Woven’s Vision

We imagine a world connected by shared experience

Woven’s Mission

To empower The Curious to discover and meaningfully experience the world

Problem

Today's travelers are seeking authentic, inspiring, and personalized experiences but are universally met with the difficult chore of making a trip happen. The current travel landscape is a maze of disjointed self-serve transactions that suck the fun out of getting away. So while travelers are seeking authentic, inspiring, and personalized experiences, many journeys instead begin with stress, uncertainty, and fear of missing out.

Solution

This is why we created Woven, an AI travel partner that helps you discover, plan, and experience perfectly-tailored travel, all in one app. Our team is fusing beautiful, user-centric design with the latest advancements in agent architectures and LLMs. What previously took hours of research can now be discovered in minutes, with destinations, accommodations, dining, and activities perfectly tailored and organized for you.

Market Opportunity

Contributing over 10% to the global GDP, the travel and tourism sector is on the brink of a significant transformation as consumers increasingly seek personalized, authentic experiences. Woven is well-positioned to deliver by providing a personal AI travel agent who’s affordable, available 24/7, anticipates questions, and shares local insights, captivating photos, maps, itineraries, pricing, and availability within seconds.

The Team

With a founding team from Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Future, and Google, we’re transforming travel with cutting-edge AI.

Leadership

Jonathan Downey 🇺🇸

Founder & CEO

Jonathan is a MIT software engineer, three-time AI/ML-startup founder, and 3rd generation pilot with a lifelong passion for travel. Jonathan founded Woven to make consumer travel more meaningful and easeful. An entrepreneur from an early age, Jonathan developed his first product at 16 which led to a patent and more than $50M in revenue. A YC alum, Jonathan has 10+ years of experience leading startups as CEO and has raised over $100M from top investors, including A16Z, Kleiner Perkins, Signalfire, First Round Capital, and GV. His first startup, Airware, helped shape the commercial drone industry and was a deep-tech company with 100+ people across hardware, flight controls, cloud services, and AI-driven analytics and insights. After an EIR at Signalfire, Jonathan founded Candidate Labs which combined human experts with a ML platform to accelerate hiring for venture-backed startups, achieving $15M+ in revenue, profitability, and the #1 spot on G2 crowd. Jonathan holds numerous patents and has been recognized for awards including MIT Tech Review's "35 Innovators Under 35."

Renee Park 🇺🇸 🇰🇷

VP of Product, AI/ML

Renee has over a decade of AI/ML product leadership experience for products spanning NLP, LLMs, signal processing, and computer vision. At Primer.ai, she launched three 0 to 1 NLP products sold to governments and Fortune 500 companies, while scaling the product & design team to 20+. As a founding product lead on Lyft’s most technical development (Mapping/Locations, Mobile Infrastructure, and Telematics), she launched the efforts behind ground-truth & imagery collection, data curation & tooling, improved location accuracy, map data, mobile product foundations, and driver telematics. During her time at Lyft the company grew 10x and went public. Prior to her operating roles, Renee spent 5 years in business & finance on Wall Street and in early-stage venture capital. She holds a BA in Physics from Princeton University.

Ryan Stevens 🇺🇸

Founder & VP of Engineering

Ryan has over 15 years of experience building high-caliber engineering teams and consumer products, initially in eCommerce for Altrec, then in music tech at Bandpage, and later in fintech at LendingClub. At Bandpage he was involved in cataloging the universe of bands and music which led to the company being acquired by Google. Ryan was responsible for major aspects of consumer growth engineering. His projects contributed to LendingClub growing loan origination volume by $1.9B. Most recently, Ryan was a co-founder & CTO of Candidate Labs along with Jonathan. At Woven Ryan is leading the development of our consumer app and the internal-facing surface areas to support rapid iteration and deployment of increasingly advanced AI agents.

Sasha Pesic 🇺🇸 🇷🇸

COO & General Counsel

Sasha is a three-time founding employee, four-time COO, and passionate world traveler (40+ countries). Sasha has 17+ years of experience scaling startups, and has helped companies raise over $500M. He was a co-founder of Livescribe, a digital smartpen writing solution, which he helped scale to over $100M in revenue. He worked with Jonathan for 4 years at Airware as one of the first hired executives, helping the company scale to 100+ people across SF and Europe. Following Airware, he was tapped by a16z to join Rapid as COO at the Series A and helped the company scale from 25 to 250+ people and a $1B+ valuation. Sasha translates business strategy into execution with a focus on scaling high-growth technology start-ups. Sasha received his JD from UCLA.

AI/ML Team

Bassam Aoun 🇺🇸 🇱🇧

Founder & Principal Software Engineer, LLMs

Bassam is a machine learning expert with over 12 years of cross-industry experience, holding a PhD in Mathematics and a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. At Candidate Labs, he spearheaded the development of industry leading domain-specific embeddings and semantic search techniques, while his work at Sizmek optimized AI-driven ad targeting. While at AIMCO, he crafted statistical models for the risk management of $20 billion in assets. With a legacy of innovative research boasting over 500 academic citations, Bassam is advancing his research focus on the systematic development of LLM Agents, aiming to create unique and tailored travel experiences.

