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Founders

Maurizio

Tripi

//CEO

(M.Sc. in CS) 15+ years of experience as successful entrepreneur with multiple exits and as partner and VP in IT consulting firms. He has worked as executive consultant for large companies and has led large IT transformation programs before pursuing his dream of improving people's social relationships with Real Contacts.
Innovator with a solid SW engineering career, he has been among the first European experts in Agile methods and organizations.

Andrea

Tripi

//CFO

Serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. General Manager at a US leading wholesale distribution company.

Team

Antonio

Sala

//Technology Lead

A PhD in Computer Science, partly spent at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, working on data management and semantics. A PostDoc in Italy, which led to a position as adjunct professor at the University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy. After leaving the academia, he started his own company in Italy and took part in a few other entrepreneurial adventures before moving to San Francisco and joining Real Contacts.

Alessio

Zanotto

//Marketing Lead

(B.Arch.) with work experience in marketing and sales, graduated in business administration at UC Berkeley and studied marketing at Stanford University. Creative, analytical, and motivated with a deep passion for creating innovative and unconventional products and services. He has joined Real Contacts with the mission of growing our product to the next level.

Mireia

Perez

//Communication Lead

Biologist and MSc in Science Communication, specialized in the public understanding of Science, Mireia has worked for more than 6 years in Science Museums, Centers and political Science magazines. During all this time, she has become more involved with Social Media management, Communications and Writing. After a year collaborating with the Public Information and Marketing departments at the Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco, Mireia decided to join Real Contacts in its early stages.

Lena

DB

//Creativity Lead

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Design and Visual Communication and a Post Graduate Degree in Photography and Graphic Design between Germany and Italy. She also earned a -year Master in Urban Regeneration which took place in Spain, France and Italy. She worked as graphic designer in London-UK, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and California-US as well as curator and director for many art and photography exhibitions. She joined Real Contacts as creativity engine and human-computer interface tamer.

Robin

Patin

//Business Development

Robin has 12 years of business development and strategic partnership experience across the technology startup sectors. Robin earned BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Health from New York University. Robin has lived and worked in the US and Europe for companies including the European Commission, the National Cancer Institute and Kaiser Permanente. She has managed partnerships with large Tech and Health companies such as Stanford University, Microsoft BizSpark, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Facebook.

Board and advisors

Wayne

Simmons

//Board Director

Senior executive and corporate advisor with successful track record of innovation, high-growth and entrepreneurial leadership. Co-author of “GrowthThinking: Building the New Growth Enterprise”

Elisabetta

Granieri

//Board Director

International litigation attorney. She earned her Law degree in Rome, Italy and her LLM in International Law from the Washington College of Law at American University. She and her husband have two children. She joined Real Contacts’ Board in 2014

Blaine

Merker

//associate

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