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, Head of 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 Creative

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 the top brands in the consumer universe.

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

Skills also include muraler, record spinner, and interior designer.

Joelle Cosmas

Head 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.

Ryan Sievert

Head of Design

In a pinch? Ry’s your guy.

Ryan has spent nearly two decades making digital fans out of analog brands. Having cut his teeth in traditional design and advertising, Ryan helped create interactive experiences for brands big and small before immersing himself in the art of design thinking at IDEO. With a brain for digital product design and a strategist's heart, Ry is our conceptual visionary who helps execute our hardest 'what ifs'.

You can hear Ry saying “your brand is the real user experience” on any given day.

Skills also include: 90's music guru, master tinkerer, and purveyor of facts you didn’t realize you needed to know.

Our Extended Fam

Luciana Van Dort
Studio Manager

Scott Levy
Director of Growth

Emily Ruby
Designer

Julia Butz
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Sonora Braun
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Anisha Chandra
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Michel Habib
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Robert Kaplan
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Kirsta Kellin
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Aneesh Kudaravalli
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Jenny Sang
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