Meet the Team

The Team

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David J. Phillips

Co-founder & CEO

David J. Phillips

David enjoys startups, programming, making music, and living in San Francisco. He also has a passion for good design. Since starting his career at Deloitte, he has been lucky enough to start companies like Banjo and build products that reach over a million users across the world.

After catching the startup bug, David decided to learn how to program. He loves learning, meeting new people, and building things that improve people’s lives. He holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Stefan Gomez

Director of Finance

Stefan Gomez

Prior to joining Hackbright, Stefan worked in public accounting at Deloitte serving a variety of public and private company clients. After Deloitte, Stefan held analyst roles in the Private Equity and Software industries before finding his true calling as Hackbright’s finance and operations guy.

When he’s not crunching numbers at Hackbright, Stefan can be found riding his motorcycle around the Bay Area, hacking away on the golf course, or surfing in the frigid waters of Ocean Beach. He likes turtles and dreams of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. “

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Nick Avgerinos

Instructor

Nick Avgerinos

Nick learned to program at an early age on Apple II’s and TRS-80’s, borrowing books from the library and absorbing issues of Enter magazine cover to cover. By the age of 12 he’d written a program to keep track of when his sister borrowed money (and how much interest to charge!). He’s been programming ever since.

Nick has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park. After college, Nick worked at several ISPs, including Digex, where he learned how the internet works and is probably the source of his belief that everyone should run their own mail server. His career spans companies of many shapes and sizes, from small start-ups building satellite-based vehicle tracking systems, WiFi access management and VoIP to large companies like Adobe.

More recently, he was Director of Engineering at the gaming company KIXEYE. When his girlfriend attended Hackbright’s second session, he immediately saw something special and wanted to get more involved. One day a week quickly turned into two. He’s now taken the plunge and is instructing at Hackbright full time.

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Nicholas Audo

Instructor

Nicholas Audo

Nick is a software developer from the Pacific Northwest who has been passionate about software development for as long as he can remember. After mentoring for several sessions, Nick was excited to take the skills he learned in the field and share them with the students of Hackbright.

As graduate of Neumont University, Nick has gotten to work on several big social networking websites reaching millions of users. When not in the classroom, Nick can usually be found exploring the city or cross country skiing in the winter. One day, he would love to bike around an entire country.

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Sean Teague

Instructor

Sean Teague

Sean grew up in San Francisco, California until the age of 12. He moved to Ohio where he started his career as a software engineer at the age of 17. Seven years later, he moved back to California and worked in the gaming industry for a few years as a senior PHP developer.

When he heard about Hackbright Academy, he jumped on the opportunity to share his knowledge of formal languages and his experience working in the industry. He likes building drones, playing tabletop and miniature RPGs, and spending time with his cats and dogs.

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Kristen Yarbrough

Admissions Officer

Kristen Yarbrough

A creature from the south, Kristen was born and bred in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA. After a 10 year tour through SF and LA start ups including such job titles as “Bar Mitzva Party Starter” and “Argyle Sock Enthusiast,” Kristen has happily landed at Hackbright where she is thrilled to have so many brilliant and creative co-workers.

When not working on admissions, she’s dreaming up her next exotic travel destination with her husband, reading, or ripping out weeds in the garden while listening to whatever the hot new audiobook the kids are talking about these days.

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Angie Chang

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Angie Chang

Angie is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Hackbright. She co-founded Women 2.0, a media company promoting women in high-growth entrepreneurship. From leading the editorial and content at Women 2.0, Angie built Women 2.0’s online presence (website, newsletter, social media marketing) from the ground up starting in 2005. She also founded the San Francisco chapter of Girl Geek Dinners in 2008, organizing frequent Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners with Sukrutha Bhadouria Raman. The sold-out dinners for technical women in the Silicon Valley are the hottest ticket in town.

Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design at various tech startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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Meggie Mahnken

Software Developer

Meggie Mahnken

Meggie grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire and then Tucson, Arizona. She moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to attend UC Berkeley. In Spring 2013, she attended Hackbright and was then lucky enough to join the Hackbright team to help build educational software and tutorials. As the Software Engineer in Residence (read: High Duchess of Code) she is thrilled to pursue her interests in web development with the mission of helping women enter the technology industry as skilled software engineers. To read her occasional musings, follow her on Twitter: @megthedeveloper.

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Cynthia Dueltgen

Instructor

Cynthia Dueltgen

Cynthia’s first coding happened on an Apple IIe computer her parents bought when she was ten years old, and even before that she was playing Oregon Trail on the PET 32 computers at her elementary school. By age 12 she decided she wanted to either be a rocket scientist or write computer games. She was lucky enough to have parents who never bothered to tell her that girls didn’t do that sort of thing, and eventually got a Computer Science degree from Northwestern University. There she was very active in the Society of Women Engineers and is pretty sure there was at least one other woman in her CS graduating class. She traded the dream of video games for 3D computer graphics and has worked at Pixar, Nvidia, and IDEO.

She is super excited to be teaching at Hackbright and can’t wait to help unleash more awesome women developers on the world.

Advisors


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Alex Cavoulacos

Founder and COO @ The Daily Muse

Alex Cavoulacos

Alex makes things work at The Daily Muse. From operations to product, she’s our #1 list maker. Prior to founding The Daily Muse, Alex was a management consultant, solving critical strategic and operational questions for top firms worldwide. She graduated from Yale University, where she was the Executive Director of Global21 - a network of international affairs magazines at premier universities around the world. It was there that she first gained experience in publishing, managing a team of 300 on 6 continents, and reaching over a quarter of a million readers with print magazines.

Follow her on Twitter @acavoulacos

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Janine Yoong

VP Business Development @ Tokbox

Janine Yoong

Janine gets front row seats to watch amazing apps come to life as she works with TokBox partners. Before joining Tokbox in April 2010, Janine worked at Google driving advertising partnerships in the local space. During her three years at Google, she worked with Yellow Pages companies, newspaper publishers, auto ad agencies and geo-local startups to put together advertising solutions for small businesses. Prior to Google, Janine worked at Yahoo! in Operations Finance supporting the HotJobs business unit. In addition to planning and strategic review, she acted as lead analyst for the first phase of the Yahoo Newspaper Consortium, Yahoo’s partnerships with over 200 newspapers on its local ad management platform. Janine was an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers in the Financial Institutions Group from 2003 - 2005.

Janine holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University.

Location

We are located in San Francisco, CA in the Union Square neighborhood. It is a beautiful city and is in the center of all things tech. We are very lucky to be here, located close to many of the world's top technology companies.

Contact Info

hello@hackbrightacademy.com

683 Sutter St. Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94108