Our Team
We’re passionate about building a flexible, mobile, information-gathering platform on a global scale.

Leadership Team

David Soloff
CEO & Co-founder
David co-founded Premise in 2012. He has two decades of experience in capital markets, data infrastructure and startups, running the gamut from quant modeling to product design to corporate strategy. He serves on the advisory board of Columbia University’s Institute for Data Sciences, appointed by Columbia President Lee Bollinger, and is also a Venture Partner with Bowery Capital. In a past life, David was a rare books bibliographer in Minneapolis and a drummer in a punk band in New York. David holds a PhD (ABD) from Berkeley, where he was a Javits and Pritchett Fellow pursuing the study of social, economic and linguistic history of the Greek and Roman world. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and three kids.
I founded Premise because I fundamentally believe technology has a critical role to play in advancing human progress. At the local level, this manifests itself in a multitude of ways—from understanding how much it costs to feed a family in Nigeria this month versus last, or measuring the impact of a new road in the Philippines. Zoom out to the macro-level and there’s a massive story of building capacity for opportunity-rich, but data-poor countries as they ladder up.
Gregory Smirin
President
Greg brings over two decades of years of experience in helping technology companies scale, and building teams to drive product development, sales, strategy and business operations. Before joining Premise, Greg was an Executive in Residence at Index Ventures, helping the firm’s investors evaluate startup opportunities, and portfolio entrepreneurs build successful businesses. From 2009 until 2014, Greg served as Chief Operating Officer of The Climate Corporation (NYSE:MON), overseeing the company’s growth from a small startup of 19 people to its $1B acquisition in 2013 by Monsanto. Greg has also held senior leadership roles at eHarmony, Quinstreet, Proofpoint and VeriSign, where he helped pioneer web authentication and encryption. Greg holds a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College. He lives in Los Altos with his wife and two kids.
Joanna Lee Shevelenko
VP of Growth and People Operations
Joanna oversees all growth network operations and people operations for Premise. Joanna spent nine years at Facebook, holding a number of roles spanning operations, partnerships and business development, including launching Facebook’s India office and leading strategic mobile initiatives. She has also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Social Capital. Joanna holds a degree in Psychology from Harvard University. Joanna lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
I joined Premise because I aspire to help build a platform that not only helps connect another billion people, but also further democratizes access to information. We’re able to cultivate much more empathy when we understand one another’s ground truth.
Gary Rudolph
VP of Engineering
Gary oversees all engineering and data science teams at Premise, and is responsible for establishing the full technical vision across all disciplines including mobile and application development, machine learning, and data science. Before joining Premise, Gary led engineering for all FieldView Advisory products at The Climate Corporation, leading a team of 100 people. He’s also held numerous leadership roles at IAC/Citysearch, eHarmony, Intuit and Sprint Nextel. Gary holds a BS in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Systems Architecture from USC. He holds two patents.
Moorea Brega
Sr. Director of Data Science
Moorea oversees Premise’s large-scale, automated machine learning and data science models for product and business applications. Prior to joining Premise, she spent five years at The Climate Corporation leading critical data science research efforts including parametric crop insurance development, nutrient recommendation systems, and science strategy. Moorea holds BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her PhD in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time Moorea can be found hiking and running in the beautiful Bay Area, and digging into books about the history of science.
I have always been interested in applying data science to important, real-world problems. At Premise, we have the opportunity use these tools to help those most in need.
Tristan d'Orgeval
VP of Strategy and Partnerships
Tristan oversees the development of partnerships and strategic initiatives for Premise. He brings over 10 years of experience in business development, product management and partnerships focused on data-driven companies spanning agriculture, energy and retail. Most recently, Tristan worked at the The Climate Corporation, where he led the company’s international expansion, and business and product development for advisory products for farmers. Tristan holds a PhD from Université Pierre et Marie Curie and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France. He lives with his wife and three kids in Paris, where he takes advantage of the high-speed rail network to bring them hiking, skiing or sailing whenever possible.
Robust data is essential to advancing economic and social development because it forms the backbone for the insights used to make high leverage decisions that ultimately impact millions of people. By democratizing access to this data and building the machinery to provide a clear, real-time picture of reality on the ground, Premise can play a transformative role in improving the speed and efficiency by which those decisions are made.
Steve Manning
VP of Product
Steve has spent the past 20 years improving the web for online transactions. From magazine subscriptions and e-commerce fraud to targeted mobile advertising and peer-to-peer gaming, Steve has embraced the challenges of connecting people over the web to make impactful transactions possible. Steve founded and sold two mobile companies, Frengo and AdMarvel, when mobile was redefining how businesses and consumers interact to deliver real-world value. His latest company processed over $1B in advertising transactions for publishers. He’s led product teams at large public companies, including Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and Opera Software (OPERA: NO), as well as startups. Steve lives in San Francisco with his wife and three kids. He’s an avid trail runner in the Presidio, with a goal of completing 1,000 miles run in 2016.
Premise enables people on the ground to deliver tactical, local feedback that improves service delivery for everyone. The ubiquity of the Internet is mobile, it’s everywhere, and with Premise, it’s driving focused change to improve how governments meet the needs of its people.

Board of Directors

CEO and CIO, Valor Equity Partners
President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
Founder and Managing Partner,
Social Capital
General Partner, Google Ventures
David Soloff
CEO & Co-founder, Premise
Gregory Smirin
President, Premise

Investors

Advisors

Former Head, USAID
Dr. Raj Shah served as head of USAID from 2010 until 2015, leading a 10,000 person, $22 billion annual budget, and reporting directly to President Obama. Prior to joining USAID, he spent eight years working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global health and infrastructure initiatives.
Professor, Princeton University
Alan Krueger is a Professor of Economics at Princeton University. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was previously Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury under Timothy Geithner.
Chief Economist, Google
Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google. He has been involved in many aspects of the company since 2002, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.
Advisor
Matthew advises companies in areas lending operational and strategic experience in finance and financial technology. He recently finished six years at Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest and best‑performing hedge funds, where he served as Co‑Head of Research.
COO, Quip
Molly is COO at Quip, where she leads all business operations. Previously, she spent over four years at Facebook, where she helped develop and lead Facebook’s long‑term mobile strategy and create the company’s ‘hacker brand.’
Co-founder & Technical Advisor, Premise
Joe Reisinger is an engineer exploring the intersection of econometrics and machine learning. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas and spent his academic career building natural language understanding systems at Google Research and IBM T.J. Watson. Prior to co-founding Premise, he was Chief Scientist at Metamarkets.