THE TEAM

Database development is led by Brennan. Tiffany advises on data technologies, and David advises on weather data.

Mobile app development is led by Chris and SevenMedia. Moritz advises on design and UX.

(*Updating Feb 2019, we’ve expanded and are hiring!)

 

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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 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, and the UK. 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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Chris Candy

Chris is an advisor and leads app 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 is the VP of Product & Design for the NBC News Digital Group. He oversees 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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David Parkinson

David is an advisor for RipATrip. David is the weather producer for CBS News. He guides weather coverage for all CBS News platforms and programs, including CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, CBS News Radio and CBSN. While at CBS News, he launched the network's augmented reality presentation during the solar eclipse of 2017 and continues to oversee those projects. Prior to CBS News, he was the Senior Weather Producer at KNTV and WCAU, the NBC Owned Stations in San Francisco and Philadelphia. While at NBC, he was also chair of the Owned Television Stations website and app task force, with the goal of ensuring continuity between digital and broadcast, and making sure life saving forecasts and warnings were quickly, accurately and easily disseminated across NBC apps, desktop and mobile websites, and social media. He also launched StormRanger, a first-of-its-kind TV Doppler radar on wheels, and worked on the NBCU Forecast System, a proprietary in house weather model blend meant to give meteorologists at 27 stations better forecasts ahead of upcoming storm systems. 

David is a multiple Emmy award winner for his work during Hurricane Sandy.

David first developed a passion for tracking the weather as a kid...figuring out the best days for skiing in the winter and tracking storms and tides for surfing in the summer, and has been hooked ever since. After picking up kiteboarding in 2014, he's become obsessed with exploring different model parameters to create a better wind forecast in areas where model projections consistently differ from on the ground conditions.

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