DukeonYour Phone Facebook: 118 alumni work at the social-media giant—from 2005 to 2011 they included Soleio Cuervo ’03, who invented the “Like” button. Despegar.com: The “Expedia of Latin America.” Fuqua classmates Roberto Souviron M.B.A. ’99 and Mariano Fiori M.B.A. ’99, and Martin Rastellino M.B.A. ’99 cofounded this air travel and hotelbooking app for flights throughout the region. Houzz: Emily Poplawski ’10 works as the product lead for mobile at Houzz, one of the leading apps for redesigning homes and Google’s Best App of 2016. Lyft: Seventeen alumni work at the car-hire service, where Carlos Whitt ’01 is in charge of all passenger experience as the director of engineering, and Cheri Yu ’98 is the head of local marketing.
Box: Dylan Smith ’08 is the cofounder and CFO of this cloud-based file-sharing service. CBS Sports: Sean McManus ’77 heads CBS Sports and brings Duke basketball exclusively to your TV during March Madness. Walla: Senior Judy Zhu is the CEO of this social-networking app, which won the $50,000 grand prize at the 2017 Annual Duke Startup Challenge. The app allows users to create social events or meet-up requests—and to see people nearby who are interested in participating. Pocket: Matt Koidin M.B.A. ’05, Kaitlin Gaiss ’13, and Tushar Kirtane ’05, M.B.A. ’14 developed this read-it-later app that allows you to drop articles, videos, and other content you find online into one place. Pocket recently was acquired by Mozilla.
Apple Podcasts: Mangesh Hattikudur ’01 and Will Pearson ’01 will tell you how you can be a “Part-Time Genius” via their new podcast in partnership with HowStuffWorks.
Draft Kings: Jason Robins ’03 is the CEO of DraftKings, a fantasy sports company that he cofounded in 2012. Apple Maps: Eddy Cue ’86 is the senior vice president of Internet software and services at Apple and oversees the Apple Maps platform as well as the iTunes Store, Apple Pay, Apple Music, iCloud services, original entertainment strategy, and Siri. Duke Alumni: Search for other alumni to build your network, access on-campus benefits, and (eventually) register for alumni events. Plus: Follow @ DukeAlumni on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
United Airlines: Azim Barodawala ’00 is the CEO of Volantio, a third-party aviation technology platform that is helping United Airlines reduce the number of overbooked flights. Talking Bodhi: Poman Lo ’99 is the founder and CEO of Century Innovative Technology, a multi-million dollar “edutainment company” responsible for Bodhi and Friends, a popular cartoon series in Asia that teaches children lessons in honesty, respect, and compassion.
Vamoose: Cefi Menda ’16 launched this app to help users skip the line at favorite restaurants and pick up their orders in record time. n
Sima Sistani ’03 is cofounder of Houseparty, a group video-chat app gaining popularity among teens.
Published on Nov 29, 2017