At ZapLabs, we care about collaboration. Every individual in our team brings something unique to the table – and we channel that diversity of thought into our work. We’re curious – willing to ask questions, explore perspectives, analyze data, and put our user’s experience at the forefront of our product development process. And we constantly seek out opportunities for improvement – so that we can provide more value to more agents, brokers, and consumers.
Alla Rodina | QA Team Lead
I love the energy in this place now. With many new folks joining the team, there is so much diversity and collective strength…and a sure sign of growth.
Jamie WilsonChief Executive Officer
Jamie Wilson, ZapLabs President and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations. As a 16-year veteran of ZapLabs, Jamie has helped lead the company toward developing an award-winning website, a robust CRM, and engaging mobile products since his arrival. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, he served as Senior Vice President of Technology, directing product development and technology efforts.
Before he joined the company, Jamie served as Director of Investment Services at Pension Dynamics Corporations, where he helped develop the company’s technology and marketing strategies. Prior to that, he worked at Prizm Communications, where he leveraged new communications technologies to develop one of the first virtual call centers.
He joined ZapLabs (then called ZipRealty) in 2000, and is the company’s second-longest tenured employee (while he hasn’t been with the company quite as long as Jake Lyman, Jamie does believe his time has been just as well-spent).
Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He lives in Lafayette, California with his wife, his three children and his yellow lab, who happens to be the CEO of the household.
Jake LymanChief Product Operations Officer
Jake Lyman has served in a variety of roles since the beginning of his journey with ZapLabs (then called ZipRealty) in 1999. In his current role as Chief Product Operations Officer, Jake facilitates the successful delivery of Zap to Realogy Brand Affiliates, and spearheads efforts to engage Zap’s users and stakeholders through customer success, support, marketing, and business development.
A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Jake is ZapLabs’s longest tenured employee. He has worked in almost every department (except engineering) since joining the company in 1999 (approximately three months before Jamie Wilson’s start date, as he likes to remind his colleague).
Jake is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and lives with his wife and two children in Berkeley.
Michael DavisVP, DevOps and Chief Architect
As VP of DevOps and Chief Architect, Michael leads the DevOps team, the Data Science & Data Engineering teams, and the MLS Data team. He coordinates between DevOps, IT, and the Engineering team to improve our technical infrastructure and release management functions. He works with the Data Science & Data Engineering teams to drive insights, algorithm development, and reporting. Michael also works with the MLS Data team to acquire and normalize MLS data from the hundreds of MLS’s that Zap coordinates with.
Michael has been an essential part of the ZapLabs team for over 15 years, and has worked on almost every part of the Zap technology stack during his time here. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and currently lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife and two kids. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, cooking, his never-ending landscaping projects, and marcona almonds.
Arpan DalalVP, Engineering
Arpan, our Vice President of Engineering, oversees both the Engineering and QA teams at ZapLabs. Arpan and his team develop innovative solutions to support brokers and agents in using Zap for every aspect of their daily business.
Prior to joining ZapLabs, Arpan led the enterprise software development team at Predictive Solutions, a SaaS platform for collecting safety inspections and using advanced analytics to predict and prevent worker injuries. His ten-year career at Predictive Solutions involved a great deal of programming, statistics, predictive modeling, and leading engineering teams.
Arpan began his career in software engineering and remains a passionate developer. He enjoys spending time with his kids on various Raspberry Pi/IoT projects.
Colin McConnellVP, Product
As VP of Product at ZapLabs, Colin leads the Product Management, UI/UX Design, and UX Research teams. In his role, he works with the UX Research team to discover users’ motivations and needs. He brings that knowledge to the UX/UI Design team to create compelling and empathetic experiences that help users fulfill those needs. He also works to define Zap’s overall product strategy with the Product Management team.
Colin got his start in technology building websites on GeoCities’ free site builder in the late 90’s – and the results weren’t always pretty. Despite these humble origins, he’s been an advocate for research-driven prioritization and maximizing user experience at ZapLabs – and our results have been a lot prettier because of that. He also focuses on maximizing business value to engineering effort and well-groomed backlogs.
Colin joined ZapLabs as an intern in 2010 and is still referred to as “the intern” to a healthy degree. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, where he lists co-teaching a student-led course on the History of Middle Earth as one of his highest achievements. Colin lives in Emeryville and enjoys biking to work, playing music, practicing yoga, and flannel shirts.
Tom MorganVP, Data Engineering
As VP of Data Engineering at ZapLabs, Tom Morgan leads ZapLabs’ efforts to use data technology to propel the real estate industry forward. Tom works with data science, machine learning, and data engineering to ideate and deliver new, innovative features to the Zap platform. His team focuses on lead optimization, agent and broker incentives, decision-making, analytics, and insights.
