Dave Ripley

Founder and CEO

Dave brings more than 15 years of diverse business experience to Glidera. He has worked across multiple industries including technology and financial services. Most recently, as Principal for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Dave advised executive teams of Fortune 500 corporations on their strategic priorities. Previous to his time at BCG, Dave held roles in software engineering and product management with Syclo, a mobile enterprise software company (acquired by SAP in 2012).

Dave received his graduate business degree from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).

Michael Xakellis


Mike is a successful technology executive and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of business experience. Most recently, Mike founded and grew Common Goal Systems, an education software as a service (SaaS) company headquartered in Chicago, IL. Under Mike’s direction, Common Goal grew to be a profitable business with a global presence. Common Goal is a market leader in education technology with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. Previous to founding Common-Goal, Mike held several management roles at Mercury Interactive Inc., a market leading enterprise software company headquartered in Silicon Valley.

Mike holds a masters of science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.