The Best Co-founder You Could Have

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Jeremy Burton

Co-Founder & CEO

Jeremy Burton is a 10x serial entrepreneur and has enjoyed building startups for over 30 years. He started his first company at age 14.

Over his career, Jeremy has worn many different hats, spanning engineering, product design, corporate development, sales, and venture investments.

Most recently, he co-founded Wonolo, the leading on-demand staffing company, where he served as CTO and board member.

Jeremy created Platform to encapsulate all his learnings in building startups into a repeatable process to help the next generation of founders succeed.

Tim Connors

Co-Founder & Founding Investor

Tim Connors is Founder and Managing Partner at PivotNorth Capital, an early-stage software-focused venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. Tim has co-founded six companies, coached founders to produce $30B+ in market cap, and been part of 6 unicorns.

Tim has engineering degrees from Notre Dame and Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard. Tim was named to the 2020 Midas List of the top 100 VCs in the world.

Tim loves to be the first investor in a company and serve as founder coach from day 1 to help founders build solutions that wow customers and to build businesses that have compelling unit economics and enduring value.

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Jada McLean

CEO & Co-Founder, Ethically

A recovering investment banker turned social impact entrepreneur, Jada previously founded Hurry Home, a fintech startup that enabled homeownership through an innovative rent to buy model. Jada has been recognized for Hurry Home’s innovative approach to filling in the gap of financing for small-dollar properties by renowned institutions like Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Techstars, and Village Capital.

Prior to founding Hurry Home she was an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Mccoll Partners (acquired by Deloitte Corporate Finance) where she focused on advising companies through mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

She holds a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

Iesha Magallanes

Founder Associate, Ethically

Iesha is a designer, engineer and artist. Despite only recently graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she already has experience on the creative teams for Playstation, Estee Lauder, and Brokeandboard.

Her love for design, impact, and building came together in her previous role where she served as the co-founder for a FinTech app named Debtly where she was the original UI/UX designer and front end developer of the app. Debtly was created to teach financial literacy to low income minorities and help with the implementation of wealth building for disenfranchised groups.

As Platform’s first Founder Associate, Iesha will work closely with Jada to build and grow Ethically, getting her hands dirty with everything from talking to users to programming.

Core Team

Lissette Arias

Head of Design, Platform Venture Studio

Lissette is an optimistic and passionate design leader and systems thinker with over fifteen years of experience owning creative vision, strategy, and execution of B2B and B2C omni-channel solutions, from concept to launch.

Her work encompasses digital products, design systems, wayfinding systems, print, branding, and interactive experiences for some of the world’s most well-known companies and for millions of users.

Challenging the status quo comes naturally to her, and promoting equity, inclusivity, and diversity is always top of mind. She’s a rebel with a (social) cause, because at times, that is exactly what it takes.

Brett Wischow

Head of Growth, Platform Venture Studio

Brett is a technology fanatic with over a decade of experience in building go-to-market teams, growth strategies and user-obsessed products. He brings a background in a variety of industries including restaurants, telecom, meetings and events and 3D mapping.

Brett is driven by lowering the barrier to entrepreneurship, and helping more people find autonomy and ownership in their work. Originally from Virginia, he is particularly interested in expanding tech entrepreneurship beyond Silicon Valley.

In his spare time, Brett enjoys playing guitar, reading fantasy (send any good suggestions to brett@platformstud.io) and hiking.

Merrick Clark

Engineering

Carol Alexander

Executive Assistant

Carol brings 20 years of C-level executive assistant experience to her role at Platform.

Past workplaces range from a public policy think tank to one of the world’s leading aluminum manufacturing companies.

She honed her organization, coordination, and follow-up skills over 19 years on the work-from-home stage, wrangling three sons, juggling a freelance writing gig, and volunteering in her community.

Her current hobbies include (in no particular order of importance) pickleball, hiking, road trips, and reading.

Carol refuses to give up on learning to bake artisan bread but currently, she is no good at it — won’t stop, can’t stop.

Patrick O'Shea

Engineering