Chief Executive Officer
Ware Sykes is the CEO of NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which he joined in 2013. In early 2014, NoWait launched its consumer-facing guest app, which is now available at casual-dining restaurants in all 50 states and in every major metropolitan area across the country.
Over his 16-year career, Ware has generated dramatic growth in technology-enabled networks, and is replicating that success with NoWait. Leveraging his experience with general management, product development, B2B and B2C marketing, sales and operations, he is enabling NoWait to reach its potential, which has grown exponentially since his arrival. A highly sought-after industry pundit, Ware has been featured by Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, USA Today, FOX Business Live, and Reuters.
Previously, Ware was the Vice President of Sales & Services for TheLadders, the online and mobile job-matching service, where he led all sales and enterprise marketing. During his six-year tenure, he pioneered "Signature," an unprecedented, systematic program designed to guarantee job offers for job-seeking professionals.
Ware holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial studies from Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from Hamilton College.
President and Chief Product Officer
Robb Myer is the President and Chief Product Officer of NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which he founded in 2010. In early 2014, NoWait launched its consumer-facing guest app, which is now available at casual-dining restaurants in all 50 states and in every major metropolitan area across the country.
Outside of the office, Robb is a frequent speaker at Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater, and an active advisor to emerging start-ups at AlphaLab and Startup Weekend. He also has authored two patent-pending innovations for his product developments at NoWait. A highly sought-after industry expert, he has been interviewed for Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, Fox News, and NPR.
Previously, Robb spearheaded product for EBDS, an employee-benefits and consumer-health subsidiary of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. In this role, he helped the CEO raise $10 million to re-focus the company on emerging consumer-focused, health-spending accounts, with its products becoming the company's fasting-growing, highest-margin offerings.
Earlier in his career, Robb worked as an application engineer, program manager and venture-investment associate at Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, CA, as well as a communication engineer at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Robb holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida. Additionally, he has earned a PMP certification and LEAN 6 Sigma Green Belt. In 2013, Pittsburgh Business Times honored Robb among the region's 40 most outstanding business leaders under the age of 40 for his significant achievements.
Sean Ammirati is an entrepreneur with experience building business both in the media and software industries. As ReadWriteWeb's COO over the last two years, he helped the publication develop into one of the most influential sites on the Internet about the future of technology and innovation. In December 2011, recognizing the influential and strong business, the company was acquired by SAY Media.
Prior to ReadWriteWeb, Sean was Co-founder and CEO of mSpoke which was the first acquisition of LinkedIn.
Sean remains an active advisor to a number of Pittsburgh startups and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University.
A native of Cincinnati, Chris built his career investing in emerging technology and healthcare companies. Prior to founding Drive Capital Chris was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 6 years, and before that an investor with Technology Crossover Ventures. His first job out of school was on the professional squash circuit where he quickly learned he was better suited to work with entrepreneurs.
Dean Thompson is a seasoned entrepreneur with expertise in software startups, recommendation systems, architectural leadership, adaptive computation, predictive modeling, and transaction-processing systems. Most recently, he served as Director of Engineering and, then, Principal Architect at LinkedIn from 2010 to 2014. Dean's responsibilities ranged from managing the development of LinkedIn's first successful news product, LinkedIn Today, to leading the engineering for the "LinkedIn for Volunteers" platform.
In 2014, Dean joined NoWait as Technical Advisor where he is responsible for advising NoWait on its technology platform, with special emphasis on network growth and architecture. Also, he serves as a Board Member of Astrobotic Technology, Inc., which aims to win the Google Lunar X Prize by completing the first commercial lunar landing in 2015.
During his nearly 30-year career, Dean has been a founder or leader for numerous Pittsburgh-based startups, including mSpoke (acquired by LinkedIn), Transarc (acquired by IBM); e-Transport (acquired by Descartes); Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy); and Medebiz (merged with Moai Technologies). In addition, he spent five years as Principal Software Engineer at MAYA Design Group, a Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary product-design firm.
Dean holds a B.S. in Applied Math and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also worked as a Senior Research Programmer in the Computer Science Department for several years.