About Umano

We created Umano to make it easier to get news on the go. In doing so, we stumbled upon something even more spectacular; a new way to bring the best stories from the web to life, by building a community of people who loved content as much as we did.

Meet the Founding Team

Umano was created by people like you.

  • Ian Mendiola
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Serves as the company’s designer, web developer and iOS engineer. Ian graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Software Engineering. Prior to founding Umano, Ian worked at Microsoft, Google, and Bloomberg.
  • Anton Lopyrev
    Co-Founder & CTO
    Works on back-end engineering, platform and Android development. Anton graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Software Engineering. Before founding Umano, Anton worked at Pixar and Google.
  • Prabhdeep Gill
    Co-Founder & COO
    Focuses primarily on mobile development and back-end work. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Software Engineering. Prior to founding Umano, Prabhdeep worked at Yahoo!, SocialDeck and Google.
  • Ashok Raju
    Founding Engineer
    Leads development for all Android devices. Before joining the Umano team, Ashok worked at PushLife, Inc., Polar Mobile and Google. Ashok graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering.
  • Avalon Radys
    Editor-In-Chief
    Oversees content quality and manages the community. Graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in History and International Development and rowed on Cal’s Varsity team. She worked as a journalist and editor for Berkeley publications.
  • Oded Pelled
    Head of Business
    Leads strategic partnerships & BD. Previously, co-founder or executive in 3 venture-backed start-ups. Drove 100+ distribution deals, strategic partnerships, and venture financing in 3 continents. Stanford University graduate.

Advisors

  • Karl Jacob
    Karl Jacob is a five-time entrepreneur who has been building, advising and investing in companies for the last 18 years. Jacob is currently the CEO and Founder of Hangtime, building a way for consumers to see their friends’ social plans. Jacob is a prolific angel investor.
  • Ameet Shah
    Ameet founded and led Five Mobile, a mobile development company that was acquired by Zynga in 2011. He currently leads the Zynga Toronto location, overseeing a variety of mobile game and central technology products. He is an active angel investor in seed stage companies.
  • Mark Platshon
    Mark Platshon is a Partner at Birchmere Ventures and a Venture Advisor at BMW i Ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur, having founded or run EloTouch, Idetek, Zing, Ancore and Amprius. He serves on the boards of Aria, Bloomboard, Peloton, Estimote and Polyplus.