It has been an interesting couple of weeks at SafeGraph. SafeGraph has been hard at work using our data to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and we launched The Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Foot Traffic (we are sharing our data for free with government agencies, health institutions, and selected academics).
In addition, three new executives joined the company: Nicole Berger, Preethi Pragash, and Ross Epstein.
SafeGraph continues building our remote team with the addition of Nicole Berger (based in Philadelphia). Last month we announced the addition of Seattle-based Felix Cheung as VP Engineering. The addition of Nicole to SafeGraph brings the number of non-SF based executives to four (of seven).
Nicole was previously the COO of Slyce -- a machine image recognition software company. Before that she was VP Operations and an early employee of SnipSnap (which was acquired by Slyce in 2015). She started her career (out of college) as an options trader. Nicole studied Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
We interviewed over 100 people for the VP Operations role and were fortunate enough to meet Nicole through the process. Nicole will be overseeing business operations (biz-ops), goal-planning, HR, recruiting, and more.
If one could design a resume from scratch to run finance at a data company, it would be Preethi's.
Preethi Pragash was recently the VP Finance at Figure Eight (formerly called CrowdFlower). She was at the company for nine years where she started as an accountant, got promoted many times, and ultimately led all Finance and reported to the CEO. Last year she led the process to successfully sell the company to Appen. She has an accounting degree from Osmania University & Certified Public Accountant (Inactive Practicing license)
On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to be an angel investor in Figure Eight and was able to observe (and benefit from) Preethi’s work ethic first hand.
Ross Epstein comes to SafeGraph via LinkedIn, where he was a product manager. Prior to that, Ross was CEO and co-founder of sales engagement start-up Sendbloom (which was acquired by LinkedIn). He has a Computer Science degree from Northwestern.
I was also an investor in Sendbloom and got a chance to meet Ross right when he graduated college and have seen him grow into a super talented executive. I’m excited to get the chance to work with Ross every day.
We are continuing to build the team at SafeGraph (even in these uncertain times). We were profitable in 2019 and continue to grow quickly (but responsibly) in 2020.
In addition to Nicole, Preethi, and Ross, we brought on the following people in Q1 2020:
Kate Blumberg (senior marketing manager), Felix Cheung (VP Engineering), Kyle Didier (sales), Vera Sazonova (machine learning engineer), Saurabh Sharan (hacker-in-residence), Russ Thompson (machine learning engineer), and Chris Tramel (software engineer).
If you are interested in working at SafeGraph, we are hiring amazing software engineers, sales, and business roles (you can be located anywhere in North America). SafeGraph is building geospatial datasets to power innovation across industries. Our goal is to be the definitive source of information about physical places. Read more about our Vision and Values [Focus, Judgment, Humility, Leverage, Don’t-be-a-Bottleneck, and Growth]. Join SafeGraph and help us open access to information and be the data utility to all.
That's it – that's all we do. We want to understand the physical world and power innovation through open access to geospatial data. We believe data should be an open platform, not a trade secret. Information should not be hoarded so that only a few can innovate.