June Cohen

Co-Founder & CEO

Prior to co-founding WaitWhat in January 2017, June headed up media for TED, building its digital media operations from the ground up. In 2006, she launched TED Talks on the Internet. And in 2009, she introduced the TED Open Translation Project, the largest subtitling effort in the world, with 120 languages, 20K translators and 100K translations. She also co-hosted the annual TED Conference with Chris Anderson and co-founded TEDWomen with Pat Mitchell. Under her leadership, TED’s media efforts earned 17 Webbies, 8 iTunes Best Podcast of the Year awards, a National Design Award and a Peabody. Prior to TED, June was VP of Content at HotWired.com, the pioneering website from Wired magazine, which introduced many of the conventions now commonplace on the web. Before that, as a student, she led the Stanford team that developed the world’s first networked multimedia magazine in 1991. June holds a BA from Stanford, where she was Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily.



Deron Triff

Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer

Prior to co-founding WaitWhat in January 2017, Deron served alongside June on the executive team at TED where he built nearly 100 partnerships that grew TED’s audience to over 100 million per month. His love and unique skill set for creating successful partnerships resulted in hits like the TED Radio Hour on NPR, TED Weekends on The Huffington Post, TED in Cinemas with Fandango, TED Shows on Netflix, TED English with National Geographic Learning, and international collaborations throughout Asia, Latin America, The Middle East and Europe. Deron negotiated significant funding for TED-Ed from Google and a joint venture with Simon & Schuster to relaunch TED Books, among other collaborations that brought millions of dollars in new annual revenue. Prior to TED, Deron served as Vice President of Digital Ventures for PBS, where he launched the kids cable network Sprout. He holds an MBA degree from McGill University in Montreal.



Jai Punjabi

Head of Development and Production

Jai is a rare blend of content production and product development talent—adept at architecting complex and elegant web-based systems as well as producing award-winning video. Jai produced the feature film PATANG (The Kite), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, played in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, and earned a New York Times Critic’s Pick and 4 stars from Roger Ebert. Alongside his career in film, Jai established himself as a sought-after Head of Product, supporting the growth of major digital media companies including Vimeo, TED and Major League Baseball. 



Sarah Sandman

Head of Design

Sarah has 15+ years of experience working in branding and communication design with clients ranging from Planned Parenthood to Coca-Cola. Sarah is an artist, activist and Senior TED Fellow, and holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sarah is the co-founder of Brick x Brick, a collective that uses public art actions to amplify messages of social justice. She is a strong believer that design can help build social capital, also known as the value of social networks and relationships.



Cristina Gonzalez

Production Editor

Cristina is a writer and editor with experience in print and digital. Before joining WaitWhat, Cristina wrote about how to travel for free at The Points Guy and how to eat well while doing it at The Latin Kitchen. Before hitting the road, Cristina wrote about health and science for Poz, Redbook, and Popular Mechanics (where she got to play with lots of toys). At WaitWhat, Cristina works on systems and processes and organized the first ever March Madness pool.



Steph Kent

Head of Special Projects

Steph is a multimedia producer and writer, and co-founder of the award-winning literary website Call Me Ishmael, where she curates anonymous stories about books. Her work has appeared in Macworld, GamePro, Reading Rainbow’s blog and Peter Gabriel’s site for social change, The Toolbox. Steph. She recently launched The Wall Street Journal’s first mobile-first news app, and has built community programs and created brand engagement strategies for TED events and partners including TOMS, Theory and The Robin Hood Foundation. She’s the winner of a Creative Community Fellowship with National Arts Strategies.



Chris McLeod

Senior Audio Producer of Masters of Scale

With degrees from Music Technology at ORU and The Recording Workshop, Chris worked as an audio engineer, producer and songwriter with Capitol Records, MTV, Redbull, TLC, Fisher Price, Apple and many more. After producing numerous projects and managing production facilities in Tulsa, Nashville and Buffalo, he moved to New York, where he produced acclaimed podcasts What’s Happening Here and The Lonely Hour, among others.



Edmund Cheng

Director of Finance and Operations

Edmund is responsible for all financial matters at WaitWhat.  After stints in consulting and investment management, he followed his passion into the startup world and honed his craft at leading venture-backed growth companies and led the financial planning & management efforts in OnDeck, Dashlane, and LiveIntent. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, and his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. 



Adam Skuse


Adam is a writer from the UK, currently residing in the “interminable sunshine” (his words, not ours) of Southern California. Before arriving in the USA, he spent a decade living in China where he wrote, made podcasts and performed stand-up. His previous roles have included record store clerk, kindergarten Santa and egg quality control operative.



Emily McManus

Managing Editor

As managing editor of WaitWhat, Emily helps great ideas thrive across media platforms. The longtime managing editor of TED, she helped launch the award-winning TED.com website, the TED Ideas blog and several beloved newsletters. Awards from this work include several Webbies and a Peabody that she stole and now keeps at home. Previously: Wired, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Macadam/Cage Publishing, MacWEEK.



Adam Hiner

Production Director

Adam has worked in video production for 12 years with a focus on online distribution. He was VP Production of Defy Media in LA; after moving back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family, he’s held a Head of Video position at Greatist, and worked as a video production consultant for digital media brands Condé Nast and Inverse. He’s a member of Producers Guild of America, New Media Council and has taught video/lighting basics at Drexel University.



Timothy Lou Ly

Producer of Should This Exist?

Timothy has worked in public radio and podcasting for five years. Before joining WaitWhat, he got a taste for editing and storytelling with a degree in film and television before deciding audio was the medium for him. Timothy has also previously worked with KALW Public Radio in San Francisco, and later went onto helm the audio production of The Moth podcast, and Self Evident among others.