Sandy is Founder and CEO of UPGRADED, a new blockchain-based startup that converts traditional event tickets into "Smart Tickets" by leveraging the blockchain for unprecedented Fraud Protection, Frictionless Transactions, Transparency, and Interactivity. Prior to starting UPGRADED, Sandy was CTO at InStadium, an ad network of 450+ pro/college sports venues; Sr. Director at Turner Broadcasting from 2011-2014, heading up their Emerging Technologies office in San Francisco; Founder and CEO of Irynsoft, bringing collaborative video-based learning to mobile devices; and COO at Piczo, a teen social network with over 35M accounts (acquired by Stardoll in 2009).
Sandy also spent six years at Microsoft as Director of the Community Technologies Team and held positions at Intel, the Boston Consulting Group, and Lockheed Martin. Sandy has a BSEE & M.Eng from Cornell, a BA in Physics from Ithaca College, and an MBA from Wharton.
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