Chief Executive Officer
Steven founded TakeLessons in 2006 with a simple mission to make a positive, lasting impact on millions of people. The best way to accomplish that mission was to use technology to help artists make a living doing what they love.
Steven's passion for music developed early. He grew up singing and playing bass guitar in the family gospel band with his parents and three brothers. Steven went on to play in several bands and DJ in clubs during college before ultimately releasing two alternative rock albums on Convertible Fly Records with his bandmate Enrique Platas.
Although rooted in music, TakeLessons has expanded to serve many verticals, including academic tutoring and performing arts. Throughout the growth, the mission has remained unchanged.
Prior to founding TakeLessons, Steven was Managing Partner of Reddito LLC, an e-commerce and Internet marketplace consulting firm with clients including Cisco, Club Med, Wells Fargo, and Intel.
Steven also served as Vice President of Business Development for CollegeClub.com, an early social network, and was a founding employee of PurchasePro, a B2B marketplace that grew to an IPO in 1999.
Steven graduated with honors from Eastern Kentucky University with degrees in Investment Finance and Human Communications. He writes regularly about business, motivation, and life lessons on his blog: http://stevencox.com/
Karen Baumbach, CPA
Vice President, Finance
Karen has over 23 years of accounting, financial operations, and management consulting experience. She has held senior management positions with Ernst & Young, MP3.com, Vivendi Universal, Artes Medical, and Online Guru.
Karen began her career at Ernst & Young where she was part of the Entrepreneurial Services Group and worked with many start-up and growth companies in the areas of audit, tax, business consulting, and process improvements. While at MP3.com, she was part of the company's rapid growth as it grew from 3 to over 400 employees.
During her career, Karen has amassed significant transactional experience, including a number of initial public offerings. Prior to joining TakeLessons she worked for a privately-held Internet publishing company with over 45 million unique visitors per year.
Karen received her Bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Vice President, Marketing and Growth
Jon is a passionate, data-driven marketer responsible for growing TakeLessons alongside a creative team of talented marketers and engineers who are hungry to make a positive impact.
He holds a degree in Financial Management from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and after graduating moved into sales with Dartmouth Pharmaceuticals as the Territory Manager in Connecticut where he grew up. Drawn by the ocean and warmer weather, Jon moved to Southern California with his wife and began his career in digital marketing as Product Marketing and Sales Manager for WebAssist, a company that enables its customers to develop websites quickly through the use of Dreamweaver extensions.
Since then, he's dedicated his time and energy to help build TakeLessons into the leading marketplace where teachers can make a living doing what they love, and students can learn and pursue their passions through private lessons and group classes.
In his free time, Jon enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, surfing, tennis, and hanging out at the beach with friends.