Other social marketplace apps connect you with strangers and hope for the best. That seems crazy to us. We have experience with the power of trusted first and second-degree networks. Aqqaint makes it easy to do more with the people you trust!
The Founding Team
Steve GarofanoCo-Founder - Operations
Nick PortlanceCo-Founder - Marketing
Matt ParkCo-Founder - Technology
Steve oversees operations and is responsible for driving Aqqaint’s overall direction and success. He is a passionate problem solver and loves a good challenge. Steve founded Aqqaint to tackle the lack of trust in the sharing economy. A vital economic force, which Steve believes is the way of the future. He holds two Master’s degrees. He has experience working as a White House analyst and has held senior positions with Boeing and Oracle, developing software solutions to meet some of our government’s most difficult challenges.
Steve is also an outgoing light-hearted family man and avid Red Sox fan who’s not afraid of the Green Monster!
Nick has owned multiple small businesses over the past decade spanning a variety of sectors including art, real estate, consumer products, and technology. He is a natural leader who honed his leadership skills in the U.S. Air Force. Nick was first introduced to Steve and Matt while running a team for Boeing where they designed software for the U.S. Special Operations Command. He is energized by tough problems with solutions that can have meaningful impacts. There could no better problem for Nick than solving the challenge of bringing trust and accountability to the sharing economy.
In his spare time, Nick loves to paint and spend time with his family. He holds a B.S. in Asian Studies and an M.B.A in Entrepreneurship.
Matt loves all things technical. He joined Aqqaint as a co-founder because he believes in the power of interpersonal relationships. The current solutions do not recognize trust as the universal currency behind day to day transactions. Matt has a long history of leadership stemming from his service as an Army Airborne Infantryman, management of projects and events in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, as well as leadership roles with Boeing and Booz Allen Hamilton focused on Big Data, Cloud, and Cyber Security. In each position, Matt led implementation of solutions to transform processes, people, and data. He values a lean approach to developing software that puts the emphasis on building products based on real user feedback.
Matt is a family man and enjoys boating with friends in his spare time. He’s engaged in graduate studies in Software Engineering at Harvard and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University.