Get to know our members
Jake started with a dream of improving people's lives through his product/service, but has yet to become a true user of his own product. He believes in an awesome company culture driven by awesome people and ambitiously seeks and recruits talent in all areas.
Lako joined as a designer and founding member instinctively after meeting the team. He is on a relentless pursuit of the ultimate UX and ambitiously tries new things. In his free time, he works on a private project on the theme of "light" and believes in laughter under all odds. Favorite quote: "Smile, not because you are happy. Be happy because you smile"
KJ is an iOS developer adored by the design team for his deep interest in all things beautiful and beloved by everyone for his role as the caretaker of VCNC. He finds joy in happiness of those around him and lives by the motto "Make the Uncomfortable, Comfortable".
James originally created the Between for Android, but now spends most of his time working on servers. His hobbies include: boasting his humbleness, falling for his own bluff, showing off surprisingly big eyes, and telling spoilers for movies he hasn't seen yet. Legend has it that James first came invited for a casual dinner at the office and has not left since.
Leveraging his experience as a server engineer for Korea's first mobile messenger app, Brad oversees all things big and little related to Between's technology. During the week, he spends his time improving Between servers and recruiting talented developers. During the weekend he can be seen at the Sindorim Techno-mart, coding.
Hugh is an Android developer who, until recently, was alone in his quest to support Between users on Android. He joined VCNC to work with a great team, and pursues his interest in both science & humantiies to become the modern renaissance man. When not coding, you can see him with Les Mis in his hand. Hence his nickname "Hugh-kipedia".
Nate is an iOS developer and a romantist whose dream is to be a loving husband and father to his family. He joined VCNC when his girlfriend started grad school to "invest his spare time when she is busy". He works with C language mostly, but is on a constant lookout to expand to other roles within the Beween development team.
Melonie likes to try a little bit of everything, but feels truly at home when her environment supports her love for novelty and speed. Ever since finding her perfect place at VCNC, she has been happily dedicating herself to growing Between. She is most gracious with her oohs, aahs, and other encouraging reactions--which might be a good thing or bad thing to the some of her beloved coworkers' really bad jokes.
Youngboom is a philosopher in disguise who wants to change the world with the Web, just like Bill Gates. He joined VCNC to realize his dream, where he is responsible for web development and much more. Despite his serious approach to life, YB became the mascot of VCNC overnight after sharing a bottle of amber-hued drink.
Meet Hana, VCNC's cuteness powerhouse. She's the designer behind Between's sweet little emoticons and stickers featuring Mint & Berry, Robin the Egg, Mochi Couple, Merry, Milk, Ivy, and Gray. Character design is a grueling process, but Hana does it like a champ. Knowing someone likes her artwork makes her face light up, even after a long hard day. Passionate about the impact her stickers have on Between's user experience, her goal is to create captivating and timeless characters that can tell relatable stories on behalf of users.
Kevin worked with Jake way before VCNC was incorporated with the firm belief that anything is possible with a great team. After returning from his 3 year stint in alternative military service, he is amazed at how much the team has grown. He now focuses on data analysis and service quality monitoring for Between. Life is literally fast & furious for SW, who enjoys fast food and car racing. He even takes his steak rare to save cooking time.
Bella joined VCNC to take care of all things accounting and keep the company running smoothly. With the wisdom that comes with age, she has become like a mother to the team. She holds a lot of "first" titles too: first to have a spouse, first to know how to cook.
Don't let the tough guy look fool you. Tiger loves cats and used to do creative work at Korea's top advertising agency. After meeting Jake and the VCNC crew, his dream stage changed from Cannes Festival to Silicon Valley, and now spends his time coming up and executing fun & creative ideas to make Between a couples' (and couple-to-be's) best friend.
Joash heads Between's growth in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining VCNC, he was the editor at e27, a technology media and events company based in Singapore. His role at e27 saw him traveling around and learning about the key players in Southeast Asia's mobile and web space. He believes that Between can be the platform that enriches relationships and at the same time allow effective engagement from relevant brands.
Sam is a modern day Leonardo da Vinci, quitting med school to answer his true calling in the Arts. As a hobby, he practices photography with his muse (read: pet cat), and plays the electric violin like a virtuoso. At the same time, he can talk geek with the developers in VCNC. Sam also has an amazingly warm and kind personality that draws everyone in to his circle of friends.
Prior to his current role, Ted was part of new business development team working on ideas that didn't turn out as he imagined. He joined VCNC to learn what makes a winning service, and a winning team while working on Between servers. He is a quiet & serious guy of few words, but knows how to enjoy a good joke (i.e. his joke).
