Our Management Team

Brooke Paul

Founder & CEO

Brooke is a serial entrepreneur and corporate intrapreneur with more than 20 years of senior executive leadership ranging from green-field startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has worked in technology and innovation for Reed-Elsevier, Allstate, Lexis-Nexis, and American Financial Group. Brooke has founded, built, and successfully exited startups in the Internet, cyber-security, and hospitality industries. He currently leads Taivara to bring the lean and nimble product management practices used by startups and venture capitalists to enterprise customers.

Kevin Dwinnell

Practice Leader, Product Strategy & Commercialization

Kevin has a history of driving product innovation, testing promising business markets and forging robust client relationships to boost top-line revenue. With more than 20 years of experience in the interactive and digital media space performing work for leading brands like AOL, HP, Netscape, and Sony, he offers insights and perspective that will minimize missteps and improve the chances for success. His experience in launching and growing new business in both B2B and B2C categories also include efforts for Hanna-Barbera Studios, Liebert/Emerson Network Power and Turner Broadcasting.

Alex Vargas

Senior Software Engineer

Alex is an obscenely proud father, consistent side-project enthusiast, and product-focused software engineer. He takes special pride in finding the right balance between shipping a product and building code the right way. When he’s not at the office, you might find him at a craft brewery or rolling around on a Brazilian jiu jitsu mat.

Jacquline Rinehardt

Director, Taivara Labs

Jacqueline leads Taivara Labs, Taivara’s internal accelerator. She is familiar with the inner workings of a growing startup and has built and grown multiple projects of her own since graduating from Ohio University.

Jill McDonagh

Director, Finance & HR

Jill is the Business Operations Manager and has been with the company from the beginning. She is responsible for human resources and finance at Taivara and has provided business operations services for several companies since 2008. In her free time she enjoys yoga, doing home improvement projects and spending time with her family and their two french bulldogs.

Mark Nguyen

Senior Software Engineer

Mark is a full stack developer and a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. He gives nothing less than his best when if comes to developing and shipping software. Mark is a well-rounded individual. When he isn’t coding he’s most likely dabbling in boxing, book-binding, or playing piano.

Some Of Our Clients

Our Values

FLEXIBILITY

We embrace ambiguity and adapt to our client’s needs. We value variety and diversity in our work and relationships.

CURIOSITY

Our team is never afraid to learn new methods, business models or technologies. We take risks, dig deep, and constantly learn.

TRUST

We build trust with our clients and within our team through transparency & consistent, quality delivery.

PRAGMATISM

We focus on the most efficient path to value. We don’t rule out different perspectives and approaches just because of dogma.

RELIABILITY

Get Stuff Done. Our clients can depend upon us to deliver quality consistently.

Let’s Work Together

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