VARUN | CO-FOUNDER
After playing Escape games around the country, Varun was inspired to come up with the next big group activity. When he's not designing our next fun challenge, you can catch Varun in the kitchen, on the basketball court, or beating Rahul and friends at a game of Catan.
Before starting BreakoutIQ, Varun graduated from UPenn's Management & Technology Program and worked as a Product Manager at Novus as a part of the Bain Capital Ventures Startup Academy.
RAHUL | CO-FOUNDER
Rahul has always been a huge fan of fun games that brought people together, and is excited to be able to direct his energy towards creating positive, entertaining experiences for people every day.
Prior to having fun with you awesome people for a living, Rahul graduated from UC Berkeley's Industrial Engineering and Economics programs, offered his "expertise" as a consultant at the Monitor Group, and watched every video on the Internet during a stint at YouTube / Google.
MICHELLE | SALES, L&D
Michelle thinks the world needs more opportunities to play--which is one of the reasons she's excited about working with BreakoutIQ! Getting folks communicating and flexing their creative muscles is her jam.
Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Michelle worked in Washington, DC as a performer and arts educator with organizations such as The Smithsonian Institute, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Young Playwrights' Theater. She loves Jazzercise, word games, and playing odd instruments. She is currently developing new musical plays for young artists.
HANN | OPERATIONS, DESIGN
Hann is a chaser of creative experiences. This comes out through comics, roller skating, costume parties, and special events.
Hann believes that bonding via creativity builds stronger friendships and a sense of belonging. Prior to working at BreakoutIQ, she managed a cake shop and volunteered for a local chapter of Pecha Kucha, a storytelling event series. After a year of slinging cupcakes, she made the move from rural Illinois to colorful San Francisco.
EMILY | OPERATIONS, events
Emily is a lover of all things creative and is a big fan of getting people to work together in unique and enjoyable ways.
Emily received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch where she studied musical and experimental theater. Since returning to the Bay Area in 2015, she’s worked as an actor with various companies including Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Netflix, and the Discovery Channel. In addition to her work at BreakoutIQ and as an actor, Emily works as a teaching artist throughout the East Bay.
WENDY | growth
Wendy is a room escape enthusiast, and has particular curiosity for inter-group dynamics. She thrives when working on bold ideas with ambitious and creative coworkers.
Wendy started her career in data analytics at high-tech companies in the Bay Area. Entranced by the start-up world, she loves building product and growth driven teams. Wendy has an unquenchable curiosity; she's studying data science after earning her B.S. from UC Berkeley.
DEVIN | PRODUCT, TRIVIA MASTER
Devin has loved games as long as he can remember. He's brought game’s with him everywhere he goes as a tool to build teams and break down barriers. When he's not hosting an event near you, he's trying out a new recipe in the kitchen, or finding a new trail to hike somewhere nearby.
Before joining BreakoutIQ, Devin studied at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, where he worked as a core team member for the largest orientation program in the country. Since graduating, he has worked as a performer with the Bay Area's largest theaters, including SF Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, and Z Space.
kenneth | sales & events
Kenneth is a game enthusiast, from tabletop roleplaying to text-based browser, and everything in-between. He loves to think about games from all perspectives, and has (badly) designed his own games in the past.
Kenneth initially worked in the public sector in a variety of capacities and for a variety of departments, before departing to the startup and small business world to provide sales support and project management and initiation. He is currently studying web development.
Dean koya | sales & Events
Dean is passionate about supporting and enabling meaningful self-expression, especially through creative experiences.
He received his B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and subsequently worked in the tech industry for approximately nine years. When he is not forging connections through games at BreakoutIQ, he is pursuing his passion for acting. He has been seen on stage in the Bay Area at TheatreFIRST, SF Playhouse, SF Playground and Stagebridge.