The Caribu Team
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.
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.
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.
Kalman’s fondest memory is drawing and writing children’s books with his mom. Always a curious monkey, he received a degree in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, founded 3 startups and also worked for a few others. As the former product lead at Booksicals, he collaborated with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (“CBTL”) to produce the Blue Tiger multisensory reading and tea experience for kids, which became the number one selling tea tin of anyone CBTL tea tin—in any one month.
In 2018, he completed both an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a Biodesign Graduate Program for Medical Innovation, Sponsored by Boston Scientific from Hebrew University, Israel’s number one university in partnership with Stanford. As an entrepreneur, he led product design and growth for Bootstrap Boards, a product that turns classroom walls into a dry-erase whiteboard in minutes without any need for nails and power tools so that kids everywhere can draw on the walls too.
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.
Saloni Dalal is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where she received her B.A. in International Politics. After graduating, Saloni uprooted and moved from Southern California to Miami, where she now teaches 7th grade English Language Arts as a Teach for America corp member. Through her experiences of working in a Title I school, Saloni has developed an acute awareness of the shortcomings of the current education system, especially in regard to childhood literacy and engagement.
When she isn’t in the classroom, Saloni loves to spend her time outdoors, reading new books, watching thrillers, and illustrating. Saloni’s love for thrillers is well-represented in her taste in books, as she loves to read thought-provoking, dystopian novels such as 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Saloni’s love for drawing and illustration has also given her great appreciation for children’s books.