Brief History

viaPlace emerged from an idea in 2004 to fuse together emerging technologies and provide the end user with dynamic experiences and information based on their location. Since its official formation in 2009, viaPlace has become a market leading Software­-as-­a­-Service (SaaS) company, creating applications that ​utilize the newest technologies in geolocation.

Partnership with Mindgrub

viaPlace has a strong relationship with Mindgrub, a fully staffed technology innovation agency that cultivates top tier talent in user experience, design, and development. With a strong portfolio across a multitude of fields, Mindgrub has reached clients like the University of Maryland, Towson University, AOL, DELL, Wendy’s, Parking Panda, Geico, and the Smithsonian. With the strength of viaPlace’s software combined with the design, development, and marketing know-how of  Mindgrub, our clients are ensured success.


Leadership Team

Todd Marks – President & Founder

todd_3As Founder and President of both viaPlace and Mindgrub, Todd has a history of technological and entrepreneurial innovation. Marks is an industry leader, professor, author, and sought after speaker. Marks has been featured in publications like The Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun, CNN, and Newsweek, and appears regularly at conferences such as TedxBaltimore, SXSW, the NABShow and SALT.

Outside of work, Todd enjoys being outdoors and on most weekends you can find him camping, kayaking, biking, or spending time with his family.

Dan Cohen – Chief Operating Officer

Dan-CohenAs Chief Operating Officer, Dan oversees business development and sales for viaPlace. Before joining the viaPlace team, Dan worked as COO/CTO of TigerGPS.com, helping to grow the company and its revenue exponentially. Dan holds a BSE from Princeton University in Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and a MS from Georgia Tech in Operations Research.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys spends time with his growing family and playing sports, and regularly attending music concerts.

Sa’ad Raouf­ – Chief Technology Officer

Sa-ad-RaoufAs CTO, Sa’ad leads our engineering team, ensuring that viaPlace remains on the forefront of  technological innovation. With over two decades of experience in software development and systems integration, Sa’ad is involved in all aspects of product planning and execution. Prior to joining Mindgrub, Sa’ad served as Vice President of Software Engineering for a SaaS company that provided an online employee benefits enrollment solution to mid­ and large­ sized companies.

In his freetime, Sa’ad is an enthusiastic and passionate cyclist.

Laura Gousha­ – Business Development Lead

laura-goushaLaura joins viaPlace as a Business Development Lead. With a background in finance and operations, Laura brings her skills in research, client interactions, and new business generation to the viaPlace team. Laura obtained her MA from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.

A Baltimore native, Laura enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.