At Knoq (formerly known as Polis) we are building a world where people talk to each other in person. Research shows that interacting with people in person can improve your sense of belonging and overall happiness, even when making choices on what we buy. Ultimately, we are making the world a more genuine place where we all want to live.
We are driven by our values
- Pushing ourselves to be the best we can be
- Supporting others so that they can reach their success
- Understanding that we are one team and we either win or lose together
- Aiming for the best, quickest solution to a problem
- Building long-lasting foundations that can be improved on
- Asking hard questions to find the right answers and not just the easy answers
- Respecting opinions different than our own
- Being open-minded
- Celebrating diversity
Knoq is a technology company that encourages people to talk to their neighbors. Our technology recruits, trains and guides neighborhood representatives (Knoqers) to go out into their own neighborhoods and talk to people about products and services that can make their lives better. Our platform has been used by Google Fiber, NRG, Inspire Energy, Fluent Home Security and many other direct-to-home brands. We are growing 500% YoY and are hiring 200+ people this year. We are backed by Haystack VC, Initialized, Liquid2 Ventures, Fathom Capital, Background Capital and Techstars.
Prior to founding Knoq, Kendall was a consultant at Parthenon-EY where she advised the executives of multi-national corporations and Fortune 500 companies. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and attended the University of Oxford. Kendall has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.
VP of Business Development
Brett comes to Knoq by way of Skyrocket Media where he was responsible for building long-term strategic partnerships, growing business revenue 880% leading to a #27 rank on the Inc. 500 list. He also earned Utah Business 40 Under 40 Honors for his leadership in business development and his work with various Fortune 500 companies. Previous to that, Brett worked in organizational leadership roles for presidential and congressional campaigns and was also a successful direct sales representative. Brett holds a B.A. from Utah Valley University and an M.A. from Kings College London.
Sarah joined Knoq with more than 10 years in operational experience. Most recently she was VP of Customer Experience at Hopper where she grew her team from 2 to almost 200. She is passionate about establishing sustainable process and empowering teams to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.
Mike spent the last 20 years building engineering teams to deliver new technology. He has helped build networked robots, IoT appliances, AAA video games, consumer hardware and cybersecurity products. He loves building powerful teams as much as he loves the tech.
After graduating from Bryant University with a bachelor’s in accounting, Don went on to spend 27 years at Deloitte working his way up to a partner. After Deloitte, Don began to work with several successful startups including Jana, Stratega Therapeutics, Mirata, and Spirata. His precision for detail and passion for numbers led him to Knoq in 2019 as our CFO.
Director of Business Development
Jackie has diverse experience in sales, customer relations, and product management. Jackie joined Polis from SAi where she was a key player in growing the inside sales and channel sales departments. She also built a value add product that allowed end users to visualize their production data. Jackie has enormous experience in developing relationships with clients and finding solutions for them to increase revenue by simplifying processes. Jackie attended Newberry College where she was a Summerland Honors student, school ambassador, and member of the music department. In her spare time she enjoys trivia, attending concerts, and kayaking with her husband.
Director of Recruiting
Dani has spent the past 9 years recruiting top talent for Boston tech companies. After graduating from Bentley University, Dani started her career at Rue La La helping them scale their production teams. Most recently, she spent the past 4.5 years at TripAdvisor recruiting for roles and teams throughout the business. Dani’s passion is helping companies hire great talent and building out best in class recruiting teams.
Director of Product
With over 15 years of experience as a product manager, Adam has worked at several early-stage startups to help them focus their strategy and grow. Prior to joining Knoq Adam was Head of Product at Springboard Retail and VP Product at StructuredWeb. He received his BS in Finance from Villanova University.
Sissi Li Zhou
Head of Customer Success
Sissi joined Polis after graduating from Northeastern University with a BS in Economics and minors in Business and Political Science. She was born and raised in Mexico City, and will jump at every opportunity she has to talk about Mexico (you’ve been warned). Sissi represented Mexico and Northeastern University at the World Debating Championships, but gave up her career in arguing with people to help our awesome customers at Polis!
Bark End Engineer
Cassie received her Bachelors in Archaeology due to her intense passion for bones. After failing to become gainfully employed, she earned her MBA – Masters in Barking Administration – and in her free time learned how to code. Cassie joined Knoq in July of 2018 as a Bark End Engineer and is a constant source of support for all of the Knoq team!
ROOFing Account Executive
Kimchi joins Knoq after a long stint as an actress in the greater Boston area and starting a successful roofing business. Tired of receiving rounds of appaws every night for her performance in the musical “Cats,” Kimchi decided to try her hands in the roofing industry. Her previous employees reportedly have claimed that her bark is worse than her bite. Having used Knoq to conduct successful door-to-door sales outreach for her roofing company, it seemed like a natural fit for Kimchi to come join us as our expert in the roofing industry.
Vice President Sales Operations, Enablement & Tooling, AT&T
Managing Partner, One Way Ventures
SVP & GM Northeast Division, Comcast Business
Former President, EY-Parthenon
CEO/Co-Founder, NEDD, Former VP of Competitive Energy at DNV GL
Director, Shorenstein Center at Harvard and Former Digital Director, Howard Dean for President
Global Head of Program Management, Product Launch & International Expansion, Google Home & Nest
Executive Vice President, Direct Energy
Chief of Staff, Senator Mitt Romney
VP of Policy & Strategy Group Director, ENGIE