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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!