Eric joined FlipKey in 2008 and is responsible for all things marketing and the day-to-day operations of the owner subscription business. Eric's experience with renting vacation homes online goes all the way back to the late 90s when he rented a condo for a group ski trip to Lake Tahoe. While he loves all that vacation rentals have to offer, he recognized the pain points of finding and booking a rental online and was attracted to FlipKey to transform the experience.
Prior to FlipKey, Eric cut his teeth at eBay and BuyerZone, which were both very successful high-growth Internet commerce businesses. He has held a wide range of functional roles across marketing, business development, operations, and finance.
FlipKey is a leading vacation rental marketplace that makes it easy,
safe, and fun to find and book the perfect place to stay. Our verified
guest reviews help you search more than 170,000 listings in 8,000
locations around the world. Get a great value and stay in a rental with
the space, privacy, and amenities of home.
With more than 4 million monthly unique visits, FlipKey has been named the “Top Vacation Rental Site” by Travel + Leisure. FlipKey has also appeared in many other top-tier media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, SmartMoney, the LA Times, and MSNBC.
FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company and helps power the vacation rental experience on TripAdvisor.com—the world’s largest travel website with over 40 million visitors monthly.
FlipKey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.
Robert Keane is the president and CEO of Vistaprint, the company he founded in 1995 to provide small businesses with everything they need to market their business. Bringing knowledge in direct marketing, desktop publishing, manufacturing operations and strategy, Robert has led Vistaprint to the success it has achieved to date.
A veteran of the small business market, Robert's vision for Vistaprint emerged from his experience with the development of a retail kiosk design and printing system and from his in-depth knowledge of the small business desktop publishing software market.
Robert previously served as an external consultant to Microsoft with the Microsoft Publisher desktop publishing product team for whom he researched and advised on the graphic design and printing needs of small businesses in Europe. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. and his M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Founded in 1995 and having launched our first commercial website in 2000, Vistaprint is an e-commerce pioneer and the world’s leading online design and print solution for small businesses worldwide. Through a revolutionary business model, patented technologies and direct marketing expertise, we have developed algorithmically driven software to deliver the best cost, quality, and convenience of graphic design and printing. And that’s just the beginning.
Vistaprint embraces ingenuity and originality and is a highly transparent, high-energy place to work. Here, you won’t be confined by a job description or four department walls. You’ll work cross-functionally with people from all aspects of our business and you’ll understand how every facet ultimately affects our bottom line.
Mike manages Grasshopper's customer acquisition and retention activities including product management, marketing and customer support. Mike's marketing and customer relationship experience spans more than 20 years including leadership positions in product management, consulting and client management. Most recently Mike was Vice President of Product Management at Fidelity Investment's HR outsourcing business where he built and launched the self-service applications and customer support for Fidelity's mid-market HR offering. Prior to that Mike held senior product development and product management positions at Affiliated Computer Services and ANSYS, Inc. where he specialized in developing and executing market entry strategies for new products. In addition, he held client management and consulting roles at Granitar, Inc and Deloitte Consulting where he worked for a number of Fortune 1000 clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University.
Don oversees Grasshopper's enterprise-wide operational processes to create an outstanding customer experience that drives tremendous growth. Don boasts a 17-year track record of helping businesses of all sizes scale their operational processes. Before joining Grasshopper, Don was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sagebridge Consulting, LLC, which develops web solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Don also served as Vice President of Professional Services for Granitar Inc., a top-tier Internet consulting firm, where he provided technology solutions to Fortune 1000 clients including State Street Bank, Fidelity, Amtrak, New York Times Digital, and Standard & Poors. In addition, he has held leadership positions at firms such as Mitchell Madison Group, Siemens, Westinghouse, and IBM. Don combines his technical and operational expertise with a passionate, business-driven perspective. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
David Hauser oversees the strategic direction and operations of Grasshopper and serves as the company's technology visionary. A passionate technologist, he's the guy you go to when you have a question about how the universe operates (or if you simply want to consult his encyclopedic inner search engine). As champion of the company's Core Values and work culture, he strives to create an environment that is professionally and personally rewarding for all employees.