Furi was part of the team behind Korea's first mobile messenger app. Since then, he has been looking for a ideal development system, which led him to VCNC. He believes that sucessful business is more than just a pretty exterior, and wants to be a part of the intense conversations behind-the-scene. He wants to create a service that he can be proud of one day.
Alpaca was a finalist in ACM-ICPC and is known at VCNC as Global genius. He was a member of 7 clubs during college, and became president of each club. He inspires his juniors and leads throbs of fans (mostly girls) everywhere. During his internship days, he led many tech talks to share his knowledge with the team, which led to his joining the team full-time. It is rumored that he is working on a multiple log-in feature so that he can communicate more personally with his many fans on Between.
Transitioning from engineering physics and philosophy to business management, Pat was a rising star in a boutique consulting firm that led several projects to success. With his "unique" experiences, he could be the most artistic engineer you ever meet. He now handles business development for Between in Thailand
There's more to Salt than meets the eye, below her quiet composure. After falling in love (at first sight) with the free atmosphere and playful coworkers of VCNC, she has been working on various UI elements within the Between App, the Between homepage, and branding. Even when playing guitar with her teammates, brewing milk tea, caring for the office plants, and encouraging others' impulsive online shopping, she is in a consuit pursuit of knowledge for better and right design. Salt is also the real-life example proving the particularly infectious nature of bad jokes... the kind your boss might crack and laugh before finishing.
Don't even try to guess her age (almost everyone gets it wrong the first time). However, looking as young as she does, Cindy has been spokesperson for a well-known hypermarket, as well as running several successful marketing campaigns for charity projects to help NPOs connect with customers. Cindy now interacts with users through Taiwan's popular social medias. A self-motivater, she has a passion for learning, and experiencing new things. Cindy motto is "live laugh love." And her goal is to make Between couples feel like they have fallen in love all over again (but with Between that is, hehe just kidding).
Yuting drives Between's marketing activities in Southeast Asia, leveraging on social media platforms to create stories that couples can relate and engage with. Before joining VCNC, Yuting handled user growth and engagement through social media and influencer marketing for SK Planet's lifestyle mobile app. She also executed online and offline marketing campaigns for a local jewellery brand. An animal lover at heart, Yuting keeps an eye on news related to domestic pet rescues and wildlife in general. She hopes to one day visit the safaris in Cape Town with her partner. Meanwhile, she aims to help couples grow their relationships, and maybe realize their own couple trips, through Between ;)
Nelson is VCNC's private goldmine. His tragic habits of betting all-in at the worst moments in poker, losing almost every single rock-paper-scissors battle, and never really quite understanding board game rules have delighted many others around him. Luck seems to evade Nelson, but the ever-supportive team never stops encouraging him to keep trying! Really, Nelson, of course it's for you.
Shannon has been a loyal Between user for four years and running, and decided to join VCNC out of her unsatisfied need for rated-R stickers. She has been contributing her exterminator skills within the company, fixing wandering pixels, finding typos in posts and notices, and discovering bugs in the Between app. Her favorite activity is cinema, especially the horror/thriller realm. Come summer, and she will be checking off every movie in the genre with other horror/thriller maniacs within the company.
Here is Max, who entered the doors of VCNC thinking, "How cool would it be to take part in a team that developed a service I've been using to keep memories for four years?". Having been a huge fan of Merry and Milk, he was delighted to tears on his first day of work when he heard that employees could get a discount on character goods. He thinks Milk's cuteness resembles his own, but thankfully has kept that opinion to himself. With home being only a sweet 15-minute walk away, he codes away fiercely, while pondering philosophical questions like "What is a great software engineer?" Current mission: writing a post on the VCNC Engineering Blog!
Vila is a designer with wild imaginations, to her, everything is full of creativity and fun ideas. At Between, working with members from all over the world truly inspires her. Before joining Between, she worked as Graphic Designer at Next Media, one of the most prominent media channels in Taiwan. Never thought of the possibilty to combine her passion for illustration with work, Between opens up the opportunity for her to truly express herself. Her favorite book is "Le Petit Prince" and like the little protagonist, she is curious about all things. She also enjoys travelling and finding true meaning through her adventures. In different seasons of our lives, we might be the waiting rose, the little fox, or the merchant. Whatever we become, its all up to us!
Jib graduated in Hospitality Management and was interning at a 5-star hotel in Bangkok. But she didn't like it. She got to know Between by using Between for 4 years. She is passionate about all things social media and digital marketing. And now she is doing Marketing for Between Thailand. Which is something she really enjoys doing.
