The Team

Since 2011, our award-winning team has been winning awards. Let’s talk briefly about what makes the team so great for only a couple of sentences or so.

Jesse Maddox, Co-Founder and CEO

Following two years living and working in Southeast Asia, Jesse founded TripLingo based on his experience dealing with the language and culture barriers he encountered abroad. (You can read the full story here.) Prior to TripLingo, Jesse spent 18 months in Vietnam as the marketing manager for Caterpillar’s Vietnam representative. Jesse then spent 6 months in India traveling and laying the groundwork for TripLingo. In 2013, Jesse was awarded the “Global 3 Under 33” award by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. He has previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group and New Sector Alliance, and is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Philosophy.

Pratik Patel, Co-Founder and CTO

Pratik Patel wrote the first book on 'enterprise Java' in 1996, Java Database Programming with JDBC. Pratik's specialty is in large-scale Java applications for mission-critical use, and also works on mobile and web applications. He has designed and built enterprise applications in the retail, healthcare, financial services, and telecoms sectors. Pratik has led small teams and large teams of 50 developers - mentoring, training, and providing vision to keep development efforts on track and delivered on time. Pratik holds a master's in Biomedical Engineering from UNC, has worked in places such as New York, London, and Hong Kong, and currently lives in Atlanta, GA.

James Martin, Co-Founder and Creative Director

James received his BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship. During his studies, he took part in various design and community outreach workshops that assisted in his exploration as a designer. After studying a semester in Florence, James set out to plan his next challenge. He began experimenting in web design, video work and illustration to expand his expertise. After graduating, he decided to take part in an initiative called Project M that assimilated itself in Belfast, Maine for two weeks in hopes to engage the community through creative experimentation. This initiated a move to Atlanta where he continues to work on projects focused on community and food.

Board of Directors

  • Jesse Maddox
  • Ashish Mistry
  • Robert Coggin
  • Daniel Hoffer


  • Concur
  • BLH Venture Partners
  • AIM Group