About Us

Every child has a genius. Every child deserves to thrive. At Thrively, we are guided by those two core beliefs. With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, we're helping kids reach their potential. We're helping parents understand their children better. We're helping teachers connect with their students on a more personal level. If you are passionate about adolescent development and inspired to use your strengths to make a difference, join Thrively today.

Our Team

We are a team of parents, technologists, educators, entrepreneurs and adolescent development specialists who are passionate about helping every child thrive.

  • Girish Venkat

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Girish, a lifelong entrepreneur who has spent his career building innovative technology, including as the founding Chief Architect of Stamps.com. Girish’s relationship with his son, Rohit was the spark that started Thrively. For years, Girish struggled, like many parents do, to find the right enrichment activities to spark a genuine passion in Rohit. Helping Rohit find his passion, became Girish’s and through countless hours of speaking with experts in child psychology, reading books from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” to Jenifer Fox’s “Your Child’s Strengths,” and applying his entrepreneurial mindset to Rohit’s fledgling interests, Thrively was born.

  • Alex Cory


    Alex has spent his career solving problems and building teams and businesses. He has led 3 businesses to exit and was part of the phenomenal growth of Overture Services, where he drove the development of new businesses. During all this, he also helped raise two children who are now in their college years and wishes he had had Thrively's help.

  • Lisa Friedlander

    Director, Activity Marketplace

    Lisa is a business lawyer turned entrepreneur who co-founded Activity Rocket to create one of the largest local online marketplaces for kids classes, camps, and sports. Lisa is passionate about giving back to her community and kids' enrichment and growth and tries to inspire her own 3 kids to be bold and kind every day.

  • Ilene Miller

    Director, Activity Marketplace

    Ilene, an entrepreneur, attorney, and epilepsy advocate, leverages her background in start ups, PR/marketing, coalition building, and operations at Thrively. Ilene co-founded Activity Rocket​ -​ now part of Thrively. Ilene believes Thrively is the "secret sauce" to keeping in close touch with her two boys' passions as they mature and evolve.

  • Jon Kraft


    Jon is the father of 3 children, ages 6 to 13, and has been active in the community working with kids as a youth sports coach for more than 30 years. He was also the founding CEO of Pandora, and he has spent much of his career as an entrepreneur developing recommendation engines around highly complex information sets.

  • Dan Chang

    Chief Education Officer

    After a career in education policy and philanthropy, fatherhood focused Dan's attention on making sense of all the opportunities he sifted through for his own children. The joy of being a dad and his passion for education led Dan to Thrively, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Dan is a firm believer that people should always be looking to grow and find the right fit.

  • Patrick Dela Cruz

    Head of Classroom Engagement

    A passionate educator who believes that every child is a genius and every child deserves to thrive. As a classroom teacher, Patrick discovered the tremendous impact student-centered learning has made for his students. The level of engagement, passion, and interest drives the learning experiences to new heights and really gives every student a sense of pride and purpose. Patrick continues to share his passion for personalized learning with a platform that focuses on students' strengths, interests, and aspirations. As Head of Classroom Engagement, Patrick gets to champion every child's inner genius and support educators all over the world on how their students can thrive with Thrively.

  • Stacy Jennings

    Personalized Learning Coach

    Stacy is a mother of a daughter and a son, and has been an educator for 20 years. She has a California Multiple Subject Credential, a Special Education-Learning Handicapped Credential, and a Resource Specialist Certificate. Currently, she is disrupting education as a Learning Experience Designer at Design 39 Campus in San Diego, CA. Design-Thinking, Collaboration, Personalized Learning, and Multi-Age/Gradeless Student-Centered Learning is her passion. Helping students understand and explore their passions and interests, working with colleagues in the pursuit of student-centered experiences, and equitable and engaging access to curriculum are topics she blogs, tweets, and presents at conferences about.