About Us
About Us

An Organization to Stop Texting and Driving

As a startup based out of 1871 in Chicago, IL, we are setting out to solve one of the world’s worst transportation problems: distracted driving. We started our journey by first analyzing the problem at it’s roots. We then combined the best technology and design to create a world-class product and feasible solution. Today we are teaming up with national safety organizations to raise awareness, and integrating with the best technology companies to bring TextNinja into the cars of families across the nation and around the world.

“We should be in control of technology, not let technology control us.”

The Beginning of a Long Journey

We started our journey years ago while floating on a canoe. Since then, a high school teacher, a tech entrepreneur, and a group of their family and friends have officially become TextNinja.
 
Read the full story here and check out the pitch video we made for Kickstarter.


The Team Working to Help End Distracted Driving

Jess Goodwin
Chief Operations & Communications Officer
Originally from the small town of Seymour, IN, Jess studied Business and Communications and Culture at Indiana University in Bloomington, and has only been living in Chicago for a few Read More
Chris Smith
Project Leader
Huy Doan
Business Development
Even the first time Huy was introduced to TextNinja he knew he could offer his expertise to bring meaningful support to the team. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Insurance Read More
Ted Goodwin
Youth Advisor
With degrees from Kent State in Rhetoric and Communications and a Masters in History from the University of Northern Colorado, Ted knows how to pinpoint meaningful issues and address them Read More
Eric Redline
Product Manager
Vince Roth
President, US Strategic Partnerships
Cindy Miklos
Corporate & Retail Partnerships, Digital Marketing
Jeff Paykin
Business Strategy Advisor
It all started when Jeff graduated from Northwestern University. His itch for building businesses led him to Accenture where he worked with Fortune 500 and PE clients to disrupt industries Read More
Pete Ramirez
Chief Technology Officer
Pete has over 20 years of experience in software development and has become the main brain of the TextNinja app development. A Chicagoland native, he graduated from IIT with a Read More
John Fiorita
Chairman of the Board
Saad Farooq
Chief Financial Officer
Every team needs a good source for financial advice and direction, and the TextNinja team got lucky with Saad. With a degree from DePaul University with concentrations in both Accounting Read More
Nick Maschinski
Chief Design Officer
When he is not working passionately on a powerful design solution at gravitytank, a Chicago based innovation consultancy, Nick offers his time and skills to the significance and finesse of Read More
Jim Ramirez
Founder & CEO
After earning his degree in engineering in 2006, Jim spent 6 years with Accenture and served clients across the United States and in Australia. Today he is venturing out to Read More

“We are proudly the official app of PADD (People Against Distracted Driving)”
Official App of People Against Distracted Driving

Other Partner Organizations Trying to Stop Texting and Driving

APB Foundation is an organization fighting to Stop texting and driving
The Conor Lynch Foundation works to end distracted driving
National Organization for Youth Safety is trying to stop texting and driving
Students Against Destructive Decisions is an organization against texting and driving