TEAM

JEREMIAH OWYANG

Founder

Jeremiah helped major companies navigate the first phase of sharing, called social media. He’s committed to helping companies through the second phase of sharing, as people share and create the physical world around them. Over the course of his career, Jeremiah has identified big trends before they happen, and helped major companies through the transition.
Read his full bio here.

Founding partner and research director at Altimeter Group, currently on board of advisors. Former Forrester Analyst covering social computing for the interactive marketer. Global Web Marketing at Hitachi Data Systems, where he launched the social media program Jeremiah has been advising and influencing business leaders globally. Is a professional speaker and keynotes business conferences around the globe. Is widely read. His online publications often receive over 100k views from his blog, Web Strategy Is frequently quoted in publications and media, such as WSJ, NYT, USAToday and more. Is socially available on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+

Quick facts about Jeremiah:
Former Jazz Piano performer, also once played trombone professionally at the SF Fillmore. At his wedding reception, he and his bride performed both a Salsa and Rumba routine.

 

ANGUS NELSON

Member Success

Angus enjoys helping people strategize ways of getting from “where they are” to “where they want to be”. At Crowd Companies™, he's helping members onboard, and taps his knack for connecting ideas and influence, in order to get things accomplished. Members really enjoy working with Angus, often citing his warm personality and refreshing candor, which makes getting work done a lot more fun. A student of human behavior, leadership, and bettering the world around him, he was awarded Volunteer Citizen of the Year in 2002, Wausau, WI, and ranked in the top 5% of Monster.com’s Motivational Speakers in 2008. You can learn more about Angus at angusnelson.com

Quick facts about Angus:
Identical twin to Marcus Nelson, modeled for JCrew before his hair loss, and was a stay-at-home dad for 4 years, becoming an expert in toddler bodily functions. Angus and his family spent a full year living the Collaboration Economy... moving seamlessly between Airbnb locations, and leveraging all aspects of the collaboration economy for his family.

 

JULIE VIOLA

Operations Manager

Julie covers all-things operations at Crowd Companies; from finance and HR to event management and logistics. She had the pleasure of working with Jeremiah for four years at Altimeter Group as their HR manager. Her experience as a senior executive assistant has provided her with a unique set of problem solving skills. Her professional background also includes zoning and planning at the municipal level. As a transplant to the Bay Area from the East Coast, Julie takes advantage of the perfect weather to hike everywhere from Los Gatos to Lake Tahoe.

Quick facts about Julie:
She has never eaten a Big Mac or a Whopper. One of her close friends was a kindergarten classmate. She played Sharks/Minnows with a world superbike champion.

 

Karen Khounthavong

Executive Assistant

Karen is the schedule keeper and email tamer. Members will probably chat with her at least once during their experience with Crowd Companies™ and she is here to make it the best experience. Knowledgeable in visual arts, marketing, and publishing, she loves to communicate and find the most beautifully simple way to get to a win/win for all involved.

Quick facts about Karen:
She enjoys flower arranging and being outside. She is currently learning boxing. She is a dog person and is respectfully fearful of cats.

Board of Advisors

VIVIAN WANG

Market Advisor

SCOTT MONTY

Executive VP of Strategy at Shift Communications

FRED NEIL

Founding Member, Home Depot,
now President, Spectrum Management Associates

TERRY YOUNG

Founder and CEO, sparks & honey

LANCE J. RICHARDS

Global HR Thought Leader

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