Alex winkler

Frustrated with standard walking tour after standard walking tour, Alex thought up the idea for Kolu while running in København. Alex graduated from the University of Missouri in December 2016 with a dual degree in International Studies and Business Administration. While at Mizzou, he helped manage a team that allowed manufacturers to take the leap abroad at the international trade center. Alex knows firsthand just how difficult it is to build and scale an early stage tech startup like Kolu, and through his entrepreneurial ambition he continues to mentor others to this day. He is originally from Hillsboro, Missouri and has traveled to over 25 countries, making him an avid adventurer who's made it his mission to improve, simplify, and enhance the travel experience for tourists of all kinds. Denmark, Italy, Czechia, and Japan are his favorite countries thus far. He also runs a travel blog at alexwinkler.net.

Alex's travel interests include food and dining, local culture, and hidden gems.


Emily johnson

Through her opulent design and keen eye for layout, Emily really put's the "u" in kolu. Originally from Montgomery City, Missouri, she is currently a senior at the University of Missouri studying Strategic Communications and Computer Science with plans to graduate in May 2018. Emily has proficient UX/UI design experience and has previously worked with Tin Can Technologies and Latimer Creative Media in London, creating mobile and web mockups, as well as print and digital stimulus. Throughout her early career, Emily has been fortunate to apply her experience working with brands like Viacom, Magnum Chocolate, and Sky Atlantic.

Emily's travel interests include food and dining, local culture, and penny pinching.


riley de leon

Alex messaged Riley about Kolu on Facebook in September 2016 while in New York, and the rest is history. Riley currently studies Strategic Communications and Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri, with plans to graduate in May 2018. He has published two books and speaks professionally on challenges faced by the millennial generation, and with that knowledge, leads marketing and growth for Kolu. Riley is originally from Springfield, Missouri. His love for travel was sparked a little over two years ago when he had the opportunity to backpack through New Zealand with several friends.

Riley's travel interests include food and dining, music and entertainment, and sight seeing.


marin meiners

Typically with an americano in hand, Marin keeps this team in check and works closely with Riley developing a strong organizational culture for Kolu. She's originally from Chicago, Illinois and is currently a senior at the University of Missouri studying Marketing and Business Administration, with plans to graduate in May 2018. She also currently interns for the International Trade Center, providing consulting work to local companies who are trying to enter the international market. Beyond studying abroad in London, Marin found a passion for travel in Iceland, South Africa, and Spain, which are her favorite among the 24 countries that she has visited.

Marin's travel interests include food and dining, music and entertainment, and sports.


evan teters

Evan joined the team as an IOS developer when we needed him most. He has a true passion for mobile app development, bringing useful tools directly where and when people need them. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, he's currently a junior studying Computer Science at the University of Missouri. Evan recently won first place in the 10th annual Reynolds Journalism Institute Student Competition, which provided him the opportunity to tour various San Francisco technology and media companies in late May. When traveling, he loves to find the best spots in nature, seeking out the best hiking trails in Columbia with friends.

Evan's travel interests include local culture, learning, and nature.


nirav vavadiya

Nirav's dream is to visit as many destinations as this world has to offer, which motivates him to develop a seamlessly comprehensive mobile application that helps others do just as he dreams. He lives in Surat, Gujarat India with his wife and beautiful daughter, and studied Electronics and Communications Engineering at the Babaria Institute of Technology. Nirav is proficient in Java, Swift, Node js, Objective C, Photoshop, and also has sketch and project management experience in mobile technology, leading teams for 7+ years and working on a multitude of successful startups like Kolu. 

Nirav's travel interests include sight seeing, food and dining, and nature


Sean Aiken          Adam Gafke          Luyu Yang

Tom Geiser          Cam Kashani         David Sorin

Not pictured:

Logan Muzzey, Executive Chair