Along with managing events and advertisements, Sehee is also in charge of ad settings, making her a master in the world of settings. She has a sad story of how she can't speak Chinese despite having majored it because she didn't put in the effort. When it comes to girls hip hop, she is outstanding. She is VCNC's official dance master, occasionally offering dance classes for coworkers. She likes spacing out and in her next life, she wants to be reborn as a sloth that is raised in a zoo. She has a strong mindset and believes that everything will eventually workout. She absolutely loves hunting for new eateries. Sometimes she gives into intense impulse spending urges that lead her to financial ruin. She has a simple(?) dream of becoming a VCNC shareholder in the future.
Sora's capabilities as a character designer were recognized by Hana even when she was just a student. After Hana relentlessly begged her, Sora decided to join the Between character team. After working as a GUI designer for the last three years, Sora claims to have joined Between in order to work on characters because it's a better fit...But to be completely honest she might have joined to just eat the office snacks. She is the designer of the pink and sparkly Alpaca character and works under the pseudonym Soruru. She is struggling to become a hobby-king, currently spending her free time playing the guitar, boxing, reading, etc. Recently, she's been really into longboarding so she practices his board skills at a park nearby the office. She's slowly becoming a self-proclaimed longboard goddess - one day at a time. Apart from all that, Sora says that she is in search of her identity that she never even knew existed since she first joined VCNC.
Mao is usually quiet but she turns into a total fan girl when it comes to Apink. Jung Eun-ji is her favorite member so she wonders if she should make her Korean name Ha Eun-ji. Although Jeff (team member) barely takes care of her, she is doing well at the company all on her own. She's so good at Korean that most members who first meet her just assume she is Korean. Her Korean skills are so good that she could be an interpreter for Jeff (a Korean person) when he communicates with other Korean members. Her favorite Korean food is Sundaeguk, and even just the thought of it makes Mao's eyes sparkle. It's a magical dish that raises her voice to maximum volume out of sheer excitement. She is busy all 365 days - on weekdays she is a VCNC employee, and on weekends, she is a tour guide for friends visiting Korea. She's a young blood, so she can still party all night and show up for work the next day without any problem.
From being fluent in English and Japanese to learning Chinese - this guy loves languages. That's why he's in charge of the VCNC translator. He may be an introverted shy guy, but this doesn't stop him from being charming. He knows how to step up to the plate and voice his opinions when he wants to. He loves characters that look spaced out and can barely contain himself whenever he comes across a character product with that trait. No one has ever seen him laugh or talk loudly, so we're wondering when we'll get to see that side of him.. His favorite type of food is noodles. He is a noodle-holic who loves all things noodley.
Having both sense and sensibility, she worked as a business intelligence analyst and market innovator over her career path. Under the disguise of her super stern face, Annie always claim to be a stay-home nerd who loves to collect information about movies, comic books and mobile applications. Between was one of her "finest collections" years ago and... tadah! Here she is, joining the Between Taiwan team as a General Manager, sharing her favorite application to the whole wide world!
Justin is in charge of planning products at VCNC. Aside from that, he also serves as a religious leader of the sales cult, teller of British jokes, early adapter of varoius IT devices, and father of three pups. His dream is to be unemployed. To not plan anything. To be more specific, his goal is to only work 4 hours a week when he is in his mid-to-late thirties and this is the reason he is busting his back working now. He takes great interest in anything that isn't manual labor. His recent interests are quantum theory, reincarnation, histories of early Buddhism and Christianity, and artificial intelligence. He really believes in all spritual beings, mysteries, and conspiracy theories.
Upon hearing her name, you might think it's "joy," but it's actually Zoe! Since so many people struggle with this pronunciation, everyone at VCNC calls her zooooooooooeee. She's been a Between user since 2011, and became a self-proclaimed Between promoter. When she landed a job with Between, her friends congratulated her for getting paid to be a fangirl... Once she started the job, it became common knowledge that she was obsessed with Gray. She loves Gray, and will continue to walk the path of loving Gray. She is leading the charge for a Gray revival. She has a grand (?) dream of getting Gray to become the number one most popular character on Merry Between.
Claimed to have originally been a producer known for her beauty, Bonnie's dream is to become a good wife and mother one day. The problem is, she's unable to use Between! Although she's always trying to become a Between user, recently, her goal has been to team up with Sora and host a Between podcast that shows off their incredible compatability. Her approach to relieving stress is pretty healthy - driving alone (her dream car is a Jeep WRANGLER), watching baseball games (fan of the Doosan Bears), and lazing around with her pet dog Bongbongi.
"A person who makes what they want to make." He claims to have chosen the life of a developer because he likes making things but has zero artistic talent. He enjoys coding at cafes, but the cafe he likes going to has a zero-tolerance policy for laptops on weekends so he's sad about that. His hobby is reviewing indie games.
