Rick Nucci is co-founder and CEO at Guru. Rick brings twenty years of experience in creating category-leading software solutions and companies. Prior to Guru, Rick was the founder and chief technology officer of Boomi, which defined and led a new segment as the first-ever cloud integration platform-as-a-service. Boomi was acquired by Dell in 2010, where Rick went on to run the Boomi business for Dell as its general manager, helping grow the organization into the industry leader it is today. Rick frequently speaks at industry events about startups, SaaS and cloud computing. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management from Penn State University.
Mitchell Stewart is co-founder and CTO at Guru. Mitchell leads Guru’s product development, QA, and security teams and is responsible for ensuring the scalability and reliability of Guru’s technical architecture while maintaining a rapid pace of innovation. Mitchell brings more than fifteen years of experience in leading high-performance software development teams, most recently as the director of engineering at Dell Boomi, which he joined in 2002 as a software engineer. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bucknell University.
CFO & Operations Lead
Dennis is the CFO and Operations Lead at Guru, where he leads Finance/Accounting, Business Operations, Business Systems, and Business Intelligence. Prior to Guru, he was the CFO at Domino Data Lab. He previously led strategic finance teams at Sunrun and DocuSign and earlier in his career cut his teeth at Goldman Sachs and Salesforce.com. More importantly, he is best friends with Guru's Chief Executive Pawficer, Kingsley.
VP of People Operations
Jess leads all People Operations activities at Guru and anchors herself in people-first leadership. Her primary directive is building a fast-growing, best-in-class, diverse, and distributed team where every employee finds purpose, enjoyment, and opportunities to reach their potential in their work. She’s responsible for developing Guru’s people operations, workspace operations, and talent acquisition strategies. Jessica brings over thirteen years of experience in people operations, finance and business operations, most recently at WineAccess, where she was the Vice President of Operations. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Lerner School of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.
VP of Marketing
Brittany Bingham is VP of Marketing at Guru. Prior to Guru, Brittany worked as VP of Marketing & Growth at RaiseMe, a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education. Before her time at RaiseMe, she was Sr. Director of Growth Marketing at SurveyMonkey, where she oversaw acquisition, conversion, engagement, and retention, and saw the company grow from 225 people to over 800. She is a program co-creator and mentor for Reforge, startup advisor, and doting dog mom.
VP of Ecosystem Strategy + Biz Dev
Diane S. Ruth is responsible for Guru's Ecosystem Strategy + Business Development initiatives to extend Guru's accessibility, extensibility and adoption. Prior to joining the winning team at Guru, Diane was the Executive Director of Business Development for Dell Boomi (fka Boomi, Inc.), where she led Boomi’s partner network program, generating 60% of Boomi's annual recurring revenue. Prior to Boomi, Diane spent twelve years with SunGard Higher Education where she last served as the General Manager of Business Development & the SunGard Higher Education Division’s Partner Collaborative Program. Diane brings over twenty years experience in managing third party ecosystems + strategic partnerships with notable organizations such as Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, Salesforce, SAP, Slack, EMC + many more.
VP of Engineering
Paul Hepworth is the Vice President of Engineering at Guru. Paul leads Engineering and is responsible for product development and quality assurance. Paul brings more than fifteen years of experience streamlining processes and delivery systems to create successful software products and scale engineering teams. He’s worked across financial, consumer travel, social media marketing, and customer experience industries. Over the past 10 years Paul has been in B2B SaaS, most recently as the Vice President of Engineering at UserTesting, which he joined in 2011. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco.
VP of Sales
JJ Ferroni is the vice president of sales at Guru. JJ leads Guru’s sales efforts, including direct sales, account development, sales engineering and sales operations. JJ brings more than fifteen years of experience in enterprise sales & sales strategy, most recently at Dell Boomi, where he was the Director of Sales, responsible for leading sales and sales engineering teams. Previously, JJ also managed customer service teams at Dell Boomi. JJ holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Villanova University.
Chief Executive Pawficer
Kingsley Zissou Lantis is quite a fetching exec, but his work is what makes him truly rebarkable. With over 36 dog years of experience, he brings a lot to the table (although he usually sits under the table). In addition to his duties at Guru, Kingsley is a certified chicken sommelier and volunteer bacon taster. He is a very good boy.
Seek balance. Shift towards harmony in life and in work by being your whole self. You’re worth more than your accomplishments. Remember to laugh and play, and maximize your energy through rest.
Assume good intent. Leave your ego at the door. Remember that everyone is working towards the same goals. Choose curiosity, because a lesson learned is more important than being right. We get things done while building relationships, and we build relationships on trust and humility.
Empower customers. Happy, successful customers = happy, successful us.
Every role is customer-facing. A customer problem is never someone else’s problem. We are each responsible for creating a customer experience we’re proud of.
Be intentional. Spend time and energy with great care. Align your intentions with your behaviors and your impact. Know that choosing to do a few things really well will have a lasting impact. Even though there will be times you sprint, make sure you maintain a marathon mindset.
Have grit. Tap into your passion to persevere, especially through tough challenges. Difficult days that move us forward are part of the journey.
Be transparent. Give context. Share what you know. Care about others’ understanding of what you say.
Seek diverse views for better outcomes. Embrace diverse experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets to make us stronger and smarter. Nothing revolutionary was ever created in an echo chamber.
Foster a growth mindset. Learn from failure. Take your full responsibility instead of placing blame. Remember
that lasting success doesn’t come without effort, and that continuous improvement requires change.
Give and listen to feedback. We give candid and kind feedback. We receive feedback with openness, curiosity, and a commitment to learning. Iterations are not an indication of failure. We’re here to help each other grow and get better. We encourage each other to bring our best.
Be generous to our colleagues. Save the team by sharing your time, your wisdom, your talents, and your imagination. Share your half-baked ideas freely because half-baked ideas make the best jumping-off points.
Give to our communities. We show gratitude for our privileges and dedicate time and energy to improve the world around us.