We Are Ready. The era of democratized data is here!

 
 

Cocoon was founded by people from very different walks of life – it brings together extensive marketing, insights and customer experience expertise without forgetting our dermatological and cosmetics business intelligence. We’ve worked with some of the world’s leading agencies and clients. We’ve also built robust technologies and run late-stage funds. We believe in getting the right talent rather than it being tied to a specific location, employment format or timezone. We want the crazy thinkers, passionate doer’s and courageous advisors! Cocoon is based on loving what you do and creating something completely new. Cocoon has the most amazing diverse and talented team located in several countries.  But no country boundaries are going to keep us from making an impact!

 

Nita Sederholm / CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Nita has a background in connecting the dots between users, brands and services. She has been building brand strategies suitable for the digital age in China, Germany and Finland. Her main focus has for years been in digital service design and she has worked on numerous global transformation strategies such as HARTMANN, Faber-Castell and Wempe

Her main client for years was Beiersdorf where she built the digital transformation strategy for the dermatology business unit (Eucerin, Aquaphor) and rolled it out in over 50 countries. She worked on overseeing the transformation for four years over themes such as Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Hypersensitive skin (Rosacea), Ageing skin and Sun.

Nita's passion is skin and technology. She loves design, typography and bubbles. See her aesthetic here.  Nita has additionally created a design methodology called Contextual Data Driven Design that she has used through out her career to create disruptive products and programs. 

 
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Antti Uusiheimala / CFO & Co-FOUNDER

Antti’ is the backbone of company development and strategic business development at Cocoon. His background is in patient monitoring and he traveled at an early age to set up the US operations of a startup called CRF-health. He has a Masters degree in both Finance and Law, which have been the foundation for his track record of building funds such as Vision Capital. He has additionally worked in private investment and at Goldman Sachs

Antti see’s that the purchase power of women is to large extent underestimated. The untapped opportunity is for the brands who are serving that audience to become truly customer centric by understanding their audiences and build better products and partnerships.

Antti is driven by strategic excellence and want's to make big dreams come true. He is a logical thinker and excels at building companies and learning new things. Antti loves quantum physics, hot yoga and pho. 

 
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Christopher Shaffer / CTO

Chris has worked his whole career in developing complex business intelligence software such as Capital IQ and Climb Credit (student loan platforms.  He has held various positions from actual engineering to leading teams on both hands on tasks and strategic planning. He was Head of Engineering at Rel Sci. Chris thinks that one of the next bridges we need to build as a society is one connecting different aspects of our health – tying medicine to all-around wellness, mental health, and beauty.

Cocoon is tackling one piece of that problem; the ability to use data and statistics to discover new insights is extremely powerful. My experience using software in the industries of investing, relationship-building, and lending has lead me to appreciate technology’s capacity to automate away the things that can be expressed in pure numbers – so you can focus on the things that can’t.

Chris loves cats, comics and Japanese food. And complex systems- of course.

 

 
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Andra Vaduva / HEaD OF GROWTH

Andra has worked in digital advertising and technology in leading marketing roles throughout her career activating in several industries such as beauty, fashion, on-demand services, and SaaS just to name a few.  In her spare time she is building a chatbot called Hiboo.ai and she’s also running a community for Women With Accents in North America to help all women learn how to turn their accent into an asset in the business and social environments. 

Every project she is now part of has a common mission, to empower women, give them a real voice and put technology to good use to tackle real issues like anxiety and depression. She joined Cocoon for these specific reasons to turn the beauty industry on its head and start a data revolution where women take decisions on their skin care conditions based on unbiased and unfiltered information. Andra believes wholeheartedly that technology and AI can and should have an impact on industries like wellness and beauty as much as it has on the automobile and healthcare industries. Cocoon is one of the first disruptors in beauty & data, helping women with problematic skin care conditions finally find a laser-focused cure. 

Andra loves buying beauty products that she doesn't need, long discussions over polarizing topics, is fascinated by patterns, modern art and could live on Asian food for the rest of her life.


 
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EMILY MONAGHAN / Head OF PRODUCT & UX

Emily has spent her career in product and technology - largely in the healthcare space. She has held roles leading product teams and user experience efforts for her clients such as CAQH. She loves large complex problems - like the one Cocoon is attempting to solve in the beauty and skincare space.

Emily is motivated by the lack of customer/user centricity in the beauty category. Her goal is to help brands see and understand their consumer behind the data to help them better target consumers while also helping individuals find effective skincare and beauty solutions for their unique skin.

Emily loves dogs, running, cycling and nerding out...generally on machine learning and thinking about how to solve problems and optimize existing solutions.


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ANI PALEN / EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Ani is our resident skincare nerd. As a beauty writer and editor for the past five years Ani has contributed to Allure, Glamour, Popsugar, and Byrdie. She has spent countless hours immersing herself in the world of beauty by way of geeking out on ingredients and formulations. Her approach to editorial content has always been to seek out the highest quality of information available. From scientific studies to expert advice, Ani carefully researches every topic with a keen eye for detail and facts with an emphasis on science to give readers the insight and tools they need to make informed decisions about how to best treat their skin concerns. That’s not to say her approach to writing isn’t also fun and accessible. Ani’s work reads like she’s sending an email to her best friend, but with better grammar and less emojis. Although sometimes there are a few emojis :)

An advocate and believer in democratized skincare, Ani wholeheartedly believes access to products that make people feel confident in their skin shouldn’t just be for those who fall into a certain tax bracket.

When she isn’t perusing the many skincare stores in her Brooklyn neighborhood or walking the beauty aisles of big box drugstores to check out their latest beauty launches, you can find her taking a barre class, reading true crime, or listening to her favorite podcasts.


 
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