Meet the Team

LIN DAI

LIN DAI

Co-Founder and CEO

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Lin Dai is an entrepreneur and experienced digital executive. He is the CEO and Co-founder of HOOCH, the first ever subscription hospitality app where members receive perks at 100,000+ top hotels, bars and restaurants around the world, and providing critical data to the advertising industry.

Lin founded his first company, the first social network for teens, out of his dorm room in 1999 and later took it public. He spent over 15 years leading digital initiatives and building premium advertising networks at major media companies such as Alloy (Gossip Girls, Vampire Diaries) and Emmis Communications (Hot97, Power 106). Prior to launching HOOCH, Lin was the CMO of Keek, a top mobile video social platform with over 75M users worldwide that was taken public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Lin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he learned how to be a cool nerd.

Jared Christopherson

Jared Christopherson

Co-founder and CRO

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Jared is an award-winning digital performance marketer and data expert with 15+ years experience in the advertising industry. He is the co-founder of YellowHammer Media Group, which counts Casper, Campbell’s, Warby Parker, LivingSocial, and Postmates as past clients, generating upwards of $100M annual advertising revenue.

He is also the co-founder of SpringServe, an open video ad serving platform for brands.

Dave Rees

Dave Rees

CTO

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David is an experienced technology leader and an expert in decentralized computing and data platforms.

Most recently David was VP Engineering at BitTorrent, Inc., where he oversaw one of the most used peer-to-peer file sharing protocols in the world, leading all of engineering, development, infrastructure and blockchain initiative merging BitTorrent protocol with TRON.

Bill Tai

Bill Tai

Investor and Lead AdvisorDirector at BitFury, Board Chairman of Hut8

Bob Hurst

Bob Hurst

Investor and Advisor

Vice Chair, Crestview, (Prev.): Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs

Bonin Bough

Bonin Bough

Investor and Advisor

CNBC Host, (Prev.) CMO Mondelēz International (Kraft Foods), Global Director at Pepsi

Sree Kotay

Sree Kotay

Investor and Advisor

Prev CTO of Comcast, SVP Technology of AOL