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Amy Gross, Co-founder and CEO

Amy Gross a creative entrepreneur whose businesses give people tools for real life. As CEO of VineSleuth, Amy is responsible for product vision for the company’s publishing, consumer products, corporate partnership, and corporate licensing initiatives.

A experienced publisher and content strategist, Amy is also the mastermind behind three highly popular web offerings—MomsTravelTales.com, MomsToolbox.com, and VineSleuth Uncorked—whose wine, food, travel, parenting, faith, and lifestyle articles collectively reach over 100,000 unique readers each year. Amy serves as a wine columnist and freelance contributor to other print and online publications, and her e-book, “Dinner and Wine for $20 or Less,” has enjoyed over 10,000 downloads.

Prior to launching her own businesses, Amy directed the PR and marketing effort for the Children’s Museum of Houston, where her tiny in-house team garnered 160 million media impressions and generated $3.6 million in publicity value in a single year, earning accolades of PR Week.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and children.

 

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Michael J. Tompkins, Co-founder and CSO

Michael Tompkins is a research and consulting scientist who has developed numerical solutions for geophysics, general learning, history matching, and statistical ranking problems.

As Chief Science Officer of VineSleuth, Michael is responsible for research and product development, academic collaboration, IP strategy, data acquisition, database structure and evolution, and statistical processes for the company’s proprietary technologies.

Michael has over twelve years’ experience developing numerical algorithms for multi-national corporations and research universities. He is founder and principal of PolytopX, a consultancy focusing on novel approaches to inference and uncertainty, nonlinear optimization, exploratory analysis, and classification problems.

Michael has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and served as invited lecturer, editor, and reviewer for many professional conferences and publications.

Michael earned a Master of Science in Geophysics and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and son.

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Jonathan Taylor, Chairman

Jonathan Taylor is half executive and half technologist, with a dash of revolutionary for good measure. Over the last 20 years Jonathan has started seven companies, run six, sold four, and acquired 17 others.

In 1999, Jonathan founded Voxeo with the mission to make phone applications easy to build and deploy. He developed the company into an enterprise cloud-based SaaS telecoms system for managing customer relationships. He recently sold Voxeo to Aspect Software for $150 million.

Jonathan is now a mentor capitalist, serving as a chairman of Entrenext Ventures, Tropo, Inc., Sighthound Labs, and VineSleuth.

Jonathan lives in Florida with his wife and two children.

 

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