Meet The Team
Kamran Barelli - Co-Founder
Prior to co‐founding DTMS, Kamran founded and was the Managing Partner of Swiss Commerce, New York. Kamran served as a consultant for improving client's business processes and supporting critical business strategies by managing the development, implementation, and maintenance of web based business applications such as client facing portals, based on BEA AquaLogic for Fortune 100 companies including American Airlines, Cisco, Lehman Brothers, CBRE and Stanford University Medical Center. Prior to joining Swiss Commerce, he worked as a financial analyst at the ABN Ambro Bank. Kamran holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science
from Bard Levy Economics Institute. Having studied at Yale University, he received his Matura Diploma in Business and Economics at Kantonsschule Enge Zurich, Switzerland. He specialized in the prominent features of Information Technology and the issue of intellectual property rights in relation to market failures. He wrote an academic theses paper titled "Information Economy, The Digital Dilemma" where he argued why businesses that are, heavily focused on digital products can fail.
Jonathan Kestenbaum - Co-Founder
Jonathan embodied the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, having started two successful businesses before the age of twenty‐one. While pursuing an undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, Jonathan started Familiar Threads, a company that uses co‐branding techniques to sell limited edition name brand clothing at wholesale prices. He enhanced his education by studying International Business at Tel Aviv University and when he returned, embarked on a new venture – a research firm for undergraduates. Once Jonathan co‐founded DTMS, he left Hofstra University’s law program (his studies focused on Computer, Technology, and Internet Law). We look to Jonathan for his help with day‐to‐day business operations, legal expertise, and direction.
Michael Negari - Director of Finance
Along with Michael’s duties at DTMS, he is an Associate at a boutique middle market investment bank named Oberon Securities where he leads deal teams across M&A and capital raising efforts within the small-mid cap range. Previous experiences include advising private equity fund deal teams including D.E. Shaw & Co., Fortress Investment Group LLC, Apollo Management L.P., Conversus Capital L.P., Newcastle Investment Corp., The Carlyle Group, among others. Prior to Oberon, Michael was a Consultant at David Landau & Associates where he provided acquisition and valuation guidance to several mega and mid- market sized private equity firms niched within the financial services and retail sectors. Previously, Mr. Negari worked at Duff & Phelps' Valuation Advisory Services group as a Senior Associate, where he specialized in pre and post M&A transaction support. Michael obtained his MBA in corporate finance and accounting from Fordham University. Before graduate school, Mr. Negari worked within AIG's Global Risk/Investment Management desk - managing $11.9Bn AUM of institutional asset accounts.
Lindsay Silberman - Press Nerd
Ever since she was little, Lindsay's been a total word nerd. Growing up without a television in her room, she chose to read books instead, and as she got older she translated her affinity for the printed page into a career in magazine writing. She's worked everywhere from Playboy to GQ and Vogue, and is now covering entertainment at TVGuide.com. As Community Relations Nerd Lindsay uses her connections in the media industry to spread the word about DoesThatMakeSense.com to the masses.
Mollie Charnas - Media Nerd
From a young age, Mollie’s insatiable need for social engagement was the most obvious thing about her, aside from her unruly mane. Mollie swears the most important thing she ever learned during her collegiate years was the necessity of balancing social obligations with scholastic requirements . Now a publicist at an entertainment based boutique marketing firm, Mollie leverages media relationships to create buzz around a variety of lifestyle programs ranging from concerts to brand launches. As the Media Nerd, Mollie combines traditional media platforms with consumer driven initiatives to provide incomparable exposure to DoesThatMakeSense.com.
Yair Altmark - Marketing Intern
When Yaya's not slaying people in counter strike source he's helping us with our online marketing efforts.
Barbara Sturman - Advisor
Barbara Sturman is currently working in the capacity of Project Director/Special Education School Improvement Specialist through the New York State Education Department. In her role, Barbara assists school districts with assessing their programs and planning initiatives to improve student outcomes. She provides extensive training and coaching on best practices in the field of education. As a former classroom teacher, she has developed a specialty in diagnosing student needs and tailoring instruction to meet their individual needs. During the past twenty-six years as an administrator, she has directed programs at the secondary, elementary and preschool levels and has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the City University of New York and Adelphi University.
Mark Herschberg - Advisor
Educated at MIT (with degrees in physics, EE/CS, and a masters in cryptography) Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 100s, and academia. Mark has worked at and consulted to number startups typically taking on roles in general management, operations, and technology. He has been involved from inception and fundraising through growth and sale of the company. These startup companies have included a wireless application platform, online advertising, lead generation, OLAP, and new language development. Mark was instrumental in launching ServiceLive.com Sears online home services labor market; he also helped fix NBCs online video marketplace (now Hulu.com). In academia Mark spent a year at HBS working with two finance professors to create the upTick system now used to teach finance at many of the top business schools. At MIT Mark helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program at which he teaches annually along with his teaching at SUNY Levins Institute. In his spare time Mark works with numerous non-profits and has become one of the top ranked ballroom dancers in the country.
Richard Hecker - Advisor
Most recently, Richie led the acquisition of Bebo from AOL, turning the business around and making it profitable and stabilized within 6 months. Bebo is one of the leading social networks in the world and AOL had previously paid $850MM to acquire the company. Prior to Bebo, Richard founded Think Streams, one of the first mobile click to call companies; Groupable.com, a ground breaking market place connecting groups and sponsors; and iavoke, an early social mediaagency. In addition, Richard has launched four major conferences over the last four years including NYC Entrepreneur Week. Richard holds a BS in Finance from Binghamton University.