Company

Telerivet, Inc., is a venture-backed corporation with global headquarters in San Francisco, California, and an East Africa headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Leadership Team

Joshua Stern
CEO

Joshua is a regularly featured speaker and panelist on technology and entrepreneurship in Africa and emerging markets. He serves as an advisor to a number of organizations, including Tanzania's Commission for Science and Technology, and as a technology advisor to US Senator Angus King (Independent-Maine).

Previously, Joshua co-founded non-profit Envaya, whose software platform for grassroots NGOs in East Africa is now the largest online network of civil society organizations in the region. Prior to that, Joshua served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, where he focused on developing local ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills and infrastructure. Joshua was also senior engineer at a technology startup acquired by Google.

Joshua has a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and is fluent in Kiswahili.

Jesse Young
CTO

Leading the team building Telerivet's software, Jesse is a software developer with expertise in designing easy-to-use software tools for users in developing countries.

Previously, Jesse co-founded, designed, and developed the open-source Envaya technology platform, optimized for users in East Africa. Jesse earlier served as chief engineer of Apture.com, a multimedia web technology startup acquired by Google in 2011. He was profiled by Inc. Magazine as one of the "30 Under 30" top young entrepreneurs.

Jesse has a M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Alex Gurevich
Board Member; Principal, Javelin Venture Partners

Prior to joining Javelin, Alex was a Principal at DFJ Aurora, where he helped establish one of the first venture capital funds focused on high tech investments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Prior to DFJ, Alex was the first employee at ooma, a venture-backed company in the consumer electronics, VoIP (voice over IP) space, where he led the company’s initial product roll out, customer acquisition, and retail distribution strategy in product management and business development roles. Alex serves as a key advisor to several Silicon Valley early stage start-ups, including Sifteo and PointSourcePower, as well as the Global Technology Symposium – the premier investor conference on emerging markets.

Alex holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Alec Ross
Board Member

Alec Ross is one of America's leading experts on innovation. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies.

Alec Ross recently served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Secretary Clinton to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America's diplomatic goals and stewarding the Secretary of State 21st Century Statecraft agenda. In this role, Alec acted as the diplomatic lead on a range of issues including cybersecurity, Internet Freedom, disaster response and the use of network technologies in conflict zones.

Previously, Alec served as the Convener for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

In 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded the nonprofit organization One Economy and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents.