CoachUp is a service that connects athletes with private coaches.
CoachUp is a service that connects athletes with private coaches, and is quite possibly the greatest place to work, ever. We are a little different than other companies, mainly because people actually love spending their time here - really. We believe in our mission, care deeply about our community, and treat everyone with respect. It's hard work building an amazing company, but like any good coach, we know that the journey is more important than the outcome of the game. Check out our jobs below, and hit us up if you think you have what it takes to run with us.
Unfortunately, with the exception of golf it seems my competitive sports days are behind me (and most of the people I golf with would quickly say "competitive" is a stretch...). I've been a lifelong runner and to this day remember my HS cross-country coach shouting encouragement and threats from a bullhorn atop the steep hills of Southern California -- something we all hated until we won the CA state championship that year. We never would have done it without an outstanding coach.
The past decade has involved viewing sports as my children grew. I wish CoachUp had existed back then as I'm sure I was not particularly helpful along the way...
I graduated from Harvard with a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies, something that I can rarely use except for small talk with Gene and Vasili. After 30 years in companies large and small, I'm ecstatic to be part of CoachUp -- a hard-working and fun team dedicated to helping kids and adults alike build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
I was a very mediocre high school basketball player who, through sheer luck, stumbled across a private coach who taught me how to really play the game. I improved tremendously through his coaching, was recruited to play at one of the best colleges in the country, and after graduating, earned an opportunity to play professional basketball overseas. I later became a private coach, which has allowed me to stay involved in the sport I love, and to pay it forward to young athletes in Boston, where I grew up.
My experience in basketball - the life lessons I've learned on and off the court, the friends I've made, the academic and professional doors that the game opened - helped define me as a person, and has been a continuous source of joy in my life.
I founded CoachUp from my heart, with the simple idea that the world would be a better place if every person who has an athletic dream could receive the help they need to achieve their full potential. At CoachUp, we are working hard every day to make that vision a reality. I hope you join us!
I'm an avid skier and sailor. I began sailing when I was eight years old and it quickly became more than a hobby. When I started racing competitively, my parents (who knew nothing about the sport) were at a loss for how to help me improve. They did their best by trying to find qualified private coaches to help me excel, but were only moderately successful without a service such as CoachUp. It wasn't until I began sailing in college at Boston University that I received regular coaching and realized how valuable coaching is for an athlete's development. While in college, I worked for four years as a Sailing Instructor and Racing Coach giving group lessons as well as private lessons. This experience allowed me to pass on the lessons and skills I had learned to others who were trying to make their way in the sport just as I had.
Before CoachUp, I worked as a Software Engineer for EMC Corporation as well as for Lime Brokerage, where I was responsible for overseeing the architecture design, implementation, and launch of Lime Brokerage's control channel for its Citrius Trading Platform (the fastest automated trading system on the planet). I jumped at the chance to build CoachUp's technology platform, where I can make a difference in people's lives by solving a pain point I have experienced myself.
Even though I'm a stereotypical 'nerd' with a double major from MIT, sports have been a big part of my life. Did you know that MIT has a thriving intramural sports program allowing academic departments, clubs, and living groups to play against each other in over 20 sports? I captained and played on teams in sports including Badminton, Dodgeball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Ultimate, Volleyball, and more, because sports are a great way to have fun and get some exercise. Here at CoachUp, I'm excited about creating an experience which helps others enjoy the benefits of sports, too. If something on the site is not working properly, it's probably my fault, so please let me know!
I love the fast-paced work environment of startups. Prior to joining CoachUp, I was an SVP of Product Development at KAYAK, where I led KAYAK's development team. Before that, I worked at a number of exciting startups: at VideoIQ, I was developing an intelligent security video camera; at Open Ratings, which has been acquired by Dun&Bradstreet, I ran the Business Intelligence team; and at DataSage, which is now owned by OpenText, I built data mining applications.
I'm excited to be a part of CoachUp because it empowers people. It helps amateur athletes get better at the sport that they love, and even more importantly, it enables coaches to do what they enjoy doing the most: coaching and helping athletes to get to the next level.