Who We Are

Better data.

Better locations.

Better data combined with careful analysis produces superior results. IdealSpot provides a variety of industries--retail, restaurants, commercial real estate, property development--all the necessary information and tools to successfully find and evaluate locations. We are passionate about making data accessible and actionable so you can quickly make informed decisions and grow your business.

Our founding team has decades of experience harnessing big data, including search and social, to solve business problems. Over two years ago we figured out how to geolocate different datasets. Fast forward to today and we now have the ability to tell retailers, definitively, where their customers are.

Leadership Team

We are a team of creative people with the shared vision to be the best at what we do. Ambitious, passionate and determined, we all work towards the same goal: to make our customers happy.
  • Marc Smookler

    Marc has founded 6 companies–4 of which are current market leaders in their respective spaces including: Fonality–the leading cloud & open-sourced based unified communications competitor to Avaya and Cisco, Sake Social-the largest online retailer of Japanese sake, and Written-a leading content marketplace. Marc has a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

  • Andrew Hunter

    Andrew co-founded 4 companies including: Kickflip-one of the first game networks built on the Facebook platform, Gambit Labs–a monetization platform for social games (Within a year of launch, Gambit was at an annual run rate of $48m), and Volume11—a video engagement platform used by large brands to seed up major viral ad campaigns. Andrew holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • John Prior
    VP of Data Science

    John is a senior data mining practitioner who bridges the worlds of real estate and science. He started his career as a DOD/DOE researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and since then has guided data processing and modeling for a highly diverse group of companies, from startups to large investment banks. John has a BS in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and a Masters in Computer Science from University of Texas.

  • Josh Winters
    Director of Product

    Josh is IdealSpot's Director of Product and Lead Product Engineer. In his free time he studies art, distributed systems, and product design. Josh graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E in computer science.

  • Aidan Garza
    Director of Engineering

    Aidan is a world-class front-end web developer. He has designed and built dozens of web products from the ground up, including: a full internet banking platform for the innovation leader in local and community banking applications, an industry leading choreography video subscription service, and an on-location event photo purchasing system. He has a BSE in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.

  • Chaz Branham
    Director of Sales

    Chaz comes to IdealSpot with over six years of experience building revenue with companies in the consumer tech, retail, and health & wellness industries. He has leveraged his background in venture capital and management consulting to build sales processes and systems to reach KPIs and hit metrics. Chaz studied at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California as an undergraduate and earned his MBA from the Acton School of Business.

Our Investors


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