Serial entrepreneurs in tech, media, and finance, as well as PhDs and engineering leaders from Fortune 500 companies
CEO & CHAIRMAN
Charlie is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and exited 5 startups in technology, media, and finance. He co-founded Onramp Invest, Blockforce Capital, and Reality Shares which created 7 publicly traded ETFs including the first Blockchain equity ETF(BLCN). In the dot-com era, he built RealAge which was successfully sold to Hearst for over 9 figures.
Mohammad is a seasoned engineering leader and team builder with over 20 years of software development experience in multiple technology areas, including working on operating systems at Microsoft, working on AdTech (including an Ad Exchange) at RhythmOne, and working on EdTech at Promethean. Mohammad has also worked at startups, including his own medical AI company.
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
Lauren brings 15+ years media, advertising, technology, and executive experience with the world’s leading platforms including Facebook (Meta), Roblox, VEVO, and Viacom. Lauren joins Permission from running her own tech platform and consulting business, where she led business leaders and organizations through global growth and transformation.
COO & GENERAL COUNSEL
Jenny has over 20 years of executive experience in brand strategy, business development, and communications. She is an attorney and leadership consultant, and has served as a strategic advisor for numerous businesses and nonprofits.
HEAD OF GROWTH
Bobby is a successful entrepreneur, marketer and proven growth hacker. He has founded and exited several companies in multiple industries from ecomm to events, where he broke ticket sales and attendance records around the world. An early mover in Web3, Bobby is a recognized speaker and contributor in Web3 communities on NFTs, DeFi, Metaverse and more.
SVP, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
Michele has 20+ years of robust experience in Advertising and Media, having worked for several global brands in print (ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Teen, Women’s Day,) digital (Twitter, Federated Media, Jun Group), and gaming (Electronic Arts, Roblox) as well as agencies including Leo Burnett/Starcom Worldwide.
HEAD OF AD OPERATIONS
Michelle has been a leader in the media, advertising, technology, and privacy space since 2006. She joins Permission most recently from a consulting career where she was a key advisor for top tier clients looking to solve complex issues at the intersection of media, advertising, technology and privacy.
DIRECTOR OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Jeff joined Permission with 8 years of experience at Microsoft, where he worked on projects including Windows 7, WCF and Azure. He also worked for 7 years with FinTech company Globys, and for 4 years with EdTech firm Promethean, where he built and ran a brand new firmware engineering organization.
PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Andy's 25+ years of experience as a full stack software engineer includes a decade at Microsoft, where he developed the infrastructure for MSN amongst several other projects. Andy has also worked for SGI, Web Startups, RhythmOne and Coupang.
PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Before joining Permission, Allen worked for several years as a Senior Software Engineer at EdTech firm Promethean and before that, AdTech firm RhythmOne. An expert in several language systems, he has also worked in FinTech at J. P. Morgan Chase, cryptography/HPC at IBM and filesystems at Isilon.
PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Sam spent most of his career working in Microsoft, from Windows, Office, Lync/Skype for Biz (Teams) to xBox Cloud and Azure Streaming Service. His achievements include creating V1 of xCloud, a web-based streaming platform for gaming, and developing C2PA for Azure. He has also worked for Promethean, and co-founded local startup, TiJEE.
DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS
Rodney has an extensive background in finance and technology. He has worked in various industries ranging from banking to nonprofit and is committed to maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders, investor confidence, and regulatory compliance.
SVP, HEAD OF DESIGN & RESEARCH
Charlie is an accomplished User Experience and Product Design professional with 18+ years of experience in product development/design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), user-centered design, system design, user experience, and user research. He has the ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and work collaboratively with key stakeholders to drive strategy and execution of user-centric design.
VP OF COMMUNICATIONS
Alex has over a decade of experience in communications and marketing, working with both startups and established businesses spanning multiple industries. She has worked across national and international markets, building her clients' media presence and spearheading integrated campaigns to meet and exceed client expectations.
VP, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS
Steven has over 15 years experience in software development and technical sales, with an exceptional ability and flare for public speaking. His passion for cryptocurrency led him to open one of the top cryptocurrency merchandise shops on Etsy, and he is experienced and focused on growing online communities.
Ashley is a CPA and CMA with more than 15 years of accounting, finance, and management experience at United Airlines and NRG Energy. Ashley is also highly experienced in large scale merger and acquisition transactions.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Virginie has more than 10 years experience in IT project management for big companies (Airbus, Continental), where she successfully drove teams to deliver complex embedded software. She has been working for several years as a consultant to help companies achieve exceptional efficiency. Virginie is certified in Project Management (PMP®) and Agile Methodologies (CSM® & CSPO®).
Cynthia Blais Jensen
VP OF SALES
Cynthia has nearly two decades of experience working in e-commerce and advertising. She was one of the initial employees of CustomInk.com and also worked for Verizon Media, as well as starting businesses of her own and building partnerships with blue chip brands such as Best Buy, Kohl's, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Director of Ad Tech
Also a managing partner at Ceres, TJ works with the most innovative companies in ad-tech to build effective teams and drive solutions. Prior to Ceres, TJ was VP, Operations at Technorati Media. TJ has also held multiple senior ad ops and product management positions at Monster Worldwide and Kontera.com.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING STRATEGY
Robert is a Swiss Army Knife of marketing talent. A highly skilled writer and analyst, he has a passion for digging deep into challenges, developing the most strategic solutions, and telling meaningful stories through branding.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER & STRATEGIST
A born communicator with a successful digital marketing career spanning both sides of the Atlantic, Naomi brings a refreshing creative flair and strategic instinct to further elevate Permission’s social media presence.