Before joining ZapLabs, Tom spent over 20 years in the technology industry where he developed his passion for all things data. He spent his early career as an executive with Accenture’s communications and technology practice and later joined the world of startups – most recently with Gracenote and Appdynamics in San Francisco.
Tom has a degree in computer science and philosophy from UC Berkeley and lives in Berkeley with his wife and two sons. In his free time, Tom enjoys cycling the Sierras and spectating events for the “real” athletes in his family.
Dan RallsGeneral Counsel
Dan Ralls is responsible for all legal aspects of the company. He has enjoyed spending his in-house career as a legal counsel to technology companies – particularly cloud and platform solutions. He’s held positions as General Counsel of mobile messaging provider Mblox, General Counsel of cloud IT & communications company Intermedia, Assistant General Counsel of foreign exchange platform FXall, and Corporate Counsel at scientific and medical publisher Elsevier.
Dan began his legal career as an attorney at global law firm Winston & Strawn in New York, where he focused on technology & IP transactions, mergers & acquisitions, securities, and finance. He is also pro bono counsel to Sama, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara and a law degree from Boston College Law School. He lives in San Francisco with his family and enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and pretending to have at least one active hobby, which, for the purposes of this bio, we’ll say is jai alai.
Richard TsoSr Director, Information Systems
As Senior Director of Information Systems, Richard leads our Infrastructure Operations, System Support, and Oracle Database teams. Richard and his team provide the infrastructure to the Zap platform, from development to production.
Throughout his career, Richard has held many roles in Information Systems at various technology and biotechnology companies. Prior to joining ZapLabs, he worked in the online gaming industry, managing a team that was responsible for high transaction infrastructure.
Richard has been with ZapLabs since 2009, and holds a B.S. in Molecular Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. He lives in the East Bay and in his free time he enjoys camping and hiking with his dog, Lucy.
Valli NachiappanSr Director, Engineering
Valli Nachiappan, Senior Director of Engineering at ZapLabs, helps lead Zap’s transition to newer implementations, such as microservice architecture and cloud-based solutions.
Before joining ZapLabs, Valli led the engineering team at Yapstone, a payment platform technology, and focused on building microservices and analytics for fraud and risk management. Previously, she was part of a team that built out investment analytics software on the Foreign Exchange trading platform from inception to launch at Union Bank.
Valli is a graduate of Cal State LA with a dual degree in computer science and psychology. She enjoys ice cream, chocolate, veggies, and analyzing everything from politics to technology solutions!
Prashant LadoleDirector, Engineering
As the Director of Engineering, Prashant Ladole, leads a team responsible for development of Security and Backend services and integration of external systems into the Zap platform.
Throughout his career, Prashant has worked on development of various software products. He previously led a team to develop SOA solutions in the financial industry and big data analytics.
Prashant holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Aurangabad University, India. He lives in Fremont, California with his wife and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys biking and hiking with his daughters.
Shekhar MuniDirector, MLS Data Engineering
As the Director of Operations Engineering, Shekhar focuses on MLS Data Engineering at ZapLabs. Shekhar joined ZapLabs (then ZipRealty) as a contractor in 1999 and became a permanent employee in 2000 as a MLS Data Engineer. He has been with company since the beginning, working on the first version of Zap in Perl, the website ZipNotify feature, but primarily on MLS Data Engineering. Since 2000, Shekhar and his team have expanded the system from a modest 4 Bay Area MLSs to 500 MLSs in 2016.
Prior to joining ZapLabs, Shekhar worked in the IT unit of the Department of Education, in New York City, and before that as an Internet Programmer for Reliance in Mumbai, India.
Shekhar enjoys spending time with his family and catching up on movies whenever he’s not thinking about work. He is also a huge fan of Indian Music Maestro Ilayaraaja and listens to his music all the time.
Marissa AzzaraDirector, Product Engagement
As Director of Engagement at ZapLabs, Marissa leads the Product Engagement team. In her role, she works with her team to drive user excitement, understanding and utilization of Zap.
Marissa’s first taste of ZapLabs’ technology was when she was looking to buy her first house in 2003, and ZipRealty.com was one of the few real estate websites available. She used an agent from the site and was pleased at how in-control she was and how seamless it was to work with an agent.
A few years later, she wanted to try her skills as a real estate agent, and knew she had to do it with ZapLabs technology. Marissa joined ZapLabs in 2011 to build agent communications and training and to help add an agent voice to the technology.
She holds a B.S. in Biology from UC San Diego, where she was able to visit the ocean daily. Marissa now lives in Alameda and enjoys walking her dog, cooking, baking, drink-making, and singing really loud with her kids in the car.
Charles SollaDirector, Product Design
As Director of Product Design, Charles collaborates with teams of Designers, UX Researchers, Engineers and Product Managers to develop the best user experience to engage home buyers, sellers, and agents. Charles and his team help design and drive the future of ZapLabs products — creating intuitive, compelling websites, web-based applications and mobile apps.
