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About OpenMessage

In 2016, our co-founders asked: why do all SMS messages have to look alike? They don’t. OpenMessage introduces the world’s first self-serve Mobile Message Design platform. Built for creators to design, launch and manage their own custom conversations from a web-application. Connecting brands and audiences 1-to-1 in real-time. Make mobile messaging meaningful.

Meet the team

Jake Lazarus

Chief Executive Officer

A software developer deeply passionate about marketing and technology, Jake founded OpenMessage with Adam Kostman in January 2017. Practicing user interface development at a New York based tech consultancy, he has experience working within a variety of verticals and analyzing the marketing goals and advertising techniques that different industries rely on to communicate with customers.

As a technology consultant, Jake has implemented strategies for rapid growth at both startups and international companies. With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and minor in computer science from the University of Rochester, Jake is particularly interested in cognitive psychology and how behavioral data can be acquired and analyzed–focused primarily on the intersection of advertising and emotion.

Adam Kostman

Chief Operating Officer

A multi-award winning art director and strategic brand consultant, Adam has experience working for both global fortune 500 and startup companies. Adam is passionate about brand creation with an emphasis on using design to create simple solutions that provide long term value.

Adam's work spans across branding campaigns, marketing collateral, UI, UX, and environmental design for clients including: AT&T, Hertz, Visa, Merck, Knewton, Purdue Pharma, and Wool & Oak. He has held various roles with some of the top brand consulting firms in the industry such as Interbrand, Pentagram, Landor Associates, and Accenture Digital.

Shaton Winston

Director of Content

Shaton Winston is an imaginative storyteller who connects humanity with technology. He's led and produced campaigns, products and platforms for audiences around the world. From digital to mobile to social and, now chatbots and machine learning, he’s evolved to solve intricate business problems.

As OpenMessage's Director of Content, he's believes collaboration leads to innovation. Shaton leads brand efforts for one of the world's most dynamic start-up platforms.

Jake Lazarus

Chief Executive Officer

A software developer deeply passionate about marketing and technology, Jake founded OpenMessage with Adam Kostman in January 2017. Practicing user interface development at a New York based tech consultancy, he has experience working within a variety of verticals and analyzing the marketing goals and advertising techniques that different industries rely on to communicate with customers.

As a technology consultant, Jake has implemented strategies for rapid growth at both startups and international companies. With a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and minor in computer science from the University of Rochester, Jake is particularly interested in cognitive psychology and how behavioral data can be acquired and analyzed–focused primarily on the intersection of advertising and emotion.

Adam Kostman

Chief Operating Officer

A multi-award winning art director and strategic brand consultant, Adam has experience working for both global fortune 500 and startup companies. Adam is passionate about brand creation with an emphasis on using design to create simple solutions that provide long term value.

Adam's work spans across branding campaigns, marketing collateral, UI, UX, and environmental design for clients including: AT&T, Hertz, Visa, Merck, Knewton, Purdue Pharma, and Wool & Oak. He has held various roles with some of the top brand consulting firms in the industry such as Interbrand, Pentagram, Landor Associates, and Accenture Digital.

Shaton Winston

Director of Content

Shaton Winston is an imaginative storyteller who connects humanity with technology. He's led and produced campaigns, products and platforms for audiences around the world. From digital to mobile to social and, now chatbots and machine learning, he’s evolved to solve intricate business problems.

As OpenMessage's Director of Content, he's believes collaboration leads to innovation. Shaton leads brand efforts for one of the world's most dynamic start-up platforms.

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