Our Team

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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EMILY | OPERATIONS

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. 

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WENDY | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

Wendy is a room escape enthusiast, and has particular research interest in studying inter-group dynamics. She is energized to work on bold ideas with creative, ambitious teams. 

Wendy started her career in data analytics for tech companies, and has since enjoyed working at startups doing growth and product management. She is ever curious, and currently learning data science after an economics and business degree from UC Berkeley.

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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.

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ADNAN | PRODUCT

Adnan is huge fan of storytelling, interaction, play... and the often fascinating places where they meet. From design to programming, animation, sculpture or crepe-making, he's always looking for something new to try out and learn from.

Before joining BreakoutIQ, Adnan worked as a product manager with Al Jazeera and a game designer at several well renowned game studios, including Hangar 13, Irrational Games, Bioware and more.