As the CEO and Co-Founder of TripActions, Ariel is focused on the company’s growth. This is Ariel’s second company he founded with Co-founder and CTO Ilan Twig –– the most recent being StreamOnce, a business multimedia integration platform which was acquired by Jive Software. Prior to StreamOnce, Ariel led Product Management in a senior leadership role at Hewlett-Packard. Ariel earned an EMBA from Northwestern University –– Kellogg School of Management.
As Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of TripActions, Ilan Twig oversees the company’s product development and engineering teams. This is the second company Ilan founded with CEO and Co-founder Ariel Cohen — the most recent being StreamOnce, a business multimedia integration platform that was acquired by Jive Software. With almost two decades of experience in engineering, Ilan led large research and development teams at both Hewlett Packard Software and Rockmelt. Ilan earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Yaffo.
As Chief Travel Officer, Nancy Atkinson oversees the Travel Services division of TripActions, including TripActions Luxe for VIP’s and RoadWarriors and Meetings & Events. Atkinson is a travel industry veteran with a distinguished career that spans four decades. Before joining TripActions in 2016, Nancy was President & COO at S.R. Travel, a corporate travel management company, and also held executive roles at McCord Travel Management and Premier Travel Center. San Francisco Business Times has recognized Nancy’s accomplishments on several occasions, honoring her with its Women Leadership Award three times.
As Chief Revenue Officer for TripActions, Rich Liu oversees the company’s field teams including sales, customer success and business development teams. Prior to TripActions, Rich was the Vice President of Global Corporate Sales at MuleSoft, building and leading the business unit through 4X bookings growth, an IPO, and a $6.5B acquisition by Salesforce. Prior to that, he held various leadership roles at Facebook, where he led the redesign of Facebook's ad sales organization and oversaw a $400M ARR business responsible for marketing partnerships across several industries. Prior to Facebook, Rich led sales and operations teams at Fisher Investments, a leading investment management company, where he oversaw the acquisition of over $1 billion in new assets annually. Rich started his career as an engineer and has held research positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Genzyme (now Sanofi). He earned his degree in biomedical engineering from Yale University. Rich lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.
As Chief Marketing Officer for TripActions, Meagen Eisenberg is focused on delivering an amazing customer experience while driving world-wide awareness of TripActions. Prior to TripActions, she spent more than 20 years in high-tech and was previously CMO of MongoDB (Nasdaq: MDB) and VP of Demand Generation at DocuSign (Nasdaq: DOCU). Meagen was recently named Top 50 most retweeted by mid-sized marketers according to AdWeek and Top 25 for B2B Marketing Influencers. She is also on the board of G2 and advises over a dozen tech companies, four of which were acquired this past year. She has an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in MIS and a minor in CSC from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.
As Chief People Officer for TripActions, Leslie Kurkjian Crowe oversees the People, Human Resources and Talent teams at TripActions. Prior to TripActions, Leslie was the global Vice President of Talent at Mulesoft, scaling the company through a successful IPO in 2017 and acquisition by Salesforce in 2018. Before MuleSoft, she was at Dropbox, responsible for attracting, developing, and retaining teams across functions. Leading sales operations and strategy, she scaled the sales team more than 3x during a period of hypergrowth. Leslie also led the Dropbox Rotation Program and leadership development initiatives, focusing on growing all levels of talent throughout the company. Previously, Leslie worked on Google’s Emerging Business team where she successfully built, scaled, and managed sales teams for several new ad products. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Law, Letters, and Society from the University of Chicago.
As TripActions' General Counsel, Sai Jahann is responsible for the company's global legal needs, leading the in-house legal team and managing outside counsel. Sai began her legal career at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she focused on antitrust and unfair competition matters in the firm's Washington, DC and San Francisco offices. Prior to joining TripActions, Sai spent several years in-house at other values-driven technology companies in the Bay Area: she served as Managing Counsel for Collective Health and as Senior Counsel, Commercial & Product for Sunrun. Sai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.
As General Manager, EMEA and SVP Global Support for TripActions, Ciara Govern is responsible for scaling and growing the business in the EMEA region, and its customer support team globally. Prior to TripActions, Ciara led Customer Service for Netflix in EMEA. Prior to Netflix, she was the Global Head of Customer Experience GTS Service & Operations for the Royal Bank of Scotland and has over 13 years experience in financial services holding senior management roles in Dubai, London, Amsterdam and India. Ciara is based in TripActions’ EMEA HQ in Amsterdam. She has a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from the Waterford Institute of Technology.
