We’re a team of technologists, bold entrepreneurs, creatives, and problem solvers who use outside-the-box thinking to solve today’s toughest societal challenges. We believe that culture matters and that diverse perspectives and ideas are vital to creating a meaningful dent in the universe.
Born in Kuwait, nurtured in the Philippines and raised in the Bronx to immigrant parents, Ryan considers himself as global citizen with roots in diverse cultures. He believes in leveraging the intersection of culture, technology and innovation to solve the greatest challenges facing diaspora migrant communities and beyond.
Ryan is a seasoned social entrepreneur, helping to grow tech companies such as eKindling, Catchafire, and FeastonGood. In 2008, he co-founded eKindling, an education venture that piloted One Laptop Per Child’s XO laptop and new ways of digital learning in rural island of the Philippines. He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines, where he explored mass eviction of urban poor communities and sustainable city design. In his spare time, he likes to reminisce about the greatness of the 90s.
Cesley is a graphic & web designer based in Richmond, Virginia. Since becoming an alumna of VCUarts’s nationally top-ranked design program, she spends most of her time over-analyzing small details, anticipating human interactions & behaviors, tinkering with html & css, and pushing pixels around the screen. When she’s not busy with design, she consumes what some people might consider an unhealthy amount of sushi (whatever that means).
Chris is an entrepreneur and filmmaker as well as a producer of content for the web and television. In 2008, he co-founded and launched one of the first successful channels on YouTube that generated over half a billion views and reached over half a million subscribers. He loves brainstorming sessions… especially when it comes to what to eat for lunch.
Sherina Ong is NextDayBetter’s resident wordsmith. She believes that stories make the world go ‘round and that if you control your own story, you control your own destiny. Her writing has been featured in various online publications based in NYC, Toronto, and Manila. Her favorite word? Catharsis.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Katrina Navasca is currently a graphic design student at VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia. She believes in honest, effective design that is less but better. On a normal day, you can catch her illustrating food, playing with animation, or taking her daily nap.