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Meet The Team

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Talia Zur Baruch

CEO, Co-Founder

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Talia is a Global Growth Executive, working cross-functionally to make products make sense in the multicultural marketplace. She has 20 years’ experience leading international expansion in Product & Growth Marketing at Google, LinkedIn, and SurveyMonkey, and is a localization and internationalization expert. 


Talia is now an independent consultant (Yewser), helping companies accelerate global growth ground up, integrating regional and cultural factors in a holistic product strategy and experience performance to win adoption in local markets on a global scale.

Talia is also a professor of global branding, international digital marketing strategy and international product at CEDIM Design School in Mexico (executive MBA program), at Hult International Business School (executive MBA program), and at San Francisco State University (College of Business). She mentors Google's portfolio startups in applied machine learning technologies in emerging markets.

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John Hayato Branderhorst

COO, Co-Founder

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John Hayato Branderhorst’s path has been anything but straight. Prior to starting GlobalSaké he joined btrax, a US and Japan Design and Marketing agency. He has consulted with NTT on partnership and acquisition strategies, worked with Sony spinout, MotionPortrait, on their U.S. expansion, and started a ramen noodle business that was the precursor to Off The Grid. Right out of college John spent 5 years in Okinawa, Japan as part of the JET Program.


John is passionate about fitness and healthy living and spends his free time volunteering with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now USA, a national non-profit that provides free one-to-one exercise opportunities for youth with disabilities. He is also on the board of the Japan America Society of Colorado supporting Japan US partnership initiatives.

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