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All the family moments that you want, without all the stuff that you don't.
I started Lalo in 2020 after working for 8+ years at Amazon.com. I was tired of the corporate grind, and wanted to work on something that mattered to me. I spent a few months trying to figure out what type of business I wanted to build that would make a difference in the world, be fun to work on, and attract great talent. The moment I kept going back to was in 2019, when visiting my dad’s grave in Lexington, KY.
I was there with my family and my wife asked me to tell everyone a story about my dad. I’m embarrassed to say that I had nothing…I realized then that we can float through life sometimes without truly knowing the people we love most. I decided to work on something to help families connect, to tell their stories, to preserve family history that could be passed down to future generations. It’s been a tough climb, but we now have a product that begins to deliver on that promise. To put it simply, Lalo (my dad’s nickname) is about sharing memories with those you love. Not the stuff you put on instagram or the perfect holiday card (although that’s cool too) but the real stuff, the little stories you don’t want to forget, the memories you can look back on and pass on with pride. I hope you enjoy the product! Feel free to reach out anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Overlooked Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on transparently supporting and investing in early-stage companies with one or more historically ignored founders. Founded by Janine Sickmeyer and Brandon Brooks, our partners have been in your shoes as tech founders with 10+ years of experience running companies and making deals.
Juan Medina is the Founder of Lalo. Prior to Lalo, Juan worked for 8 years at Amazon across marketing, product, and business development roles. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and BA in Economics from the University of Delaware.
Gabriela Quevedo is an Illustrator from Acapulco, México. Fascinated by the power of stories she’s always looking for ways to be involved the creation of amazing projects. Gaby has worked on animated films, been featured in books focused on women artists, and has been drawing since she could hold a pencil.
Christie has a background in recruiting, social media management, and customer service. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communication.
Lalo the Llamas is our faithful friend and guide to help navigate the app, give feedback, and make things a bit more fun. Llamas are indigenous to Bolivia, where our founder’s dad (Lalo) was born.
Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice. He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (www.portlandinstitute.org), which provides online training internationally in grief therapy. Neimeyer has published 33 books, including New Techniques of Grief Therapy: Bereavement and Beyond, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both ADEC and the International Network on Personal Meaning.
A Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Certified Life Coach, Founder of Luna Evolution Counseling & True Light Coaching, LLC, and member of the Ellie Mental Health family as Clinical Director for 10 new clinics opening in San Antonio, Gloria Mendez is known for wearing a lot of hats.
Gloria is a proud alum of Our Lady of The Lake University where she received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Texas A&M University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.