The Best Co-Founder You Could Have

Platform provides the infrastructure for founders from all backgrounds to build groundbreaking companies which tackle the world’s biggest problems.

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.

Ayden Syal

CEO & Co-Founder, MOGL

Ayden graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Management Consulting and Sociology. Ayden has spent his career working in a variety of roles across financial services at Morgan Stanley, Lexington Partners, and IHS Markit. Ayden serves on the Notre Dame Young Alumni Board as the East Regional Director.

Ayden is looking forward to helping athletes and local businesses maximize their brand potential. He is excited about using MOGL to improve the health of communities and the lives of current and former collegiate athletes.

Brandon Wimbush

Chief Athletic Officer & Co-Founder, MOGL

Brandon graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Accountancy. Prior to earning the starting quarterback position for Notre Dame, Brandon was a NJ Gatorade Player of the Year and state champion. While at Notre Dame, Brandon started 16 games for the Irish and led them to a 10-3 record in 2017 before concluding his collegiate career at the University of Central Florida.

Brandon is ecstatic about using his experiences both on and off the playing field to improve the lives of generations to follow. He aspires to use MOGL to allow him to give back to the institutions and communities that have given him so much.

Marcelino Pantoja

CEO & Co-Founder, Measurement

Marcelino has built and advised multiple emerging funds to become institutional-quality venture capital firms, two of which have raised and deployed a combined total of over $2.4B in startups since inception. Previously, he oversaw a $500M separately invested pool, including a direct investment portfolio of over 500 startups, at the investment office for Stanford University.

He currently serves on the Lodato Committee for the Department of Athletics (DAPER) Investment Fund at Stanford.

Marcelino is a first-generation college graduate of Yale University and was a Varsity Oarsman on the Yale Heavyweight Crew Team.

Griffin Eaton

CEO & Co-Founder, Juke

There’s an old joke: what do you call someone who puts $5,000 worth of gear into a $500 car to drive 100 miles to a $50 gig?….a Musician.

Live music is one of the most enjoyable parts of the human experience. A vibrant music scene can turn a city from downtrodden to vibrant. And yet, the majority of musicians struggle to earn a livable wage. Grif invites you to follow Juke as we help musicians monetize their talents, and have a lot of fun along the way.

Grif transitioned his career from the corporate world to tech startups and hasn’t looked back. His time in marketing at Anheuser-Busch ignited his passion for understanding the customer; but it was his time in tech that provided the expertise to create and articulate value to customers. Grif earned his BS and MBA at Notre Dame.

Rilwan Lawal

CEO & Co-Founder, Gig Benefits

After starting multiple ventures in high school & college, Rilwan worked in the Aerospace industry before co-founding Neu, a Techstars-backed marketplace connecting Airbnb homeowners with cleaning companies.

He was also an early employee at Hugo, a startup building "Uber for school buses". This led him to focus on solving problems for Gig workers.

Most recently Rilwan worked as a Corporate Innovation consultant, leading design-thinking initiatives for Global 100 companies.

Outside of work, Rilwan enjoys reading & traveling. He is also a Chelsea FC fan and plays soccer for fun.

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.

Anthony Whitaker

Founder Associate, MOGL

Anthony is an Old Dominion University Alum and served in a number of roles at the University: he was President of the ODU initiative, Brother 2 Brother, a Recruiter and Assistant Running Back Coach for ODU Football, and worked as an entrepreneurial consultant.

As an entrepreneur, Anthony created Unparalleled Co., an Athleisure Clothing Company made to inspire.

He also assisted QuestStone, where he worked with startups, high-profile companies, and individuals, nationally and internationally, to establish them in the digital space.

Hannah Dopico

Founder Associate, Measurement

Hannah is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she studied finance and data science.

She served as the Managing Director of Notre Dame’s student venture capital fund, conducting due diligence alongside Tim Connors of PivotNorth, and co-investing university endowment dollars in early-stage startups.

Hannah spent her summers interning at Salesforce and the MacArthur Foundation, and completing the GoingVC and Girls Who Invest intensive programs.

Studio 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

Senior Software Engineer, Platform Venture Studio

Carol Alexander

Executive Assistant, Platform Venture Studio

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

Software Engineer, Platform Venture Studio

The Platform Tao

"tao" means a road, path, way; and hence, the way in which one does something; method, doctrine, principle.

Our Tao is a guiding ethos for everything we do at Platform, and forms the cultural DNA for every company we start.

  1. We respect hard work, but we worship results

    Working hard is necessary but not sufficient. Don’t confuse working hard with getting results.

  2. Focus

    Do a few things well, rather than many things poorly. Spend your time every day doing the things that give you the most leverage to achieve the results you need.

  3. Show decisive pragmatism

    Fight for what you believe in, but not everything has to be a fight. Most decisions are reversible. The best decision is a made decision. Analysis paralysis burns time, and time is precious.

  4. Be data-driven

    Data doesn’t always tell the whole story, but it tells most of the story, most of the time. Make smart bets. Be intellectually honest.

  5. Do the right thing

    Morality matters. Anything we do should at worst be morally-neutral.

  6. Be clear

    Err on the side of over-communication. Use Radical Candor – it’s not mean; it’s clear.

  7. Take your work seriously…but not yourself

    Building startups is stressful, infuriating, exhausting. Laughter is the best medicine.

  8. Be grateful

    Recognize the huge privilege it is to work with some of the smartest people from all over the world to build category-defining startups.

  9. Everyone works for the customer

    Whatever your role, directly or indirectly, you are in service of the user or customer.