Meet the team
behind it all.

We are a vibrant and diverse team of software engineers and designers with roots at UC Berkeley and in Silicon Valley.

Who We Are

Geekbears is a boutique web and mobile development agency based in Silicon Valley.  We specialize in building web and mobile apps for ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting an industry. We have assembled an agile team of software engineers and designers to help fellow entrepreneurs fulfill their visions.

Our motto, Dream. Design. Develop. was inspired by our founder and CEO Marcos Mena-Brena’s own experience starting a company from the ground up.  Like many entrepreneurs, he was full of inspiration and drive, but was hindered by technical setbacks on the road to the first prototype for SchooLinks, an education based startup he co-founded. After overcoming these technical challenges, his startup later won an incubator program (Capital Factory) and secured funding ($1.5 Million USD).

As VP of Technology for UC Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship Association, Marcos served as a mentor to entrepreneurs launching their startups, and helped them gain the skills and resources needed to plan, design and launch their products online.

“Our passion is to help ambitious and talented entrepreneurs build their visions from the ground up” says Marcos, who carries the same commitment into client work.

Geekbears was born out of this ambition, and with a roster of top talent, we have brought more than 70 client projects to life since our 2015 inception, including startups emerging from the Haas School of Business and Harvard Business School.  From engineering and design to digital marketing, we provide our clients with the tools to grow and succeed.

Whether you’re working on your MVP (Minimum Viable Product) or already have an existing product, we believe in the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship and will work diligently to help you build and scale your product.

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    2015

    Year Founded

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    12

    Team Size

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    65

    Happy Customers

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    37

    5-Start Yelp Reviews

Marcos

Marcos Mena-Brena

Founder & CEO

UBC ‘13
UC Berkeley ‘18

Co-founded SchooLinks. Grew team to 8 in-house software engineers. SchooLinks raised ($1.5 USD Million) in funding and won an incubator program (Capital Factory). Currently UC Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship Association VP of Tech.

Carlos

Carlos Bertin Leon

VP of Operations

Tecmilenio University ‘16
Tecmilenio University ‘18

Founded Interlion, an I.T. company focusing on hardware & software support servicing Mexico City’s Metropolitan Area. Carlos has a Master on IT Management at one of the best Universities in Mexico founded by Tec de Monterrey. He enjoys traveling around the world.

Victor

Victor Heredia

VP of Technology

UPVM

Software Engineer specializing in MEAN Stack Development. Has built dozens of web apps including dumpling Inc.’s web app, a Harvard MBA alumni startup. Victor has done research in several JavaScript tools we use at Geekbears.

Aldo

Aldo Botello

Project Manager

IPN ‘16

Graduated from the top Computer Science Program in Mexico, Aldo has vast experience managing web projects including Fortune 500 companies’ websites.

Joe

Joseph Fajnor

Lead UI/UX Designer

UC Berkeley ‘18

Former Lead Designer of podcasting application Snipgram, Joseph has spearheaded the design on a large number of applications and websites. He specializes in Branding, User Interface, and User Experience Design.

Ivan

Ivan Rangel

Software Engineer

IPN ‘16

Graduated from the top Computer Science in Mexico, Ivan has built several web apps using the MEAN Stack, including one for a major Insurance Company based in New Jersey.

Joseph

Joseph García

Software Engineer

IUEM

Joseph has a System Engineer degree. He has worked in Fortune 500 projects using WordPress. Experience in Mobile App Development using programming languages such as Swift and AngularJS.

Parina

Parina Gujral

UI/UX Designer

UC Berkeley ‘18

UC Berkeley Cognitive Science graduate. Gradually escaping the cycle of needing experience to find experience. Exploring empathetic design in tangible & digital mediums. Passionate about designs’ benefit to education and bringing together digital-tangible mediums for impactful projects.

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Jahangir Mahmood

Account Manager

Virtual University of Pakistan ’10

Featuring a diverse experience of over 8 years in finance, I am a chartered accountant and certified CPA. Supporting my many accountancy skills is my MBA in finance. My professional profile is enhanced by my certification in Oracle Financials R12, SAP FICO (financial accounting and controlling).

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