Our story began more than 15 years ago with three dads figuring out how mobile technology, kids and parents work best.
Thinking of our own kids, ("Kajeet" is an acronym of the first letters of the names of the company's founders' children), we designed a service to provide them with everything they need to safely explore the exciting world of mobile technology.
When we started this company in 2003, we wanted kids to be agile with technology, to be empowered and safe, and we wanted to help them respond with confidence to what's happening in their world. Not incidentally, we want parents, educators and guardians to be involved too. Being part of the mobile world is not just fun, it's a responsibility - a shared responsibility. So we've designed Kajeet products to incorporate all the tools to help educators and families customize and manage every aspect of the mobile experience.
Michael is an active force in the ed tech community. He is regularly invited to participate in panels and speak to industry leaders where telecommunications and education intersect. Michael brings 10 years of dedication to ensuring students have equal access to technology. At Kajeet he oversees the product team and leads business development.
Prior to Kajeet, Michael held multiple management positions at Sprint in their K-12 and education divisions. Michael was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN). In Atlanta, he serves as the Chairman for the Board of Advisors to AIESEC and as a volunteer with AFS Intercultural Programs. He is a founding member of the Georgia Gwinnett College Technology Advisory Council and serves on the Advisory Board for Georgia Tech's Center for International Business, Education and Research (GT-CIBER).
Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech where he studied Computer Science with a focus in Management and International topics. He received his MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
Molly, as Vice President of Service Delivery, is responsible for Kajeet customer-facing and internal operations which include launching new MVNO clients, on-going MVNO support, customer care services, and carrier management. Prior to Kajeet, Molly worked at XM Satellite Radio as a Program Manager and at MCI/Worldcom as a manager of MVNO operations and project management.
Molly earned her B.A in Computer Information Science from Elon University in North Carolina. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with her two children.
Zack is responsible for daily education operations. He works closely with our internal teams and nationwide carriers, ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Prior to Kajeet, Zack was the Logistics Manager for Bumkins Finer Baby Products, a manufacturer of high-end baby products. Zack also served three years as a search and rescue commander in Israel’s Defense Forces.
Zack earned his BBA in business management from Northern Arizona University. He likes to spend his free time soaking up the beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, weather with his wife and son.
As the Director of Marketing, Ashley leads a dynamic and talented team of Marketeers to drive Kajeet's marketing efforts to the next level. Ashley is responsible for the overall strategy of all go-to-market marketing channels, lead generation, and brand awareness.
A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and an avid fan of mid-century modern design and funfetti cupcakes, Ashley lives in the Washington, D.C., with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
Stu joined Kajeet in September as our Director of Sales. He is responsible for managing a team of Regional Sales Directors, targeting new opportunities within existing and net new customers to Kajeet. Stu previously worked nine years at CDW (IT Channel Reseller), where he managed a sales team in the Mid-Atlantic commercial space. Previous to CDW, Stu worked 10 years at Capital One managing a sales team selling Capital One’s Auto Finance portfolio. He is married with two kids in high school and resides in Gaithersburg.
Emily, as Director of Account Management, is responsible for managing a team of account management professionals, identifying new growth opportunities and retaining client accounts utilizing consultative selling techniques. Emily has spent the past nine years specializing in educational sales, most recently as Market Development Manager of the Americas for the Graduate Management Admissions Council, or GMAC (makers and stewards of the GMAT exam). Prior to this role, she was the Regional Sales Director of the Mid-Atlantic for Kaplan.
Emily doubled majored in History and Art History at Gettysburg College and received her MS in Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall. As an enthusiastic scuba diver, she enjoys all outdoor activities and is particularly dedicated to ocean conservation.
Doug is responsible for driving company growth at larger school districts across the nation. At Kajeet he works closely with school district thought leaders, leveraging his experience as Verizon’s leading HQ Education Vertical Manager. Doug is an accomplished 25-year veteran of the communications industry having held various management positions at Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth.
Doug holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Florida State University. He has volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2009 and has served as a guardian for WWII veterans on 4 Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. Doug spends his free time with his family.
Rafael joined Kajeet as a member of the inside sales team in May of 2017 and was promoted to Director, Inside Sales beginning of 2019. He is responsible for managing a team of Insides Sales Representatives, focusing on bringing in new customers. Prior to joining Kajeet, Rafael spent three years working inside sales in the consumer-directed finance industry.
Rafael holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Delaware. In his spare time, he enjoys attending musical performances and traveling internationally.
Rick Bolander is currently Managing Director and co-founder of Gabriel Venture Partners and Michigan eLabs, early-stage venture capital firms that are helping to build innovative, profitable and sustainable companies in the Internet, information technology, communications and IOT sectors. He began his investment career in residential real estate after launching Blue Sky Ventures, a Chicago residential real estate investment firm. A career in venture capital later ensued when he joined Chicago-based Apex Investment Partners, where he was a General Partner.
Rick has been involved in more than 50 venture deals, and has led over $100 million in early-stage financings. He was an early investor in disruptive companies such as AccessLine Communications (acquired by Telenetix), Arula Systems (acquired by Raritan), Chegg (IPO – NYSE: CHGG), Concord Communications (IPO - NASDAQ: CCRD), Encentuate (acquired by IBM), IPWireless (acquired by Nextwave), Neopath Networks (acquired by Cisco), NetScaler (acquired by Citrix Systems), Persistent Systems (IPO - BSE India: PER EQ), Placeware (acquired by Microsoft) and Tut Systems (IPO – NASDAQ: TUTS), as well as, on the public boards of Concord Communications (acquired by Computer Associates) and Exodus Communications (IPO - NASDAQ: EXDS, then acquired by Savvis). He currently serves as a board member of MobileForce Software and Kajeet, and is a charter member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE).
Prior to his career in venture capital, Rick spent nine years in various operating roles with AT&T, Lucent, Chevron and African Communications Group ranging from product development, operations management, marketing and sales management.
Rick received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Michigan where he taught computer architecture, and his MBA from Harvard University. In his spare time he can be found cheering on the Wolverines or climbing a mountain.
Randy Glein joined DFJ in 2002. He is a co-founder and managing director of DFJ Growth, where he focuses on leading investments in high-growth technology companies. Randy's career spans more than 28 years in the technology and media industries as a venture capital investor, operating executive, and entrepreneur. He is currently responsible for investments in Anaplan, Avant, Box (NYSE: BOX), DataStax, Fonality, SiSense, SpaceX, Tremor Video (NYSE: TRMR), and Yodle. Previous investments include Legacy.com (Great Hill), Performics (DoubleClick/Google), SmartSignal (GE), Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), TicketsNow (Ticketmaster), Tumblr (Yahoo), Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), and Yammer (Microsoft). Forbes named Randy to its annual Midas List of top technology investors in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Prior to co-founding DFJ Growth, Randy was CFO of FeedBurner, a DFJ portfolio company acquired by Google. He previously held senior operating positions at DIRECTV and Screenz, where he contributed to the formation, development, and growth of these businesses. Randy has served in senior investment roles with Tribune Ventures and Hughes New Ventures, where he participated in the founding investments for DIRECTV, Motient, and XM Radio. He began his career as an engineer with GM Hughes Electronics and Martin Marietta, where he worked in the fields of wireless and satellite communications, signal processing, and optoelectronics.
Randy holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson, an MSEE from the University of Southern California, and a BSEE with high honors from the University of Florida.