The G2 Crowd team is made up of passionate entrepreneurs, designers, marketers, and engineers with substantial experience building successful online businesses and working for some of the world’s leading companies. The co-founders had prior success building a market leading business together at BigMachines, which was acquired by Oracle in 2013 for more than $400 million. The team is committed to building the best site for business software reviews and to having fun while doing it.
Godard previously founded BigMachines, a leading software as a service (SaaS) provider which he grew profitably from scratch to $50 million in revenue while building a global team of 250. BigMachines was sold to Vista and JMI Equity at a valuation of well over $100 million, and has since been acquired by Oracle. After this successful exit, Godard stepped down as CEO in 2011 and took time off to pursue two goals: playing a scratch round of golf and qualifying for the Boston Marathon. As of April 2013, he’s accomplished both. Born in Germany, but raised and educated in the US at MIT and Stanford, Godard is an odd combination of a laid back German and determined, precise American engineer. While his coding skills are rusty, he once wrote a simulation program at MIT that ran on a Cray.
Tim has spent over 15 years developing and delivering software in a variety of roles including professional services and product management. Prior to G2 Labs, Tim was responsible for Product Management at BigMachines and led efforts to deliver the top-rated quoting tool on Salesforce.com’s AppExchange for three years in a row. Tim loves making life better by solving problems using software technology. Tim is passionate about working an entrepreneurial environment, where each day is unique and learning is constant. Tim grew up in rural Iowa on his family farm, so building software was a natural transition. When not at work, he helps coach his kids wrestling team and serves at his local church. Tim is a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his mystery.
Mark started in desktop publishing as a young lad and has had a passion for design ever since. He has been working in multimedia design since 1994. Mark has a passion for user experience and loves to use his design training to delight software users. He has a surprisingly wide vocabulary, but prefers to communicate through simple “Markisms” including: “Fact”, “Are you winning” and “true story”. For a complete list of “Markisms” visit Markisms.net . When not spending time with his family, he enjoys long walks, awkward dancing to Huey Lewis (and the news), improving his Usability skills, as well as scaling the always dangerous sar-chasm.
Mike is a hardcore VIM power-user, whose weapons of choice include closure, lazy instantiation, and promises. He came to G2Crowd from TapJoy, where he helped to launch a mobile web product to an audience of more than 3 million users. Mike also spent four years on the BigMachines team, harnessing the latest web standards to design, build, and launch innovative web applications. Valedictorian of his class at Menlo College, Mike was also a captain on the wrestling team and Academic All American. In his free time he inhabits coffee shops, works out, and finds excuses to travel.
Matt is a seasoned high tech executive that has worked in leadership roles for global leaders GE, CAT, and EMC, as well as software start-ups such as OctetString (sold to Oracle). Most recently Matt led alliances and sales at BigMachines and grew revenue from $2 to $50 million making BigMachines one of Inc. 5000′s Fastest Growing companies for five years in a row. When not spending time with his new bride, he can be found glued to his iPad managing his stock portfolio. Matt was born in Poland, raised in Germany, and studied in the US. He is a techie deep down as he started programming and using online bulletin boards as a teen back in the 1980s.
Senior Software Engineer
Kenny studied Computer Engineering at DeVry University, graduated with a 4.0, and started his career at BigMachines during his final semester. Kenny then went on to receive his Masters in Software Engineering from California State University-Fullerton. At BigMachines he spent 3.5 years working on complex technical problems with an end user focus. Kenny enjoys working with the latest technologies and even created a real time online task board using Node.js for his final Masters project. Kenny is G2 Crowd’s foremost expert on all things Zombie since he has read over 300 zombie novels in the last couple years in addition to all of the other Sci-Fi/Fantasy books he has found. When not at G2 Crowd he enjoys reading, playing halo, and spending time with family.
Molly turned a background in writing and editing into the foundation for a career in tech-focused marketing/communications. After earning a journalism degree and completing several newspaper internships, Molly pivoted and joined OneCommunity, a nonprofit focused on expanding high-speed broadband access and adoption in Northeast Ohio. Molly also spent time in the editorial department at Groupon before coming to G2 Crowd. Molly loves living in Chicago, but is a proud native of Cleveland. When she’s not watching the Browns, Indians, or Cavs lose, she enjoys brunch, bar trivia, and training for marathons.
Director of Vendor Engagement
Brad is a Maroon and a Badger, holding an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his career in structured finance and worked as an Analytics Manager for U.S. Bank and Bank of America. After realizing that startups were his calling, he most recently held the role of VP – Business Development for Toodalu, a mobile loyalty application development company. When Brad is not working, you can find him on the golf course or managing his fantasy leagues. Brad is originally from Detroit and thinks Michigan and Wisconsin are the two greatest places on earth – just ask him.