Always intrigued by design, Charles began his early career as a graphic designer during the dot-com days. He has a passion for user experience and solving challenging design problems. He joined ZapLabs in 2004, and has designed the Zap platform for over a decade.
Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Cal Poly Pomona. Charles lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons and enjoys coaching little league baseball, playing basketball, adventure races, CrossFit and Korean chicken wings.
David HeffronDirector, Quality Assurance
As Director of Quality Assurance, David leads the ZapLabs Software QA team, and works closely with the Engineering, Product, Design, Support, Dev Ops, and IT teams to deliver consumer and business applications that are as feature-rich and bug-free as possible.
David began his high-tech career on the Technical Support team for a DOS-based application and helped create a QA department when development began on the then, "brand new" Windows platform. Prior to joining ZapLabs in 2008, David ran QA teams at an enterprise asset management software company and a mortgage bank, separated by a number of years as a software consultant with clients including CalTrans and Southern California Edison.
David grew up in the East Bay and holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!). In his free time, he enjoys attending concerts with his wife and friends, listening to music in their Vallejo home, hiking with their dogs in the neighboring Benicia State Park, and backpacking and alpine climbing in the High Sierra.
Tutt MrasekDirector, Brand Success
As the Director of Brand Success, Tutt facilitates communications between ZapLabs and Realogy’s top brands. He coordinates relationship development and builds fluid processes that bridge the two organizations.
For the last 8 years, Tutt has built and worked with some of the top Retention Sales and Customer Success teams in the SaaS market.
He holds a degree in Auto Engineering, which has absolutely no bearing to his current role (the real estate industry is fairly new to Tutt, but he’s adapted well!) He hails from the great state of Michigan, and lives with his wife and two children in Walnut Creek.
Ashley SalazarDirector, Product Management
As Director of Product Management, Ashley leads product management processes and helps to define product strategy at ZapLabs. Her passion for data-driven decision making and analytic rigor helps the team prioritize development efforts – and create great experiences for home buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals.
Ashley joined ZapLabs in 2012 as the first Product Manager on the Consumer Products team. Before then, she was part of a product management rotational program at TripAdvisor, where she focused on internationalization.
Originally from the East Coast, Ashley attended Dartmouth College, where she learned how to brave cold weather like a champ, and graduated in 2010. She loves cross-country skiing, yoga, Scandinavian crime novels, British fiction, astrophotography, and coding on the weekends.
Dario NovoaDirector, Front-end Engineering
As Director of Front-end Engineering, Dario sets the direction of the team by providing leadership, organization, and guidance along with technical and architectural leadership for all Front-end projects while establishing best practices and software engineering processes to ensure that the organization scales. His goals are to maximize productivity, quality, and collaboration with other teams to drive product innovation that delight our users.
Since then, his passion for Front-end technologies has been fueled by inspiration from his self-taught programming and Graphic Design education. He owned a small Web Design & Development Studio in 2002 while studying, and after graduating, he received an invitation to become an instructor for Web Design & CAD at his alma mater before moving on to his master's while freelancing and later joining ZipRealty in 2013.
Dario holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Graphic Design from the University of the Andes, a Master’s degree in "Management, Design, and Development of New Products" from the Universitat Politècnica de València and a Master's in Web design & New Media from the Academy of Art University.
He’s also an avid Star Wars fan, 3D printing/modeling, IoT and electronics enthusiast and Mechanical Keyboard geek.
Eric SpiveyDirector, Monetization
Eric Spivey, Director of Monetization at ZapLabs, leads the search engine marketing team and drives SEO marketing and the ZapLeads program.
Before joining ZapLabs, Eric worked in the solar industry for over six years, where he connected thousands of clients with affordable financing for residential solar systems and helped reduce our carbon footprint.
Eric holds a master’s degree in digital media from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two sons and enjoys painting and sketching portraits, reading hard sci-fi (even though he understands less than 10% of it), playing make-believe with his kids (he always gets to be Moana), grilling, and sipping tasty IPAs on the weekend.
Corey S.HR Business Partner
As the HR Business Partner at ZapLabs, Corey is responsible for attracting, retaining and engaging top talent. She is passionate about taking a proactive approach to the employee experience by fostering employee development, taking a data driven approach to solving organizational challenges and forming meaningful connections with the teams she supports.
Over the past 8 years Corey has served the "people" function for several different companies, ranging from video games to hospitality. It’s been a wild ride and she’s thrilled to be at Zap!
She has a degree in Business Management Economics from UC Santa Cruz. Corey grew up in San Diego, but has lived in the Bay Area for the majority of her adult life… with the exception of a year stint in Boston. Too cold for this California native! She lives in Oakland with her boyfriend and the most beautiful dog in the world (clearly not biased). In her free-time she enjoys escaping to nature, making art and all forms of exercise!