Kiernan McGuire, CEO & Co-Founder
With over 15 years of experience spanning the education and digital media space, Kiernan has a passion for start-up and early stage environments. While working for The Washington Post Company, he helped launch the Kaplan-Simon & Schuster publishing business and served as the Managing Editor for the Newsweek-Kaplan imprint. He later led Kaplan’s launch of the first nation-wide in-home tutoring company, spearheading its growth from 4 to 26 major US markets. Putting his for-profit background to work for mission-based organizations, Kiernan would go on to lead business development and product at GreatSchools.net, the leading provider of consumer-friendly K-12 school data. His efforts would diversify the organization’s philanthropic funding base by creating multi-million dollar earned income streams from licensing and advertising businesses. Most recently, he served as Chief Development Officer at Common Sense Media. During his tenure there, he spearheaded all revenue operations and built a distribution network reaching over 100 million households via partnerships with leading companies including Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AOL, Yahoo!, Netflix and others. Kiernan holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA in history from Boston University. He has recently taken cooking and surfing classes, and plans to squeeze in a ukulele class or two.
Danielle Mawlaoui, President & Co-Founder
Danielle grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from UCLA. She moved to New York to pursue a career in finance, launching her career at The Bank of New York as a high yield capital market analyst. After two years on Wall Street, she moved back to San Francisco to work for Bank of America’s private banking division. An entrepreneur at heart, three years later she left the financial world to pursue a passion to run her own business. In 2003, she launched Danielle SF, a high-end retail boutique in the Marina district of San Francisco; she would go on to receive Best of the Bay honors. Danielle formulated the idea that would become ClassMonkeys when, looking for for classes to take in San Francisco, she had trouble finding a helpful resource. In the last year she has taken cooking classes, photography classes, swimming classes and yoga. Spanish and belly dancing are next on her list.
Todd Huss, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
Todd has an extensive background running engineering and technology efforts at category-leading consumer Web and mobile brands, where he has efficiently scaled early stage Web platforms to serve millions of monthly users. Before co-founding ClassMonkeys, he served as Chief Technology Officer at GreatSchools, Common Sense Media and VolunteerMatch—all of which have won or been nominated for Webby Awards. Todd is also a Co-Founder of Two Bit Labs and served as CIO of Credit.com. His engineering passions include test driven development with Rails, iOS and Android. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Vermont. Todd’s favorite classes include sailing, guitar lessons and mixology.
Vincent Rubino, Vice President of Engineering & Co-Founder
A core member of the RocketMail team at Four11 (acquired by Yahoo), Vince would go on to lead the first in house implementation of Yahoo! Yellow Pages/Maps and the rewrite of Yahoo Travel into a user centric research and booking destination. He drove sales support and virtual worlds as Director of Engineering at Gaia Online and led a full rewrite of Common Sense Media. He has a ScM in Computer Science and AB in Public Policy from Brown University. He hails from Chicago and has worked and studied in Stockholm and Hong Kong. He has studied a multitude of languages, performs whenever he can in operas and enjoys voyaging by land or sea. When he wrote down his three goals for life at the age of 20, one was to “never stop learning,” believing that formal schooling is only the beginning of a real education. For Vince, ClassMonkeys is a vehicle to help make it easy for others who feel the same to fulfill their goals.