Eric White 🇺🇸 🇫🇷

Principal Machine Learning Engineer

Eric obtained his PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Illinois. With over 8 years of experience in data-driven innovation, he has worn multiple hats as a Principal Data Scientist, Software Engineer, and Machine Learning Engineer. While at Demandbase, he played a pivotal role in building their B2B Account-Based Marketing advertising platform, which attained over $100 million in ARR within just a couple years. He developed foundational models for real-time bidding, pacing, targeting, and intent, as well as lead-generation models for marketing and sales funnels. At Candidate Labs, Eric optimized and scaled data science pipelines for a variety of domain-specific semantic models, and developed an advanced machine-learning ecosystem for orchestrating complex dependencies between models and data.

Consumer Team

Brian Kennedy 🇺🇸 🇫🇷

Staff Software Engineer

Brian is a seasoned software engineer with an early-stage consumer focus. He brings a passion for the art of the possible to solving complex problems and has worked at both startups and large tech companies, including Candidate Labs, Future, and LendingClub. Brian graduated from the American University in Paris, majoring in both Computer Science and Comparative Literature. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France. This is Brian’s 3rd company working with Ryan and 2nd working with Jonathan.

Christopher Monnier 🇺🇸 🇩🇰

Staff User Researcher

After working with doctors, nurses, and patients to help build safe and intuitive medical devices, Chris spent almost 7 years at Airbnb. He was the first researcher on the Airbnb Growth team and helped grow Airbnb’s user base by finding ways to make trip planning more collaborative. He also led research for Airbnb’s expansion into China, where he was instrumental in bringing Travel Stories to market exclusively in China. More recently, he led research for Opendoor Exclusives, a 0→1 initiative to build a third-party real estate marketplace. At Opendoor he pioneered a very rapid and iterative style of research, interviewing hundreds of buyers and sellers and working closely with executives to inform microinteractions such as how prices are displayed and macro decisions such as which buyers and sellers are a good fit for Opendoor.

Elad Gelman 🇺🇸 🇮🇱

Staff Mobile Software Engineer

Elad is a three-time founding software engineer with over 13 years of experience in both iOS and Android app development, along with deep expertise in React Native. As a founding partner and CTO at Fulfinder, Elad played a pivotal role in charting the technology course for budding enterprises. At AppMyDay, he laid the groundwork for the company's eventual acquisition by HoneyBook, where he joined HoneyBook’s founding team for mobile apps. Over his 8 years at HoneyBook he led strategy, development, and architecture for iOS and Android apps and implemented user engagement strategies that raised app ratings to 4.7 on iOS and 4.5 on Android. At Woven Elad is building our mobile app.

John West 🇺🇸 🇬🇧

Lead Brand and Product Designer

John is an accomplished product and brand designer with over 11 years of experience, specializing in creating novel 0→1 products. As one of the first 100 employees at Uber and the third designer at Uber, John was a founding designer on the driver team. The design frameworks he helped build went on to enable Uber to launch UberEats, UberPool, and many other experimental products. He played a pivotal role in launching key campaigns like Uber Ice Cream and UberPalooza and contributed to Uber’s growth with his improvements to the sign up funnel and designs for the 'Give 20 Get 20' referral program after which Uber increased gross bookings from $100 million to $1 billion annually. Following his tenure at Uber, John joined Nuro as the lead product and brand designer. There, he designed software products from the ground up that were integral to partnerships with industry giants like Kroger, Dominos, and UberEats.

Josh Everett 🇺🇸

Senior Software Engineer

Josh is a veteran product engineer with a focus on building innovative, user-centric applications. With over a decade of experience ranging from early-stage startups to Google, he brings a solution-oriented mindset toward tackling novel problems with pioneering solutions. As the 4th engineer and 10th employee at Autofusion, Josh helmed a scalable application architecture that propelled the company to become the second largest dealer services provider in the US. At BandPage, he was the UX engineering lead for an industry-leading embeddable widget platform. At YouTube, Josh was tapped to be the founding engineer for the dedicated YouTube Originals app. At Candidate Labs, Josh leveraged LLMs for data ingestion and Candidate-facing content creation. Woven marks Josh's third team-up with Ryan and second with Jonathan.

Our Investors

Woven is backed by founders & executives from Pinterest, Twitter, and Stitch Fix alongside venture funds including SignalFire, SNR, Moxxie Ventures, and Fuel Capital.

We’re in San Francisco

We’re tackling an audacious challenge and believe that collaboration is key to successfully inventing the future. We believe we do our best work through a combination of in-person collaboration and heads-down time and have a beautiful office in the heart of San Francisco where we work 2-3 days a week.

Join Us

We’re always looking for talented individuals to be a part of our growing team. If you don’t see an open role for you, please email careers@getwoven.com

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