WE ARE CURIOSITY

Meet everyone that is driving our mission forward: leadership, investors, board of directors, advisory board and team members.


LEADERSHIP

Gabe Vehovsky, CEO LinkedIn > As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, the concept of curiosity has driven Gabe for as long as he can remember; he’s always loved that feeling of satisfaction you get when you learn something new.  Now a father of young children, Gabe is reminded every day how powerful the concept of curiosity can be in helping one grow. It’s for this reason that Curiosity.com is such an exciting adventure for him. Gabe is driven by the idea of creating a platform that is effective in igniting a sense of true curiosity, inspiring people to want to learn new things. You don’t have to come here with a plan—just come with an open mind, a desire to learn, some free time and Curiosity will do the rest. When not working on Curiosity, Gabe enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, being active outdoors and all forms of fishing. And for those last few remaining moments of his free time, Gabe also enjoys teaching entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches a course on new venture development.

Gabe Vehovsky, CEO

LinkedIn >

As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, the concept of curiosity has driven Gabe for as long as he can remember; he’s always loved that feeling of satisfaction you get when you learn something new.  Now a father of young children, Gabe is reminded every day how powerful the concept of curiosity can be in helping one grow. It’s for this reason that Curiosity.com is such an exciting adventure for him. Gabe is driven by the idea of creating a platform that is effective in igniting a sense of true curiosity, inspiring people to want to learn new things. You don’t have to come here with a plan—just come with an open mind, a desire to learn, some free time and Curiosity will do the rest. When not working on Curiosity, Gabe enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, being active outdoors and all forms of fishing. And for those last few remaining moments of his free time, Gabe also enjoys teaching entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches a course on new venture development.

Andy O'Dower, Head of Product LinkedIn > Andy is a startup guy with a background in tech and mobile, and is committed to improving the way people get inspired to learn using new technology. Product management, development and UX geek, he is an outdoorsman living an urban life and a mediocre guitar player. Andy thrives in startup-stage, creative and highly technical teams...and loves building those teams. His favorite things to learn include music, history, psychology and anything John Green creates. Andy moved to Chicago in 2011 when his company was accepted into Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and fell in love with the city.

Andy O'DowerHead of Product

LinkedIn >

Andy is a startup guy with a background in tech and mobile, and is committed to improving the way people get inspired to learn using new technology. Product management, development and UX geek, he is an outdoorsman living an urban life and a mediocre guitar player. Andy thrives in startup-stage, creative and highly technical teams...and loves building those teams. His favorite things to learn include music, history, psychology and anything John Green creates. Andy moved to Chicago in 2011 when his company was accepted into Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and fell in love with the city.

Mike Russell, Head of Technology LinkedIn > Mike is a world citizen who has settled back in Chicago to raise a family and live the next great adventure helping to transform the world of education. Mike is passionate about learning and is proud to be a part of the Curiosity team. Mike’s favorite daily learning topics include physics, evolutionary biology, ancient history and archeology. His dream is to one day be able to travel through Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Asia to study early pre-human societies and track the development of the modern day human species. In addition to learning, Mike loves a good movie and is currently introducing all the great movie classics to his son. To help maintain a healthy mind, Mike keeps his body fit by exercising nearly every day. He also enjoys great food and drink with friends to keep his spirit healthy, too!

Mike Russell, Head of Technology

LinkedIn >

Mike is a world citizen who has settled back in Chicago to raise a family and live the next great adventure helping to transform the world of education. Mike is passionate about learning and is proud to be a part of the Curiosity team. Mike’s favorite daily learning topics include physics, evolutionary biology, ancient history and archeology. His dream is to one day be able to travel through Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Asia to study early pre-human societies and track the development of the modern day human species. In addition to learning, Mike loves a good movie and is currently introducing all the great movie classics to his son. To help maintain a healthy mind, Mike keeps his body fit by exercising nearly every day. He also enjoys great food and drink with friends to keep his spirit healthy, too!

