What is Burner?
Burner is a mobile application and service that enables users to obtain temporary, disposable numbers for voice and SMS communication. Fast, safe, and private, Burner lets you get as many numbers as you want, use each as a private line within your iPhone or Android, and "burn" a number whenever you're done with it.
We think of it as a privacy layer for your phone.
Burner is made by Ad Hoc Labs, Inc., a privately held company 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.
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 it's 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 another LA tech startup named 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, he 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 investors and advisors including Founder Collective, Venrock, 500 Startups, Miramar Digital Ventures, TenOneTen, Haystack, David Cohen, Scott Rafer, and Emil Michael.