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The mission.

To help people expand their horizons and live full, satisfying lives by conquering personal, goal-oriented challenges. We do this by connecting them to our challenge hosts, each other, and a wide range of interesting people, places, knowledge, skills, and experiences that they might not otherwise encounter. To learn more about the problem, solution, and our marketplace, click here. To learn about our journey and the science that supports our mission, click here.

The vision.

A world in which everyone—regardless of their age, location, or background—can routinely acquire new knowledge and skills, cultivate positive relationships, and master real-life, goal-oriented challenges (GOCs) that give them justifiable, lifelong pride in themselves, their lives, and their accomplishments.

 

The team. 

Doug-Perednia
Doug Perednia, MD

Founder & CEO

Bio

Doug worked for many years on NIH- and HHS-funded projects in telemedicine and other applications of computer science. He has worked with small businesses and government agencies on a wide variety of projects from optimizing medical record systems to finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas when producing high-quality animal feed. His book Overhauling America’s Healthcare Machine has been widely used in healthcare and economics courses. Since 2017, he has been focused on reversing the adverse impact of screen-based activities on physical and mental health.

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Ken Sheldon, PHD

Applied Psychology

Bio

Ken is a professor of psychological sciences at University of Missouri. His research focuses on well-being, motivation, self-determination theory, personality, and positive psychology. He is the recipient of the Templeton Foundation “Positive Psychology” prize and the Ed and Carol Diener award for mid-career achievement in personality psychology. He is the author of Optimal Human Being: An Integrated Multi-Level Perspective, Self-determination Theory in the Clinic: Motivating physical and mental health and has written and edited several other academic books, and more than 200 academic articles and book chapters.

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Jaimie Kowalski

CMO

Bio

Jaimie brings 20+ years expertise developing and leading proven GTM and growth strategies for startup ventures and Fortune 500 brands that include Sleek Technologies, Experity Health, Unicarriers Americas, JPMorgan Chase, Sears Holdings and MillerCoors (Starcom). She earned her B.A at Columbia College Chicago, and her M.B.A at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She lives and breathes by her personal motto: hungry, humble, smart.

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Jim-Schiekofer 

CRO

Bio

Jim has more than 20 years of experience leading revenue, strategy, and business development at top media companies. Selling over $500M in ad sponsorships, licensing and partnerships, Jim has considerable experience selling for brands geared toward younger consumers. He earned a B.S. in advertising from Arizona State and completed an Advanced Leadership Program from Harvard University.

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Brandon Pav

Chief Architect

Bio

With a career spanning 18 years in the software engineering space, including 10 in management and 8 in the C-Suite, Brandon has amassed experience across 8 different industry sectors. His track record of success includes working with off/near-shore development teams in 9 countries, showcasing his ability to lead and manage diverse technology teams effectively. Although he is a Microsoft Certified Professional, he remains tech agnostic and intentionally tries to choose and utilize the most cost-effective and efficient technologies, languages, and tools to accomplish scalable business outcomes.

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Pop Tuffy

CTO

Bio

Pop (Don’t call him Steve. He probably won’t answer.) is our CTO responsible for the architecture, development, security, and support for all DoCurious products. He led a 15-person team at Xiotech to develop the Corporate Electronic Management System used for mitigating corporate litigation exposure. Pop was also the Director of Web services at Serveron and Director of Product Development at Protocol Systems. He has two B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from Portland University.

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Emma Wihtol

Marketing Manager

Bio

Emma is a Portland based social media marketing specialist who focuses on creative new ways to promote businesses. She creates organic social media marketing campaigns designed to help small businesses grow their brand awareness and increase sales. Emma has a double degree in digital marketing communications and sustainability from Oregon State University.

 


 
 
Peter Ribbons
Peter Ribbons

Head of UX/ Product

Bio
 
Peter has over 15 years in the tech industry, mentoring and coaching businesses, as well as new and pivoting workers in their journeys, through storytelling and creative strategies. Results? $2.6Billion and 10,000 work hours saved, hundreds of people trained, and so many hired.
 
Jean-Twenge
Jean-Twenge

Psychology Advisor

Bio

Jean is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of more than 140 scientific publications and books including iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood and Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before. She shows college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, and corporate executives how to teach and work with today’s young generation based a on a dataset of 11 million young people.

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Sonja-Lyubomirsky

Psychology Advisor

Bio

Sonja is professor of psychology at UC Riverside and the author of the best-selling books The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness. She is a leader in the field of well-being science focusing on the benefits of happiness, why some people are happier than others, and how happiness can be durably increased. A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, she has won many honors, including the Faculty of the Year Award (twice) and Distinguished Research Lecturer Award from UC Riverside, a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, a Science of Generosity grant, and a Psychology & Philosophy grant.

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Caleb-Carr

Business Advisor

Bio

Caleb is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer for Vita Inclinata Technologies, a Denver Colorado based aerospace and industrial company. He started his career as a volunteer search and rescue tech for Multnomah (Oregon) County Search and Rescue. A mentor and fellow volunteer suffered cardiac arrest while on a night-training mission, to which became the genesis of Vita Inclinata. Caleb continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter, search and rescue tech, and as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. His work at Vita Inclinata Technologies has won recognition like Forbes 30 under 30 for the Manufacturing and Industry category, Titan 100 CEO winner, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Desert Mountain Region.

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Dennis Hurt

Business Advisor

Bio

Dennis has 25 years of senior management experience in high tech and bioscience companies. He was President and CEO of two startups and General Manager of Nellcor Europe—turning around a losing European Operation into 12% IBT and helping Nellcor grow from start-up to $200M. He was Director of International Operations for Protocol Systems, and the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Serveron. He has extensive global operations experience and has helped raise $37M in start-up capital.

Join the team. 

We’re always on the lookout for people who care about getting people off screens and into the real world as we do. Please fill out the form below if you want to join out team.