Team

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Torsten Kolind

CEO & Co-Founder

Torsten started his first company at age 16, while still in high school. He’s passionate about the Global Startup Revolution and how entrepreneurs are changing the world, and regularly presents these findings as a keynote speaker at conferences around the world. Torsten is an engineer by training, loves algorithmic challenges and plays a bit of piano too. He’s Danish at birth, European at heart.

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Priyanka Shetty

Product Manager

Priyanka came to California from Mumbai to pursue her Masters in Computer Science at USC. She then moved to San Francisco to follow her dream of joining a startup and found a home at YouNoodle, where she now serves as our Product Manager. When she’s not noodling, she fills her days with salsa dancing, painting, and indulging her competitive spirit in various board games.

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Adele Burnes

Chief Operating Officer

Adele is our Chief Operating Officer, and thrives on building transparency, accountability and happiness. She has worked in various sectors including government, education corporate, but believes the world can be saved through the creativity of startups globally. A true bicoastal woman, she hails from Boston, was educated at Columbia, and is now settled in the Bay Area with a techie hubby and hilarious twin boys.

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Leo Shin

Director of Engineering

With more than 15 years of experience building softwares, Leo Shin serves as the official “father” of YouNoodle and Director of Engineering. Born and raised on earth. At YouNoodle, Leo focuses on the development and improvement of YouNoodle´s core products with state-of-art technologies. When away from work, Leo is an official Lego master builder and father of two daughters.

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Raymond Yan

QA/Software Engineer

Born and raised in San Francisco, Raymond enjoys problem solving and breaking something just to put it back together again. By applying these interests to his current role, Raymond exterminates “bugs” and is an expert of PHP. He also has a passion for motorcycles and enjoys teaching the engineering team about various tech trends.

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Nicole Bacon

Head of Operations

Born and raised in the magical state of Colorado, Nicole holds two Bachelors of Business administration degrees in Management (cum laude) and Economics minoring the Entrepreneurial Finance from the University of Colorado. Nicole is the “hub” of YouNoodle, acting as the gatekeeper of business and sales operations. When Nicole is not putting out fires you will find her spending every opportunity skiing or hiking.

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Martin Svanberg

Software Engineer

After in-house designer Tate has set the vision, Martin adds the technical pizzazz that makes the product pop. He has a penchant for subtle animations and visual consistency, and can often be found reading up on the nuances of JavaScript or profiling frontend code for performance. He is also a hobbyist musician, a sinophile at heart and a mathematician by education.

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Shilpa Prasad

Growth & Partnerships

Born & raised in India, Shilpa came to California 4 years ago. She is very entrepreneurial and believes that adaptability is key in life, something she learnt in her childhood. She is a marketer, but loves sales more. Her mantra in life is closing deals and believes chupitos are only for closers. She thrives on people energy, is a yogi and enjoys a day at the beach with her daughter.

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Kerim Bugdayci

Program Manager

Born and raised in Istanbul, Kerim’s monkey appetite for learning how things work drove him to study Engineering at Tufts University. Inspired by San Francisco’s hub of innovation and lured by the pleasant weather, he moved to the land of the fog. Shortly after, Kerim joined the YouNoodle team to assist clients with startup programs. He enjoys producing and mixing music in his free time while Spot, his puppy never leaves his lap.

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Shilpa Bhongir

Program Manager

A so-cal native, Shilpa has always been drawn to the city of San Francisco. She discovered YouNoodle while working on her college entrepreneurship program and was excited to join the team after graduating. She’s passionate about gender equality and social innovation, and believes that entrepreneurs can be a force of good in the world. Shilpa loves getting lost in bookstores, writing short stories, and finding a good cup of chai.

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Iñaki Barturen

Business Development Lead LatAm

Law school, rugby, social innovation and lots of traveling has formed this Chilean with a particular mindset. After founding his own startup and doing some business development for tech companies, Iñaki joined our Latam Team looking to leverage startups as agents for change. Passionate about multicultural societies, at this moment he is probably thinking about what spot in our world he can explore and learn about.

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Mario Rojas

Program Manager LatAm

Mario was raised and trained as an engineer with a background in high-tech companies. He joins the YouNoodle team from his beloved Chile. He loves getting his hands on multiple projects to learn new things and to figure out how all the pieces fit together in the best way possible. During his free time, you can find him doing every sort of outdoor sport, from biking or skiing in the Chilean mountains to waterskiing wherever he gets the chance.

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Jonas Morch

Business Development Lead EMEA

After Torsten, Jonas is the second Dane at YouNoodle, now living in Munich near the Alps and conveniently close to the Oktoberfest venue! He thrives on establishing and developing partnerships in all corners of the EMEA region, and, with Jonas, you can be sure to find a true techie and start-up nerd with an immense passion for innovation and solutions of tomorrow.

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David Aroesti

Software Developer Lead

David is a software engineer with a unique background: he likes to talk about human rights as much as he enjoys algorithms. He has a passion for web development and cloud systems. His two favorite languages are javascript and python, and he feels right at home both on the frontend and backend.