Andy O'Dekirk, Head of Finance LinkedIn > Andy is a Chicago native with a finance and accounting background from the University of Michigan. He spent his early career in investment banking and private equity before joining Curiosity. His greatest curiosities are classical & Renaissance history, food & drink, and unique philosophies.

Andy O'Dekirk, Head of Finance

LinkedIn >

Andy is a Chicago native with a finance and accounting background from the University of Michigan. He spent his early career in investment banking and private equity before joining Curiosity. His greatest curiosities are classical & Renaissance history, food & drink, and unique philosophies.

Mandy Gresh, Head of Client Solutions LinkedIn > Bio coming soon.

Mandy Gresh, Head of Client Solutions

LinkedIn >

Bio coming soon.

Ben Bowman, Head of Content LinkedIn > Ben joins the Curiosity team as an Emmy award-winning journalist with an extensive background in storytelling. During his television career, he was the lead producer of newscasts covering major world events including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and the election of President Obama. He met his wife while on assignment for NBC Chicago. The Michigan native is also an award-winning filmmaker and a longtime fixture of Chicago's improvisational comedy scene. Ben loves soaking up knowledge in museums, hiking in national parks, and exploring restaurants in cities around the globe.

Ben Bowman, Head of Content

LinkedIn >

Ben joins the Curiosity team as an Emmy award-winning journalist with an extensive background in storytelling. During his television career, he was the lead producer of newscasts covering major world events including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and the election of President Obama. He met his wife while on assignment for NBC Chicago. The Michigan native is also an award-winning filmmaker and a longtime fixture of Chicago's improvisational comedy scene. Ben loves soaking up knowledge in museums, hiking in national parks, and exploring restaurants in cities around the globe.

 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gabe Vehovsky, Founder and CEO at Curiosity.com LinkedIn >

Gabe Vehovsky, Founder and CEO at Curiosity.com

LinkedIn >

Brent Hill, Partner at Origin Ventures LinkedIn >

Brent Hill, Partner at Origin Ventures

LinkedIn >

Sonia Nagar, Vice President at Pritzker Group LinkedIn >

Sonia Nagar, Vice President at Pritzker Group

LinkedIn >

Brandon Berger, Chief Digital Officer, Worldwide at Ogilvy & Mather LinkedIn >

Brandon Berger, Chief Digital Officer, Worldwide at Ogilvy & Mather

LinkedIn >

Matt Chun, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Discovery Communications LinkedIn >

Matt Chun, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Discovery Communications

LinkedIn >


BOARD OBSERVERS & Investors

Kevin Willer, Partner at Chicago Ventures LinkedIn >

Kevin Willer, Partner at Chicago Ventures

LinkedIn >

Susan Whiting, Board Director and Executive Advisor LinkedIn >

Susan Whiting, Board Director and Executive Advisor

LinkedIn >

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 11.18.09 AM.png

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Jeffrey Mikitka, Head of Sales at Spotify LinkedIn >

Jeffrey Mikitka, Head of Sales at Spotify

LinkedIn >

Peter Wang, CTO at BAMx, (Previously Refinery29 CTO) LinkedIn >

Peter Wang, CTO at BAMx, (Previously Refinery29 CTO)

LinkedIn >

Mike Solomon, Managing Director at OMD LinkedIn >

Mike Solomon, Managing Director at OMD

LinkedIn >

Mark Renshaw, Chief Innovation Officer at Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide LinkedIn >

Mark Renshaw, Chief Innovation Officer at
Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide

LinkedIn >

Barbara Liss, Head of North America Marketing at Motorola LinkedIn >

Barbara LissHead of North America Marketing at Motorola

LinkedIn >


INVESTORS

LinkedIn > Website > Discovery Communications Ventures is an investment initiative of Discovery Communications, the world's #1 pay-TV programmer. Discovery reaches nearly three billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories and is dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global brands.

