Meet The Team
Jenna Birch, co-founder and CEO
Dave Brandner, co-founder and Chief Manager
Dave Brandner is the co-founder and Chief Managing Officer of Plum. He was an accomplished corporate salesperson and recruiting executive for 15 years. In 2011, he left the corporate world to launch his first business, which went on to receive multiple awards and numerous “Best Of” mentions. He exited that venture in 2018 to focus exclusively on co-creating Plum. Dave believes firmly in the adage: There are lots of great ideas, but without a great team and talent, great ideas alone are not enough to succeed. He graduated from Marquette University and lives in Minneapolis.
Kiran Rao, app developer and CTO
Kiran Rao is a technology executive with over 25 years of experience. He started his career at Microsoft, where he was integral in the development of several product lines, including Microsoft Money, WebTV, Digital TV, and the XBox gaming console. Later, Kiran transitioned to the startup world where he led the technology efforts for Television.com, which was a precursor to Hulu. He has advised TV networks on technology strategy, including Rysher Entertainment, Charter Cable, and David E. Kelley Productions. He has developed e-commerce and mobile apps for TV Guide, AT&T, Verizon, Dr. Phil, and Dropbox. Kiran deployed the nation's first advertising network based on iBeacons, and his app projects have been featured as staff picks on iTunes and Google Play. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, and resides in Los Angeles.
Michele Promaulayko, board member
Alexandra Tweten, board member
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