Meet our Crew
Founder & CEO
Ross emigrated to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine in 1979. Following a 13 year career as a successful trial attorney, Ross founded (in 2007) and leads crowdspring. Ross mentors entrepreneurs through TechStars and Founder Institute, is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for TechWeek, and was honored as one of Techweek100′s top technology leaders and business visionaries. Ross has also founded numerous other startups, including Startup Foundry, Quickly Legal, and Respect. Ross wears shorts and sandals to work (on most days).
Marketing and Business Development
Jason is the oldest of 7 children. He was raised and attended school in Florida but realized he needed to feel a change of seasons, so he moved to Chicago. He's equally comfortable reading The Game of Thrones and Dostoyevsky, while training for triathlons and endurance races, and brewing beer. He authored Get the Job: How to Use Personal Branding to Jump-Start a Career and Dominate the Competition (and showed he knows what he's talking about by using this strategies to get the job at crowdspring!)
Full Stack Engineer
Nathan earned his degree in Computer Engineering at Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos - Brazil. In addition to his full stack role at crowdspring, Nathan likes to play outdoor sports (especially running and biking). One day, Nathan hopes to stay in a retreat at a buddhist monastery. Nathan loves music and loves reading books on topics ranging from classic novels to stock market investments. If stranded on a desert island, Nathan would just bring a time machine (which we think is cheating).
Bryson was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, where for the last 12 years he has put his programming skills to work in candy, advertising, nightlife, manufacturing, and gaming. He was also a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps (0331), serving for 8 years. Bryson is an aspiring world traveler and has so far traveled Mexico, Canada, Iraq, Ireland thrice, Switzerland, France twice, and Italy. When he's not globe-trotting, he spends as much time as possible camping in the mountains outside of Vegas or driving his Jeep in the dirt. Bryson has also almost finished Netflix.
A Chicago native, Brittany graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a B.A. in Mass Communication and minors in both Film Studies and Art. In addition to her sweet gig at crowdspring, Brittany also works as the Producer of an independent film and as a Candid Photographer around Chicago. Six things you should know about Brittany: she's the biggest film nerd she's ever met, a closet bookworm, loves super spicy food, is addicted to music, is a bit of an adrenaline junky, and firmly believes that she's the clumsiest person in the world.
Branding and Support Specialist
Amanda Bowman is best known for her work in art, design, helping strangers at the grocery store, and her extensive knowledge of X-Files canon. After retiring from her six year experiment working in education, she launched a career in customer service as an effort to put her overly helpful tendencies to good use. You may remember her from such films as “9 1/2 Years Without Sleep” and “How to Tell a Joke (That No One Laughs at but You)” or from her many, many attempts at writing a novel. When not chasing down her adorable son from the clutches of Bob the Builder, she can be found writing, reading, designing t-shirts, and perfecting her Tom Jones impression.
Marketing and Branding Specialist
Katie hails from Baltimore, MD where she had many adventures before relocating to Wisconsin to attend grad school. Katie has two theatre degrees-a B.A. in performance from Susquehanna University and an M.F.A. in costume design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Katie is a problem solver, writer, teacher and reluctant video game enthusiast. In her spare time Katie fought for the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg in 2003. She has also created marathon fashion for a super villain, a horde of alien fashionistas, and a magical dress that transforms from rags to rococo riches before your very eyes.
Customer Service Wonder Guy
Dave loves to travel, cook, and wear sunglasses in the sun. After immigrating to the US from Taiwan in 1999, Dave has spent most of his life in Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on two separate occasions. He worked several years in consulting and logistics in Chicago and has formed two businesses from his apartment in Lakeview. Dave aspires to someday live somewhere outside of Illinois.