Our team

Derek Belch

Derek Belch

Founder and CEO

As founder and CEO, Derek leads the vision and strategy behind Strivr’s mission to elevate performance through immersive experience. Derek incubated the company with co-founder Jeremy Bailenson in Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab while pursuing his Masters in Virtual Reality and serving as a graduate assistant football coach. Using sports as his proving ground, Derek’s vision quickly expanded from the athlete to the enterprise. Derek is driven by a competitive passion for impacting performance, and with STRIVR, is pushing everyone to train like an athlete.

Jeremy Bailenson

Jeremy Bailenson

Co-Founder

As the founding director of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and co-founder of STRIVR, Jeremy is one of the world’s leading experts in VR. His findings have been published in over 100 academic papers, and he has authored books including Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do. Jeremy is passionate about the impact immersive technology has on human behavior on a global level, and is currently co-chairing the inaugural Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality for the World Economic Forum. Full bio

Mike Libby

Mike Libby

VP, Finance

At Strivr, Mike leads financial planning, analysis, reporting, and accounting. He also oversees the company’s operations responsible for internal systems and the deployment of Strivr’s product to its growing list of customers. Prior to Strivr, Mike spent 10 years managing the San Francisco 49ers salary cap, contract negotiations, and compliance with the NFL collective bargaining agreement. Mike also built the 49ers football analytics team and was a key member of the team’s negotiations for its move to Levi’s Stadium.

Yelena Drabkin

Yelena Drabkin

VP of Product

Leading product strategy and development at STRIVR, Yelena drives innovation behind the company’s data-driven, immersive learning platform. She brings extensive experience having co-founded an online market analytics business, led growth stage product development at Simplee, and managed large-scale product-execution and consumer onboarding and engagement at both PayPal and eBay. Yelena is passionate about promoting women in technology, and volunteers with Women 2.0 to support female-founded startups.

Logan Mulvey

Logan Mulvey

Chief Customer Officer

Logan oversees executive sponsorship of Strivr’s marquee customers, as well as its Solutions and Success organizations. Logan co-founded his first company, GoDigital Media Group, out of a deep passion for media and visual technologies. Of the six companies started under GoDigital’s umbrella, five are still in business, including the sale of GoDigital Distribution to Millennium Entertainment in 2014. He then served as the company’s SVP of Digital Distribution, where he led growth strategies for sales, marketing and acquisitions. A serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, Logan’s drive is to make startups succeed.

Michael Manuccia

Michael Manuccia

Chief Operating Officer

One of the first members of the Strivr team, Michael has overseen the company’s human growth since it began in a literal garage. A former FBI analyst, Michael spent seven years serving the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Director’s Office, and managed the FBI’s evolution to an intelligence-driven, threat-based learning organization. He’s driven to create an organization staffed with happy, thriving employees — a place where people are genuinely excited to come to work every single day.

Veronique Lafargue

Veronique Lafargue

VP Marketing

Expert in category creation in fast-growth environments, Veronique leads Marketing at STRIVR. A cloud pioneer, she built the first marketing organization for Google Cloud in Southern Europe before relocating to Silicon Valley to drive enterprise growth for Google Maps and G Suite. She then led Content Marketing and thought leadership at Box, and has a proven track record of building high-performing marketing teams. Veronique is passionate about developing diverse talents and bringing purpose to the workplace.

Sharon Pinedo

Sharon Pinedo

VP Sales

Sharon holds vision and strategy for sales at Strivr and is responsible for the company’s revenue growth. Prior to joining Strivr, Sharon helped lead Americas Sales for Facebook’s Workplace by Facebook, focused on the Fortune 500. One of the early members of what today is Google Cloud, she also spent a decade at Google where she most notably led SaaS/Cloud Computing sales. Sharon takes an active role in women’s leadership mentoring, supporting training that guides the next generation of women leaders in technology.

Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

VP Customer Solutions

Brian oversees customer solutions at Strivr. In this role, he leads the creation and production of impactful immersive learning experiences with a team of experts that spans solutions architects, instructional designers, Learning & Development professionals and immersive content creators. Prior to Strivr, Brian led finance and business development at Amplify Releasing, a movie distribution company that was acquired in 2014. Brian has a passion for designing and implementing experiences that transform the way organizations train their people.

Michael Casale

Michael Casale

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Michael Casale is a cognitive neuroscientist whose academic research focused on understanding the biological underpinnings of learning and memory, in particular how to optimize training for a variety of learning situations. He has led multi-million dollar research projects aimed at understanding how virtual technologies can be used to facilitate the effectiveness of behavioral therapy. Dr. Casale has been published dozens of times in notable peer-reviewed journals such as Memory & Cognition and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin

Advisor

Josh is a leading analyst, author, educator and thought leader focused on the global talent market and trends that impact corporate workforces. In an advisory role at STRIVR, he brings deep expertise in the areas of corporate HR, talent management, leadership and technology. Founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Josh continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte and sits on the board of the UC Berkeley Haas Business School Executive Education. He is passionate about leadership development and is frequently featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and Fast Company.

David Shaw

David Shaw

Advisor

The 2018 season marks David’s eighth as Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. A 1995 Stanford graduate, David is the 34th head coach in Stanford history. Under Shaw, Stanford’s 73 victories since 2011 marks the winningest stretch in program history. With a passion for innovation, David played an integral part in the founding of STRIVR. He enabled Derek to follow his passion for immersive training, providing the proving ground for his thesis on the football field and the birth of the company that has become the leader in the space today. View Stanford bio.

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