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About Grasshopper

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Over 150,000 Entrepreneurs Served Since 2003

Founded by two entrepreneurs, Grasshopper has been making it easier to start and grow a small business since 2003. Back then, we started as just two guys with a dream and to date have served over 150,000 entrepreneurs (and we're still growing).

Today our commitment to helping entrepreneurs is stronger than ever, and we continue to develop new and innovative tools to help them change the world.

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We Love Our Team and Culture

Grasshopper employees are outstanding at what they do, and we expect nothing less from prospective candidates. We're looking for dynamic team players that set the bar high, and then surpass it.

We're not talking about automatons though – you've got to have a little soul. That means we expect you to play as hard as you work.

Luckily, at Grasshopper, it's possible to do both.

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Meet the Founders & Management Team

  1. Siamak Taghaddos

    Co-founder & CEO

    Siamak Taghaddos

    Co-founder & CEO

    Siamak Taghaddos oversees the strategic direction of Grasshopper and serves as the company's brand and product visionary. A life-long student of marketing, Siamak could be described as a one-man, full-service ad agency. Prior to serving as CEO of Grasshopper, Siamak founded a communications company and developed marketing campaigns targeting the elusive youth market for College Coach, Bright Horizons' educational consulting division. Siamak serves as a judge for numerous Babson entrepreneurship competitions, is an advisor to EntrepreneurShares, and is the founding supporter of National Entrepreneurs' Day.

    Siamak was born in Iran and grew up in Boston. He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurship and marketing where he won the Business Plan Competition and received the Student Business of the Year Award.

    Career Highlights

    • Inc. | "30 Under 30" list
    • Inc. | #66 on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America
    • CNN | "Young People Who Rock"
    • BusinessWeek | "Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 25" list
    • American Venture Magazine | "40 Under 40" list
    • Boston Business Journal | "40 Under 40" list
    • Entrepreneur Magazine | "Power Player"
    • U.S. Small Business Administration | "MA Young Entrepreneur of the Year"
    • Founding supporter of National Entrepreneurs' Day
  2. David Hauser

    Co-founder

    David Hauser

    Co-founder

    David Hauser oversees the strategic direction and operations of Grasshopper and serves as the company's technology visionary. A passionate technologist, he's the guy you go to when you have a question about how the universe operates (or if you simply want to consult his encyclopedic inner search engine). As champion of the company's Core Values and work culture, he strives to create an environment that is professionally and personally rewarding for all employees.

    A technology start-up veteran, David was co-founder of Return Path, an e-mail performance management company. David's strong entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him to serve as a consultant for various companies as well as a mentor to emerging entrepreneurs through his alma mater, Babson College. He has also been a speaker at LessConf, Big Omaha, FOWA, SuperConf, and other events. David was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.

    Career Highlights

    • Inc. | "30 Under 30" list
    • Inc. | #66 on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America
    • CNN | "Young People Who Rock"
    • BusinessWeek | "Top 5 Entrepreneurs Under 25" list
    • American Venture Magazine | "40 Under 40" list
    • Boston Business Journal | "40 Under 40" list
    • Entrepreneur Magazine | "Power Player"
    • U.S. Small Business Administration | "MA Young Entrepreneur of the Year"
    • Founding supporter of National Entrepreneurs' Day
  3. Dominic (Don) Schiavone

    Chief Operating Officer

    Dominic (Don) Schiavone

    Chief Operating Officer

    Don oversees Grasshopper's enterprise-wide operational processes to create an outstanding customer experience that drives tremendous growth. Don boasts a 17-year track record of helping businesses of all sizes scale their operational processes.

    Before joining Grasshopper, Don was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sagebridge Consulting, LLC, which develops web solutions for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Don also served as Vice President of Professional Services for Granitar Inc., a top-tier Internet consulting firm, where he provided technology solutions to Fortune 1000 clients including State Street Bank, Fidelity, Amtrak, New York Times Digital, and Standard & Poors. In addition, he has held leadership positions at firms such as Mitchell Madison Group, Siemens, Westinghouse, and IBM.

    Don combines his technical and operational expertise with a passionate, business-driven perspective. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  4. Michael Morris

    Vice President,
    Customer Acquisition & Retention

    Michael Morris

    VP, Customer Acquisition & Retention

    Mike manages Grasshopper's customer acquisition and retention activities including product management, marketing and customer support. Mike's marketing and customer relationship experience spans more than 20 years including leadership positions in product management, consulting and client management.

    Most recently Mike was Vice President of Product Management at Fidelity Investment's HR outsourcing business where he built and launched the self-service applications and customer support for Fidelity's mid-market HR offering. Prior to that Mike held senior product development and product management positions at Affiliated Computer Services and ANSYS, Inc. where he specialized in developing and executing market entry strategies for new products. In addition, he held client management and consulting roles at Granitar, Inc and Deloitte Consulting where he worked for a number of Fortune 1000 clients.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University.

  5. Mark Salamone

    Vice President,
    Finance

    Mark Salamone

    VP, Finance

    Mark joined Grasshopper in early 2010 and was quickly promoted to VP, Finance, where he oversees the finance, accounting, legal, and business intelligence functions.

    Before joining Grasshopper Mark was an Associate with Collard Advisory Group; a provider of CFO services to top-tier VC backed portfolio companies. At CAG Mark led twenty plus engagements ranging from seed to Series C financings, in a variety of technology sectors. Pre-funding he worked with management teams to construct financial models and pitch investors. Post-funding he owned the general ledger and was responsible for reporting to management and the board of directors.

    Mark received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Economics from Babson College, cum laude.

  6. Steve Lorusso

    Vice President,
    Engineering & Operations

    Steve Lorusso

    VP, Engineering & Operations

    Steve leads Engineering and Operations, and oversees the technical direction, architecture, and implementation of Grasshopper software and services. He brings 20+ years of experience, with a proven track record of developing products from a ‘startup’ environment and guiding them to a mature business while building expert teams and processes.

    Before joining Grasshopper, Steve held technical management positions in Systems Engineering and Software Development. He was a day-1 core team member at Unisphere Networks, built SIP-based communications products for the Carrier marketplace, and then guided development through an acquisition (Siemens) and subsequent global expansion into 60+ countries. Steve is a seasoned engineering veteran with tier-1 Carrier and large Enterprise experience. He combines technical, business, and management experience with a passion for building innovative products.

    Steve has a number of patent applications relating to IP communications systems and redundant systems design. He holds a BSEE from Northeastern University and an MSEE degree from Boston University.

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