Our Team

The Executive Team

Deirdre Neufeld
Founder & CEO

All while studying over-time earning BS in Int. Architecture, Deirdre launched an online health and wellness organization by partnering with a leading direct sales company to begin earning residual/passive income to later support her future entrepreneurial vision (now Vybz.) During her three year degree, she was also promoted from intern to Junior Designer to Senior Interior Designer and landed a Senior role at architecture firm in Boston by age 21. A world traveler and formally trained in interior design & architectural drafting, Neufeld understands the value and connection of aesthetic as well as the difficulty in finding your place in new, unfamiliar surroundings. She founded the Vybz app to make sure that everyone can search for places to go by the vibes and their current mood, wherever, whenever they’re traveling.

 

@dee.neufeld@deeneufeld@deirdre-neufeld
Kevin McHugh
Design Director

Kevin is one of the most sought-after, competitive UX/UI and Graphic Designers in MA. He has worked with the City of Boston, The Grove, Honda Civic, and the national lip care brand – Moroccan Magic.

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Karim Bouaziz
CFO & SVP of Operations

Former CFO for Fisher Price, Karim brings 20 years of financial experience in startups, consumer goods, gov’t contracting, & priv. equity at all levels w/ a focus on turnarounds & developing procedures to improve performance & profitability. He’s helped organizations having $5MM-$500MM in annual sales define direction, identify & repair flawed processes, streamline financial policies, all while enhancing shareholder value.

Gaslight Marketing & Communications
PR, Marketing & Communications

Gaslight is a full-service, integrated marketing and communications agency with offices in Boston, New York City and Washington DC. Gaslight partners with clients, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, to successfully help them craft their messages, build and grow their brands, engage with target audiences, and achieve their business goals. Its highly skilled team of industry veterans boast diverse and successful backgrounds in public relations, digital engagement, branding, corporate communications, advertising and design.

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Advisors

Alec Stern
Go-to-market Advisor

Alec has more than 25 years of experience as a founder and hyper-growth agent for companies across industries including Constant Contact. As a primary member of Constant Contact's founding team Alec was one of the original 3 who started the company in an attic. Alec was with the company for 18 years from start-up, to IPO, to a $1.1 Billion-dollar acquisition. Alec advises a variety of early stage companies and serves as a judge, mentor and advisor for nationally known startup accelerators and programs including TechStars, MassChallenge, MIT Start Smart, Lean Startup Challenge, the Stevie Awards and the United Way Youth Venture and speaks at Universities including Harvard and MIT.

@alec.stern@alecstern@alecspeaks
Ed Mandongrere
Technical Advisor

Ed is the CEO & co-founder of MOON Selfie, a first-of-its-kind compact mobile lighting accessory. MOON Selfie was hosting events at the 2019 SXSW event per their invitation! An experienced technology and business pro, Ed worked in Marketing at Comcast, created E-Learning programs and pioneered the video email marketing process at Cisco and was a designer/project manager at Affectiva. As a UX/UI designer and cinematographer, Ed established Edemanté Design & Film a producer of stunning ads and content. His work has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, MTV and others. With a magnetic personality and love for people, he helps others to pursue their dreams and conquer challenges. “Connecting with people, creating new and lasting memories is what it’s all about.

@edemante@edemante@edemante
Richard Lane
Innovation & Financial Advisor

Richard co-founded LifePod Solutions,

«Alexa for the elderly», and is Advisory Board member and a mentor for several venture and growth companies. Richard is an experienced senior executive with a solid background in building high technology, software and telecommunications companies. He specializes in founding and building entrepreneurial, venture funded companies as well as intrapreneurial opportunities within larger corporations. Sample successes include: PureSpeech, a speech recognition company, which he led from the brink of insolvency (market cap of $4 - $6 million) to a merger with a larger public company resulting in a market value of the company of $18 million within seven months and Panasonic’s failing wireless business which he grew from $35 million in sales to $50 million in 15 months.

@richard-lane

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