Disruptive Technologists® Team:
Lauren Keyson, Founder & Publisher
Lauren works with startup and first stage technology companies in her own publishing firm specializing in social media and website content. Starting out as the editor for the California-based financial publication Buyside Magazine and for various Northern California Business Journals, she moved to New York City to work on Wall Street as the Vice President of Publishing for the financial research and data company Multex.com (now owned by Reuters) and later for Instinet, the broker-dealer. She has her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, her AS in Web Development from IADT, and a Publishing Certificate from Stanford University. She is a Venture in Residence at NYIT Entrepreneurial Center, UC Berkeley Graduate School Advisory Board Member, UC Berkeley Alumni Club of NY Communications Officer.
Sigrid Stropnik, VP Business Development
Sigrid Stropnik is an international finance executive with +20 years of consumer goods industry experience. She has worked with iconic consumer brands like Coca-Cola, and builds growth strategies and strong management processes. She has extensive expertise in ideating, developing and bringing to market world famous consumer products, iconic packaging and cutting-edge equipment innovations. She was also part of a successful beverage startup in Europe and is a Certified Cicerone®.
John Atwood, Editor
Associate Managing Editor for CCH Washington Service Bureau Inc.; publications include: SEC Today, SEC Filings Insight, International Securities and Financial Reporting Update, SEC No-Action Letter Weekly, SEC New Registrations Report. He has a BA from University of Virginia.
Sarah Grieco, Marketing Manager
Sarah Grieco joined Disruptive Technologists in 2013. As Marketing Manager, she is responsible for branding, social media and event logistics.Sarah just recently joined S-Network Global Indexes as their Marketing Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked in content marketing at American Management Association and has been involved with a range of startups in the tech, media and health sectors. Sarah earned an MFA and BFA in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
Dominique Marinelli, Social Media Director
Dominique is a graduate from Pace University, Lubin School of Business. She graduated Cum Laude with two BBAs in Business Management and Global Marketing. She is a social networking enthusiast and is ambitious about learning more about the technology sector. She designs effective strategies and implements them efficiently while consistently reaching target goals.
Demornay Bogle, Social Media Coordinator
Demornay is a senior at Brooklyn College, Koppelman School of Business, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management and minoring in Philosophy. She hopes to ascend the ranks of the Business world while learning all she can to one day become a CEO. She has been a social media intern at WHIM NYC.
Dana Stevens, Project Manager
Dana has over thirteen years of experience as a Vice President and Director focusing on cost reduction, globalization, strategic planning, process analysis, and excellence in project management while increasing customer and employee satisfaction. She has a BS degree in Engineering from UC Berkeley and a MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Avrohom Gottheil, Writer
Avrohom Gottheil increases global brands’ revenue and market share. He’s the CEO of New York based SimiPlex Technologies, LLC, where he leverages 20+ years in Telecom to enable people to chat with their smart devices as easily as they speak with each other. He is a Top-ranked global IoT expert by Postscapes.com, and a frequent speaker on using technology to accelerate revenue growth.
Listen to him every week on his popular technology focused podcast, #AskTheCEO, which is featured on YouTube, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play.
Giovanni Fumei, Podcast Director
Giovanni is a native Texan but grew up in different countries across Europe. He came to New York City to study Business and Technology Management at NYU Tandon. He’s passionate about the latest developments in the world of tech and their ethical implications.
Most recently he explored these topics through a podcast series he produced for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute called “Talking Startups at NYU.”
Xiling Gu, Project Manager
Experienced producer with a demonstrated skills of working in media production industry,from both production and administration sides. Skilled in non-linear video editing, story telling, script writing, interviewing, documentaries and social media managing. Strong project management skills with an ongoing Master Degree focused in Management of Technology from New York University.
Jialu Feng, Graphic Designer
Graduated from New York Institute of Technology, majoring in Communication Arts.
Louis Fico, Web Developer
Computer programming major turned web developer. After obtaining a BA in Interactive Digital Design from Quinnipiac University, he is now developer in video editing to OOP in Actionscript to browser scripting.
Christopher Mahon, Columnist
Chris Mahon is a writer, speaker, and essayist living in New York. His non-fiction work has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, The Portalist, Fantasy Faction, Outer Places, and others. In his free time he runs The Occult Triangle Lab, a blog on trigonometry, fantasy, and ungodly amounts of milk.
Pia Cardenas, Analyst
Pia is a Graduate Student at Brooklyn College getting her MBA in Global Business and Finance.
Diane Dean, Events
Diane is a lifelong tech enthusiast, learner and information connoisseur who consults, coaches and trains nonprofit emerging leaders. She has an extensive background in the academic and nonprofit sectors.