We’re a Brooklyn-based studio of designers, engineers, and artists building educational iOS apps for kids. We love assembling puzzles, kindling questions, and spinning stories that end with beginnings.

  • Raul Gutierrez

    Raul Gutierrez

    Raul Gutierrez, Founder and CEO, is an entrepreneur with a 20-year history in technology and the arts. Tinybop was born out of a belief that all kids are explorers. His hope is to build a company where ideas, design, and engineering come together to delight, inspire, and educate children. Raul was born in Monterrey, Mexico, grew up in Lufkin, Texas, and now lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two young boys.

  • Youngna Park

    Youngna Park

    Youngna Park, Head of Product, connects the dots between artists, educators, writers, designers, and engineers to bring Tinybop’s apps to life. She’s also a photographer, the producer behind the award-winning dance film, Girl Walk // All Day, and a partner at the creative studio, Wild Combination. She splits her time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley, and enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible.

  • Robert Blackwood

    Robert Blackwood

    Robert Blackwood, Senior iOS Engineer, is a software architect and entrepreneur who finds inspiration in creating artificially intelligent systems and physical simulations. After working extensively to build software geared towards computer modeling, he discovered the endless creative possibilities within the mobile world and never looked back. Hailing from rural New Hampshire, Rob now lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with a goofy Boston Terrier.

  • Katie Ahern

    Katie Ahern

    Katie Ahern, Education Specialist, focuses on all aspects of educational design from research and content development to play-testing Tinybop’s apps. She believes that at the core of learning are wonder and a desire to investigate the world. Her previous experience includes designing museum programs, writing classroom curriculum, and teaching students ranging from pre-kindergarten to college. Always game for a travel adventure, she took the train from California to her current home in New York.

  • Kika Gilbert

    Kika Gilbert

    Kika Gilbert, Head of Community, ideates and creates dialogue across Tinybop’s social platforms, engaging curious minds across the internet. After teaching in a Brooklyn public school, Kika joined an education startup to help teachers navigate the tech industry and bring exciting change to their classrooms. Originally from London, England, she currently lives in Brooklyn, and loves eating ice cream and frequenting parks with her two energetic dogs.

  • Melissa Jun

    Melissa Jun

    Melissa Jun, Head of Design, is behind Tinybop’s branding. She was born in a small town in Upstate, New York that used to make tableware. She came to New York City, in 2002, and has since worked for many amazing organizations, including: the New York Times, Pentagram, They Might Be Giants, and now, Tinybop. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she declares victory whenever she can walk to where she needs to be.

  • Jessie Sattler

    Jessie Sattler

    Jessie Sattler, Production Designer, has a background in visual communication design and art history. She also choreographed and taught dance at a children’s theatre, which fueled her passion for working with kids. After spending her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, she relocated to Connecticut, and recently became a resident of Brooklyn. She’s endlessly inspired by going on adventures and interacting with the natural world.

  • Tina Lee

    Tina Lee

    Tina Lee, Editorial Director, handles the words at Tinybop. She’s written tyrannosaur-tinged plots for children’s tests, taught writing and sci-fi futures to undergrads, and studied fiction at Syracuse. She enjoys long wanders, Twin Peaks-ian mysteries, and guidebooks of all stripes. Tina is a southpaw with terrific penmanship.

  • John Balestrieri

    John Balestrieri

    John Balestrieri, Senior iOS Engineer, looks to art, nature, and engineering to create engaging software experiences. He graduated from Pratt Institute, where he later taught communication design. His previous work as a journalist-developer at the Associated Press helped people understand complex events. When not at Tinybop, John creates mobile apps based on his design and graphics research. John is currently trying to fill his Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, apartment with as many vintage illustrated space and science books as he can fit.

  • Ashley Mannetta

    Ashley Mannetta

    Ashley Mannetta, Research Associate, compiles the facts that inform Tinybop’s apps and handbooks. A former children’s media reviewer, camp counselor, and after-school program teacher, she loves thinking like a big kid. When free, Ashley strives to see as many of New York’s creative offerings as she can, while still making time to cook for friends.

  • Yin Liu

    Yin Liu

    Yin Liu, Junior Animator, works at the intersection of art and technology. She splits her time between making app illustrations come to life through animation and writing code. She is a recent graduate of the ITP program at NYU, where she created Kinect games, made interactive art installations, programmed generative graphics and electronics, and found her new love: making puppets.