Dance, basketball, LEGO collections, Air Jordan collections, PlayStation games, MMA - Leo is interested in anything and everything. He is the type to start something the second he gets interested in it. He is a pro at being distracted and no one is sure when he does actual work.
Jay is in charge of spreading the adorable Merry Between characters in Japan at the VCNC Japan office. He is working hard in hopes that one day Between and Between's characters become a part of Japanese culture. He is interested in a looot of different things such as massages, patissier, art exhibitions, travel, hunting for good restaurants, enjoying culture, bowling, snowboarding, hiking - and the list goes on - so naturally, he has a lot of hobbies. After work, he works hard to spread Korean culture by running a media outlet for Japanese people who love Korea.
A person who dreams of becoming a Polyglot programmer. Enjoys watching videos of young people or bearded people introducing old technologies. He thinks that woodworking is a very appropriate analogy of programming and he wants to try it using hand-tools. While making jigs along the way.
JyeJye is a pacifist who wants to live peacefully in a world without competition. She became a popular artist drawing a Jeju girl while dreaming of an idyllic life on Jeju island. Despite her adorable appearance, she has a talent for entertaining people with her clever reactions. She works hard envisioning a variety of cute Merry Between products that will increase the need for people to impulsively spend money on them. Let's stay tuned to see what other lovable, cute Merry Between items she has up her sleeves.
Judy started her career in the startup ecosystem while she was still a college student without any experience in the real world. She spent four years working in a rough and tough environment at her first job, where she was able to hone her experience. But instead of running away while she had the chance, she got a job at VCNC and once again continues to work for the ever-attractive hell that is a startup. She majored in creative writing so she used to make a living by writing, but now she makes a living by talking - she is a marketer with a big mouth. People around her would always say things like "Your judy (means 'mouth' in a Korean dialect) is the only thing that's alive about you" and "shut your judy." It's no wonder that her English name is Judy.
Kelly is never satisfied until she takes a captivating photo of something she is drawn to - regardless of time and place. She's a wandering free soul who loves to travel. Kelly is interested in a lot of things about life and whenever her interest grows, she follows them. Currently waiting for her 29th birthday so she can finally read the book, On my 29th Birthday, I Decided to Die One Year Later.
After her high school graduation, Joni left for Japan to live the life of a country girl in Kyoto. She worked as a Tokyo office lady (company mule) and next thing she knew, she had been living abroad for ten years. She realized she didn't want to die on foreign soil, so after this revelation, she decided to move back to Seoul. She took over the VCNC Japanese marketing team and is currently enjoying the fresh impetus the job brings to her life. Though she's well into her adulthood, living in Korea isn't as easy as she was expecting due to her years abroad. Recently, she has been recruiting people to drink green bottled soju together in a pojangmacha.
Leah is in charge of the real version and commerce of Merry Between. She has an ON/OFF button when it comes to work, which makes her a really different person when she's working vs. not working. She has an impatient personality, which makes her talk like she's rapping during meetings and reports. And despite being Korean, she phrases her Korean weirdly sometimes which makes for some funny moments.
Every spring, Monica has to go see the cherry blossoms in Busan. She has three nephews so she's spending all her paychecks on buying them clothes, toys, and snacks. When she has some money left over, she goes to eat tuna sashimi. And if she still has a little money left over after that, she buys books that she won't even read and just let's them pile up.
Summer claims that she prefers to do nothing when in reality, she can't stand being bored so she's constantly busy and moving - oh the irony. Whenever the cold winter comes around, she travels around warm Southeast Asia, and even gave herself the nickname 'Summer' because she always wants to live a warm life.
Haley--who has already taken enough time off college to be considered an ancient relic in school--decided to take a gap year yet again after falling for VCNC during her job interview. Upoon first meeting her, her shyness gets in the way of her real side but don't let that fool you. She's extremely chatty and enjoys being "all up in yo face." She also can't stand the vibe dying down during hangouts. Known among her friends as the "energizer," those close to her are sad that she didn't play any sports as a young child since her strong athleticism and passionate personality would have made her into a national athlete by now. Because her life's motto is 'work hard and play harder,' she loves to play. However, if she plays too much she ends up feeling guilty about it, so she strives to find a healthy balance between the two. At VCNC, she is currently looking for ways to increase the satisfaction of Between users while simultaneously encouraging them to open their wallets.
Grace is a VCNC designer who longs for Between to become a brand that is loved by all. She also spends her time thinking about what designs are characteristically "Between." Her specialties include, making various facial expressions and her lowkey enthusiasm, which is helping her expand non-verbal communication within VCNC. She is very adamant when it comes to injustices, but (to be honest) she possesses a deep well of sensitivity that causes her to tear up when watching whales swim across the wide Atlantic. She loves the world and dreams of world peace!