Nanigans is filled with a team of smart, driven and fun individuals. Learn more about:
• Our founders, veteran entrepreneurs from the data and performance marketing sectors
• Our business, operations, product, engineering and data science teams
• Our investors, Avalon Ventures (early investors in Zynga and Tacoda)
• Our technical advisors, including Harvard professors of statistics and computer science
Co-founder & CEO
Ric Calvillo is Nanigans’ co-founder and CEO. Ric has over 20 years of startup experience, having founded and led three technology companies. Prior to co-founding Nanigans, Ric was Founder & CEO of Incipient, Inc., a venture-backed data storage infrastructure software company.
Prior to Incipient, Ric founded and led Conley Corporation, which was acquired by EMC Corporation in 1998. Conley Corp. developed enterprise data storage software including the award-winning EMC PowerPath. Ric spent three years at EMC Corporation as General Manager of the EMC Cambridge Software Center. Ric holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-founder & CTO
Claude Denton is Nanigans’ co-founder and CTO. Prior to Nanigans, Claude was Co-Founder and CTO of CourseAdvisor, a data-driven, online lead generator serving the education industry. CourseAdvisor was acquired by The Washington Post Company in 2008 and was subsequently renamed Avenue100. Claude continued as CTO of Avenue100 until joining Nanigans in 2010. Previously, Claude led product development for Network Elements, a provider of access network solutions for optical networks, and developed pioneering high-definition video subsystems for Intergraph Corporation.
Claude holds 13 patents and four applications in the areas of communications and video processing architecture. Claude has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
Investors & Technical Advisors
Nanigans is backed by Avalon Ventures, a San Diego, CA and Cambridge, MA based venture capital firm focusing on seed and early stage companies in life sciences and information technology. Its managing directors are former entrepreneurs driven by passionate people pursuing disruptive ideas in ever-changing market environments.
Rich Levandov is Partner at Avalon Ventures. An early lead investor in social gaming company Zynga and behavioral ad targeting company Tacoda (sold to AOL in 2007), Rich sits on Nanigans’ Board.
Rich has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, operator, angel investor and venture capitalist involving a variety of cutting-edge, high growth, early-stage technology companies. It was after he co-founded Phoenix Technologies (PTEC), a company that helped launch the PC revolution, and served as an early Vice President at America Online, Inc. that he started his venture capital career.
Dr. David C. Parkes
David C. Parkes is a global authority on computational economics and Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and Technical Advisor at Nanigans. Dr. Parkes works with Nanigans’ engineering team on continued development of its automated bidding algorithms for the Facebook advertising marketplace. These proprietary algorithms are core features of the Nanigans Ad Engine.
Leveraging statistics and machine learning, Dr. Parkes also focuses his time at Nanigans on analyzing the cost and value of Facebook audience segments as it relates to advertising.
At Harvard, Dr. Parkes founded the Economics and Computer Science research group, and teaches classes in artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and topics at the intersection between computer science and economics.
Dr. Edoardo Airoldi
Edoardo M. Airoldi is Assistant Professor of Statistics at Harvard University, Founder and Director of the Harvard Laboratory for Applied Statistical Methodology, and Technical Advisor at Nanigans. Dr. Airoldi’s expertise centers on statistical and machine learning methodology with application to social media analytics and marketing and complex social, communication and information networks.
He focuses his time at Nanigans on developing statistical models to increase Facebook user response and engagement and further develop the company’s artificial intelligence algorithms.
Dr. Airoldi’s academic research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Army Research Office, AT&T and Google.