A technology start-up veteran, David was co-founder of Return Path, an e-mail performance management company. David's strong entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him to serve as a consultant for various companies as well as a mentor to emerging entrepreneurs through his alma mater, Babson College. He has also been a speaker at LessConf, Big Omaha, FOWA, SuperConf, and other events. David was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.
Mark joined Grasshopper in early 2010 and was quickly promoted to VP, Finance, where he oversees the finance, accounting, legal, and business intelligence functions. Before joining Grasshopper Mark was an Associate with Collard Advisory Group; a provider of CFO services to top-tier VC backed portfolio companies. At CAG Mark led twenty plus engagements ranging from seed to Series C financings, in a variety of technology sectors. Pre-funding he worked with management teams to construct financial models and pitch investors. Post-funding he owned the general ledger and was responsible for reporting to management and the board of directors. Mark received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics from Babson College, cum laude.
Siamak Taghaddos oversees the strategic direction of Grasshopper and serves as the company's brand and product visionary. A life-long student of marketing, Siamak could be described as a one-man, full-service ad agency. Prior to serving as CEO of Grasshopper, Siamak founded a communications company and developed marketing campaigns targeting the elusive youth market for College Coach, Bright Horizons' educational consulting division. Siamak serves as a judge for numerous Babson entrepreneurship competitions, is an advisor to EntrepreneurShares, and is the founding supporter of National Entrepreneurs' Day.
Siamak was born in Iran and grew up in Boston. He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurship and marketing where he won the Business Plan Competition and received the Student Business of the Year Award.
Sound more professional and stay connected with Grasshopper, the Virtual
Phone System designed for entrepreneurs. Grasshopper works just like a
traditional phone system, but requires no hardware to purchase or
software to install - it's all managed online or by phone. Callers can
reach you wherever you are - on your cell, in the office, or at home.
Whether you're a freelancer or a growing small business with multiple employees, Grasshopper works for you. Get a toll free or local number and create extensions for all of your employees, regardless of where they're located. Forward calls, receive faxes, and get voicemails via email.
Grasshopper puts the power of your Virtual Phone System right at your fingertips. With our easy online interface, you can set up your account, tag messages, view call reports, and more.
Starting at $12 a month with no long-term contract, Grasshopper is the obvious choice for any entrepreneur.
In today's world, "experts" abound, even if they have limited
credentials and knowledge. However, that word hardly does justice to
Scott Snyder, his background and expertise. He wrote the book-"The New
World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution"-on the next
generation of wireless systems and adaptive business strategy.
Snyder brings more than 24 years of experience in business leadership, strategic planning and technology management for Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures. Along the way, he has held executive positions with several Fortune 500 companies including GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin. He was also CEO of Decision Strategies International, a leading strategic-planning firm and has started several software business ventures. Among them are OmniChoice, a CRM/analytics applications provider, and Strategic Radar, which offers software-based solutions for monitoring changes in the strategic environment.
Snyder's academic credentials include being a senior fellow in the Wharton School's management department, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania and lecturing at MIT, RIT and CEDEP at INSEAD. He founded and leads the Wireless Innovation Council. He also sits on the advisory boards of Safeguard Scientific, Fairmount Partners and several emerging-growth companies.
Snyder holds two patents for online-decision aids and has been quoted as a thought leader in numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal. He is a chapter author in the books "The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit, and Risk in the Interlinked World" and "Inside the Minds: Small Business Growth Strategies: Goals for Successful CEOs."
Snyder earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and has an executive degree from USC in telecommunications management.
Favorite Device: Both iPhone and Arduino sensor
Favorite App: TripIt
If nothing else, Michael Bayer has been involved with organizations that have cool names—Foonz, MotherNature.com, LightChip and TaskRabbit. (You have to love a company that finds someone to put together your Ikea bookshelf.)
But Bayer is much more than names. For more than 20 years, he has been involved with venture-backed technology companies providing expertise in finances, operations, technology and business development. His long résumé also includes DynamicOps (cloud-management software), FirstFuel (energy-analytics software), Revivio (storage software, sold to Symantec) and Digital Lightwave. Bayer was co-founder and CEO of RPM Communications, where he bought his first iPhone, and led the launch of a 100,000-user mobile social network.
A chartered financial analyst, Bayer holds an MBA from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science from Babson College.
Favorite Device: iPhone
Favorite App: Sudoku