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Paul Villasenor, MD, Co-Founder & CEO

Paul isn’t a typical tech startup CEO. With a background in both medicine and engineering, he spent 10 years in healthcare IT as both a product manager developing software to support medication safety and as a consultant specializing in clinical outcomes and process improvement for hospitals across the country. Closer to home, Paul gives his time as a volunteer physician at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a clinic in West Chester, PA that provides free healthcare to uninsured individuals. Many patients he sees don’t speak English, and Paul often requires the assistance of an interpreter. When he travels abroad, he’s at the mercy of a bilingual when he can find one. Yet despite several attempts to learn a second language, he remains monolingual. As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention.

 

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Christina Samala, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Christina is a serial entrepreneur with a social conscious. She helped create 18MR.org, America’s first civic tech organization to serve Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country, the Story of Stuff Project to raise awareness of the impact our choices have on the environment and others, and SMART Mobile, one of the earliest mobile media distribution networks supporting over 500 artists. Her work has led her to be featured at the Obama Administration’s White House LGBTQ Technology & Innovation Summit and in Forbes, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and on Al-Jazeera. In addition to supporting Virbby, Christina is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Jump Canon, a venture firm offering early stage investment to undercapitalized founders. On the lighter side, “DJ Samala” has an established following in the San Francisco Bay Area hip hop scene and is fluent in English, Tagalog, and Spanish.

 

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Douglas Danger Manley, Chief Technology Officer

Doug has worked in information technology for over a decade, but he has been creating software since he was 10. As the type of person who will create his own solution when he knows there’s a better way, Doug developed an online Japanese/English dictionary while in college. Later as a volunteer firefighter for the Mill Creek Fire Company in Marshallton, DE, he created a computer-aided dispatch application that is currently in use at both his and a neighboring fire company. In his professional career, Doug started out as an intern and one of the first employees at SevOne, eventually working his way up to become director of the architecture team for SevOne's NMS product line and then moving over to DevOps. When he’s not at his computer or fighting fires, Doug will try to squeeze in a round of disc golf or a night of ballroom dancing. And yes, his middle name really is Danger.