Our Team


Valyant’s management team brings decades of experience building high-growth startups, raising institutional capital, delivering innovative products to market, providing excellent customer support and a world-class culture

Rob Carpenter

CEO & Founder

Passionate technologist and serial entrepreneur driven to bring new and exciting products to market. Rob has an MBA with a specialization in Enterprise Technology Management, has spent two years on the board of a VC fund and was named one of the top 25 young professionals in Colorado and received the Colorado Trailblazer award.

Jason Curran

Head of Engineering

Experienced Vice President of Engineering and Product with successful history of working at start-up and large media organizations, including Oath, Aol, Yahoo!, Associated Content and Rocky Mountain News. Has extensive knowledge of cloud-based publishing tools, content and analytics platforms. Developed micro-services that power websites, mobile applications, voice controlled devices and social network platforms.


Our advisors provide complementary backgrounds to our mission of creating massive efficiencies, including experience with mega-franchises like McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, quantitative researchers, retail executives and corporate venture executives.

Sue Pittacora

Fmr. Sr. Director, Global Consumer Insights @ McDonald's

Versatile senior level leader with global expertise leading business analytics and sales growth, leveraging a passion for innovation and automation. During her 24-year tenure at McDonald’s Corporation she led multiple global Centers of Excellence in the areas of Operations, Insights and Analytics, coupled with ten years in the US financial analytics group and she was responsible for leading customer obsession and business growth through advanced analytics.

Mike Dzura

Fmr. VP of Operations, Central Region @ Yum! Brands

Visionary leader for multi-billion Fortune 500 organizations, including Yum! Brands, Chili’s and GameStop. Documented record of increased sales, operating income, market penetration, and customer service levels. Provides leadership based on inverted-pyramid, servant leader philosophy and customer first as top priority. Adept at optimizing resources, generating cost savings and promoting innovative solutions in complex environments.


Valyant AI has assembled a world-class group of early stage investors, including the preeminent private equity fund in restaurant franchise technology, funds with expertise in retail and individual investors with multi-billion dollar exits.

Steve Goodbarn

CEO, Secure64

Former Independent Director for Dish Network and an accomplished Entrepreneur with experiences across cyber security, investment management, corporate governance, and compliance. Currently the CEO of Secure64, a security-as-a-service DNS solution provider, which currently manages billions of requests per year across 20% of global mobile subscribers.

Alan Silverman

Head of Essaness Partners

Family office with wide-ranging investment interests in internet companies, digital technology, biotechnology and consumer businesses, including companies that serve the rapidly growing Hispanic market in the United States. The office is also in the industrial real estate business and he is or has been a director of numerous corporations both public and private and philanthropic including: Teletech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ), Bodega Latina Corporation and LRN.