We are entrepreneurs who love the Internet and all the innovation and passion that surround it. We’ve dedicated our lives to this industry and are energized by the possibilities that abound. We believe that the people who build the products and those fabulous people who use them need to remain front and center in our minds and hearts.
We’ve all seen companies lose their heart – it’s when they go astray from those two most important groups and it can lead them down all kinds of crazy paths. So, to ensure that we keep our heart front and center, we’ve put it in our company name. It also takes courage to be an entrepreneur, the kind of courage that comes from the heart. Or, we’re just crazy. That could be it too.
Why “shiny heart”? We love shiny new things – who doesn’t? We’re building a really shiny one right now and can’t wait to show it to you and everyone.
Who’s behind SHV? Meet Jen and Frank.
Jen Consalvo has worked in product development for almost 14 years, leading large and small teams in a range of product areas such as digital imaging, community & social platforms and personalization. The majority of her career was at AOL, planning and building products used by millions of people globally.
Her deep network across the global technology community enabled her to introduce many entrepreneurs to AOL, resulting in interesting new relationships and in some cases, multi-million dollar acquisitions. The most enjoyable part of her role was working together to find areas of potential partnership with these young companies and making many new friends along the way. Jen is now testing out life on the flip-side at SHV.
Ms. Consalvo received her MBA in High Tech Marketing from the Kogod School of Business, her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the American University, and a full passport from a Semester at Sea. Over the past few years, Jen’s products have been featured in such places as WashingtonPost, TechCrunch, CNET, Mashable and more. Outside of the tech world, photography, travel and health are her passions. Her blogs include JenConsalvo.com and BodySoulConnect.com. Jen’s photography has most recently been published in The Washington Post, Flavor: Piedmont Magazine of Virginia and KnoxvilleBiz.com. Follow Jen on Twitter @Noreaster and send her a shout out. She gets lonely now that she doesn’t go into an office with thousands of other people. Really. Thank god for Twitter.
Frank Gruber is well known new media journalist focused on sharing his Web product expertise and analysis on Web 2.0, social media and emerging technologies in articles and videos online. His works have been featured in TechCrunch, iMediaConnection, ReadWriteWeb Network and on his popular personal tech blog, Somewhat Frank. He keynotes regularly about entrepreneurship, emerging technology trends, social media and his love for the “shiny objects” or Web products across the country at industry events.
In addition, Frank co-founded TECH cocktail, in 2006 to help better connect and amplify the local technology signal and have some fun doing it. Since 2006, TECH cocktail has grown to become a media company offering technology news, events and community-powered projects open to technology enthusiasts, entrepreneurs & professionals interested in the latest technology in their community. Frank has been dubbed by the Washingtpost Post and LATimes as a “digital nomad” for his on the go work anywhere and everywhere lifestyle. Frank was also chosen to be a brand ambassador for Intel and recently named one of Washington, 100 DC Tech Titans by Washingtonian Magazine.
Frank was formerly a product strategist and evangelist for the Aol social networking group, which included such products as AIM, SocialThing, Goowy, Bebo and ICQ with a focus on communications and lifestreaming products. Frank was instrumental in connecting Aol with a number of industry experts, media and start-ups (some of which were acquired by Aol). Frank’s previous team was also responsible for the launch of the widget driven myAOL personalized homepage/startpage product in 2007. Frank departed Aol right before the Aol spinoff January 1, 2010 (as covered by TechCrunch).
Mr. Gruber received his Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in CIS from Purdue University. In addition to technology, he is passionate about baseball, particularly the Chicago Cubs, and loves to play his guitar. Follow Frank on Twitter at @FrankGruber.