DIRECTOR, MARKETING COMMS
Rachel is an experienced technology law expert with background in privacy and compliance. She has two degrees in law, from Durham University in the U.K. and a specialization in Digital Technology Law from UCLA School of Law. Before joining Permission, she served as a privacy law specialist at TikTok.
Member Support Specialist
Joel’s experience in sales and customer service with premiere financial institutions has granted him the tools necessary to interface and support our valuable users. In his spare time, he is passionate and active member of NFT and Validator communities.
Zack is the Owner of Web Focused, a Chicago-based marketing consultancy that has driven results for 100’s of businesses from brick and mortar to Fortune 100.
HORIZON MEDIA SVP DIGITAL INVESTMENT
A leader and innovator in the digital media community for 18+ years, Kyung Kim has led media strategy and investment at some of the largest agencies including Publicis, Omnicom and independent giant Horizon Media, representing some of the largest brands across multiple sectors. He is driven by the changing media landscape and the opportunity to disrupt traditional thinking.
CEO OF COINTED JAPAN
Tokyo-based Ichiro Minamikawa founded 10 companies in 30 years. He is CEO at Cointed Japan and director of several FinTech and HealthTech companies.
CTO AT ANDO
Technology entrepreneur and founder of multiple successful startups in the financial technology industry. Son is a proven leader who continues to innovate and create first class software teams and products.
CEO AND FOUNDER, PLAN A
An award-winning journalist, Andrew is also the founder and CEO of creative marketing services company, Plan A. His former roles include CEO of Tribeca Enterprises (the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival,) and CEO of global advertising agency Droga5.
PRESIDENT AT CHICORY
Jason Young is a 30 year veteran of the media, digital advertising, and adtech markets. A tenured founder and operator, his experience includes serving as CEO of Ziff Davis (tech publisher), CEO of Crisp (mobile ad platform), and Chief Media Officer of Quotient Technology (media/marketing platform). Involved in the early days of digital media, Young specializes in new digital ad platform/product development, launching, and scaling.
HEAD OF AD PLATFORMS AT IRIS.TV
Sean has built his career on consistently blowing out revenue goals while driving brand recognition across highly-competitive, dynamic environments. With a talent for identifying opportunities in new technologies and platforms, his strategic and creative perspective breeds results. Sean is a resourceful and agile facilitator skilled in aligning individual strengths with business needs and functions to drive success in fast-paced and challenging environments.
Having launched his first website in 1998 and first iOS app in 2008, Hunter has been at the forefront of the software design and development industry for over 20 years. He is a distinguished speaker, author, entrepreneur and thought leader in the digital world, well-known for leading teams to release best-in-class web & mobile products, including for Samsung, Cisco, Salesforce, Avalara, and many more.
CEO OF POST-INTERRUPTIVE
Rob is a media veteran with 30+ years experience in advertising, revenue growth, and brand strategy. Before Permission, Rob served as co-founder and President at WhoSay, President of The Daily Beast, and Publisher of Maxim and Rolling Stone magazines.
GENERAL PARTNER AT ALPHABLOCK.COM
A Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist, and founder and chairman of the private investment group Pacific Century Group, Richard has been investing in blockchain since 2012. He has advised several successful cryptocurrency offerings and is a seed investor in Permission.
Robin Bloor, PhD
Robin has over 30 years experience in big data and information management. He has authored books on e-commerce, service management and cloud computing.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LIGHTBEND EVP STRATEGY & PRODUCT
A seasoned strategist and product manager, Brad has held executive roles in biz dev, marketing and operations for early and growth stage companies in the professional open source, cybersecurity and enterprise mobility markets, including for JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Prevoty, Framehawk (acquired by Citrix), Nukona (acquired by Symantec) and OpenSpan (acquired by Pegasystems).
CEO OF BLOCKFORCE CAPITAL
Eric is the co-founder and CEO of Blockforce Capital and Co-Founder at Onramp Invest. He formerly served as the Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. He has extensive expertise in alternatives, e.g., dividend swaps, and quant-based cryptocurrency strategies, and is a member of the CFTC Virtual Currency Subcommittee for the Technology Advisory Council.
AVALARA BOARD MEMBER
Bill Ingram served as CFO and Treasurer of Avalara Inc., where he completed their IPO and secondary equity offerings, launched SOX/404 internal compliance, and consolidated multiple strategic acquisitions. He has previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Khan Academy, held various executive roles at Leap Wireless, and founded Nuera Communications, where he was CEO.
FOUNDER/CEO OF VITACUP
A seasoned entrepreneur, Brandon has raised millions for VitaCup and prior startups. He founded and successfully sold Internet Marketing Inc., serves on multiple CPG boards and is a consultant and eCommerce advisor to several growing CPG brands.