HappyCo

Management Team

We strive for leadership over management, collaboration over hierarchy. Together we bring 110+ years experience in enterprise and consumer SaaS, real estate technology and IT, design and gaming, advertising, management consulting and global investment banking.

Jindou Lee

CEO & Co-Founder Jindou Lee is the CEO and co-founder of HappyCo, a software company that builds mobile and cloud solutions to enable real-time property operations. Prior to his current role, Jindou also founded and exited two previous tech companies.

Jindou spent most of his adult life growing up in Australia and graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Design). After that he worked at Midway Games where he led the User Interface team to work on classic titles such as Mortal Kombat, Gauntlet and Dukes of Hazzard.

Besides his love for technology, Jindou is also an avid real estate investor, ex-semi pro soccer player and speaks five languages.

Jindou’s Happiness quote: “Life is not measured by how many breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away…”

HappyCo CEO and Co-Founder, Jindou Lee

Andrew Mackenzie-Ross

CTO & Co-Founder Andrew “Mackross” is the CTO and co-founder of HappyCo where he leads a stellar team of engineers, designers and product managers to develop a range of software applications for some of the largest companies in the world. Prior to HappyCo, he worked on social games at Halfbrick and on award winning mobile apps for Harcourts that have been recognized globally by Apple as “best-in-class real estate apps”.

Andrew started programming at a very young age and built a fantasy league competition platform for the Rotary Club as one of his first few projects. He grew up in Australia and was accepted to study at the Australian Science and Maths School and Flinders University, but he eventually dropped out of college to pursue his love of programming.

He is a dedicated learner and loves to build things and teach others what he knows.

Andrew’s Happiness quote: “Being a nerd is honest acceptance of what makes you happy; for me it’s building things and cheap red wine.”

HappyCo CTO and Co-Founder, Andrew Mackenzie-Ross

Jennifer Tyson

VP of Marketing Jennifer Tyson is a seasoned marketing professional with more than 15 years experience at leading Silicon Valley companies and startups. During a decade at Apple, Jennifer launched three generations of Apple Internet services including the blockbuster iCloud 1.0 launch in 2011. iCloud became the fastest growing Internet service of its time acquiring 45 million users within the first 30 days and over 300 million in less than two years.

After leaving Apple, Jennifer joined the executive leadership team at Net Power & Light (NPL) heading up both product and marketing. At NPL, a B2C/B2B technology company focused on delivering high-fidelity video chat and collaboration on mobile, Jennifer led its most successful product launch earning “Best New Apps” in 25 countries and #3 in Social Networking on Apple’s App Store. Prior to joining HappyCo, Jennifer was part of the VenueNext executive team, leading product management for this B2B2C startup incubated by the San Francisco 49ers. Jennifer drove multiple product updates for the Levi’s® Stadium app, achieving phenomenal user adoption, including 50% adoption during the 2015 NHL Stadium Series event. Jennifer holds an MBA from Dominican University of California and a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Jennifer’s Happiness quote: “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahlil Gibran

HappyCo VP of Marketing, Jennifer Tyson

Andy Larson

VP of Revenue Andy Larson joined HappyCo in January of 2016 to lead the company’s business development efforts. In late 2017, Andy’s responsibilities expanded to cover overseeing the account management and implementations teams. Andy brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, including 15 years delivering new and emerging technology solutions to the multifamily sector.

Prior to joining HappyCo, Andy was VP of Business Development at OpsTechnology, a spend management platform for the multifamily industry, where he led revenue expansion at a 50% year-over-year growth during a 3-year period prior to its acquisition by RealPage, Inc. Following the acquisition, revenues grew 400% over a 5-year period under his leadership.

As Director of Business Development for Creditretriever.com, a web-based credit screening platform, Andy’s team landed the first series of enterprise accounts and grew revenues rapidly until its exit/sale to TransUnion.

Andy holds a BS in Economics from James Madison University and enjoys spending time in the Colorado outdoors, fishing, snowboarding and hiking Colorado’s 14ers.

Andy’s Happiness quote: “The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance, the wise one grows it under his feet.” - James Oppenheim

HappyCo VP of Revenue, Andy Larsen

Joe Guarna

VP of Strategic Partnerships Joe Guarna brings close to a decade of high-growth innovative technology experience to his role as VP of Strategic Partnerships at HappyCo. Joe joined the company as its first employee after playing a critical advisory role during the company’s inception. Joe has headed every non-technical function for HappyCo including, sales, marketing, support, customer success and operations.

In the beginning of his tenure at HappyCo, Joe helped the company secure a critical $500K grant from the Australian Government to fund product development. In his role as VP of Customer Success, he steered the company to phenomenal retention metrics and monthly churn rates. In his role as VP of Strategic Partnerships, Joe has forged key channel relationships with Buildium and MRI Software, and integration partnerships with Yardi, ResMan, Property Tree and others.

Prior to HappyCo, Joe led a high growth business unit at PwC in Australia. His team was responsible for securing R&D funding from the federal government for innovative technology companies across Australia’s diverse sectors. Joe and his team successfully obtained more than $20 million in funding for early-stage commercialization and high risk R&D projects, tripling revenue for his business unit during his two year tenure. Joe holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Corporate Finance and Economics from the University of Adelaide.

Joe’s Happiness quote: “It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream” - Edgar Allan Poe

HappyCo VP of Strategic Partnerships, Joe Guarna

Phill Claxton

VP of Product and Growth Phill Claxton has been working in the technology industry since the early 90s. Having worked in the IT sector and in a career that spanned several continents, Phill started his career in New Zealand working for small IT providers before heading to the UK to work as the Head of IT for the multinational advertising group, Omnicom.

It was in advertising that he developed a passion for design and marketing, and the role it plays in the success of technology companies. Phill returned to New Zealand in 2005 to manage a large IT provider and later went on to co-found a successful client experience product, DeskDirector. During his time there, Phill fine tuned his skills in the areas of defining and testing go-to-market strategies, international commercialization, product strategy and marketing. After launching and growing this bootstrapped startup to over 300 business accounts, he took a role as the Chief Operating Officer at IT Glue leading the product, engineering, marketing and success teams. In just over a year, he helped grow this B2B SaaS platform from just over 600 accounts to over 2,300 while managing staff growth from 15 to over 50.

Phill has attended and spoken at many events and courses relating to digital marketing, growth and software-as-a-service. His passion continues to be in the areas of product development and building healthy sustainable technology businesses.

Phill’s Happiness quote: “You cannot always have happiness. But you can always give happiness.”

HappyCo VP of Product and Growth, Phill Claxton

Andrew Vernik

VP of Finance and Operations Andrew Vernik brings more than two decades of experience in management, corporate finance and entrepreneurial pursuits to his role as VP of Finance and Operations at HappyCo, having founded and exited a number of rapidly growing and profitable technology businesses.

Prior to joining HappyCo, Andrew held senior roles in a range of banking and corporate finance engagements, specializing in M&A, financial forecasting, corporate treasury, enterprise risk management, strategy and capital markets. Andrew also brings extensive experience in managing and developing high growth technology startups, process improvement, business efficiency and value maximization.

His passion continues to be in the challenge of driving operational excellence while balancing the optimal amount of process, reporting, and structure to deliver the right outcomes every time.

Andrew holds degrees in IT Engineering and Finance from the University of Adelaide, and enjoys reading and meditation.

Andrew’s Happiness quote: “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” - Pablo Picasso

HappyCo VP of Finance and Operations, Andrew Vernik

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