The Giftly Story
“I really wanted to treat my Mom to dinner at Sarducci’s, her favorite restaurant in Vermont, and a movie at Savoy, the local indie theater. I wanted her to know that I was thinking about her all the way across the country. Nothing existed that felt personal but made this easy, so Giftly was born.”-Tim Bentley, Founder & CEO
Meet the Team:
Founder & CEO
Before founding Giftly, Tim was the first employee at Aardvark, managing operations and the early product prototype for the groundbreaking social search engine acquired by Google in 2010. Aardvark had acquired Tim because of his first startup, 1(800) KNOW-NOW, a real time search company based in New York, which Tim founded in 2006.
Before entering the world of technology, Tim was an investment banker at Cowen and Company. He has a BS in Engineering and Physics from Brown University.
VP of Engineering
Balen comes to Giftly after six years at Google, where he honed his geek street cred as well as his love for all things gadget and G-related. He is a little bit more than excited to unleash his coding prowess to help Giftly revolutionize the gifting experience.
Pre-Giftly, Balen grew up in Eugene, Oregon and thus has an immense and consuming love for the Oregon Ducks. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring San Francisco, playing soccer, and expanding his tie-dye t-shirt collection.
Corianda Rocklein Leste
Director of User Experience and Design
Cori comes to Giftly from the Sony Creative Center's UI Platform Design Studio, where she helped develop the design language for a new, unified UX for all Sony devices and services, from tablets to PlayStation, cameras to phones. Before Sony, she spent many years in the digital agency world, designing for clients such as Intel, PlayStation, Bank of America, Dodge, Mitsubishi, Guitar Center, Warner Brothers, Sprint, and many others.
When she's not thinking about better user experiences (actually, that never happens), she's playing with the cutest puppy in the world, Olive, and wishing for more time in the day so she can start playing her bass again.