We’re a studio of designers, developers, and artists building a suite of educational iOS apps for kids. We strive to create immersive games that encourage exploration and creativity. We believe in the power of learning through play, experimentation, and inquiry.
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, 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, Lead iOS Developer, 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, 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.
Tuesday Bassen, Senior Designer, is an award-winning illustrator and designer. She wields pencils, pens, and pixels to create delightful visuals for kids both tiny and grown. Outside of Tinybop, 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.
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, 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, Production Assistant, 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, 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, Senior iOS Developer, 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, 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, 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, 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.
Our collaborators are incredible.
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.
Wild Combination is the Brooklyn-based creative studio, led by Jacob Krupnick, that made Tinybop’s videos. They produce films, photographs, and live events to tell stories in exciting, unexpected ways. Their feature-length dance film Girl Walk // All Day has inspired a gazillion impromptu dance parties around the world. Most of their good ideas start while riding bikes around the city.
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.
Sara Distin is a freelance writer and editor who takes care of copy at Tinybop. Working with Tinybop gives her the opportunity to loop together years of experience in the arts, education, and technology. When not obsessing over words, art, or something else 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.