The injii platform connects content creators with charitable organizations. Through the use of an open sourced broadcast, injii enables users to interact and engage in decentralized content for good causes. injii is a movement, an open call to take a stand for what’s right. It’s a means to provide hope for those in despair through the creation and broadcast of media content. If you’re changing the world by working towards a cause, sharing your creativity and artistic nature, or you just want a better tomorrow, injii invites you to build/support, create/share, and participate/inspire.
Open Sourced Broadcast for Social Good
Our mission is to be an honest and reliable source of real-time content working to support real world causes. The injii platform is an ecosystem of betterment that connects content creators with charitable organizations on a decentralized open broadcast.
We know that most people want to make a difference in the world, it just comes down to having a platform to do so. Whether it’s helping through awareness or donations, our goal at injii is making the process simple and seamless. Deserving charities should not have to pay excessive fees to raise donations for their cause. Content creators should have an easier way to get their content to a large audience while being able to maintain their content rights and monetize their work. Supporting causes should not be about how much an individual gives, but how much we can all raise together on a global scale. Philanthropy shouldn’t discriminate based on income. We have a way to do right by our users, our content producers, our charities, and the community.
In 2016, injii was accepted into the GigTank Accelerator program. Upon graduating from the program we decided to relocate and are now registered as an LLC in the State of Tennessee. To date, the company has received all necessary funding through seed investments and also through an early fundable campaign. The injii team grew to six with the addition of Alf, Swan, David, and Sishir. We have a fully functional beta platform into which we are now integrating streaming tech from our media partners at Verizon Digital Media Services and AOL One. We are also working with several companies on the blockchain to optimize our services and to make the user experience and coin integration seamless.
Background/Capabilities of Founders
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Justin (Founder/CEO), born in Brooklyn, NY, has been a bootstrap, startup entrepreneur since age 12. During his youth, Justin developed website platforms for local small businesses to help grow their sales. Before the days of Napster, with the innovative use of IRC, and encryption methods, he brought to market affordable pre-released albums to peers in his middle school. He started working full-time when he was 14, and while still in high school, convinced the company president to provide him a sales team. He trained, supervised, and engaged a team of employees twice his age to work hard, drive home results, and make commissions. During undergrad at Pace University (Accounting), he worked full-time as an intern at a startup marketing company and through the next 11yrs his role developed to Director of Operations. Justin is an ambitious, dedicated and enthusiastic social entrepreneur who specializes in innovation through social good and disruptive game-changing ideas. He is quick to familiarize himself with the latest technologies, newest platforms, application processes and industry developments while demonstrating a logical and analytical approach to finding solutions for complex problems. Justin’s vision and, thus, the vision for injii, is to improve the lives of millions of people. By connecting people together, he believes he can make the world a slightly better place.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Robert (President/COO) brings to injii over 20 years of experience in investment management, investment banking and technology. Over the course of his career, he has worked for major institutions such as Morgan Stanley, GE, FactSet Research Systems, and SunTrust. Robert has held senior positions in some of the most prominent private investment firms in the country, including: Cadence Capital Management in Boston, Bass Brothers in Texas, and Arcus Capital Partners in Atlanta. Robert has a BBA from Pace University in NY and earned his MBA at Northeastern University in MA. Drawing on his experiences as a highly successful investor, Robert oversees all business operations for injii and works closely with Justin on formulating growth strategies and fulfilling the founding vision for the firm.
Chief Technical Officer
David Alfonso (CTO), also better known as Alf, is from Tennessee by way of NYC/NJ area. Alf has helped launched initiatives to help benefit the local non-profit and music economy while attending college in Chattanooga, TN. Shortly after, Alf worked with a variety of live entertainment, music, and media companies such as MarchOneMusic, ThisSongIsSick.com, and OctalSound. After his stint in the music industry he shifted focused on web dev consulting while holding a support role at Apple, Inc. Alf has been part of award winning teams at hackathons and pitch competitions, most recently with The Company Lab (undaground, 2015) and with Mozilla/US Ignite (PBS, 2012). Alf currently holds a part-time position at Codecademy (NYC) teaching others on how to use code to launch their own ideas and careers.
Senior Marketing Manager
Swan joins injii with a strong marketing background in a variety of strategic disciplines for global clients across multiple verticals: Hospitality & Travel, Finance, Technology, Pro Bono, CPG, and Food/Beverage. While working with agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and The Buntin Group, he has led engagement, content, and brand strategy to identify consumer needs, develop integrated brand campaigns, and reduce friction in the customer experience. Born and raised in Music City, TN and having earned his Psychology degree from Washington and Lee University, Swan hopes to bring his passion for music and human behavior to further injii’s vision of connecting people and artists to build a better world.
