Our management team and technical advisory board combine experts in multiple fields related to early development with skilled business operators in the areas of technology and consumer products. Together our objective is to bring you innovative technology-based products with high quality content.

Management Team

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Gustavo Rodríguez
Co-Founder, CEO
Gustavo previously worked as an investment banker for JPMorgan (NY) and Merrill Lynch (London).

During his years with JPM and ML Gustavo focused in the consumer & retail sectors, providing advice to key clients like Nestle, Danone, Unilever and General Mills among others.

Gustavo graduated Cum Laude with a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University (Bogota, Colombia) and has a Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School (University of Virginia).

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Lauren Macleod
CMO
Lauren has spent her career building businesses, both large and small.

She has been a consultant for the past several years, working in interim marketing and product leadership roles for companies including: a consumer health startup, a software company that offered products on iOS and web devices; and an enterprise software company in financial services.

Previously, she has had professional and leadership roles at TripAdvisor, OnForce, McGraw-Hill, AOL, and General Catalyst, a venture capital firm in Boston.

Lauren earned a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia; and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

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Juan Pablo Mejía
Co-Founder, CTO
He's the founder of Intellecting, a company that specializes in creating and implementing web-enabled IT solutions.

Juan Pablo worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) where he was the creator of UN's most visited portal.

Juan Pablo has a degree in Industrial Engineering, with a concentration in Information Technology (IT) from The University of Los Andes in Colombia. He has an advanced degree from ICN Business School (France) where he specialized in International Management, again focusing on IT.

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Jose Bernal
COO
Jose has been building or helping build companies since he started his own out of college. All of these companies have had a deep technology component to them - something Jose has been passionate about his entire career. Most recently, he led the early development of a technology services business unit at Flextronics International (NASDAQ:FLEX).

He believes that building things is hard but extremely rewarding and nowhere is this more true than in the development of a strong relationship between parent and child (he's the very proud dad of two). That's what makes BabySparks an especially important venture for him.

Jose earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from the University of Alabama; and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Technical Advisory Board

Dr. Jaime Edelstein
MD, FAAP
50 Years of experience in Pediatric Medicine
MD, Medical School, University Complutense of Madrid
Pediatric Medicine, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital
Maria Teresa Arango
B.S., Psychology
26 Years of experience in Pediatric Psychology and Childhood Development
Author of 9 books and multiple publications about Early Childhood Development
Bachelor in Psychology, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
Dr. Maureen O’Brien
PhD, Psychology
25 years of experience as a developmental psychologist PhD, University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development Postdoctorate at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University
Parenting coach and founder, Destinationparenting.com
Dr. Morgan Bryant
PT, DPT
Bachelor in Kinesiology and Exercises Science, Mississippi State University
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Owner of Matrix Rehab, LLC visit www.matrixrehab.net
Maria Gabriela Quintana
OT, ITDS
OT – Occupational Therapist
ITDS-Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist
Bachelor in Health and Science with minor in Psychology, Florida International University
Masters Degree, Occupational Therapy, Florida International University
Claryza Pujol
MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA Certified
MS, CCC-SLP ASHA Certified
Bachelor in Psychology, Florida International University
Masters Degree, Speech-Language Pathologist, Florida International University
Ivonne Magdaleno
M.Ed., Certified Elementary Educator
MA Dept of Education Certified Elementary Educator
Bachelor in Communications from Florida International University
Masters of Education from Lesley University, Cambridge MA
Special Studies in differentiated education