Jeff Cantalupo

Founder, Managing Partner

Where there's a Jeff, there's a way.

As an entrepreneur and investor, Jeff has taken his passion for brand and helped entrepreneurs build theirs since founding Listen in 2010. He honed his craft at global ad agency, Leo Burnett, where he strategized, energized, and innovated some of the world's largest brands.

Skills also include restaurant group ordering, dart board domination, and word crafting.

Serves on the board of directors for Interior Define, Here, Factor75, and Codeverse.

Rick Desai

Partner, Investments

If you're not first, you're last according to Rick(y Bobbie).

The Chicago ecostystem got a taste of Rick's founders-first investment style through his co-founding of Dashfire in 2009. If that isn't enough, Rick teaches young minds at Kellogg, was an investor for Madison Dearborn Partners and was awarded a Clinton Fellowship in 2008. Okay, now we're done.

Skills also include Excel-arator, G.O.A.T cheerleader, and cookie consumption.

Serves on the board of directors for Public Goods, Oros, Catch Co., and Own Up.

Brentos Fernandez

Head of Design

There's a Brent for that.

Up, down, right, left, A, B, Select, Start, Brent gives every brand a thousand lives and unlocks their full potential. With an abundance of years of ad and brand agency experience, Brent has come up with strategies, brand design, and brand ideas for some of top brands in the consumer universe.

"Above and beyond" best represents him, "do less" is what he's constantly told.

Skills also muraler, record spinner, and interior designer.

Joelle Cosmas

Director of Brand Platform

With Joelle, we never drop the ball.

A master juggler of all things brand, nothing falls through the cracks when JoCo is on the job. Constantly looking for ways to add value to our portfolio, Joelle takes our platform to the next level. She earned her stripes at Leo Burnett managing cross-channel campaigns for worldwide brands. With an ear to the ground, JoCo drops the latest consumer trends and insights to keep everyone on top of their game.

Skills also include beat boxing, photo captioning, and wedding napkin twirling.

Our Extended Fam

Vikash Shah
Director of Digital Marketing

Scott Levy
Digital & Product Lead

Emily Ruby
Designer

Ryan Sievert
Designer

Julia Butz
Listener

Sonora Braun
Listener

Robert Kaplan
Listener

Kirsta Kellin
Listener

Aneesh Kudaravalli
Listener

Jenny Sang
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