Russell Harris

Russell speaks three languages; marketing, sales and software.  He's a self-taught software engineer that transitioned to the dark side, sales and marketing. 

He's a nerd that enjoys growth hacking, acquisitions and spending time with his mutt.

Stephen sweeney

Prior to attending CMU’s Tepper School of Business, Stephen was on the implantation side of a small FinTech software and consulting startup. Versatility remains Stephen’s core strength as he wears many different hats in the organization.

In his free time Stephen enjoys skiing, playing board games and pick-up sports

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Brian Stump

Brian cares about customers and consumers.  Prior to b-school, he spent several years focused on customer relationships at a VC-funded tech startup in the consumer insights space.

A data geek at heart, he loves professional sports, live music, and traveling abroad.


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Rachel Tsupros

Rachel is a retail buyer turned MBA student at Carnegie Mellon. Rachel's strength is building products using customer insight from the ground up, and now, she wants to take these skills to the Pittsburgh start up community.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga and showing off her best dance moves at concerts. 


Bobby kania

Bobby is a first-year MBA student at Carnegie Mellon. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Bobby was a product manager at Capital One leading implementation and strategy of innovative ATM products. 

In his free time, he enjoys playing viola and racquetball, and building out his side businesses.



During her first job out of college, Lauren was told that she needed to "stay in her lane" to succeed in the corporate world. So, she quit her job and started her own company instead. In addition to (still) running a startup-focused marketing agency, Lauren is an MBA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, the Marketing Lead for CMU's Hyperloop Team, a Columbus Startup Weekend organizer, and a connoisseur of all things bacon. Learn more about Lauren here.