LinkedIn >

Website >

Discovery Communications Ventures is an investment initiative of Discovery Communications, the world's #1 pay-TV programmer. Discovery reaches nearly three billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories and is dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global brands.

LinkedIn > Website > Pritzker Group Venture Capital helps entrepreneurs build market-leading technology companies at every stage of their growth. Since its founding in 1996, the firm has worked side-by-side with entrepreneurs at more than 100 companies, building partnerships based on trust and integrity. Its proprietary capital structure allows for tremendous flexibility, and our experienced team of investment professionals and entrepreneurs offers companies a vast network of strategic relationships and guidance.

LinkedIn >

Website >

Pritzker Group Venture Capital helps entrepreneurs build market-leading technology companies at every stage of their growth. Since its founding in 1996, the firm has worked side-by-side with entrepreneurs at more than 100 companies, building partnerships based on trust and integrity. Its proprietary capital structure allows for tremendous flexibility, and our experienced team of investment professionals and entrepreneurs offers companies a vast network of strategic relationships and guidance.

LinkedIn > Website > Origin Ventures, founded in 1999, is a leading venture capital firm with realized performance that places us in the top 5% of VC firms nationally. We invest in technology startups across America from our offices in Chicago. Concentrating on Series A investments, our typical first check size is $1M-$3M. We look for companies in large, growing categories which have demonstrated product/market fit. We also back exceptional entrepreneurs in earlier stages who disrupt or create markets through unconventional, innovative approaches.

LinkedIn >

Website >

Origin Ventures, founded in 1999, is a leading venture capital firm with realized performance that places us in the top 5% of VC firms nationally. We invest in technology startups across America from our offices in Chicago. Concentrating on Series A investments, our typical first check size is $1M-$3M. We look for companies in large, growing categories which have demonstrated product/market fit. We also back exceptional entrepreneurs in earlier stages who disrupt or create markets through unconventional, innovative approaches.

 
LinkedIn > Website > Chicago Ventures launched in 2012 with support from Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs and investors. They noticed that Chicago and the central region of the country had many of the ingredients of successful startup communities: dedication to building sustainable businesses, strong quality of life and low cost of living, close proximity to over a third of all Fortune 500 companies, and top-notch university systems — missing, though, was access to smart, connected, experienced capital.

LinkedIn >

Website >

Chicago Ventures launched in 2012 with support from Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs and investors. They noticed that Chicago and the central region of the country had many of the ingredients of successful startup communities: dedication to building sustainable businesses, strong quality of life and low cost of living, close proximity to over a third of all Fortune 500 companies, and top-notch university systems — missing, though, was access to smart, connected, experienced capital.

LinkedIn > Website > Corazon Capital was founded in January 2014 by serial entrepreneur, Sam Yagan. Previously, Sam co-founded and grew SparkNotes (sold to Barnes & Noble), eDonkey (shut down along with Napster) and OkCupid, one of the world's most successful online dating companies (sold to Match.com). Yagan was appointed CEO of ShopRunner in July 2016. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of Match Group, a position he assumed after serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and leading it through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO. Sam also co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and serves on its Board.

LinkedIn >

Website >

Corazon Capital was founded in January 2014 by serial entrepreneur, Sam Yagan. Previously, Sam co-founded and grew SparkNotes (sold to Barnes & Noble), eDonkey (shut down along with Napster) and OkCupid, one of the world's most successful online dating companies (sold to Match.com). Yagan was appointed CEO of ShopRunner in July 2016. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of Match Group, a position he assumed after serving as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and leading it through a period of explosive growth that culminated in its IPO. Sam also co-founded Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago) and serves on its Board.

LinkedIn > Website > As we transform early-stage investing with a people-first approach, we provide unique value to entrepreneurs and investors by driving startup growth and investment success. Our approach has led us to become the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest.

LinkedIn >

Website >

As we transform early-stage investing with a people-first approach, we provide unique value to entrepreneurs and investors by driving startup growth and investment success. Our approach has led us to become the largest and most active angel group in the Midwest.