I M Human
A Revolutionary Support System


The story behind how we got started.

Ian Shea

Founder, CEO

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A leader and entrepreneur with 22 years of experience building businesses.

Expertise in capital markets and finance have helped me build and sustain fundamentals needed to raise and allocate capital, successfully engage talent, and navigate solutions in response to unmet needs in the marketplace, such as the creation of Maestro Market and my current business I M Human.

Focus and passion for building companies has remained constant since I was a child, starting with creating a snow-shoveling company, a window washing company and a catering business, all ventures that carried me through high-school and college.

Investment banking with Prudential Securities and Patricof & Co Capital allowed me to develop advanced skills in capital markets.

Serving as Vice President and General Manager of ReplayTV gave me an extraordinary range of business expertise and was where I really learned the "plumbing" of a company.   I led Replay through two acquisitions, two turnarounds, a successful exit from bankruptcy, a new business product launch, and finally the company's sale to DirecTV in 2008.

I earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia Business School.  I earned my BS in Economics from Cornell. 

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    Advisory Board


Anna Binder

Anna is Asana’s 1st Head of People Operations, former VP of People at Mulesoft, VP Client Services & Human Resources at Readyforce, Director of Human Resources at Cisco.


James Doty, MD

Jim is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function.


Dr. Alisha Ali

Alisha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on the mental health effects of oppression including violence, racism, discrimination and trauma. She has examined depression and its psychosocial correlates across a range of disadvantaged populations including trauma survivors, clients in poverty transition programs, psychiatric outpatient samples, and immigrant/refugee women. Her current projects are investigating empowerment-based and arts-based programs for domestic violence survivors, low-income high school students, and military veterans.   



Eric Severson

Eric serves as DaVita Kidney Care’s Chief People Officer.  He has 15 years of executive level human resources experience with Gap Inc. where he proved himself to be a top innovator for leading talent practices in the workplace. Most recently, he served as the co-chief human resources officer and SVP for Global Talent Solutions. Prior to Gap Inc., Severson spent nearly 10 years at Macy's in employee and labor relations and store operations.


Matthew Shaw

Matthew is a mental health advocate, workplace wellness enthusiast and senior news editor at the BBC.  Former Knight-Wallace Fellow and University of Michigan Depression Center Visiting Fellow, Mathew has studied depression in the newsroom – how to care for journalists with depression, how to create better working environments and how to cover the subject more intelligently in the media.  Matthew writes frequently on workplace mental health programs and designed the BBC’s mental health company-wide initiative.


Brian Rusch

Brian is the Executive Director of the Human Thread Foundation, the international nonprofit organization started by acclaimed humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine.  Brian was the Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's US Foundation.  Prior to his work with Archbishop Tutu, Brian was the Deputy Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Foundation.  Brian got his start in the nonprofit world at the Palo Alto-based Project Happiness, a global organization dedicated to teaching social and emotional learning to young adults.