The Caribu Team
MaxCo-Founder + CEO
Max has had a 15+ year career in Education and Management, but is most proud of winning the award for most books read in all of the 4th grade at Pinecrest Elementary. A story lover since the womb, as a child she credits the Spanish nursery rhyme “Los Pollitos Dicen” and Goodnight Moon with making her fall in love with bedtime stories, as a teen, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Marvel Comic Books with making her definitely blow past her bedtime, and now counts The Alchemist and anything by Jodi Picoult as the books she turns to when she finds time to get five minutes of pleasure reading in.
Max knows almost every level of education from being a public school teacher, a consultant at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Executive Director of Teach For America, and manager of education projects under NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Before co-founding Caribu, Max was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow at the Treasury Department. She is a first-generation American and college student and a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Miami Fellows Leadership Program. Max is a 2018 Toyota Mother of Invention and received her MBA & MPP from Harvard.
AlvaroCo-Founder + CTO
Alvaro has a computer science degree and a Master’s from Imperial College London. He has been engineering solutions for over ten years in a wide range of applications. He has developed enterprise cross-platform applications and has worked as a network and systems engineer at companies like Grupo Prisa and Terremark as well as IT consulting at Telvent. Aside from his experience in the corporate world, Alvaro previously founded two companies. The first was an independent management agency in Madrid, to support amateur music bands with management and production services from venue placement and logistics to studio time and production. The second was a design agency in London, specializing in branding where they designed and developed web and brand identity for clients like the London Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world’s largest street carnivals with over 2 million attendees.
He has lived in four different countries, which brings a unique perspective from various educational systems and their methodologies. This experience, coupled with moving countries regularly, fueled his passion for studying education’s biggest problems and technology’s role in solving them. His favorite author is Isaac Asimov and his Foundation series.
TiffanyHead of Design
Tiffany is a Kansas City native, who for 7-years prior to Caribu, was a Senior Digital Designer for The Walt Disney Company. Tiff led art, UX/UI and marketing design on over 60 apps and 100 eBooks with the team. Her experience expands beyond digital, having also worked in educational publishing for RR Donnelley, and in advertising for Garmin International.
Her favorite place to be is in the great outdoors—be it hiking or camping. When she’s not wearing a designer’s hat, she finds time to conquer escape rooms, collect Disney toys, be a winery aficionado, sports fanatic, environmental enthusiast and Jedi. Tiffany’s favorite reads are The Chronicles of Narnia series, which is why she’s so passionate about Caribu—it allows children to dream, imagine and create awesome memories, through the power of reading.
TrentHead of Engineering
Trent is a Senior React Native app developer who has developed top trending apps on iOS and Android reaching millions of downloads. He finds inspiration while using Caribu with his nephews, to read them stories about dinosaurs. He is passionate about implementing the technology used in Caribu to connect families together around the globe to read, draw and smile. His favorite book is “The Life of Pi”, a philosophical tale about a boy and a Bengal Tiger.
In his free time, he enjoys vacationing to adventurous places around the world, taking part in community social events. Loves playing hockey, skiing and taking his golden doodle on group hikes. Trent enjoys keeping up with the bleeding edge cloud-based services, iOS/Android libraries, and APIs. He thrives on data-driven agile development. Has an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys finding creative ways to reach massive audiences with his apps and services.
KelseyHead of Partnerships
Born and raised in Texas, Kelsey was an avid go-getter from her childhood. After graduating from Baylor University, she began her career working with scaling startups, ranging in industries from energy and education to tech. Most recently, Kelsey was the Chief of Staff at Button in New York City before relocating to the beautiful, sunshine state of Florida. Her experience has brought her to the center of building and scaling high-performance companies – during the early and growth stages. She has been a part of taking companies and their operations from 30 people to over 130 while building cultures that were recognized year over year.
When she’s not working, her favorite place to be is on her and her fiance’s sailboat out in the open, ocean water. She’s obsessed with her nieces and nephews and enjoys every second she gets to spend with them – hence her love for Caribu. She can stay connected to the little ones in her life even though she’s several states away. Her favorite books growing up were Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree and The Boxcar Children series.
ErisvaldoSenior App Developer
Erisvaldo is a Senior App Developer (10+ years experience) and successfully delivered dozens of apps for Android, iOS, and Web, being a team leader for many of them and always working with small passionate teams. As a tech entrepreneur who previously founded his own app development agency and also a start-up focused on games and apps for kids that had millions of downloads Caribu is a perfect fit!. He loves startup environments and has participated in accelerators and start-up programs like Start-up Chile and Start-up Brasil.
As a good Brazilian, he loves soccer (both watching and playing), the beach, samba, and many other Brazilian music styles. When he was a kid, he had huge collections of Mauricio de Sousa (Monica’s Gang) and Disney Comic Books which he loved and has grown up reading.