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Raed Malhas is the co-founder of MiNeeds Inc., leading the business and marketing development at MiNeeds. Prior to MiNeeds, Raed worked at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington for eight years leading products such as: BizTalk Server, Windows Workflow Foundation, Microsoft’s Payment Abstraction Layer as a senior program manager. He earned his computer engineering degree at Purdue University. Raed earned several patents for software inventions.
In 2005, Raed founded “Dream College”, a charity company mandated on a single premise: “Innovate to Educate”, aiming at creating fun inventions to fund children’s education in developing countries. Raed's early software inventions comprised of designing several educational projects for a local disabled children’s clinic.
In his little free time, Raed can be found sipping a good cup of coffee in NYC or Seattle, exploring the arts, or traveling!
Deniz Erkan is the co-founder of MiNeeds. He is currently leading the product and technology development at MiNeeds. Prior to MiNeeds, Erkan worked at Microsoft for 7 years, building multiple versions of large scale software systems such as SQL Server and BizTalk Server.
An entrepreneur in spirit, he built his first start-up right after college on health-care automation systems. Soon after working at building software technologies for material management systems for the NATO alliance, he joined Microsoft.
Deniz studied computer science and earned his MBA degree with a focus on finance.
Outside of MiNeeds, Deniz is found playing beach volleyball in NYC, sailing on Hudson or windsurfing in South America!
Ludovic Saverys is one of the partners in MiNeeds Inc. Prior to MiNeeds, Saverys has launched two start-ups in the financial technology industry. An expert in transactional services, Saverys manages the financial strategy of MiNeeds and overlooks its implementation.
Ludovic’s family has a long history in the shipping industry. His family runs Euronav and CMB, one of the leading independent shipping companies in Europe. Ludovic works closely with its board in Belgium on a regular basis.
In his free time, Ludovic is found playing volleyball, basketball, flying to Belgium or Portugal, or planning the next costume party!
Paul Thelen is a board director and strategic advisor at MiNeeds. Paul Thelen is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Big Fish Games. Big Fish Games was founded in 2002, it grew rapidly since then and is now one of the largest game download companies. Big Fish Games now has 700 employees with corporate offices in Seattle, Vancouver, Canada, Oakland, California, Luxembourg and Cork, Ireland.
Prior to Big Fish Games, Paul worked at RealNetworks. While there, he successfully launched RealAudio (stereo streaming audio over the Internet) and RealVideo; and lead strategy for the Media Systems division as Group Product Manager. Paul also co-founded the games business at RealNetworks. He wrote the business plan for the RealArcade Service, the RealArcade Client, and the Game Pass Subscription service.
Paul has an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Board Advisor and angel investor at MiNeeds. Usama Fayyad was Yahoo!'s chief data officer and executive vice president of Research & Strategic Data Solutions. Fayyad was responsible for Yahoo!'s overall data strategy, architecting Yahoo!'s data policies and systems, prioritizing data investments, and managing the Company's data analytics and data processing infrastructure.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Fayyad co-founded and led the DMX Group, a data mining and data strategy and technology company. Fayyad joined Yahoo!’s senior executive team as part of an acquisition of DMX Group by Yahoo! Inc. in 2004.
Fayyad also worked at Microsoft Corporation for five years leading the data mining and exploration group. Before that he was at NASA leading the exploration of scientific databases gathered from observatories.
Usama is currently the chairman of BlueKangaroo.com, Oasis500 and an active angel investor.
Shannon Craig came to MiNeeds in March of 2011. Before joining MiNeeds, Shannon owned and ran a boutique wedding and event planning firm in Seattle where she planned, designed and executed events from parties of 5 to 500. She has also done marketing, branding and consulting work for various wedding websites. Shannon has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Music.
She's a California native, and always will be at heart, but loves the Pacific Northwest. When not working, she can be found in the kitchen baking, reading a good novel, scouring flea markets for vintage stemware, or dancing in her living room with her daughter Olive!
Before coming to MiNeeds, Quala Firstrider worked at Classmates.com as a customer support manager for three years. She brings a high level of professionalism and support to our MiNeeds customers. She is a certified medical assistant, and a new mommy beautiful baby girl, Mia. She was born in Seattle, but raised in Vancouver Canada.
She loves random, useless, facts about anything and everything. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with family, and long road trips.
Selçuk Alyamaç has been the graphic and usability designer at MiNeeds Inc. for the last 3 years.
Selcuk has been focusing on Brand design for 15 years. His philosophy is "I can do it better". In 1997 he created his own design company. He worked in various areas of design and earned several design awards.
In his free time, Selcuk plays several musical instruments, and spends time with his newly born baby girl. Him and his wife love to ice-skate and dance salsa.
Lakatos Bela joined MiNeeds in 2009 and has been running its online marketing since then.
Prior to MiNeeds, Lakatos worked for a UK agency for three years running online marketing for several large brands in Europe. In recognition of his professional achievements, Lakatos has been elected by Google as one of their AdWords Top Contributors for 5 consecutive years since 2008. He was also awarded a Platinum Expert Author award in PPC (Pay-Per-Click) online marketing category by Ezine Articles. Lakatos holds a masters degree in economics.
On weekends, Lakatos likes spending his free time at one of the nearby lakes with his wife, swimming, playing cards with friends and taking long walks with his pet animal, an apricot miniature poodle.
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