The Refresh Team

Get to know Refresh

Our company is made up of visionary people who see the possibility in every piece of information, and in every conversation. But we go beyond just seeing possibility - we dare to make it reality.

We’re a clever, dynamic, and inventive batch of individuals who have authored books, grown tech start-ups, and come from successful giants (like Google, Microsoft, and LinkedIn). We’ve learned from the top universities in the country (Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley just to name a few), and we’ve got a global perspective with a local feel.

Bhavin Shah

Bhavin N. Shah, Co-founder

Bhavin has over a decade of experience building companies, assembling great teams, creating quality brands, and shipping product. Through his work as co-founder and COO at Gazillion Entertainment and in product and business development at LeapFrog, he’s taken companies from inception to scale and from private to public in education, toy, and video game industries. Bhavin has a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego and an M.A. from Stanford University.

Paul Tyma

Paul Tyma, Ph.D., Co-founder

Paul is a serial (and sometimes parallel) entrepreneur and technologist. He takes ideas and turns them into products at an astounding pace. He’s a former Googler, founded Preemptive Solutions and Home-Account, built and runs the Mailinator email service, and is a recognized author and leader in Java. Paul is a computer theorist, architect, and hands-on developer who received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. To learn more about Paul, check out his startup blog and his engineering blog.

Jeff Wehrwein

Jeff Wehrwein

Jeff is a technical rockstar who came to Refresh from Vermont with a background in consulting and enterprise software development. He brings a strong design instinct and a measured approach to writing rock-solid code. When he isn’t coding, Jeff spends time outdoors on a wide variety of activities from running to snowshoeing. He’s been on a 300-mile backpacking adventure, bicycled 212 miles in a day, and lived on top of a mountain for 6 months. Jeff has a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Middlebury College, where he has also been a visiting lecturer.

Mayur Motgi

Mayur Motgi

Mayur is a passionate engineer who started making mobile apps before it was cool. He has over 10 apps in the app store with some exceeding 1 million downloads. Most recently he helped start and build the mobile team at Trulia, an online site for real estate and home buying. When he’s not at his computer he hits the ping pong tables for which he’s been nationally ranked in India. Mayur has a M.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas.

Tobias Hauth

Tobias Hauth

Tobias is our data guy. He loves number crunching and data analysis. His laptop has pretty much replaced the office heater completely. Formally, he earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with a focus on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Information Extraction. Practically, he applies all that knowledge to distill the gigs of data we pull down to the parts that matter. In his spare time he enjoys playing board games, participating in any sport involving a ball, and spending time with his wife and three gorgeous kids.

Nisha Desai

Nisha Desai

Nisha is an interaction designer with a passion for creating fluid, engaging, and delightful user experiences. Prior to Refresh, she spent time enhancing the user experience at Salesforce and a stealth startup. She also moonlighted as a developer in a past life. Originally from SoCal, Nisha earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Melon University. In her spare time, Nisha is a budding jewelry designer and doughnut connoisseur.

Rick Ramirez

Rick Ramirez

Rick is a wilderness guy with a coding problem. He’s spent 85 days without his two front teeth, and jumps at every opportunity to get outdoors. He’s happily back on his favorite coast after a two year interlude on Wall Street, making use once again of his undergraduate degree in computational biology. He discovered the Silicon Valley start-up scene as a Stanford Freshman, working as an intern for Cooliris. When the backcountry eludes him he spends his free time playing tennis, basketball, and frisbee. Rick has a B.S in biomedical computation from Stanford University.

Sidhartha Palani

Sidhartha Palani

Sid manages product at Refresh. Prior to Refresh, Sid led sales strategy and managed product at ZocDoc. He has also been a venture capitalist at Highland Capital Partners focused on technology and healthcare companies and a management consultant at The Parthenon Group focused on corporate strategy and private equity. Sid holds a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his free time, he can usually be found playing sports and music, and advising or receiving advice from his twin brother.

Kelly Le

Kelly Le

Kelly is our awesome office manager. She went to San Jose State where she majored in Psychology and gave Freud a run for his money. She couldn't be more excited to have the 49ers coming to Santa Clara (go Niners!). She's a huge animal lover, and has been a pescatarian for 6 years.

David Lau

David Lau

David is frequently seen eating snacks with his signature chopsticks. He needs to eat to keep up his strength: metaphorically speaking, he’s always got his hands on the fire extinguisher when our servers start smoking. Internships with tiny startup VidCaster and international giant Amazon.com built the foundation for the software development he does for Refresh, making his B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley even more unusual. When he finds the time, David can be found reading a book, playing a PC game, or practicing his shoulder throw.

