Meet The Team
Dave Brandner, Founder and Chief Managing Officer
Dave Brandner is the 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 creating Plum. The inspiration for Plum came from Dave's experience while using multiple dating apps. He realized there were re-occurring themes to the widespread dissatisfaction women expressed in their profiles, as well as on dates, about their experience on dating apps: Profile misrepresentation, lewd/rude messaging, and ghosting. Plum solves for these problems.
Dave believes firmly in the adage: There are lots of great ideas, but without a great team, great ideas alone are not enough to succeed, and thus has built out an advisory board with expertise in the relationship/dating space. He graduated from Marquette University and lives in Minneapolis.
Michele Promaulayko, Strategic Advisor
Jenna Birch, Advisor
Jenna Birch is an award-winning writer and journalist, who’s work has been published in Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Glamour, SELF, Marie Claire, ELLE, Psychology Today, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Man Repeller, Nylon and the Washington Post. She is the author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love, a research-based dating book aimed at career women, and has been Yahoo Lifestyle’s resident relationship columnist for two years. Jenna has a passion for helping daters build lasting bonds in a chaotic romantic landscape. She has helped guide Plum’s smarter, science-based design, and spearheads the brand’s dating advice. She graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, MI.
Alexandra Tweten, board member
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.
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