RallyPoint was founded in 2012 by two military veterans at Harvard Business School to help make military life better. Backed by two of the US military's recent Joint Chiefs of Staff, RallyPoint connects its members and gives them the best tools possible to succeed both while in the military, and beyond. With RallyPoint, you can build out your professional network, connect with other members of the military in a safe environment, and explore career opportunities both within the military (PCS opportunities) as well as in the private sector. In 2012, RallyPoint won the world's largest startup competition (MassChallenge), and placed 2nd in the Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition. RallyPoint was first developed at the Harvard University Innovation Lab and now remains in the Boston area.
Yinon served 10 years on active duty, serving first as a Marine Corps Scout/Sniper Platoon Commander, and then as an Army Special Forces officer, deploying overseas multiple times throughout his military career. Before co-founding RallyPoint.com, he worked as Director of Product Marketing at a VC-backed technology startup, and he is also the founder of MilitaryToBusiness.com. While at Harvard Business School, Yinon worked at Goldman Sachs and Boston Consulting Group, and decided to build upon his private sector experience and deep passion for empowering and improving the lives of military personnel by co-founding RallyPoint. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley where he majored in Bioengineering and minored in Chemical Engineering, and grew up in Palo Alto, CA.
Aaron Kletzing began his career as a US Army officer and served 5 years on active duty. While in the Army, he served at Schofield Barracks, HI and Fort Knox, KY. Aaron is a veteran of OIF 07-09 and as of 2010, is also a survivor of Iraq-related cancer. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from West Point, where he served as President of the Investment Club and interned with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. After completing his first year at Harvard Business School in June 2012, Aaron was selected as a Fellow at HBS’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and is postponing his final year in the MBA program to help lead RallyPoint.
Michael is a technology leader and innovator. He excels at building and leading software teams and finding and retaining top talent. His passion is with delivering highly-available web applications to millions of users and solving big software engineering challenges. Over the years, Michael designed, built, and supported software projects using an extensive list of technologies, multi-terabyte databases, and latest cloud services. Prior to joining RallyPoint, Michael was the VP of Engineering at WordStream, leading several Development teams, QA, and Production Support through two successful venture capital round raises. Prior to that, he was the Director of Engineering at Brainshark, leading Development and QA and helping the company grow from 30 to 200 employees over his 6-year tenure. Michael holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University and a Masters in Engineering Management from Tufts.
Mark Perutz is a Partner at DBL Investors. Previously he was an investment professional at JPMorgan helping to manage the Bay Area Equity Fund from 2003 through the spin-out of the Bay Area Equity Fund from JPMorgan and the founding of DBL Investors in January 2008. He is on the board of Revolution Foods and has worked with the following portfolio companies: Primus Power, Solaria, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, PowerLight, eMeter, Solexant, Labcyte, XDx, Bentek and ReShape. Previously, Mark was an equity research analyst at Robertson Stephens. At Robertson, Mark focused on the enterprise software sector, where his area of coverage included companies such as: BEA Systems, Inktomi, Documentum, Interwoven, BroadVision, Allaire, SilverStream, Iona, Persistence and iManage. Mark received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and received a MBA from the Sloan School of Business at MIT.
Jill Preotle was an attorney in private practice in New York prior to becoming a professional investor and advisor. She serves as a Director on various Boards including Retroficiency Inc., Daily Grommet, Dancing Deer Baking Co., iTeam, and Red Tail Solutions. Jill also previously served as a Director on Boards at Zipcar Inc., Task Rabbit, and Golden Seeds LLC. In the non-profit sector, she serves on the Board of the Center for Women & Enterprise.
General (Ret) George Casey retired in April 2011 after most recently serving for four years as the 36th Army Chief of Staff, the most senior ranking member of the US Army. During his 41 years on active duty, his other notable assignments included: Commanding General of Multi-National Force – Iraq (the commander of all military forces in Iraq), 30th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5) on the Joint Staff, Director of the Joint Staff, and Commanding General of 1st Armored Division. General Casey graduated from Georgetown University and received his Masters from University of Denver.
General (Ret) Norton Schwartz retired in October 2012 after most recently serving for four years as the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the most senior ranking member of the US Air Force. During his 39 years on active duty, his other notable assignments include serving as commander of US TRANSCOM and commander of Special Operations Command – Pacific. General Schwartz graduated from the US Air Force Academy, and received his MBA from Central Michigan University.
Admiral (Retired) John Harvey retired in September 2012 after most recently serving as the 31st Commander, US Fleet Forces Command. During his 39 years on active duty, his other notable assignments include serving as the 54th Chief of Naval Personnel, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N1) and previously as Senior Military Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). Admiral Harvey graduated from the US Naval Academy, and received his MPA from Harvard University.
Lieutenant General (Ret) Ben Freakley is the Special Advisor to the President for Leadership Initiatives at Arizona State University. During his 36 years on active duty in the US Army, Ben’s most notable assignments included: Commanding General of US Army Accessions Command, Commanding General of 10th Mountain Division, Commanding General of the US Army Infantry Center and Commandant at the US Army Infantry School, and Assistant Division Commander of the 101st Airborne Division. Lieutenant General Freakley graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science.
Brigadier General (Ret) Craig Nixon is the CEO of Academi, and a former Partner and Managing Director at McChrystal Group where he was a key architect for their Leadership Development Programs. During his 29 years on active duty in the US Army, Craig’s most notable assignments included: Deputy Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division and Multi-National Division (North) in Iraq, Director of Operations for US Special Operations Command, and Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Brigadier General Nixon graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery, and holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science.
Jeffrey is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and investor and brings extensive company building and venture finance experience to RallyPoint. Jeffrey was formerly a general partner with North Bridge Venture Partners, and prior to his venture experience, Jeffrey was EVP of Products for Documentum, a division of EMC. Jeffrey was the co-founder and CEO of eRoom Technology which was acquired by Documentum in December 2002. In 2003, Jeffrey was recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year in New England for his efforts at eRoom. Prior to eRoom, Jeffrey was Senior Vice President of Applications at Lotus Development Corporation. Jeffrey received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MSEE from Syracuse University and a BSEE from Northwestern University.
Alan brings 20+ years of product development, design and strategic product planning to RallyPoint. He started his career as a passionate self-taught coder where he fell in love with the visual power that computers had locked up inside them. Over the years, Alan has used this passion to push the envelope by creating compelling software interfaces that make people smile while solving big problems. His career has always been one of new product convergence that embraces new technologies and techniques as ways to save time and make products better. Alan has held executive and leadership positions at Krush, Propel Consulting, eRoom, Convoq, WorldStreet and Thomson Reuters and has contributed significantly to over 50 software applications projects.