Company Relations Manager
An avid proponent, investor and entrepreneur in the blockchain community, Sishir brings a diverse background to Injii. Hailing from New York City, he received his Masters degree from Columbia University and has experience working throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has managed international development teams creating mobile apps, content marketing and functional analytics. He continues to play a strong role in developing relationships with investors and community members alike. In 2016, Sishir moved to the West coast to Santa Monica and is eager to continue building a strong foundation for the Injii community.
David is a patented designer, business developer and software engineer born in the heart of silicon valley, Palo Alto, California. Since an early age, technology and entrepreneurship have lead to a vast portfolio of projects and startups garnering him success in the music, retail and tech industries on a global scale. Having relocated for business in China, Spain, and Thailand, David brings a melting pot of international business experience with community engagement at it’s core. He has worked directly with top brands and companies such as Virool, Google, Ludacris, Patricia Field, New Relic, Insomniac Events, and Yola.com. More recently David has won hackathons throughout the Bay Area including Developerweek 2017 and Iot World Santa Clara 2016.
injii, founded by Justin (Justo) Paul, stemmed from his vision to create an online platform of content that can help people. Justo grew up in the early 90's with a love for MTV, specifically it was his fascination with the film like quality and artistry of music videos. Justo also had a passion for computers, the mechanics to how they work and what is possible. His father (a former Systems Administrator) bought Justo his first Packard Bell (which at that time boasted a 90mhz CPU 500mb HD). Justin learned how to code at a very early age which progressed to developing webpages for local businesses and organizations. The single event that changed everything for Justo was when he first ran the RealAudio Player program and streamed his first music video which was Naughty by Nature - Feel Me Flow. He could see the possibilities and implications of what is streaming content, it was a game-changing moment for him. Fast forward to 2014, the name injii was registered as a New Jeresy Corporation, and that spring of '14 Justo decided that he would do everything it would take to make this dream to change the world, real. He continued his full-time job while dedicating the rest of his day on injii. Working 20+ hours daily and bootstrapping the start up with his savings was tough but Justin was focused on the greater goal. During 2015, the foundation and architecture of injii was laid down and the endless hours of development brought forth the first beta prototype of injii. Around that time injii joined and graduated from the IBM SoftLayer Catalyst Incubator program. injii turned into a team when Robert Varghese joined as Chief Operating Officer.Contact Us White Paper
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Cordell Carter, II
Philanthropic Sector Advisor
Nationally recognized leader serving at the intersection of philanthropy, education and innovation, currently leading an education forum for emerging leaders for a global think-tank. Previously served as founding CEO of an education-technology start-up; chief of staff for the world’s largest education foundation; director of operations for a national charter school advocate; education and information technology lobbyist for a premier national association of Fortune 250 chief executive officers; various senior leadership roles with an urban school district; attorney for German bank; and management consultant with IBM
Tom brings 8+ years experience with financial crime investigations and regulatory compliance matters. Tom currently serves as the Director of Compliance for a regulated virtual currency exchange and a financial technology company delivering a blockchain settlement solution for post-trade market infrastructures. Previously, Tom worked at EY where he advised financial institutions through regulatory compliance issues ranging from BSA/AML, Economic Sanctions, and KYC-related matters.
Juan joined Olo, the country’s first mobile food ordering platform 2 years before the iPhone release. Over the past 10 years, Juan has worked tirelessly in various roles growing a startup with 30 restaurants into the industry’s largest digital ordering provider with 40,000 restaurants and growing. He’s personally been involved in leading complex, multi-million dollar deals at some of the largest brands in the country. Juan has been involved in injii since it’s founding and is currently responsible for helping source strategic charity and entertainment partnerships.
Daniel has been at the forefront of web development since its inception. Born and raised in Montreal, he graduated from MIT as a Computer Science Engineer and briefly worked south of Wall St. Zen produced some of the first web based multimedia for children in Soho at an MIT Media Lab startup. After a brief stint in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, he started zen.digital as a consulting & corporate training company, and taught programming at the New School & NYU while speaking at various conferences. In 2003, Daniel moved to San Francisco to work at Pivotal Labs where he was an Extreme Programmer & Manager disciplines that later took on names like Agile Development & Scrum Master. He consulted for Google for over 5 years before moving back to New York to reform zen.digital. In April 2012, he started the New York AngularJS Meetup which meets monthly at Google's Chelsea office, and is still giving training and conference presentations.
Business Development Advisor
Rumi has worked in Business Development & strategy consulting across different sectors focused on domestic and international markets. He couples his experience working at some of the largest financial institutions including J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Merrill Lynch with a passion for working with other entrepreneurs to tackle problems both big and small. He is passionate about education and innovation and serves on several non-profit advisory boards. Rumi grew up in Kings County, NY graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.