Dearest moms, dads, grannies, grampas, caregivers of all kinds, and your special littles,
Welcome to Wana!
Here you will find a community of families who want everything - active kids, caring friends, successful careers, a frothy latte, and loving partners in this awesome joy of parenting.
I am Erin Beck, the Founder and CEO of Wana, and I want to welcome you personally.
When my husband and I became parents, it was like joining a secret club. Like we suddenly shared this unspoken understanding with every other parent - how giggles are music, pasta sauce can be decorative, snot bubbles are hilarious, and babies somehow always stay your babies.
But we also felt strangely isolated. We don't have family nearby and a regular sitter is out of our budget, so a night out means asking for favors. I have baked more cookies and made more baby-painted thank you cards than I have crayons to scribble with, and most of the time we just stay in.
All around us? Other families fighting the same thing. So Wana was born.
You're joining on at an exciting time - Wana has been open for just a year and families are joining everyday from all over the country. The development team has put their heart into every detail. But, there are still details to work out! And we'd like you along for the build. Send your thoughts to and see your notes worked in as the community grows.
The greatest teacher is the example we set ourselves, so if my tiny toddler is going to go out and change the world, so should I. So should we. And that's going to take a village of a lot of really good people.
And that's what Wana is all about. A place for people to be good to one another so we can all be, not just anything, but everything we want to be.
Free babysitting is here! Let's make it happen.
We @ Wana
Before Wana, Erin was a SpaceX Dragon Mission Director, designing and operating spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. Before that, an around-the-world backpacker, rescue scuba instructor, and award-winning theatre director.
She believes skills are cumulative and transferable across disciplines. She believes being a parent tops them all. And she believes it is absolutely okay to have everything.
FULL-STACK DEVELOPER, FRONT-END SPECIALIST
Serial cross-platform app developer, including Trulieve, FinGoal, and additional through New Media One Studios, achieving 10,000+ installs; Co-Founder, J+A Creative; previously Dean of Students at school for at-risk youth, where he implemented behavior accountability program reducing suspensions by three-fold; active co-op-leading parent
SVP OF ENGINEERING, BEACHBODY'S OPENFIT
SVP of Technology for Beachbody’s Openfit platform, deployed from scratch in 7 months; previously CTO/engineering executive for Sellbrite, Chegg, Oversee.net, Yellow Pages Mobile; built original YP Mobile team at dawn of App Store and launched 15+ products over 9 months; Director of Software Engineering for Yahoo! Search Marketing from $500MM concept to $4B advertising giant; bike-to-work parent
ORIGINATING CTO, HOPSKIPDRIVE
Originating CTO of HopSkipDrive through $10MM Series A, premiere safety-oriented ridesharing app for kids; CTO, Lootsie through $2.5MM Seed, digital currency consolidation platform; CTO, WorldGaming through $10MM exit, community gaming platform; overall development leadership experience 50+ apps/games and 4+ startups; beach-loving parent
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, BIRD
Senior R&D Software Engineering for Bird; previously Lead Avionics Systems Integration Engineer for SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, hand-built first commercial vehicle to fly to the International Space Station; NASA satellite operator; Second City Hollywood youth comedy coach, and parent
MARKET ANALYST AND INTERN COORDINATOR
Darci joined Wana as an intern and made herself indispensable as lead of Wana’s customer discovery efforts in National Science Foundation’s Innovation Node program; she will manage the CSUDH internship program starting with the Fall 2019 Cohort; masters student and parent
Over 7 weeks, students take their idea from pitch to product at this premiere center for young entrepreneurs. Get excited with last summer's curriculum and demo day photos here.