Zooni is a pioneering, free-to-use social media app that provides what we believe to be the safest and most technologically-advanced environment for users to view, create and collaborate. Founded by successful social media and entertainment entrepreneurs who see the harm caused by the “established” apps, Zooni’s AI-driven algorithms were designed to tackle cyberbullying, reward positive content discovery and eliminate toxic posts from the platform. We believe we are the first video-only app to enable simultaneous recording between the front- and rear-facing iPhone cameras, and designed to evolve with advances in smartphone technology, avoid creating a confusing/feature-bloated platform and pioneer the most innovative formats for content creation and collaboration.
Management Team / Advisory Board Bios
Gregory Connell LawranceCo-Founder, Co-CEO & DirectorFor nearly a decade, Greg has been a leading investor and builder of top influencer-focused businesses as co-founder/CEO of venture studio Ready Go Ventures (RGV). RGV's creator portfolio has partnered with some of the the most influential creators in the world including Markiplier, Jacksepticeye and JC Caylen. RGV was profitable at launch, having generated nearly $6 million in revenue in its first 12 months of business. For nearly a decade, Greg has been at the forefront of the social media ecosystem, witnessing firsthand the every-changing and emerging needs in the social media market and working closely with the world's top creators to identify the whitespace that Zooni now occupies.
Thomas Andrew VanceCo-Founder, Co-CEO & DirectorEmmy award-winning Head of Studio at Jaunt, a leading immersive media and technology company that sold to Verizon in 2019. Having spent his career at the nexus of emerging technology and entertainment, Tom was the first Los Angeles-based hire for the start-up. While there he grew the team to 40 employees and took the company from pre-revenue to ~20M annually. Prior to joining Jaunt he was an executive for various film studios (20th Century Fox, New Regency and Village Roadshow) focused on expanding franchise IP in digital formats and emerging platforms.
Austin Bogart Co-Founder, Creative DirectorCreative Director for Ready Go Ventures. Creative/Art Direction for brands such as: Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Laura Clery, others. Former Art Director and Brand consultant for Motorized Precision, Solterra, Time & Oak, D6 Inc, Animal Bacon, Secret Charm and BoxEight Studios.,