Koala is a Votigo, Inc. company based in Boulder, CO with team members in California and India. Votigo was founded in 2006 by Jim Risner and Mike La Rotonda. They both started their careers in the mid 90's designing and building websites for e-commerce companies, review sites, corporations, and complex Software-as-a-services businesses. Over the past 20 years they have built countless websites including those for public companies like Yahoo! and Netzero, as well as small startups and local businesses.
Mike La Rotonda,
Co-CEO & Founder
Mike is a seasoned product leader with over 20 years of experience creating and managing consumer internet services with the past 10 years focused on online communities and user-generated media.
Abhilash was one of the initial members of Team Votigo. He played a key role in setting up the QA Team. He has over 10 years of experience in Quality Analysis and has carved a niche for himself in leading the QA process within Votigo.
Mike is a seasoned product leader with over 20 years of experience creating and managing consumer internet services with the past 10 years focused on online communities and user-generated media. He is responsible for strategic vision, product management, product development and operations. Prior to founding Votigo, Mike led the product management efforts for Yahoo! 360", Yahoo!'s social networking service, helping grow it from its initial beta launch to over 13 million users worldwide. Mike has been a panelist and speaker on Social Media and advertising topics at SWAT Summit, Digital Hollywood and Building Blocks and is a regular contributor to Adotas. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.
Co-CEO & Founder
Jim is an award-winning Internet marketing executive with over 20 years of experience creating and marketing world-class websites, applications, and promotions. Since co-founding Votigo in 2006, Jim has helped several leading brands, including Ford, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dell, Sharpie, and Corona, as well as top-tier advertising agencies including Ogilvy, Razorfish, Blast Radius, and Fleishman-Hillard develop and implement successful social media marketing solutions. Before co-founding Votigo, Jim spent nearly 7 years at United Online, Inc. as Vice President, Interactive. Jim most recently appeared on an episode of the Travel Channel's show Hotel Impossible to provide expertise on social marketing promotions and has spoken on social media panels at CES, Likeable Summit, and DemoGala - Colorado Technology Association as well as guest lectures on social media marketing at UNC Chapel Hill, and CU Boulder. Jim holds his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Chief Technology Officer
Brad has been with Votigo since 2011 and leads our account management team. Prior to joining Votigo, Brad worked for Denver's Westword Newspaper, a Village Voice Media publication. Brad graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA in Marketing. Originally from the suburbs of Boston, Brad still remains loyal to Boston sports teams.
Director, Project Management
Steve worked in the music industry before joining the marketing team at MySpace and discovering his love of all things social media. His new found passion led him to Votigo in 2010 and he's never looked back. Steve is a hands-on project manager, in addition to being an avid cyclist and a self-professed music geek.
Director, Interactive Design & Development
Priyanka was one of the first employees at Votigo & her influence can be felt in everything from product design to project management. Priyanka's attention to detail & her 'never say never' attitude make her an invaluable resource. Before joining Votigo, Priyanka was managing a team of Web Developers at United Online (Netzero, Juno).
Senior Manager, Systems
Amitabh has been with Votigo since 2010. He has over 20years of experience. He leads our IT infrastructure team. In his free time he likes to swim and is a nature enthusiast.
Senior Manager, QA
Abhilash was one of the initial members of Team Votigo. He played a key role in setting up the QA Team. He has over 10 years of experience in Quality Analysis and has carved a niche for himself in leading the QA process within Votigo. Prior to joining Votigo, Abhilash worked for United online and did a short stint in Google as a consultant. Besides work, Abhilash has passion for the outdoors; he enjoys backpacking and hiking in his spare time.
Senior Manager, Web Development
Nikita has been with Votigo since 2010 and excels in leading our Web Development Team. She has over 10 years of experience in Web Technologies. Prior to joining Votigo, she was working as a Module Lead at ValueLabs. She enjoys music and is an ardent book reader.
Customer Success Manager
Jen was previously an Account Manager with Votigo serving clients including Starwood Hotels, KFC, GoPro, and FTD. Prior to Votigo she worked at Esquire Magazine, CBS Sports, and The Integer Group. She has a love of strategy and an ability to cultivate meaningful client relationships. Hobbies include: the pursuit of the next great band, ski days and any excuse to bring friends together for a good meal.
Praveen Kumar Parankusham,
Engineering Manager, Web Development
Praveen has been with Votigo since 2010 and leads the Platform Engineering team. He has over 11 years of experience in Web Technologies. Prior to joining Votigo, he was working as an engineering lead at AKKEN Technologies where he worked on account packages. He enjoys listening to music.