The WIP Factory team is assembled of individuals from around the world with extensive experience in working with the mobile developer community. We also use our extensive network of experienced contacts to engage additional resources and expertise as needed to support individual projects.
Caroline Lewko – Founder & CEO
Caroline is the consummate connector with a passion for mobile! She has been in the telecom industry since 1995 as a coder, funder, business developer and entrepreneur, and is sought out by investors and C-level executives for her insights, contacts and advice. She started WIP in early 2006 with the goal of providing open information, resources and a voice for mobile developers to make their path to market easier, reduce their cycle times and increase their level of innovation.
Based in Vancouver, Caroline founded the Wireless Innovation Network of BC in 2001, as well as Wavefront, and has served as chair of both organizations. She also worked for a Hong Kong-based consultancy in business development, and in the Telecommunications Industry Group of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She received her MBA from Dalhousie University, and her BA from the University of Manitoba, and was named as one of the Top Ten Women in Wireless in 2009.
Carlo Longino – VP of Developer Program Services
Carlo has more than a decade’s experience in the mobile industry, beginning just after the turn of the century when he worked for Nokia at its headquarters in Finland and mobile data services were in their infancy. Before joining WIP in 2010, Carlo worked as a freelance consultant and writer while he completed an MBA; prior to that, he was Senior Analyst for Floor64, a Silicon Valley-based analyst firm, where he covered the mobile and fixed telecom industries. He also helped launch and spent five years running TheFeature.com, a thought leadership site owned by Nokia. Carlo is a well-known mobile blogger at MobHappy.com, and his writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business 2.0 magazine and on Dow Jones Newswires.
Carlo has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Rod Burns – Manager, Developer Engagement
Rod has been working in the mobile industry for more than 10 years with Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Marmalade. During this time he has worked in a variety of technical and marketing roles having been involved in making the first camera phone in Europe, the first Walkman branded phone and helping companies like Spotify, Square Enix and Electronic Arts make great apps.
Rod joined WIP from Marmalade, where he was responsible for building and growing their developer program, technical support team and open source community.
Teresa Ostman – VP of Marketing and Partnerships
Teresa has more than 20 years of marketing experience, working across many industries in marketing strategy development, event management and marketing partnerships. She joined WIP in early 2008 to help build its marketing partnerships and relationships with local and regional mobile groups worldwide. Teresa also provides event management and marketing for WIPJam, other WIP events and client activities all over the world.
Based outside Vancouver, Teresa has an honors degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Manitoba.
Sam started his second stint at WIP in early 2012 to enhance its web content and social media capabilities internally, and to add capacity for customer content projects. Sam has experience building and managing online media properties, and his previous mobile experience includes working for RIM. Sam is based in Vancouver and has a degree from Simon Fraser University.