HOPSCOTCH LEADERSHIP TEAM
Meet our seasoned tech executives with proven startup success
FOUNDER + CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Named one of Southern California’s top technology entrepreneurs, Laurence is an accomplished high-tech executive. As Chief Executive Officer, Laurence is responsible for corporate strategy, product definition and leading the executive team at Hopscotch.
Prior to Hopscotch, Laurence has led multi-million dollar mobile, SaaS, consulting and digital-media organizations, primarily focused on early and growth-stage venture-backed companies. He was instrumentally involved with multiple successful exits. Recently, Laurence led the worldwide sales and consulting organizations for world-renowned architect Frank Gehry’s technology company, Gehry Technologies (acquired in 2014 by Trimble TRMB), and he ran worldwide sales for collaboration company Central Desktop (acquired in 2014 by PGI, Inc.). Laurence also had $200MM P&L responsibility for digital sales, while managing more than 250 people for the Los Angeles Times Media Group.
Laurence started his career in management consulting and worked for six years at Deloitte Consulting and Accenture. He holds a BA in Economics with a concentration in inorganic chemistry from Claremont McKenna College. Laurence lives in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Michael is a skilled senior financial consultant with a broad background and entrepreneurial mindset. He has extensive startup and small business experience. For more than 11 years, he has coached several tech startups on business planning, financial modeling, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, pricing strategies and more. He previously worked at Adexa, Netgateway, KLM Cargo and Laidlaw Transit.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Oleg is a senior product and engineering leader with over 15 years of experience managing software-development teams for high-traffic websites. He co-founded Minitime.com, a family travel website in 2011. Before that he served as a director of engineering at MySpace. He also previously served as CTO of kSolo.com, the first web-based karaoke application, from inception until its acquisition by News Corp’s Fox Interactive Media.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT AND PROJECTS
Kristen is a passionate consumer-experience advocate who spearheaded the launch of the Hopscotch mobile platform. Prior to Hopscotch, she led the customer service and operations team for RFV and Virgin Digital. Kristen also ran the customer experience / product teams for the three Wilshire companies that deployed digital solutions for large organizations, including CBS Radio, Cricket Wireless, Comcast and Madison Square Garden.