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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Michael Burke, Head of Partnerships LinkedIn > Creating value from Curiosity's audience of life-long learners as well as monetizing the capabilities of the platform is at the core of Burke's responsibilities. A seasoned executive with experience at Yahoo!, as well as the founder of Mobile Advertising business which he ran for the last 7 years, Burke brings a solid background of growing businesses and establishing partnerships.

Michael Burke, Head of Partnerships

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Creating value from Curiosity's audience of life-long learners as well as monetizing the capabilities of the platform is at the core of Burke's responsibilities. A seasoned executive with experience at Yahoo!, as well as the founder of Mobile Advertising business which he ran for the last 7 years, Burke brings a solid background of growing businesses and establishing partnerships.

Rachel Bertsche, Managing Editor Linkedin > Rachel Bertsche is an award-winning journalist and the NY Times bestselling author of MWF Seeking BFF and Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me. In addition to her books, Rachel has written for the New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Outside and more. She was an editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah.com and Yahoo Parenting before landing at Curiosity, a job that feeds her passion for learning new facts — and dropping them into party conversation. When she’s not reading or writing, Rachel can be found playing with her two kids or relaxing in front of anything created by Shonda Rhimes.

Rachel Bertsche, Managing Editor

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Rachel Bertsche is an award-winning journalist and the NY Times bestselling author of MWF Seeking BFF and Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me. In addition to her books, Rachel has written for the New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Outside and more. She was an editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah.com and Yahoo Parenting before landing at Curiosity, a job that feeds her passion for learning new facts — and dropping them into party conversation. When she’s not reading or writing, Rachel can be found playing with her two kids or relaxing in front of anything created by Shonda Rhimes.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Gabe Vehovsky, Founder and CEO at Curiosity.com

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Brent Hill, Partner at Origin Ventures LinkedIn >

Brent Hill, Partner at Origin Ventures

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Sonia Nagar, Vice President at Pritzker Group LinkedIn >

Sonia Nagar, Vice President at Pritzker Group

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

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

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

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

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BOARD OBSERVERS & Investors

Kevin Willer, Partner at Chicago Ventures LinkedIn >

Kevin Willer, Partner at Chicago Ventures

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Susan Whiting, Board Director and Executive Advisor LinkedIn >

Susan Whiting, Board Director and Executive Advisor

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BOARD OF ADVISORS

Jeffrey Mikitka, Head of Sales at Spotify LinkedIn >

Jeffrey Mikitka, Head of Sales at Spotify

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

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

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Mike Solomon, Managing Director at OMD LinkedIn >

Mike Solomon, Managing Director at OMD

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

Mark Renshaw, Chief Innovation Officer at
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Barbara Liss, Head of North America Marketing at Motorola LinkedIn >

Barbara Liss, Head of North America Marketing at Motorola

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