We started Galore to make it easier for all of us to be better parents, and to have more fun doing it. Our kids are happier when they’re out of the house, being active, and doing new and interesting things. And, so are we!
We’re the parents who embarrassingly take their kids to the same park down the street four times in a weekend. We get easily frustrated trying to sift through the overwhelming amount of information out there about kids’ activities, camps and class. And then get more frustrated trying to navigate a convoluted registration process.
We also empathize with the merchants and independent providers trying to grow and manage their business as rents continue to rise. We get incredibly inspired when we discover that children’s art studio in our neighborhood that we never knew existed. And when we meet these amazing instructors, performers, artists, and coaches who have a knack for entertaining, educating, and relating to kids (way better than we do!).
We’re building Galore to empower these people.
Lauren is originally from Indiana but prefers the sunshine of the West Coast. While she doesn't have any children, she's a doting cat mom to a Garfield-esque cat named Meatball. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and visiting Disneyland with her husband. Lauren spent many years with LivingSocial helping to manage and facilitate relationships with both customers and business partners. As Galore's Customer Success Manger, Lauren continues to help build the Galore brand and assist both parents and providers with any challenge that may arise.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Jack doesn't have kids yet but loves spending time with his nieces and nephew. Jack has a background in developing software for monitoring critical processes in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing spaces so you can count on him to keep Galore running smoothly! In his free time you can find Jack snowboarding, hiking, or jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
When she’s not behind a laptop working on growth and marketing for Galore, you’ll find Hazel spending her time trying to explain to her three-year-old that yes, he does have to get in his car seat now and no, he still can’t sit in the front seat. Hazel has worn many of the hats in the marketing world, from content creation to community management, and has used those skills while at Yelp and consulting with startups to grow and develop their communities. She’s a mom of two kiddos and has one strict rule in life: never read a book that has a map in it.
Jeff has infinite love for his daughter, Amalia, and digs being a dad. But his transition to parenthood was, at times...rough. What surprised him most was how easy it is to get bored as a parent, and how hard it can be to find fun, convenient things to do with your family and friends. Galore was born out of that frustration and his desire to make activities much more accessible to all families. His background includes advising startups on product, growth partnerships and legal issues, founding an early stage seed fund based in Brazil and NY, and leading business development at two large, venture-backed companies in the media and gaming space.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Christine has never met a stranger. She has three children (ages 1, 2, and 3), which means that mornings usually involve microwaving the same cup of coffee multiple times. Five years ago, Christine and a friend started an all female Mardi Gras krewe—the Dames de Perlage—which actively preserves New Orleans culture through philanthropic efforts as well as participation in the many carnival season parades. For the past ten years, Christine has helped businesses of all shapes and sizes market themselves at both the local and national level.
When he's not hiking in the mountains, traveling throughout the Mediterranean, or building Android apps, Nemanja is hard at work looking for new ways to spoil his nephew. Prior to Galore, Nemanja built mobile products for a diverse range of international clients both in Silicon Valley and beyond.
A Bay Area native, Samara loves exploring both San Francisco and the East Bay in search of new ways to wear out her two kids, ages 5 and 7. Heading up Sales at Galore, she's passionate about helping small businesses attract and retain new customers and spent over 5 years at LivingSocial as a strategic sales executive assisting key local businesses looking to grow their business.
Elan’s life revolves mostly around her 2 red-headed bundles of fun — her almost-2 and almost-4 year olds. Together they love to go on outdoor adventures in the redwood forests and beaches around Santa Cruz, CA where they live, as well as make music, swim, cook, make art, and read. When she’s not with them, she likes to do a lot of the same things, just on a whole different level. Finding and listing fun events to share with others via Galore comes naturally, and she enjoys knowing she's helping other parents discover new fun for the family. She only wishes she could take her kids to all the amazing activities she sees on Galore too!
Although Max doesn't have kids yet, he shares a love for spending quality time with friends and family. Saturday mornings typically involve coffee, a trip to the farmers' market, a run in Golden Gate Park, and a few hours in front of the computer tackling Galore's business, design and engineering challenges. Max has spent time in the wine, food and finance industries, but most recently founded a boutique design and development agency where he built web and mobile products. Before that, Max studied Chinese politics and language at Stanford.
We believe that all families should be able to have access to the kinds of activities we offer at Galore. We’re committed to creating and promoting free and low-cost options on our platform, as well as supporting local non-profit organizations who do the same. We’ll continue to develop this part of Galore as we grow. But, if you have thoughts on this, we’d love to .