Meet the Operate Team

The Core Team

Company building is a team sport and it is HARD! With the Operate team at their sides, our founders are not alone. Our team is comprised of innovative, industry leaders in key areas of technology, data science, product, design, marketing, and sales.

Carey Ransom

President Co-Founder

Technology entrepreneur, executive, investor, and board member, Carey has started, grown and/or led nine B2B and consumer technology companies during startup and growth phases. He's held senior-level roles for companies that have collectively raised over $250M in venture capital and achieved $1B+ in enterprise value.

Previous roles include:
– COO at Aspiration
– CMO at Happy Money
– CEO at RealPractice

Kyle Kamrooz


With a deep background in scaling startups, technology, and financial services, Kyle is the founder of SoCal based SaaS/fintech company, Cloudvirga. At 25, he built one of the largest direct-to-consumer lending companies where he managed 500+ people and $7 billion in loan volume/year across 50 states.

– Entrepreneur Magazine's
"Top 25 Tech Entrepreneurs Under 40"
– Raised $100M+ in Venture Capital and Private Equity
– OC Innovator of the Year
– Fannie Mae Technology Advisory Board Member

Michelle Drucker

Chief of Staff / Head of Studio

Prior to Operate, Michelle worked for B2B e-commerce company for 6+ years, running everything from marketing to business operations and sales. During her tenure at BookPal, the company experienced a 225% growth in revenue and doubled in size. As an OC native, Michelle is passionate about building great businesses here in Orange County.

Doug Kilponen

Head of Growth

Serial entrepreneur and growth/go-to-market guy (predominantly B2C and B2SMB), Doug has started and sold two companies with over $200MM in exits. Most recently he led small business growth at Nextdoor.

Kyle Gluskin

Business Development

Tracy Stevens

Head of Product

Former Head of Product & Design at GoDaddy, Tracy is a dedicated, passionate leader with broad experience in product management, end-to-end customer experience design and improvement, customer engagement/communication, user research, and agile development. Through her experience holding a variety of leadership positions, from Director of Product to VP of Product, she developed a process for understanding what customers value and how to best measure what to improve upon.

David Herman

Head of Technology & Data Science

Former Head of Data Science Bird, Dave has over 12 years of experience managing technology and data/algorithms in psychometrics human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing. He has a Ph.D in Neuroscience from USC and a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience at Baylor University.