About Avanoo’s Founders

Daniel Jacobs

Cofounder & CEO 
Daniel is the CEO of Avanoo. He has devoted his adult life to social and philanthropic endeavors that have large-scale impact. Before Avanoo, he built and supported philanthropic enterprises that served millions of people. Additionally, he has received accolades that make for endless nights of interesting stories. For instance, he’s a 3x US wrestling national champion, and he was once called one of People Magazine’s 50 Hottest Bachelors. Daniel is a graduate of Williams College with a degree in Leadership.

Prosper Nwankpa

Cofounder & President
Prosper is the President of Avanoo. He has devoted his adult life to building businesses and technologies that scale to support large swathes of the globe. His first business, Xuqa, scaled to support millions of users and was the largest social network in a number of countries. His second business, Peanut Labs, scaled to support hundreds of millions of users, and sold to its largest competitor. Prosper is also a mentor to a small village of entrepreneurs, and he is a graduate of Williams College with a degree in Computer Science.

About Avanoo’s Board

Jeff Bader

World-class Storytelling.

Jeff Bader is President of NBC Universal. He is responsible for the planning of NBCs primetime, daylight, and late night programming. For more than two decades, he had leadership roles with ABC, including as Executive Vice President of Entertainment, where he also headed up ABCs primetime and late-night programming. Jeff is also Vice Chairman of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which – among other things – raises hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer each year. Jeff is a graduate of Williams College.

Brooks Fisher

Enterprise-grade Learning. 

Brooks is one of the world’s foremost learning experts. He was Chief Learning Officer and VP fo Leadership at Intuit, a top tech company. He’s trained tens of thousands of employees. He also served as Intuit’s Chief Marketing Office for years. Before that, he was VP of Marketing and Sales at Infoseek, VP of Marketing at US News and World, and held various executive marketing roles at TIme Magazine, People Magazine, and Time Inc. Brooks is a graduate of Williams College with a degree in English Language and Literature.

Brian Biro

Best-in-class Performance. 

Brian is one of the nation’s foremost speakers and teachers of Leadership. He was Inc Magazine’s top rated speaker, and he’s delivered more than 1,600 presentations around the world. A former VP of a major transportation company, Brian is the author of 11 books including bestseller, Beyond Success! He graduated with honors from Stanford and recently he was named one of the UCLA Graduate School of Management’s 100 Most Inspirational Graduates in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the school.

James Fowler

Leading Behavior-Change Research.

James is a leading behavior change scientists. He focuses on social networks, behavior, evolution, genetics, and big data. He’s been named a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, and Most Original Thinker of the year by the McLaughlin Group. His book, Connected, was a New York Times Bestseller. James earned his PhD from Harvard in 2003, and he currently does research at University of California, San Diego, where he also serves as a professor.


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