Affinity (http://www.affinity.co), the leading relationship intelligence platform, announced today the hiring of four senior leaders, including Andy Bryson as its new Vice President of Product, Travis Ortiz as Vice President of Design, Brian Cloughley as Vice President of Customer Success, and Stephani Martin as Vice President of People. Demonstrating the company’s commitment to investing in senior leadership and growing its executive team, the spate of hirings comes not long after Affinity raised $26.5 million in Series B funding to support its mission of harnessing the power of professional relationships.
“We are very excited to welcome Andy, Travis, Brian and Stephani to the team,” said Ray Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Affinity. “The collective experience and expertise they bring to the organization will be invaluable as we continue to transform professional networking with the world’s smartest relationship intelligence platform.”
With over a decade of experience leading product and engineering teams, Mr. Bryson most recently served as VP of Product Management at TextNow, a cloud-based phone carrier empowering consumers with affordable technology. Prior to this, he led product teams at Townsquared, an online network connecting professionals within the same neighborhood, and SurveyMonkey, a leading global survey software used by over 17 million active users. Mr. Bryson has guided product teams through two successful exits, in each instance assuming a leadership role in the acquiring company.
Mr. Ortiz most recently worked as an independent Design Leadership Consultant for startups throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He was previously the Global Head of User Experience and Design for Prosper Marketplace, a leading peer-to-peer lending platform connecting borrowers and investors. With over twenty years of experience in design and consultation, Mr. Ortiz specializes in up-levelling design, and has spent decades building and managing high-performing UX teams.
Mr. Cloughley most recently served as VP of Customer Success at Comfy, an Oakland-based IT company that specializes in engaging workplace environments and experiences. Prior to this role, he led customer adoption and go-to-market initiatives for Autodesk’s BIM portfolio, and he transitioned the team from a product development organization to a marketing organization. Mr. Cloughley is well-versed in leading empowered teams in fast-paced environments while encouraging innovation that drives growth and business success.
With over fifteen years of experience in Human Resources and People Management, Ms. Martin most recently served as VP of People at Distil Networks, a cybersecurity service that specializes in automated threats to business-critical web traffic. Prior to this, she led People Operations at Platfora, the leading big data discovery platform acquired by Workday in 2016. Ms. Martin has created and scaled Onboarding, Talent Acquisition, Leadership and Career Development programs in the name of cultivating engaged workplace cultures.
Within only a few years, Affinity has become the new standard for top investment firms all over the globe and has gained significant traction in new verticals, such as real estate, private equity, and banking. To date, the platform helps users manage relationships across 20 million people and 5 million organizations. The platform has identified 3 million warm introductions in its users’ networks and auto-populated over 300 million data fields with relevant content. Affinity co-founders Ray Zhou and Shubham Goel were named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2019, while its third co-founder, Joe Lonsdale, was recently ranked 22nd on Forbes’ Midas List of the best dealmakers in venture capital.
Affinity’s patented technology structures and analyzes millions of data points across emails, calendars, and third-party sources to offer users the tools they need to automatically manage their most valuable relationships, prioritize important connections, and discover untapped opportunities. Affinity uses artificial intelligence to analyze relationship strength and illuminate the best paths to warm introductions. The platform also offers a holistic view of users’ networks in a centralized, automatically updated database without any manual upkeep. Founded in 2014, Affinity is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by leading investors including Advance Venture Partners, 8VC, MassMutual Ventures, Sway Ventures, Pear Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and Western Technology Investment. For more information, visit http://www.affinity.co.