In the early days of the daily deal revolution, Phil McDonnell attended a marketing pitch by Groupon to a small business. One fact that stuck out to him was that 20%-40% of Groupons went unused. Astounded by the fact that more than two billion dollars in deals go wasted each year, he began thinking about how to help coupon buyers solve this problem through a secondary market.
Upon enrolling in the MBA program at the prestigious Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2010, he began discussing the potential of the idea with two classmates, Fred Schwarz and Mike Cwalinski. The trio became increasingly passionate about the idea and began developing their thoughts into a business. With the help of other classmates at Tuck, a business plan was developed in their first year entrepreneurship class, and the three co-founded CoupFlip.com in 2011. Throughout that year, the team received consultation from a host of world class professors, experienced entrepreneurs, and potential customers to maximize CoupFlip's ability to help out lovers of daily deals.
The team received funding for CoupFlip in January 2012. Having launched soon thereafter, CoupFlip remains focused on helping sellers quickly unlock the value of their unwanted deals and providing buyers with an unparalleled selection of deeply discounted daily deals.
Phil McDonnell is a co-founder at CoupFlip, responsible for oversight and leadership of all aspects of the business. Prior to founding CoupFlip, Phil was a co-founder & CTO of Giflty, a technology start-up. Prior to joining the start-up world, Phil spent five years at Google as a Senior Software Engineer where he developed Personalized Search and designed algorithms behind Google's search ranking. He also has experience at Microsoft, .406 Ventures, the Boston Consulting Group, and a hedge fund. Phil holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Phil is a lover of fine wines, has a love/hate relationship with triathlons, and enjoys petting snakes during his free time.
Fred Schwarz is a co-founder at CoupFlip, responsible for strategy, operations, and financial performance. Prior to founding CoupFlip, Fred worked in the Corporate Strategy & Business Development Group at United Technologies where he supported the industrial conglomerate's M&A transactions and key strategic issues. Fred holds a degree in finance from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Fred is an avid fly fisherman and backcountry skier. He dreams to one day manage CoupFlip from a snow cave deep in the Rocky Mountains.
Mike Cwalinski is a co-founder at CoupFlip, responsible for technology and operations. Prior to founding CoupFlip, Mike was the project manager of a key technology project at Lockheed Martin Corporation and also worked in various engineering and corporate strategy roles with the company. Mike holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Penn State University and a Masters in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins. He is also currently an MBA candidate in the class of 2012 at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Mike enjoys snowboarding, classical music, and snowboarding while listening to classical music.
Will Jackson is a Software Engineer Intern at CoupFlip, responsible for the small tasks that Phil and Mike can't be bothered with. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Will is Dartmouth undergrad studying a dual-major in Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in electronics, robotics, and software engineering in project-oriented environments. In his free time, Will enjoys cooking Mexican food, eating Mexican food, and complaining about the lack of Mexican food in New Hampshire.
Ethan Thomas is a Software Engineer Intern at CoupFlip, developing site design and functionality. Ethan is from the Kansas City area, and he studies mathematics and computer science in the class of 2014 at Dartmouth College. He spends his time outside of class volunteering as an EMT, playing basketball, and traveling with family. He hopes to pursue further education and work in software development after graduation.
Jake Leightling is a Software Engineer Intern at CoupFlip, responsible for website and mobile app development. He is a member of the class of 2014 at Dartmouth College and is pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Economics. A lover of music, Jake sings bass with the Dartmouth Cords all male a cappella group and listens to records with his brothers in Psi Upsilon fraternity. He grew up in San Francisco and played competitive junior squash in high school. Jake's favorite hobbies include coding, running, and food.
Derek Salama is a Software Engineer Intern for CoupFlip, involved in front-end site design and mobile application development. Before joining CoupFlip, Derek produced mobile games for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Derek is currently pursuing a BA degree at Dartmouth College, with a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in the Classics. He enjoys going on sweet vacations with his parents and dreams of flying around the world on the CoupFlip corporate jet.