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Brennan Basnicki

Brennan is the founder of RipATrip. He was most recently a director at a $4 billion quantitative hedge fund. Previously he was a Portfolio Manager at a large US pension fund for three years. There he managed a $7 billion external manager hedge fund portfolio and led investments of over $1 billion into quantitative strategies. Prior, Brennan was a quantitative trader for four years. Brennan earned a MSc Investment Analysis with distinction and a BA in Political Sciences. He also has earned the CFA, CMT, and CAIA charters. Brennan is Board Director for the Canadian National Day of Service Foundation (CNDSF).

Brennan has been on 50+ ski and kite trips while living across Canada, the US, the UK, and Portugal. From a long weekend ski trip to Vermont, to a 10 day kitesurf safari in the Western Sahara, he has spent a lot of time on travel sites. After a first experience kitesurfing he immediately began searching the web for the best destinations that didn't take a day's worth of travel or a month's worth of savings to experience. Countless hours were spent searching out the best destinations. He became determined to fix this..

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Patrick Saylor

Patrick is lead data-scientist for RipATrip with a focus on developing sport-specific environmental data that improves on existing (low quality) statistics most important to our users (ex- wind statistics for kitesurfing & snowfall statistics for skiing/boarding). He was previously in a multi-role scientist position as both a Lead Oceanographer and Scientific Tech Diver for the Naval Oceanographic Office (United States Navy) and has extensive research and field experience.

Patrick is an avid mountaineer, back-country skier, kitesurfer, climber and diver. He made scientific contributions on topics ranging from glacier geophysics (“Ground-Penetrating Radar Measurements of Ice Thickness on Denali Summit, Alaska”, USGS Report) to alpine climate & meteorology (“A storm-by-storm analysis of alpine and regional precipitation dynamics at the Mount Hunter ice core site, Denali National Park, central Alaska Range.”, American Geophysical Union Poster). Patrick earned a B.E. Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College and a B.A. Earth Sciences modified with Biology, Dartmouth College.

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Chris Candy

Chris is an advisor and leads development for RipATrip. Chris is Co-founder and VP of Business Development for SevenMedia Inc, a mobile development company based in Toronto, Canada. Having been engaged in Augmented Reality since 2012, Chris is one of the original pioneers of AR in Canada and is extremely passionate about where this technology is poised to go.  

Chris has an Honours Business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Canada and currently resides in Toronto. Chris’s deep passion for skiing has taken him around the world, having skied 50+ resorts in 10 countries across three continents, including a legendary 2007 season in Verbier, Switzerland. Most recently Chris decided to take up kiteboarding and traveled to a top destination on a friend's recommendation. Unbeknownst to him it wasn't exactly beginner friendly and he only scored 3/10 days on the water. He vowed to never make that mistake again..

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Moritz Gimbel

Moritz is an advisor for RipATrip. Moritz recently joined Apple as head of Product for Apple Music. While we’re all excited about this for him, we’re equally excited that someone is finally going to fix Apple Music! Previously Moritz was VP of Product & Design for the NBC News Digital Group. There he oversaw product development and design for NBCNews, MSNBC, and TODAY, including all web and mobile products. Before NBC, he held various roles at Bloomberg Media, overseeing broadcast production in London and later digital verticals and video products in New York. Prior to Bloomberg, Moritz worked for MTV in London and Berlin. Moritz holds a Masters of Science in Media & Communication from the London School of Economics and lives in New York with his wife and a little rescue dog from Puerto Rico. He’s out kitesurfing in Long Island and the Caribbean whenever he can. 

Moritz grew up sailing and started to race dinghies competitively from the age of 7, switching to wind and kitesurfing in his twenties. As a keen waterman he is highly familiar with the problem that RipATrip solves: find wind, waves and a way to get there instantly. Optimizing timing, location and travel is critical for so many weather and environment dependent activities. Moritz has decades of experience with triangulating the various data points and he is excited to help guide an entrepreneurial team that will solve this problem at scale and with the speed and convenience that makes it compelling for habitual use. 

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Tiffany Bogich

Tiffany is an advisor for RipATrip. Tiffany is the founder of science.ai, a Techstars NYC company building a web-first publishing platform for scholarly journals. It is also backed by members of the New York Angels, Abundance Partners, Knight Foundation Enterprise Fund, Soundboard Angel Fund, and other individual angels. Prior to starting the company, Tiffany was an academic research scientist, having received her PhD from Cambridge University as a Bill & Melinda Gates Fellow. She has over 30 peer reviewed publications on the application of quantitative methods to ecological problems.

During her time at Cambridge Tiffany rowed for St. Catharine's College and earned her 'blues' playing for the Cambridge University Women's Rugby Football and Cricket Clubs. Since moving to New York City she learned to boulder in Brooklyn and kitesurf in the Great South Bay. With three summers of kitesurfing and trips to Nantucket, the Outer Banks, Hood River, Hawaii, and Panama under her belt, she's excited to keep learning and traveling to new (windy) places. 

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