Alex Castro, Lead Interactive Designer
Alex is the Lead Interactive Designer for the IPG group. With a design and technology background, he is responsible for designing beautiful and intuitive interfaces for all iPG products. When Alex is not at work, you can catch him showing off his mad soccer skills (just rumors) on the upper west side on sunday mornings or devouring those yummy Belgian waffles at the waffle truck around the city… Find Alex on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
Dan Holly Wells, Technical Architect
A senior developer and strategist with Condé Nast's product innovation team, Dan has over 12 years of development experience. While with Condé Nast Digital he worked in the platform development group and on sites like Style.com, Epicurious.com, Concierge.com and Brides.com. Dan helped form Condé Nast's mobile application group by architecting and building applications like Gourmet Live, Golf Digest, Epicurious, Style, as well as the Condé Nast mobile magazine platform. You can find Don on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Juliana Stock, Senior Director of Marketing & Product Development
Juliana leads efforts to create new products and businesses through emerging trends, strategic partnerships, and iterative development. Before working on the product innovation team on Idea Flight, she was the founding General Manager of Gourmet Live. A native New Yorker, she hopes one day for Glee to fulfill her dreams of devoting an entire episode to the musical genius that is Stephen Sondheim. In the meantime, you can find her in Harlem where she lives with her husband and two kids. You can find Juliana on Twitter or LinkedIn. "My soul is in the sky." — William Shakespeare, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Act V. Scene I.
Ma'ayan Rosenzweig, Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Ma'ayan is the illustrator behind Idea Flight and also works as the sole graphic design guru behind its sister brands, Epicurious and Gourmet Live. She graduated from Pratt Institute in 2010 and now helps various Condé Nast sites and apps come to life through vibrant, inspiring and original designs. When Ma'ayan is not cooking up visuals, she enjoys traveling, reading, strolling through Central Park, singing along to Glee and catching up on the latest episodes of her guiltiest pleasure, Desperate Housewives. You can view Ma'ayan's portfolio online, and find her on Twitter and LinkedIn. "I want to do everything there is to be done... I'll never get old." - Dr. Judith Arlene Resnik
Melanie Rivera, Coordinator Extraordinaire
A ’10 Syracuse University grad and newcomer to the Digital App world, Melanie works as Idea Flight’s Coordinator Extraordinaire, doing everything from managing social media sites to keeping Juliana, Chris, Don and Rob in line! Before joining Idea Flight, Melanie worked alongside the Gourmet Live team. She enjoys vintage jewelry, writing songs on her acoustic guitar, and watching old-school Nickelodeon reruns. You can find Melanie on Twitter or LinkedIn. "To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything." — Otto Lilienthal
Nathan Abbott, Architect/ Engineer
Nathan has been engineering software for over 15 years, most recently operating as a technical coordinator for onsite and offshore resources for mobile application development. Prior to that he was the site lead for The New Yorker and Concierge at Conde Nast Digital and the site manager for Parade magazine's online properties Parade.com and ParadePartners.com.
Opal Hoyt, Project Coordinator
Opal is the lead for all of iPG's project management efforts. A recent Columbia grad, she has spent the past few years studying Art History and working with entrepreneurs in New York City. She has worked with both early-stage startups and well-known companies and is interested in seeing new ideas leave the whiteboard and come to life. She loves live music and you can generally find her at a show during any given week. She's always open to suggestions for new fodder to play on repeat (Krill and Speedy Ortiz at time of writing). Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn or her blog.
Peter Ciccotto, Director of Product
Not counting looseleaf binders full of handwritten BASIC code from 3rd grade, Pete has over 15 years of interactive design, strategy and development experience. As Director of Product with Condé Nast's product innovation team, he helps with tablet apps like Idea Flight while finding directions and platforms where new ideas can be grown. Prior to Condé Nast, he has created online and mobile products for everything from Slayer to Huggies to Moviefone to Chanel. You can find Pete on Twitter.