Leadership Team

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Advait Shinde

Co-Founder & CEO

Advait co-founded GoGuardian to provide K-12 schools with new technologies that enable students to engage in a better learning experience. His dedication to help unlock student potential in education is made clear through his mission of using the internet in an open, but safe way. In his role as CEO of GoGuardian, Advait brings his passion for using data and technology to solve problems in education.

Based on his accomplishments in education and technology, Advait was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Education in 2016, as a finalist for Los Angeles Business Journal’'s CTO of the Year in 2017, as a finalist for Ernst & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles in 2018, and for Los Angeles Business Journal’s 20 in Their 20s in 2019.

Before co-founding GoGuardian, Advait worked at Google as an engineer, combining innovation with the power of scale and helping to launch key products, such as Google Pay (formerly Google Wallet). Advait holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UCLA.

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Tyler Shaddix

Chief innovation Officer

Tyler led GoGuardian’s product strategy from 2015-2021, overseeing the conception and development of GoGuardian Teacher and AI-powered Smart Alerts, along with envisioning and leading the development of the breakthrough suicide prevention tool, Beacon. His contributions have fueled GoGuardian’s growth and affirmed the company’s products as the industry’s gold standard, earning multiple industry awards and endorsements.

With a decade of software development experience, Tyler founded two SaaS analytics companies prior to joining GoGuardian. He is an acclaimed thought leader, open-source contributor, and public speaker on topics such as UX, high-growth product development, education technology, and design thinking.

Tyler holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Merced.

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Elizabeth Dadanian

Chief People Officer

Liz leads GoGuardian’s PeopleOps in support of the philosophy that people are why the business succeeds. GoGuardian is just at the beginning of writing its amazing story, and Liz is cultivating an intentional culture as the bedrock of even further growth, scale, and innovation. Through more than 25 years of experience leading teams in Fortune 50, start-up, and consulting environments, she has developed the understanding that it isn’t just what people do, but why and how they do it that matters. Liz also oversees talent management, development, recruiting, diversity and inclusion, HR service delivery, and facilities.

A CPA with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California, Liz founded a leadership consulting company and has held numerous leadership roles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Toyota Motors Sales, and ZestFinance.

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Cyrus Mistry


Cyrus oversees GoGuardian’s teams tasked with designing and building the expansion of GoGuardian’s product offerings in the K-12 space. Cyrus brings 25 years of hardware and software experience with roles in product management, program management, and software development, culminating most recently in an executive leadership role at Google.

Over 14 years at Google, Cyrus managed the education, enterprise, and consumer sides of product teams, including Android, Chrome, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Tasks, and the Enterprise Search business. Most notably, he served as the original product lead responsible for launching Chromebooks to schools worldwide, a product that is now the market leader in K-12 globally.

Cyrus holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in both computer science and biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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Brandon McAllister

Chief Revenue Officer

Brandon leads GoGuardian’s revenue team while helping shape long-term strategy for scale. He brings nearly two decades of experience leading high-performance sales and operations teams through multimillion-dollar revenue growth, organizational changes, mergers, and acquisitions.

Prior to GoGuardian, McAllister served as VP, Enterprise Sales, North America for Everbridge, where he was instrumental in helping the company nearly triple its annual recurring revenue. McAllister has additionally held leadership and executive sales roles at Monster, PowerReviews, LinkedIn, and CareerBuilder.

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Mike Jonas

Chief Financial Officer

Mike leads the finance organization and supports the company as it continues to drive growth and expansion in the K-12 market. With more than 20 years of finance and corporate growth experience, Mike previously served as the CFO of ThriftBooks, one of the largest online sellers of used books in the world with over 20 million book sales a year. Prior to that position, Mike spent 14 years at Microsoft, where he held various senior financial and operational roles across the company in corporate finance and Microsoft Office and Bing business units.

Mike has an incredible track record in guiding and scaling SaaS businesses, as well as a unique instinct for identifying and managing high-performing and smart growth opportunities.

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Kate Beihl

Kate Beihl

Vice President, Marketing

Kate leads GoGuardian’s marketing team, bringing over 20 years in leadership and executive roles in education, technology, healthcare, and B2B marketing. She oversees all aspects of GoGuardian’s brand strategy and integrated marketing, elevating the company’s unique story of empowering safer students for better learning through technology.

Kate joined GoGuardian’s leadership team through the merger with Pear Deck. Kate served as the Vice President of Marketing at Pear Deck. She joined the company after their Series A and built out the go-to-market functions while leading brand partnerships, product marketing, public relations, social strategy, successfully growing Pear Deck’s global community of educators.

Kate holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Iowa.

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