Since the ninth grade, Garrett has been experimenting with powerful technologies (some less legal than others). During one of his co-op work terms at the University of Waterloo, he developed a workout-generating algorithm to spice up his routine. Fast forward a couple of years, and PumpUp was born. Garrett leads the vision, design, and development of PumpUp. When he’s not dreaming up the next big PumpUp update, you can catch him working out, drinking kale shakes, and playing smash bros.
Phil Jacobson | President & Co-Founder
Phil loves building companies that improve the lives of people across the globe. He leads the business at PumpUp (operations, finance, marketing, external relations, biz dev). Phil holds a BBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and held brand management positions at Unilever and PepsiCo. While in school, he was the President of his Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. In his spare time, Phil enjoys intellectual debates, extreme hiking adventures, music festivals, and keeping on top of the latest in tech.
Amsul Naeem | Lead Front-End Developer
Erin Morris | Lead Product Designer
Erin is a well-rounded designer who always has user experience in mind. Erin earned a degree from the University of Toronto, majoring in Art History, but has always had a focus on design.Erin loves exploring Toronto and catching shows at the Mirvish Theatre. When Erin isn't using her creative talents for PumpUp, she is volunteering with Girls Learning Code, teaching the next generation of techies.
David Yu | Head of Growth
Part ninja, part nerd, and complete go-getter, David is the guy you want and we have. He is in charge of growing our community well into the millions, all while maintaining the positivity that everyone loves. In addition to his surprisingly endless supply of soy sauce, David is great at ripping his jeans when attempting to play hackey sack. When he’s not eating sushi, you can find him listening to epic soundtracks and watching anime and manga.
Ian Benedict | Back-End Developer
A brilliant back-end developer, Ian has a magical touch that keeps PumpUp running smoothly and efficiently. He hails from the University of Toronto with a degree in Computer Science and his knack for programming led to roles at other awesome start-ups, like Tab Payments. During his spare time, you can find Ian practicing his supersonic tennis serve, cruising on his motorcycle, and jamming on his guitar.
Danielle Figov | Community Support Hero and Administrative Assistant
A compassionate communicator with a gift for organization, Danielle delivers spot-on (and bilingual!) solutions to the trickiest problems. She hails from Queen’s University, where she graduated with a major in Politics and a minor French. When she isn’t busy making PumpUp the happiest place on the planet, you can find Danielle cresting waves on her surfboard, cycling and running through the “6ix”, and reading all good books.
Addison Gill | Community and Social Media Manager
A self-starter from a very young age, Addison has always been meticulously organized and ready for anything you throw at her. Addison has travelled the globe, walked the runways at numerous fashion shows and has appeared on the pages of some of your favourite magazines. Addison attended the University of Toronto, where she became an expert in business and social media. When you can get Addison to unplug, you can find her working on her memoir or going for a walk on Toronto's waterfront paths.
Roman Pavlovskyi | Back-end Developer
When Roman isn’t trail blazing across the globe, you can find him in PumpUp HQ writing stellar code and improving the PumpUp community! Roman studied at the University of Waterloo, earning a degree in Computer Science. Roman is an adrenaline junkie who loves skydiving, bungee jumping and biking. Roman is an avid adventurer who is alway up for a new challenge and we're excited to have him here at PumpUp!