Burner is the privacy layer for the smartphone era, giving users the power to take control of their communications and personal data.
Enabling users to obtain and manage additional phone numbers for voice and SMS communications, Burner is fast, safe, and private. Burner lets users get as many numbers as they want, use each as a private line on and iPhone or Android phone, and keep numbers indefinitely or "burn" numbers when they no longer need.
Burner is made by Ad Hoc Labs, Inc., a fast-growing startup based in Los Angeles, California. Our team is passionate about the idea that real-time communications should be more socially aware and privacy oriented, and we believe Burner is just the beginning.
About the Team
Greg Cohn, Co-founder
Prior to Ad Hoc Labs, Greg led strategy and business development for social and developer platforms at Yahoo!, where he worked on identity (OpenID, oAuth), Yahoo's Brickhouse incubator, and partnerships with Facebook, Google, Twitter, Zynga, and other industry leaders. Before Yahoo!, Greg was a key executive at several startups, including Away.com (sold to Orbitz) and Everyday Health. He began his career in book publishing and holds degrees from Penn and Oxford.
Will Carter, Co-founder
Will is a developer and a designer focusing on mobile experience, interaction, and product. Before Ad Hoc Labs, Will worked as the lead engineer and designer at Protohaus, prototyping mobile UI and UX for clients such as Samsung, Google, and Sony. Will was a Senior UX Researcher at Nokia, where he engineered next-generation products focused on Augmented Reality and new kinds of mobile interaction. After leaving Nokia, Will started Nodesnoop Labs, building iPhone apps for such clients as Sony, Disney, and Coke. He is a graduate of Brown University and USC's School of Cinema-Television, where he studied Interactive Media.
Jessica Torres, Product Marketing Lead
Prior to joining Ad Hoc Labs, Jessica led community efforts at NeighborGoods, a platform for neighbors to exchange goods and services, to critical success and multiple awards. She also helped organize LA Startup Club, a collaborative work group for local entrepreneurs. Jessica holds a BA in Communication Studies from CSULB and an MCM from USC’s Annenberg Program on Online Communities.
Chris has built software that has been used by millions of people every day. He has been a long-time developer for Apple platforms, starting with pro audio and continuing on to iOS. Chris led the mobile team at Grindr and oversaw a complete redesign of their iOS and Android clients.
Prior to joining Ad Hoc Labs, Yeghishe was Lead Software Engineer at Whisper, helping the company scale its mobile app to millions of users, and is one of the few and proud engineers who has worked with Erlang in a production environment. Previously Yeghishe was a senior software engineer and uSamp and Chegg, developing key parts of their software.
Before joining the Burner team, Ali was the co-founder and CEO of Falcon, a mobile navigation app focusing on walkable areas like colleges and festivals. While Falcon ended up along with the other 99% of failed startups, Ali learned a lot of valuable skills that he applies here as the Partnerships and Growth Manager. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA, and is known to plan his year around music festivals, soccer games, and the new season of Game of Thrones.
Investors and Advisors
Ad Hoc Labs is backed by a group of premier technology investors and advisors including Founder Collective, Venrock, 500 Startups, Miramar Digital Ventures, TenOneTen, David Cohen, and Scott Rafer.