Wes Herman has a long of history of working with and building outstanding companies. After graduating from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, Wes headed to Coca-Cola, where in time he ran a Customer Management team responsible for $250 million in annual sales. Then he headed to Amazon, where he had multiple impact roles, serving as a senior executive on their Operations, Impact Innovations, and Enterprise Services teams.
But it just may be Wes's stewardship of the growth at ezprints for which he is known best. Serving as its CEO, Wes led ezprints to years of outperformance and a successful sale to Cafe Press. Since then, Wes has lent his experience to multiple technology startups, and Greenlight is lucky to have him in our corner.
Tim Sheehan has always worked at the edge of technology and finance. Early on he ran product development and ultimately co-led Yahoo! Finance, the award-winning consumer site for financial information. Following that stint, he was tapped to be SVP & General Manager at Yodlee, the financial account aggregation engine that partnered with most leading financial institutions in the early 2000's. Later on, Tim served as SVP of Products, Marketing & Strategy for Fiserv, the institutional financial services conglomerate, for their Biller Solutions Group.
But Tim had the entrepreneurial bug from the get-go. In 2005 he co-founded Attributor, an online technology for protecting content owners from digital piracy, and served the company as VP Products until its successful acquisition by Digimarc. Then he started a company aimed at helping sales professional network their way into connecting with sales prospects. That company, Reachable, now has a social graph in excess of 100 billion connections.
And then, after being entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center for all of a month, Tim co-founded Greenlight along with Johnson and John.
Johnson Cook started his first company, Impact Media Solutions, while still an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. He grew that online professional education company successfully until 2009, when he co-founded Peach New Media. Following his time as a "peach," he founded Quench Network, a sales training program for young sales reps using the time-tested forum concepts he learned from the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).
In 2013, Johnson joined his friend David Cummings to build and lead the Atlanta Tech Village, a startup incubator and co-working space that is now home to over 300 tech startups.
Since then Johnson has been investing, advising, and working with young companies. Johnson is the world's most active board member and leads Greenlight business development and partnerships.
John Hagelgans got his start building brokerage systems for Wall Street firms. After a few years in New York he joined the then-upstart Yahoo! Finance where he architected and ran the quote and charts systems, which soon were handling 100 million page views a day.
Later, John joined Hedgestreet, the binary options exchange that allowed investors to structure bets based on simple yes or no outcomes, like "will the S&P 500 be at price X by 2pm ET on day Y?" John architected and built their binary options market-making system, subsequently becoming the head trader. He left when Hedgestreet was sold (it's now known as Nadex) and himself became a market maker on the San Francisco equity options exchange. After that he decided to head back to Wall Street for stints in algorithmic and credit trading.
Several years on, John joined forces with Tim, his friend and colleague from his Yahoo! days, to build Greenlight.
Matthew May is our accounting and finance translator.
Matthew has helped develop the back office for hundreds of technology companies through his work at Acuity. He navigates tax and accounting rules for us. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he was a part of the Austin technology community both as an advisor and as a part of a start-up that had a successful $100 million exit in November 2000.
He is an active leader in the Georgia technology community and serves on the advisory board for Venture Atlanta and the selection committee for the Technology Association of Georgia's Top 40 Innovators.
Wade is an award-winning marketing and product executive who has long worked at the forefront of the consumer internet. He co-founded RABBL, the world’s first social booking platform for music, in March 2013. Prior to RABBL, Wade ran marketing and product development for a number of venture-backed startups, including ScanCafe, the #1 consumer photo scanning service, Zopa, the world’s first peer-to-peer lending platform, and Tribe.net, an early social network. Wade got his start in Silicon Valley in 1998 as a product manager for E*TRADE, and then, beginning in 2000, a long stint at Yahoo! Finance, the #1 consumer finance portal, where he led product development.
Wade received his MBA in 1998 from Northwestern University, where he was the Brunswick-Urbanek Scholar, and his AB in 1990 from Harvard College, where he was a Ford, National Merit, and Harvard College Scholar.
...They have developed a debit card that parents can get for their kids to use. Through the Greenlight app, a child can be in a store and ask their parents if they can spend some money. At that point, parents can instantly “unlock” funds for their kids to spend. Remember, this is not a credit card, so kids are only able to spend the budget made available to them by their parents...more
Greenlight, a three-year-old, Atlanta, Ga.-based startup, is trying to solve a problem that any parent of an elementary or junior high school student can well understand: how to give kids money without worrying that they’ll lose it or spend it on something they shouldn’t...more