Our management team is led by Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Habra, a successful serial entrepreneur, business strategist, and internet expert, who has been a part of 14 startups and over 50 consulting engagements. Jacques began his career in 1995 with the launch of the award-winning Web development agency, Web Elite. Jacques sold Web Elite in 2002 and focused on his already established private equity and consulting firm, Noospheric, LLC. Jacques launched FirstClickSEO in early 2007, helped launched Brush Buddy in 2008, and partnered with three engineering graduates in 2009 to launch the award-winning Phone Halo. The same year, Jacques Habra launched SBClick, a location based deals and marketing application, which he grew and subsequently sold in late 2012.
Jonathan Schooler brings brilliant psychology acumen to the team and ensures their efforts follow a scientific approach and are appropriately aligned with the latest science and research in psychology and neuroscience. Jonathan received his Ph.D is psychology in 1987 and has been a professor and researcher in the field ever since. He has taught at the University of Pittsburg, the University of British Colombia and since 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jonathan pursues research on consciousness, memory, the relationship between language and thought, problem-solving, and decision making. He is currently a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and serves on the editorial boards of Consciousness and Cognition and Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Jonathan’s work has been supported by numerous national, international and government institutions and he is the author or co-author of more than one hundred papers published in scientific journals or edited volumes.
Sarah Haydar, a wonderfully creative and driven individual, holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Organizational (I.O.) Psychology. Sarah was recognized for her academic excellence in both graduate and undergraduate schools and awarded the David W. Leopold Memorial Scholarship Fund at Emporia State University and The Sheikh Fawzi Azar Memorial Prize for Academic Excellence at the American University of Beirut. She has a particular interest in Positive Psychology, and combines this with I.O. Psychology to discover new ways to contribute to an organization’s success by improving the performance, engagement and well-being of its employees. Sarah is adept with data analysis as she spent a year computing big data with Robert D. Niehaus, Inc., working on a Department of Defense contract. Sarah is instrumental to the development and positioning of Self Echo’s corporate facing products as well as analysis and application of our system’s data.
DJ Wetmore has been integral in the management and concept development of the company since its conception. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Science and minors in Business Entrepreneurship and Professional Writing. DJ’s first taste of real entrepreneurship came during his sophomore year in college when he started and managed a brief but very successful residential contracting business, completing nearly 80K worth of projects in just a few months. He’s been hooked on entrepreneurism ever since. He is an avid student of positive psychology and has a passion for self-awareness and health. With an affinity for progress and change, and keen interest in technology, DJ is committed to contributing to shaping humanity’s future for the better.
Thomas Kuo leads SelfEcho’s development team. Thomas holds a PhD in electrical engineering from UC Santa Barbara, and is a talented software engineer and expert in mobile development. His interest in entrepreneurship has lead him to participatie in two Startup Weekends, the first time winning Best Mobile with Artful, and the second time as a coach. Thomas’ involvement as an executive of the startup EcoLek, won him the Market Pull category of UCSB’s 2012 New Venture Competition and the DEMOGod award at DEMO Fall 2012.
Casey Frushour is responsible for the beautiful and intuitive look and feel of our user interfaces. Casey graduated the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 2001, with a B.F.A. in graphic design. He has since helped numerous technologies in Michigan grow and prosper, and with over 13 years of experience, is an award-winning expert in online marketing and creative design.
James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and the Departmental Chair in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Author or editor of 9 books and over 250 articles, James has received numerous awards and honors. The words people use serve as powerful reflections of their personality and social worlds. James’ research explores this connection as well as the links between natural language use and physical and mental health. SelfEcho has partnered with James to utilize and build upon his advanced natural language analysis software which is incorporated into the SelfEcho system.