Nathaniel Furniss

Nathaniel Furniss

Nathaniel is a front-end developer who has worked at companies big (Walmart Labs) and small (Kosmix). He loves long walks on the beach and CSS3 transforms. He's a big time foodie (even though he hates the term), and lover of the outdoors. He's been in California since '96 and he can't imagine ever leaving.

Ryan Huang

Ryan Huang

Ryan is a mobile app enthusiast from Toronto, Canada. Prior to Refresh, he worked on Android and iOS apps for several well known companies. He seeks perfection in both user interface and functionality. In his spare time, Ryan likes to follow major e-sports events around the world, play some card games, and shoot some pool. He has also been a piano player for 20 years who really appreciates the beauty of classical music and the artistry of its composers. Ryan has a Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Waterloo.

Yang Zhang

Yang Zhang

Yang leads our test group. He makes squashing bugs a competitive sport here in the office by sending out daily updates on who's fixing the most bugs. He has a long career in quality assurance from IBM, Blue Cross, and Google China. He grew up in the bustling town of Beijing, went to college in the UK at the University of Hertfordshire, and then back to China for his Masters degree in Software Engineering from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Yang loves to travel and is married with an active 3 year old.

Warren Lebovics

Warren Lebovics

Warren is UI/UX Designer fresh out of Canada. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a specialization in Digital Arts Communication. Prior to Refresh, Warren co-founded Triggr, worked with several well-known companies (Sony, Blackberry, etc.), and launched over 30 Android apps in under a year. When he’s not pushing pixels, he can be found strumming away at his guitar, skipping leg day at the gym, or dropping the gloves in a hockey game.

William Leiter

William Leiter

William leads the marketing and communications efforts at Refresh. He joined the company after working in politics for four years. He analyzed and steered legislation in Sacramento, provided digital strategy to candidates for the U.S. Senate, and helped create the online effort of a national campaign for immigration reform. He’s a craft beer connoisseur and home brewer, a hiker, and a huge 49ers fan. He has a B.A. from Harvard University.

Guanchao Wang

Guanchao Wang

Guanchao is a software engineer who focuses on performance and insights. He likes to work with smart teams to build awesome products that can make a real impact. Before joining Refresh, Guanchao worked for several Carnegie Mellon-based startups. Now that he lives in California, he's a huge fan of the sunny weather and likes to play soccer and spend his weekends hiking. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a M.Sc. in Computer Information Technology and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Zhejiang University in China.

Sowmi Thallapragada

Sowmi Thallapragada

Sowmi spent the last 14 years building scalable infrastructure and backend services. Prior to joining Refresh, he held various positions in software development with Telenav, Wells Fargo, and CareInSync. Outside of work, he enjoys dabbling in photography, not getting eaten by poker sharks, and spending time with his wife and two lovely kids. He has a bachelors degree from IIT Madras, and a masters from University of Minnesota.

Mikesh Vora

Mikesh Vora

Mikesh's first taste of business was working on a restaurant marketing startup out of his bedroom at the age of 16 in England. Thereafter, he led a sales team at a toy-retail startup while studying economics at LSE. After a four year stint pulling all-nighters as an investment banking analyst, Mikesh is now in full time recovery at MIT's business school studying what he's most passionate about, entrepreneurship & innovation. As an MBA Intern at Refresh, Mikesh works on product and business. He loves hiking around the West Coast and is on a personal mission to make everyone in the office a diehard soccer enthusiast this summer.

Sawyer Bowman

Sawyer Bowman

Sawyer’s passion for all things tech began early in his life when he unwittingly found and booted up his dad’s old powerbook duo. Sawyer now studies at Bowdoin College, where he is majoring in Computer Science and Spanish. Aside from dreaming up new app ideas, Sawyer enjoys running, an assortment of outdated video games, and board games like Settlers of Catan.

Rebecca Amato

Rebecca Amato

Rebecca is a software engineering intern at Refresh. In June 2014, she earned a B.S. from Stanford University in Science, Technology, and Society with significant coursework in Computer Science. In the fall, she will return to Stanford to pursue a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing sports and spending time outdoors.

Brian Mittl

Brian Mittl

During his freshman year at Stanford University, Brian fell in love with Karel and never looked back. As one of our rockstar developer interns, Brian helps keep our data fresh and your connections with others fresher. This is Brian's first experience working in the valley, a far cry from the organic farm where he spent the past three summers working, but he admits that engineers and chickens don't smell all that different. Nonetheless, the tender care he learned from the farm is reflected in his refined code. Brian is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and will be entering his Junior year this fall.

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Why Work with Us

We're a group of individuals who are passionate about working at Refresh and building technology that can change peoples' lives. We work in a highly collaborative environment with free lunches, quarterly outings, and one of the best views in the valley. We also have great benefits and competitive pay.

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Internships at Refresh

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