The Studio Team

We are passionate about building companies that solve real world problems.

Our Tao

"Tao" means a road, path, way; and hence, the way in which one does something; method, doctrine, principle. Our Tao is a guiding ethos for everything we do at Platform, and is the cultural DNA for every Platform company.

We respect hard work, but we worship results

Working hard is necessary but not sufficient. Don’t confuse working hard with getting results.

Focus

Do a few things well, rather than many things poorly. Spend your time every day doing the things that give you the most leverage to achieve the results you need.

Show decisive pragmatism

Fight for what you believe in, but not everything has to be a fight. Most decisions are reversible. The best decision is a made decision. Analysis paralysis burns time, and time is precious.

Be data-driven

Data doesn’t always tell the whole story, but it tells most of the story, most of the time. Make smart bets. Be intellectually honest.

Build with integrity

Externalities matter. Be mindful of unintended consequences.

Be clear

Err on the side of over-communication. Use Radical Candor – it’s not mean; it’s clear.

Take your work seriously … but not yourself

Building startups is stressful, infuriating, exhausting. Laughter is the best medicine.

Be humble

Be grateful for the huge privilege to work with some of the smartest people from all over the world to build category-defining startups.

Everyone works for the customer

Whatever your role, directly or indirectly, you are in service of the user or customer.

Our Team

Brett Wischow

Head of Growth

Carol Alexander

Executive Assistant

Charlie Donnelly

Product Developer

Claire Zhang

Founder Advocate

Cynthia Ages

Product Developer

Daniel Leal-Bruce

Growth Marketer

Hannah Dopico

Venture Analyst

Jake Sweatman

Head of Finance

Jeremy Burton

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh Burkwist

Director of Talent Acquisition

Kristi Koistinen

Design Lead

Lissette Arias

Partner & Chief Design Officer

Norman Winarsky

VC-in-Residence

Patrick O'Shea

Software Engineer

Phil Drexler

Senior Data Analytics Manager

Tim Connors

Co-Founder & Founding Investor

Our Founders

Anthony Whitaker

Founder Associate, MOGL

Ayden Syal

CEO & Co-Founder, MOGL

Brandon Wimbush

Chief Athletic Officer & Co-Founder, MOGL

Derek Snook

CEO & Co-Founder, CoLife

Evan Claudeanos

CEO & Co-Founder, Grant Writing

Griffin Eaton

CEO & Co-Founder, Juke

Iesha Magallanes

Founder Associate, Ethically

Jada McLean

CEO & Co-Founder, Ethically

Rilwan Lawal

CEO & Co-Founder, GigEasy

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Ayden Syal, CEO of MOGL
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