Introducing the February ’14 Cohort of Tech Startup Founders


We are proud to introduce our February ’14 Cohort of Tech Startup Founders. Arranged alphabetically by first name.


Anjulina (Anji) Desai
, Co-Founder of Looptivity. Looptivity is a mobile app that gives small businesses and organizations (“partners”) a presence in the mobile world, and enables partners to share useful information, create loyalty among their customer base and to increase their branding efforts. Anji is based in San Francisco, California.


Aran Hamilton, President and Co-Founder of Vantage Analytics. Vantage Analytics are “Analytics in Action” for mid-sized ecommerce, helping stores scale without getting wrapped up in the numbers. Aran is based in  Toronto, Canada.

Azita Gandjei

Azita Gandjei, Founder of Essatory. Essatory is a next gen collaborative authoring platform for teams to create and publish interactive digital content. Azita is based in San Francisco, California.

Barbara Hanna

Barbara Hanna, Co-Founder of Cyant. Cyant connects technology with arts, and puts 3D printing in the hands of “cyantists” to educate, empower and foster economic development. Barbara is based in San Francisco, California.

Daniel Liebeskind

Daniel Liebeskind is in stealth mode. Daniel is based in San Francisco, California.

Elizabeth Kiehner
Elizabeth Kiehner, Founding Partner of Gifty.Through Gifty, users can set up a Gifty List containing multiple items, or a launch Gifty Fund for a large ticket item like a new computer. Elizabeth is based in New York, New York.



Erik Christiansen

Erik Christiansen, CEO/Co-Founder of Justuno. Justuno provides online retailers a platform to convert website visitors into fans, emails and sales. Erik is based in San Francisco, California.

Jeremy Walrack

Jeremy Walrack, Co-Owner of LiveDiscounts.  LiveDiscounts is a savings membership that provides access to local discounts. Jeremy is based in San Diego, California.

Mark Shahinian

Mark Shahinian, Founder at Apricot Grid Systems. Apricot Grid Systems provide building software models and tools that will mediate transactions and services on the electric power grid. Mark is based in San Francisco, California.



Pierre-Marc Diennet

Pierre-Marc Diennet, Founder/Producer at nTangle. nTangle is an interactive video platform that allows creators to link people, places, and things in their video to the wider internet. Pierre-Marc is based in New York, New York.



Sukirti Gupta
Sukirti Gupta, Sr. Product Marketing Engineer at Select Solar. Select Solar is involved with the development of solar inverter kits for emerging countries. Sukirti is based in Santa Clara, California.


Christian Nordtømme Christian Nordtømme, Founder of Laytr. Laytr is a service similar to Boomerang for Gmail. Christian is based in New York, New York.



With the addition of the February Cohort, Founders Network is now more than 500 members strong! We are excited about the deep and diverse experience sets and perspectives each new member brings to our peer mentorship community of tech startup founders. Together we are taking management and personal risk off the table and ensuring mutual success. Stay tuned to the fnBlog for startup updates, tips and lessons learned from each of our new members. To learn more about Founders Network click here.

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