A Run for the GSV Cup
Leslie Omaña Begert
Co-Founder, Fabulingua, Inc
Leslie comes from a multicultural family and was raised in a bilingual environment in Barcelona, Spain. Her interest in linguistics, however, started at Oxford University, where she studied the linguistic development of children from different language backgrounds for her degree in Psychology. During summers, she served as a simultaneous translator for anthropological expeditions that she organized to various countries. Leslie went on to further explore cultural differences with a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. As a young professional, she gained experience in finance at Goldman Sachs and product management at L’Oréal, both in London; as a sculptor in Shanghai and real estate developer in Buenos Aires. It was then in Austin, when her adventure as a mother-of-two began, that these experiences and interests came together, and her mind turned to the problem of how to build a better system for kids to learn a second language so that she could reconnect them to her family heritage.
Co-Founder & CEO, Gamesalad, Inc.
Tan Tran, co-founder of GameSalad, has been hard at work trying to make life easier through technology. In a previous life, Tan was a senior web developer and a team-leader with Hotels.com. While at Hotels.com, he was a lead developer for the company’s back and front end web-systems, helping Hotels.com become a leader in the travel industry. Prior to Hotels.com, Tan developed the online bill payment system at FundsXpress, a pioneer in the online banking and bill-pay fields. Tan was also able to hone his business and entrepreneurial skills as the founder of a web design and consulting startup, Angel Concepts. While there, Tan was responsible for the business development and project management of the firm’s services. Tan holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.
A forward thinking media executive with more than 25 years experience building brands and audiences online, in print, and face to face, Hogan is an acclaimed writer, editor, and commentator covering the intersection of society and technology, especially education technology. His experience includes Senior Editor at MIT Technology Review, Editor-In-Chief at The Manufacturer Magazine, Executive Editor at Scholastic Administrator, and most recently, over 12 years as the Managing Director of Content at Tech & Learning.