of the distribution of Rokk3r funds to our private client partners and institutional intermediaries. Chris brings more than 20 years of investment experience to our clients and partners with roles that have included National Sales Director for AIG/SunAmerica Asset Management and Western Divisional Manager for The American Funds, an 85-year-old organization who manages more than $1.4 trillion of client assets. Chris was the co-creator and distribution leader of one of the largest all-equity closed end funds in Wall Street history with the launch of the Focused Growth Fund. He has been the recipient of several awards including the AIG career achievement award. Chris holds series 7, 63, 65 and 26 licenses.