  • Josh Stewart

    Josh Stewart

    Josh Stewart, Front-End Developer, tends the code for the Tinybop site. He’s always loved taking things apart and putting them back together to understand how they work. In his spare time, he reads comic books, cooks, and, increasingly, preps for parenthood (coming this spring). Josh loves distance running, especially when he gets the chance to further explore the oddities of New York.

  • Katie Rose Dawson

    Katie Rose Dawson

    Katie Rose Dawson, Studio Manager, makes life easier for the other big kids at Tinybop. A natural organizer, she put together her first event at age 10: an annual Pancake Breakfast serving 200 family and friends. Before Katie Rose’s recent move to New York, she traveled all corners of the world and was the booking manager at the legendary Grog Shop in Cleveland, her hometown. Now you can find Katie Rose listening to live music, hanging with her brother’s dog, Spock, or eating peanut butter out of the jar.

  • Leah Feuer

    Leah Feuer

    Leah Feuer, Product Manager, makes Tinybop’s apps bloom into being by uniting the ideas, code, art, and whimsy of a talented team. She has produced over 20 apps for startups and big brands alike. Outside of the office, she satisfies her inner Montessori child with plenty of side projects, from coding to quilting. Leah lives in the East Village. You can often find her drinking coffee and dreaming of her future pets at the dog park.

  • Sara Distin

    Sara Distin

    Sara Distin, Editorial Consultant, takes care of copy at Tinybop. When not absorbed in words, art, or something on the internet, Sara is most likely roaming, running long distances, skiing, or plotting another endeavor that gets her out of doors, under the sun and stars.

  • Brian Jacobs

    Brian Jacobs

    Brian Jacobs, Sound Designer, creates and collects the sounds that inhabit the Tinybop universe. A lifelong musician and composer, he is inspired by the incredible power that sound has to shape our experiences. When he’s not in the studio, his favorite activity is building a cabin in the woods with his wife and dog and contributing to an intentional community focused on living outdoors, acquiring practical skills, and protecting the wilderness.

  • Colleen Hampton

    Colleen Hampton

    Colleen Hampton, Product Manager, collaborates with writers, designers, researchers, and developers to keep apps moving down the Tinybop assembly line and out into the world. A graduate of Teacher’s College, she has produced children’s content across multiple media formats for the past 10 years and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Apart from creating digital environments, she loves spending time outdoors and off-screen with her musical husband and endlessly curious one-year-old daughter.

Work with us

Our collaborators

  • Kelli Anderson

    Kelli Anderson

    Kelli Anderson is the artist who illustrated The Human Body. She’s also a designer and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials and formats by seeking out hidden possibilities in physical and digital worlds. She is best known for making a paper record player, among other improbable design-contraptions. She lives in Brooklyn with her other half, two cats, one 1919 letterpress, five computers, and a couple hundred books.

  • Jacob Krupnick

    Jacob Krupnick

    Jacob Krupnick is the captain of Wild Combination, the Brooklyn-based creative studio that makes many of Tinybop’s videos. He was the director + cinematographer behind the feature-length dance film Girl Walk // All Day, which has inspired a gazillion impromptu dance parties around the world.

  • Keith Kin Yan

    Keith Kin Yan

    Multidisciplinary visual effects artist Keith Kin Yan is Tinybop’s go-to guy for video animation and modeling. As a gearhead, tinkerer, and problem solver, he naturally thrives on the challenges of visual storytelling. Originally from Hong Kong, Keith has lived and worked in Singapore, Boston, New York City, and most recently Los Angeles, where he made cartoons for small and big children alike at Adult Swim and the Disney Channel. Now in Brooklyn, he’s resuming his favorite pastime: wrenching on a motorcycle.

  • Tuesday Bassen

    Tuesday Bassen

    Tuesday Bassen is an award-winning illustrator and designer. She wields pencils, pens, and pixels to create delightful visuals for kids both tiny and grown. Tuesday expends her boundless energy on special projects and doodles, a line of ceramics, and the everyday tussles of a small press. She loves hanging out with her two cats, collaborating with her boyfriend, and poring over children’s books.