Our Team

Rahul Sonnad - CEO & Cofounder

Rahul has been active in technology and startups since the 90s. He founded his first startup, thePlatform in 2000, which offered an industrial-strength online video management system. This became the backend for services by Verizon, Microsoft, Hulu, Qualcomm as well as Comcast, who acquired the company in 2006 for over $100m.  Rahul’s next company, Geodelic, offered a location based content discovery and mobile commerce service that was adopted by Verizon, Universal Studios Theme Parks, and Korea Telecom. Before startups, Rahul worked as an engineering manager at Adobe and at Microsoft, first as a product designer for MS Word, and later as the R&D Manager for all the Asian versions of MS office, a $1B suite of products. He attended the Harvard Business School’s MBA program, received a Masters in Computer Science and Japanese from the University of Washington, and a BS in anthropology from UPenn.

Brian Skipworth - VP & Cofounder

After gaining a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, Brian spent years as a strategic metrics & business analyst for United Online. He then transitioned into mobile product management & development process management. Now he leads data-informed decision making and art-inspired invention, approaching the process as equal parts intuition and analysis. Brian manages web and mobile development for Tesloop.

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Keith Dutton - CTO

Keith combines a strong product vision with technical expertise in the general internet stack, cloud infrastructure, search, and statistics/machine learning/data mining. He is skilled in motivating and running cross functional agile teams. Keith was CTO of Lively an IoT health sensor company recently acquired by Nokia. He previously served as CTO of Geodelic, working with Rahul, and prior to that was Chief Scientist at Shopzilla for 9 years prior to its $400m+ exit to Scripps.  He majored in Comp Sci at Stanford and has a Ph.D. from U of W.

Haydn - Chief Evangelism Officer & Founder

Haydn has been an auto enthusiast and first-class travel aficionado since his early teens. He conceived of Tesloop while developing a strategy to procure & finance a vehicle for his summer vacation. After questioning Elon Musk about Autopilot functionality at the 2015 Tesla Shareholders meeting, Haydn decided to found Tesloop as a company. Haydn currently works on corporate communications and public relations while also managing car maintenance and equipment.

Stephanie Gossett - Operations Manager

Stephanie has an extensive background in production and management, having worked several years producing music videos and commercials before heading to Vancouver to finish her master's degree in writing at the University of British Columbia. Since her return to LA she has pointed her laser of obsession on startups and sustainability. She is now leads Vehicle Operations at Tesloop and is the passionate manager of the Pilot team, vehicle maintenance and customer experience. She also prides herself on having driven over 60k miles on autopilot, and her enthusiastic and energetic approach to customer service.

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Jobert Adan - Marketing Lead

Jobert joined Tesloop as the first intern with an emphasis in marketing in April 2016 and was then hired and transitioned in his current role. He brings a strong background in digital marketing and story telling as a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University's one of a kind marketing institution known as M-School. He also has completed a Media Planning and Interactive Production internship at two of Los Angeles' top marketing agencies, Ignited and Team One respectively.

Ambrose Hanna - Trip Crew Lead

Ambrose joined Tesloop as a Pilot in July of 2016 and was transitioned into his current role in September of 2016. He is originally from Miami, Florida and came to Los Angeles at the beginning of 2016 to pursue a career in film and television. He has a degree in Business from Florida Atlantic University. Ambrose also brings experience in sales, customer service, and public speaking.

Sean DeRoos - Operations Assistant

Sean joined Tesloop in February of 2017 as an Operations Assistant.  He comes to us from Washington D.C. where he worked as Beverage & Operations Manager for Ridgewells Catering at Strathmore Music Center.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management from the University of Delaware. Sean looks to help the Tesloop team with his customer service experience and communication and hospitality skills. 

Emina Sonnad - International Corporate Development

Emina's efforts are focussed on European corporate development with an emphasis on Spain and Germany. She recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in cognitive science.

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Luke Pellegrini - Business Development

Luke is a Emerson College Valedictorian with a Master’s in Arts and Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Communication. Luke has a strong business development background with solid entrepreneurial and emerging market experience.  He manages partnership efforts at the worlds first sustainable transportation network, which provides city-to-city transportation in electric-semiautonomous cars. He also works with strategic partners in the automobile, airline, hotel, and travel spaces as well as sponsors in the food, drink and vehicles equipment industries.

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Mike Holt  - Head of  Vehicle and Passenger Operations

Mike serves Tesloop as Head of Operations with a broad range of business management experience in the sustainable energy, automotive & commercial real estate markets.  Mike's focus on exceeding customer expectations served well as a Branch Rental Manager at Enterprise Rent a Car of Los Angeles. Before joining Tesloop, Mike played a key role improving operational processes and delivery rates of residential solar projects throughout Southern California and Arizona, serving as Director of Operations with Greenspire. Mike has a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management from Quinnipiac University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing flag football and softball.

Kat Kepler - Business Development and Administration

Kat is a recent graduate from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and is originally from Chandler, Arizona. She coordinates day-to-day office activities. In her free time, she enjoys baking (the more complicated, the better!), exploring flea markets, and petting every dog and cat she sees.

 

HP Nguyen - Production Assistant

Haphuong collects footage and edits them together to create videos for marketing purposes. She was born in Vietnam, and came over to Oklahoma where she grew up and lived for 22 years. Haphuong recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016, with a degree is in Film and Media Studies. Her aspiration is to produce her own films, specifically coming of age films! She recently made the move to Los Angeles, and finds the food and ocean to be Los Angeles's best qualities. On her free time, she likes to run and stay active; such as hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. She hopes to add on to the positive atmosphere at Tesloop by providing her humor and jokes!

Hai Trinh -  Graphic Designer

Hai is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California – San Diego, with a BA in graphic and web design. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana, but has been all over the world after joining the military. He has done one internship in an advertisement agency, and freelances for small businesses when available. In his free time, he enjoys a plethora of self-development activities such as: photography, piano, and web development. His long-term goal is to get a Master Degree in Art Direction.