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How NameCoach started with a mission to help schools, students and families.


Our Vision

Our names are central to our unique identities, and saying them correctly is the first step in connecting with, respecting, and appreciating one another.


Our Mission

NameCoach aims to solve the common problem of name mispronunciation and gender pronoun communication in as many critical settings as possible.


How We Do It

NameCoach provides a simple and effective solution: audio name pronunciations embedded online to easily learn and remember how to say them. Perfectly.

Leadership Team


Praveen Shanbhag

Founder & CEO

After hearing his sister’s name mispronounced at her college graduation, Praveen felt compelled to develop the initial NameCoach product, while finishing his Ph.D. at Stanford. Prior to building NameCoach, Praveen pursued studies in Biochemistry, Physics, History, and Philosophy and holds degrees from Harvard (B.A.), Columbia (M.A.), Cambridge (MPhil) and Stanford (Ph.D.).

Jack Green


Jack is a seasoned technical executive, who has scaled numerous engineering teams. Prior to NameCoach, Jack was VP of Software Engineering at iTradeNetwork, and the Cofounder and CTO of G9. He has a MS in Computer Science from Western Michigan University.

Cynthia Henderson

Chief Data Scientist

Cynthia has extensive experience producing data and AI products for new markets. Prior to joining NameCoach, she worked as VP of Data Science at Scoutible, and as Lead Data Scientist at TalkIQ (acquired by DialPad). Cynthia earned a Ph.D. from Stanford in Neural Network Modeling and Cognitive Neuroscience and holds a B.A. in Mathematics, Computer Science and Psychology from Univ. of Pennsylvania.

Jon Lacivita

Head of Growth

Jon leads NameCoach’s growth and customer success teams, including building the company’s significant footprint in the K-12 and Higher Ed markets, as well as its expansion into the broader corporate markets. Prior to joining NameCoach, Jon was VP of Business Development at Proctorio, where he scaled the sales team from its inception. Before Proctorio, Jon held sales leadership positions at American Express.



Lindsay Lee

Managing Partner Authentic Ventures

Board Member


Leah Edwards

Pegasus Tech Ventures

Board Member

Robin Bordoli


Juan Torres

Former EVP Operations Getaround

Warner Henson II



Dr. Karen Pennesi

Linguistic Anthropology Western University

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