As founder and CEO, Derek leads the vision and strategy behind Strivr’s mission to elevate performance through immersive experience. Derek incubated the company with co-founder Jeremy Bailenson in Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab while pursuing his Masters in Virtual Reality and serving as a graduate assistant football coach. Using sports as his proving ground, Derek’s vision quickly expanded from the athlete to the enterprise. Derek is driven by a competitive passion for impacting performance, and with STRIVR, is pushing everyone to train like an athlete.
As the founding director of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and co-founder of STRIVR, Jeremy is one of the world’s leading experts in VR. His findings have been published in over 100 academic papers, and he has authored books including Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do. Jeremy is passionate about the impact immersive technology has on human behavior on a global level, and is currently co-chairing the inaugural Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality for the World Economic Forum. Full bio
Brian leads technology and innovation at STRIVR, bringing deep expertise in developing software and services at scale and building innovative engineering teams for disruptive and technologies. At Microsoft, he led the development of Skype and Skype for Business for 200M users, and as Chief Architect at Placeware, he helped build the first wave of ROI-optimized advertising technologies. Brian is inspired by work that will fundamentally change the way people learn, and his personal mission is to have a transformational impact on human productivity.
Leading product strategy and development at STRIVR, Yelena drives innovation behind the company’s data-driven, immersive learning platform. She brings extensive experience having co-founded an online market analytics business, led growth stage product development at Simplee, and managed large-scale product-execution and consumer onboarding and engagement at both PayPal and eBay. Yelena is passionate about promoting women in technology, and volunteers with Women 2.0 to support female-founded startups.
Logan oversees executive sponsorship of Strivr’s marquee customers, as well as its Solutions and Success organizations. Logan co-founded his first company, GoDigital Media Group, out of a deep passion for media and visual technologies. Of the six companies started under GoDigital’s umbrella, five are still in business, including the sale of GoDigital Distribution to Millennium Entertainment in 2014. He then served as the company’s SVP of Digital Distribution, where he led growth strategies for sales, marketing and acquisitions. A serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, Logan’s drive is to make startups succeed.
One of the first members of the Strivr team, Michael has overseen the company’s human growth since it began in a literal garage. A former FBI analyst, Michael spent seven years serving the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Director’s Office, and managed the FBI’s evolution to an intelligence-driven, threat-based learning organization. He’s driven to create an organization staffed with happy, thriving employees — a place where people are genuinely excited to come to work every single day.
Expert in category creation in fast-growth environments, Veronique leads Marketing at STRIVR. A cloud pioneer, she built the first marketing organization for Google Cloud in Southern Europe before relocating to Silicon Valley to drive enterprise growth for Google Maps and G Suite. She then led Content Marketing and thought leadership at Box, and has a proven track record of building high-performing marketing teams. Veronique is passionate about developing diverse talents and bringing purpose to the workplace.
Sharon holds vision and strategy for sales at Strivr and is responsible for the company’s revenue growth. Prior to joining Strivr, Sharon helped lead Americas Sales for Facebook’s Workplace by Facebook, focused on the Fortune 500. One of the early members of what today is Google Cloud, she also spent a decade at Google where she most notably led SaaS/Cloud Computing sales. Sharon takes an active role in women’s leadership mentoring, supporting training that guides the next generation of women leaders in technology.
Brian oversees customer solutions at Strivr. In this role, he leads the creation and production of impactful immersive learning experiences with a team of experts that spans solutions architects, instructional designers, Learning & Development professionals and immersive content creators. Prior to Strivr, Brian led finance and business development at Amplify Releasing, a movie distribution company that was acquired in 2014. Brian has a passion for designing and implementing experiences that transform the way organizations train their people.
Dr. Michael Casale is a cognitive neuroscientist whose academic research focused on understanding the biological underpinnings of learning and memory, in particular how to optimize training for a variety of learning situations. He has led multi-million dollar research projects aimed at understanding how virtual technologies can be used to facilitate the effectiveness of behavioral therapy. Dr. Casale has been published dozens of times in notable peer-reviewed journals such as Memory & Cognition and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.