The Team

The Team

Aigerim Duiseneyeva


“Try to be the best at whatever you're doing. Just being average doesn't do anything for you." - Gordon Marshall

Aigerim was born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan and moved to the United States for college. She has been fascinated by traveling abroad and exploring the world since a young age so with every new opportunity, there was no hesitation getting on a plane and just going. She has been to over 25 countries including U.A.E., Tunisia, Portugal, South Africa, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand and more. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a major in Global Strategy and Finance, and a minor in International Relations, Aigerim worked in investment banking at UBS and taught high school Social Studies as part of the Teach For America program in Los Angeles. She enjoys traveling, watching college football and reading about global events and politics.

Shana Zheng


“Success is when preparation meets opportunities” - Henry Hartman

Shana (pronounced like “Shawn-Na”) grew up in Inner Mongolia, China and Des Moines, Iowa. As diverse as her upbringing, she has also lived all over the world in cities like Hong Kong, Beijing, London, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Shana has always loved being an entrepreneur starting her first business in college importing products from China. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a double major in Finance and Accounting, she worked in investment banking at JPMorgan and Corporate Finance at the Walt Disney Company before starting Triptrotting. Her passions include traveling and not being a clueless tourist!

Shawn Faison


"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework." - Thomas Edison
At an early age, Shawn found an interest in the Arts, Sciences, and Computers. He later attended VCU University in Virginia and Wingate University in North Carolina. Shawn has over 10 years of experience as a software engineer - most recently a lead role at ValueClick Media. Prior to that, he was a Senior Software Engineer and one of the first employees at BuzzMedia, where he created a distributed image service and Shawn was also a software consultant at Universal Music Group. He is also an active member of the open source community and has given talks on diverse topics such as programming, machine-learning, semantic networks, and other fun topics.


Ken Hayes


Ken Hayes brings over 15 years of experience in commercializing technology and making it accessible, useful and profitable in a wide range of areas including Internet, marketing and e-learning services. Ken is the founder of Toluca Media and also serves on other advisory boards currently including Ken received has an MBA degree from INSEAD France.

J. Galen Buckwalter, Ph.D.


Dr. Buckwalter is an advisor and contributor Triptrotting’s matching algorithm development. He brings to Triptrotting with over 2 decades of experience in the field of psychology and relationship research. Dr. Buckwalter previously served as the Chief Scientist at eHarmony and continues to serve as a trusted advisor and key member of the Research Advisory Board at eHarmony. Prior to joining eHarmony, Dr. Buckwalter served as a director of research at Kaiser Permanente, a leading HMO. He has served on a Scientific Review Panel for the National Institutes of Mental Health since 1999. Dr. Buckwalter has authored more than 100 papers in the field of psychology and holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, where he currently serves as adjunct professor. He is also a former research professor at the University of Southern California.

Allen Morgan

Board Member

Allen was a Managing Director at Mayfield Fund from 1999 until 2010, focusing on investments in Consumer Internet that included notable investments in Jotspot (acquired by Google), PlanetOut (acquired by HereMedia), Pluck (acquired by Demand Media), Slide (acquired by Google) and Varsity Group (acquired by Follett Corp). He currently represents Mayfield on the boards of Blackarrow, Deca and Tagged. He is also on the board of Idealab.

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