As Head of Product for TripActions, Anique Drumright oversees product strategy and research and development for the company. Prior to TripActions, Anique led product operations, partnerships and vehicle solutions at Uber. Prior to Uber, Anique was a Director at Teach for America. Anique holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.
As the Vice President of Finance at TripActions, Francis Moran oversees all Finance Planning, Strategy and Analysis for the company. Prior to TripActions, Francis was the Director of FP&A at Lookout, led Financial Planning and Analysis at Jawbone, and was a Sr. Manager leading the Financial Control Group for Morgan Stanley’s Debt Capital Markets business. Francis holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD.
As VP of Business Operations at TripActions, Nina Giovannelli oversees the company’s operations strategies and initiatives. Prior to TripActions, Nina held leadership roles in Product Operations and Logistics at Uber, where she spent nearly four years scaling operations and working closely with product and engineering to launch driver-facing products and services globally. Prior to Uber, Nina worked in finance for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance and Information Systems from Duquesne University.
As the Vice President of Booking Experience and Supplier Strategy at TripActions, Daniel Finkel leads the TripActions Booking Experience and Supplier Strategy Teams, a position that uniquely sits at the intersection of supply and demand. On the one side, Daniel works with R&D, Operations, and our customer facing teams to ensure that we have the best shopping and booking experience for our travelers. On the other, Daniel oversees all of TripActions’ supplier and content strategy and relationships, including air, lodging, car and rail. Prior to TripActions, Daniel served several roles at the Expedia Group, including leading global air strategy for Expedia and lodging strategy for Egencia. Daniel has also served leadership roles at Era and SRA, aerospace tech companies in DC. Daniel holds an AB with Honors from Brown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
As TripActions’ VP, Chief of Staff, Stefanie Layne is responsible for scaling the business by executing on strategic projects and creating cohesive communication among all layers of the company. Prior to TripActions, Stef was the Treasurer at Box, leading Strategic Sourcing, Treasury and acting as the Chief of Staff to the CFO & Co-founder. She led an initiative called Yo!FCF to educate, drive focus and ultimately achieve the external company goal of being Free Cash Flow positive 2 years from the IPO date of Jan 23, 2015. Before Box, she was at eBay and PayPal, spending eight years across various Finance functions. In 2011, Stef was selected into the eBay, Inc Finance Leadership Rotational Program where she spent two years across various eBay entities, locations and roles. She graduated and landed a full time role in M&A Integrations driving some of the company's largest purchases, including PayPal's acquisition of Braintree/Venmo. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from San Jose State University.
Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud, infrastructure, AI, and data driven SaaS applications.
Prior to joining Lightspeed, he worked in the Corporate Business Development Group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, Arif was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems.
Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
In his free time, Arif plays ice hockey with his wife, who yells at him for never passing the puck to her.
Ben Horowitz is a cofounder and general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and The New York Times bestselling author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, which is now available in 19 languages. He also created the Andreessen Horowitz Cultural Leadership Fund, which aims to connect the greatest cultural leaders in the world to the best new technology companies, and enable more young African Americans to enter the technology industry.
Prior to a16z, Ben was cofounder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship [email protected] service. Previously, Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. He also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.
Ben has an MS in Computer Science from UCLA and a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University. He serves on numerous boards, including Databricks, Genius, Lyft, NationBuilder, Okta, SignalFx, Tanium, and CODE2040.
Dovi Frances is a financial services entrepreneur and founding partner of Group 11 (f.k.a. SGVC), a FinTech focused venture capital firm based in Los Angeles, California. Over the course of his career, Dovi has invested in some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent and disruptive financial technology companies, including SoFi, Addepar, Tipalti, TripActions, HomeLight, SunBit, Reali and Next Insurance. Dovi currently serves as Director on the Boards of Tipalti, SunBit, HomeLight, Reali, Lili Bank and Covercy. He is also an Advisor to Addepar, TripActions and is a member of the Advisory Council of Leumi Bank U.S.
Oren Zeev is the Founder of Zeev Ventures (www.zeev-ventures.com), a One Man Venture Capital firm. He serves as a board member at Houzz, HomeLight, Tipalti, TripActions, Next Insurance, Domestika, among others. Oren is a former board member of Audible (went public and then acquired by AMZN) and of Chegg, (NYSE: CHGG) where he was the main investor and one of the two main early backers respectively. Prior to that, he was a general partner at Apax Partners from 1995 to 2007.