Ben studied public policy at the University of Michigan and began his career at Navigant Consulting. He found his passion in startups and comes to G2 Crowd after starting The Jobtimist, a personalized job search website. Ben is originally from New Jersey and much to the dismay of the G2 Crowd team, does not have a strong Jersey accent. When not at the office, you can find Ben outside on the tennis courts, skiing, or planning his next travels.
Alex is an enthusiastic, non-linear thinker that loves innovation and new technology. His career began as a Business Analyst in Silicon Valley where he first joined Velos Inc., a clinical trial management software company. He was then recruited by Dataguise, a Hadoop data security startup, as a key member of the demand generation and inside sales team. Alex has since relocated back home to Chicago, where he got married and joined the Vendor Engagement team at G2 Crowd. When not working, Alex enjoys hitting the rock around on the links and long-distance cycling.
Daniel B. Honigman
Daniel is an award-winning consumer and B2B marketer, a former journalist and a startup co-founder. He cut his teeth as an industry-leading Social Media Strategist for the Chicago Tribune, and then The Tribune Company, where he broke new ground in the news business. His work has been awarded the BMA Tower Award, several Bulldog Digital/Social PR awards, a PR News Digital Award, a SABRE Certificate of Excellence, and nominations for both Forrester and Webby awards. He lives in Chicago with his wife and Scottish Terrier.
Kevin comes to G2 Crowd fresh out of the University of Michigan where he studied Communications and German. After working with a startup on campus for the last two years of school, he knew a startup environment was the perfect place for his career to start. When he’s out of the office, you can find Kevin at concerts and sporting events, listening to audiobooks, or playing FIFA.
Joshua brings his experience with Epic Systems and an academic background in literary studies and journalism to G2 Crowd’s yet-to-be-written webpages. He’s big on engaging content, comprehensive style guides, and building a passionate user community. When he’s not working, he’s waxing poetic or abandoning creative projects, studying radical identity politics or staring at blank blog posts with the windows open.
When Ryan’s college career counselor asked, “What are you good at?” he responded, “I’m creative and I like to write.” Together, they deduced the best area of study for Ryan: Creative Writing. Come career decision time, Ryan knew that technology was the place to be. He joined Softchoice, a technology reseller, and acquainted himself with all things hardware and software from the desktop to the datacenter. This accrued knowledge has served him well working with the wide range of vendors on G2 Crowd. When he is not studying software companies Ryan is competing on television cooking shows (TNT’s On The Menu), blogging, and doing improv at The Second City in Chicago.
George studied Business and Political Science at Wittenberg University where he also played Men’s Lacrosse. He began his career in the transportation industry working in sales for C.H. Robinson Worldwide. George brings to G2 Crowd his sales experience as well as a fun energetic personality with a competitive edge. He is a Chicago native who is convinced that his hometown is the greatest city in the world. When George is away from the office he is more than likely playing golf, swimming in gorgeous Lake Michigan, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, or hanging out with his dog, Emma.
G2 Crowd found Larry entrenched in the educational software world. There, Larry focused on helping school districts maximize every dollar spent by building resource management solutions for books, IT equipment, and anything else you can think of that schools need to to function. The eternal struggle to help IT Professionals determine the right product for the right situation led him to G2 Crowd. When not working, Larry coaches his daughter’s softball teams, hits the gym (sometimes) and reads anything he can find about U.S. History and Government.
Before joining G2 Crowd, Kim was a database administrator near her hometown in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Phoenix (Online) with a Bachelor Degree in Web Development. Not exactly the cosmetology path she dreamed of growing up but that was before she found an even bigger passion: technology. Here at G2 Crowd, Kim is a Community Builder (no, that does not involve building houses). She has also been a promotional model for more than eight years. When she isn’t working, Kim spends her time with her two daughters. When they get the chance, you can find them at a beach, they prefer ones with palm trees.
Michelle studied Art and Graphic Design at Robert Morris College in Chicago. She began her career in the retail industry, spending 16 years with Sears Holdings. After living in the Boston area for the last decade, she has moved back to Chicago with her family. She was introduced to G2 Crowd through a friend working for their sister company, Steelbrick. When she is relaxing, you can most often find Michelle on the lanes bowling, playing with her daughter, or rooting for her favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs and the New England Patriots.
Vinnie is a graduate of DePaul University, having majored in Business Administration. After receiving his degree he spent several months in meditative thought fueled solely by banana chips while deciding where to spend the rest of his life. The only appropriate answer was G2 Crowd, where he now administrates the happiness of an ever-increasing staff. He studies Japanese in his spare time, with the hopes of living and working in Japan one day. Lover of cheesy Japanese romance dramas, Calvin & Hobbes, improv, and the slightly chewier parts of brownies.