Leadership Team

Michael Svatek

Mike Svatek

CEO and Co-Founder

Mike's ability to think big, as well as his passion and commitment to market evolving ideas and excellent products, led him to the principles upon which Rivet has been built:  By working together, brands and consumers can make products, services, and experiences mind-blowingly better. Prior to co-founding Rivet, Mike was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Product Officer at Bazaarvoice, where he helped grow the business into the world's largest social SaaS company. He's also held executive and leadership roles at Baynote, a leading ecommerce personalization platform, and Interwoven, one of the world's largest and most successful content management software platforms. Mike earned his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and his BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently serves on the Information Management Advisory Board for the McCombs School of Business.

Ben Lail

Ben Lail

CTO and Co-Founder

Passionate about emerging technologies and building agile, innovative, and focused technology teams, Ben leads product, engineering, and operations teams at Rivet. His diverse career spans software development, information security, network operations, systems administration, and professional services. Recognized as an industry expert in security, he is a published author in the area of information security, and he is the architect of several large-scale consumer-facing systems. Prior to co-founding Rivet, Ben led the ethical hacking team for the State of Texas. Tasked with assessing the security of data centers, agencies, and public universities for the State of Texas, his team helped to ensure the security of the systems that operate one of the world's largest economies. Ben was a senior systems engineer for the BSAFE SDK division of RSA Security, where he was awarded the distinction of being named Systems Engineer of the Year, and has also held the positions with Advanced Micro Devices, Dell, Resilience, Array Networks, and Accudata Systems. He attended the University of Texas at Austin.

Dianna Koltz

Dianna Koltz

VP of Customer

Having been publicly acknowledged by Direct Marketing News as a "30 under 30" for her ability to lead and transform growing teams, Dianna is fiercely committed to providing measurable results for clients. Before joining Rivet, Dianna held the role of VP of Client Services at Marketvine by Dell, where she was awarded the Dell Gold Award for her leadership. She has also held executive and strategic roles at startups and public companies including Bazaarvoice, Adperio, and Meredith Corporation. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Online Trust Alliance, and has spoken at numerous industry events. Dianna currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Akins New Tech Academy in Austin, Texas, and is the co-founder of the ATX Customer Success Management Professionals organization. She earned her BA in News-Internet from Drake University.

Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider

VP of Product

Engaging and connecting consumers through technology has been the main focus of Ben's tenure in product and business management. Prior to joining Rivet, Ben oversaw the strategic and operational direction of social products as Vice President and General Manager at Demand Media, where he managed two key product lines: Pluck, an integrated community platform, and CoveritLive, a leading real-time social content solution. Under his leadership, from 2011 to 2014 CoveritLive grew from a recent acquisition that had been positioned as a free product to a multi-million dollar product line that went on to be re-acquired. Ben held roles leading product for various businesses over his time with Pluck and Demand Media, and formerly held technology and product leadership positions at Affiniscape, which is now YourMembership. Ben earned his BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and has served as President, Vice President, and a Board Member for The University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band.

Advisor Team

Deren Baker

Deren Baker

Deren is the CEO of Jumpshot, a market intelligence platform laser focused on utilizing the world's largest source of aggregated data to provide marketers with unique, actionable insights.  Deren has spent over 20 years in the e-commerce and software as a service industries at companies as diverse as Travelocity.com and Citysearch.com.  Prior to Jumpshot, Deren was the Chief Operating Officer at Switchfly, a travel commerce and loyalty platform that sold over one billion dollars in travel and processed over 35 billion loyalty program points annually.

Dan Beldy

Dan Beldy

Dan is the founder and managing director of llx, a venture holding company, and has spent the last 20 years as an investor and entrepreneur. Previously, Dan was a managing director leading the US team at Steamboat Ventures, the VC affiliate of The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that, he was a partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, the first venture firm exclusively focused on software investments. Dan has been involved as investor and advisor with several companies including Playdom, acquired by Disney (NYSE: DIS); Greystripe, acquired by ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK); and Starmine, acquired by Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI). Earlier in his career Dan was an officer and F/A-18 instructor pilot for the U.S. Navy. Dan has a B.S. in Comp Sci with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Michael is the Vice President of marketing for the White Lodging portfolio of 170 hotels equating to over $1.6 billion in annual revenues. He possesses over 20 years of international management experience, working with companies such as White Lodging, Knight-Ridder, The Nature Conservancy, KSL Capital Partners and Eastman Kodak. Michael's specialties lie in digital marketing and web application implementations, all with a proven track record of success. A native of the Chicagoland area, he is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago with a degree in design and currently resides in Southern California with his wife Gina and two beautiful daughters.

Tim Hayden

Tim Hayden

Tim advises brands and agencies on the challenges and opportunities presented by mobility. Formerly the SVP of Mobile Strategy at Edelman, he’s founded TTH Strategy, NION, GamePlan, and 44Doors, and been a catalyst for innovation at Dell, Bacardi, ExxonMobil, Hilton, and other global brands. He has also proudly served the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels and More, Austin Sports Commission, and other non-profits. Tim is the co-author of The Mobile Commerce Revolution, published by Pearson.

Brett Hurt

Brett Hurt

Brett is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, mentor, and community benefactor. Brett co-founded Bazaarvoice, where he served as CEO through the company’s IPO process. He also founded Coremetrics, a successful web analytics firm later acquired by IBM. He spends much of his time growing startups in Austin as an investor and board member; he also serves as EIR at The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.

Joe McCann

Joe McCann

Joe is the co-founder and CEO of NodeSource, an enterprise Node.js software company. Previously, he was the head of digital and creative technology at Mother New York, a leading brand and digital agency. Joe has also served in engineering leadership and mobile architect roles at Bazaarvoice, where he led mobile innovation and developer advocacy teams to promote decentralized social APIs for use internally and externally.

Erin Nelson

Erin Nelson

Erin is the CMO of SunPower and a dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience in social ecommerce technology, sales, marketing, P&L delivery, and global business leadership. Erin was previously the CMO for Bazaarvoice, where she helped bring the company public in 2012. She also served as the CMO of Dell Computer, where she led the Dell.com business, and was responsible for the company’s global brand, communications, media, and agency efforts.

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