Kealan travels a lot, lives on his phone and wanted a way to send a real birthday card to family and friends around the world. In true entrepreneur style, when he couldn’t find one he decided to make his own – and threw in a little pre-personalization for good measure.
As well as being a personal passion for Kealan, Cleverbug draws on all his experience as an entrepreneur in the design, print, publishing and media sectors over the last 20 years. He sees Cleverbug as a way to shake up the very traditional greeting card sector with a bit of new technology magic, and help people bring the magic Facebook back into the real world.
Mark is in charge of all things operational at Cleverbug. It may or may not be true that Mark knows more about e-commerce than anyone who has ever lived, but he has certainly spent a considerable amount of his career designing online shopping experiences that are quick and pain-free for the customer.
Mark met Kealan early in 2011, when the idea for Cleverbug was still taking shape. He had been looking to join a small start-up and when the opportunity with Cleverbug came along he jumped at the chance, packed his bags and his life in London behind to take on the challenge.
Of course, they can’t do it alone. Kealan and Mark are backed up by a talented team of developers, designers, analysts and marketers, who eat, sleep and breathe birthdays – not a bad way to spend their time!
Education: BA Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Interests: Travel, gourmet food, spending time with my family.
Loves: Laughing out loud, a really good mojito and helping people realise their potential.
Danica is a company director who specialises in aligning the hearts and minds of people with business results. She has over 20 years of experience in organisational design, training, coaching, and strategic facilitation. She is working with Cleverbug to help us find and develop our superstars. She is from California and has a background in beach, psychology and big business – even becoming a qualified accountant to better understand how people and business equations line up. Coaching is one of Danica’s core strengths and she is focused on making sure that our culture and the team who bring that culture to life are all aimed in the same direction.
Education: BA Accounting & Finance, Dublin City University, MBA, Trinity College Dublin.
Interests: Water sports & travel
John is Financial Planning & Analysis Manager. Prior to Cleverbug, John spent 10 years working with numerous small businesses and family offices in an advisory capacity.
We think it’s fair to say that since joining Cleverbug in its earliest stages of development in late 2010, John’s multi-tasking ability has been tested to the max. From managing Cleverbug’s numerous Capital Investments to devising our Customer Centric pricing strategies, he knows his numbers like no one else. He has also designed and managed Cleverbug’s vast back end content organisation system making him a Master in the ‘Art of Spreadsheets.’
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Education: BSc Information Engineering, University "Politehnica" Bucharest Master's degree in Project Management, Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest. Ongoing MSc in Management of Information Systems, Trinity College Dublin
Interests: Computers, video games, movies, photography and music.
Mihai discovered computers at a very young age and consequently started programming. In the past 7 years he has architected and developed a number of large-scale web applications, facing millions of customers monthly.
He has always wanted to take a start-up from idea to international success and saw in Cleverbug the opportunity to do so!
Education: BSc Retail & Services Management, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Interests: Fashion, music, dancing, dog loving, exploring new cities and overall living life to the full.
Kelhy has just completed her degree and has started in Cleverbug as Executive Assistant. She's open to all things new and exciting.
She has a huge passion for business development and is delighted to be part of the Cleverbug team, to learn and grow in the e-commerce environment. Kelhy is excited to experience the unusual challenges encountered in a start-up company.
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Education: BS in Marketing, Clemson University
Interests: Golf, mountain biking, all things SEO
Mark Wunder is the SEO Specialist at Cleverbug.com. He got started in Search Marketing in 1999 and has worked as an in-house Manager at several Ecommerce startups and runs a strategic consulting service dedicated to SEO.
Mark lives and breathes Search Engine Optimization. He has jump started several startups over the past 10 years and has developed a variety of affiliate websites. His experience with SEO, SEM, and social media gives him a breadth of experience and diverse set of skills.
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Education: BDes in Design & Visual Communications, Master’s Degree in Design Communications, University of Ulster.
Interests: Outdoor adventure, swimming, cycling, travel, music, drama, renewable energy, design & photography. Loves: Painting her nails, eating out, good coffee, wearing big woolly jumpers!
Maria is Cleverbug’s customer service and supply chain guru. She is from the Donegal and definitely has the best accent at Cleverbug! Before boarding ship in October 2011, Maria worked freelance and in-house as a graphic designer and a children’s book illustrator. She is extremely passionate about entrepreneurship, renewable energy advancements, digital technology and photography. Maria loves new challenges, risk taking and hopes to one day climb Mount Everest.
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Education: Bachelor of Design (BDes) in Product Design, School of Fine Arts, Tunis, Tunisia; MSc in Design, Jean Monnet University, Saint Etienne, France; Diploma in Web Design, IBAT, Dublin, Ireland
Interests: Painting, design & handicraft
Faten is a talented multi-disciplinary designer. Before starting her graphic design career in Ireland, Faten spent two year in Saint Etienne, France working on product design and development research using recycled products and materials.
She has extensive experience in design software acquired during her freelance career over the past four years with clients from around the globe. Faten is a true artist and loves to translate her artistic visions into unique digital products.
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Education: MA in History and Museum Studies, Eotvos Lorand University - Budapest and Msc in Applied Digital Media, Griffith College – Dublin
Interests: Travel, Photography, Digital Art & Computer Games
Andrea Lantos is a Graphic Designer within Cleverbug. She started her graphic design career in the heavily flexible computer game industry in Budapest. In the past four years she has continued designing for different industries in Dublin including various projects for online and print. She loves to create unique and effective designs by using clean lines and her creative world view!
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Education: Glazov Engineering and Economics Institute (a branch of Izhevsk State Technical University), Department of ASOIiU, Software Engineer
Interests: Photography, playing guitar, Xbox, music, concerts
Bobr is a web developer with Cleverbug. He is from Russia and his nickname means Beaver. Bobr prefers to work on non-standard and large web projects, web-based applications with unusual functionality and solutions. If you want a mediocre site – then Bobr is not your guy.
Education: Computer Science and Economy, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Interests: Reading books, traditional Romanian wood carving, walking in nature
Adina is a developer at Cleverbug. She comes from Romania and is now starting to discover Ireland. Before joining the Cleverbug team she worked as a freelancer on a broad variety of ecommerce projects. She has experience with PHP web applications and looks forward to building world-class mobile apps at Cleverbug.
Education: MSc in Software Engineering at Dublin City University; BSc in Information Engineering at Università degli Studi di Parma
Interests: Computers, technologies, snowboarding, rugby, golf, food, wine
Andrea is a software engineering interested in large-scale and web-based applications. After having worked with large companies, he decided to try the pace and challenges that working in a startup like Cleverbug can offer him.
Education: B. Math, B. Bus (Account), QUT – Brisbane,Australia
Interests: Data Visualisation, Cycling, Coffee and Performing Card Magic
Mark is a Business Analyst with Cleverbug. He has been a data analyst in Software and Marketing companies in Brisbane, London and Dublin for the past 5 years. He cannot get enough data to try to get to the bottom of every story.
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Education: Post-graduate diploma in Journalism, London School of Journalism; Advanced Diploma in Communications, Chartered Institute of Marketing; MA in International Studies, University of Sheffield; BSc Mathematics, University of Nottingham
Interests: Swimming, Pilates, theatre, music, wine, snowboading, reading
Joanna is a trained journalist and communications professional which basically means she loves words. As well as looking after the Cleverbug community, she is Cleverbug's official spelling, punctuation and grammar police and in charge of all things wordy. She also plays a mean game of Scrabble.
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