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About us
Tuki means support. Helping others is in our DNA!

Tuki is a family. Our mission to help people find the right jobs and business build the right teams. We are focused on labour, starting with the food service and hospitality sector.

Lead by Udai, Jorge and Jordan we are a unique bunch of problem solvers. Everyone in the family is a bit different, we love diversity, but there are also similarities between all of us.
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The Tuki story
At university in Seattle several of Udai’s friends really struggled to manage their work, studies and social life. Despite how hard working they were many of them had 2-3 jobs. Even for university changing their work schedule could potentially mean finding a new job. So in 2014, Udai came up with the original idea of Tuki while he was in Singapore working for one of the coolest consumer foods and technology entrepreneurs in the world Ravi as one of the youngest members of the Renew team working on cutting edge technologies in Med Tech, Nano Tech, Clean Energy and Pure Water.

After Singapore, Udai continued to cultivate Tuki during his time working in Africa and Europe before moving to the Bay Area where Tuki was born at Stanford at the Ignite program in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At Ignite Tuki had an incredible team of five other individuals Wenqi aka Ninja, Aditya aka Adi, Fern aka Chef, Cristine aka Crispy and Noha aka Mom as well as Matt aka Zim from Booth School of Business at Chicago.

At Stanford, Tuki went from an idea to a thoroughly investigated business opportunity. Udai and the team soon got accepted into the Stanford Venture Studio and the framework was designed for what today is Tuki Today.

After Palo Alto, Tuki got accepted into Zero Gravity Acceleration in Portugal, where Udai felt the need for Tuki was strong in Europe. Portugal became our home and we’ve since have worked very hard.

With the help of our partners we have gone from strength to strength and we’re particularly proud to be part of the Startup Lisboa, Maze X and Emerge communities here in Lisbon.

We are now looking forward to the next chapter for Tuki.
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Tuki as a company
We are working towards building Tuki to be a major technology player one day. As such our focus is to grow Tuki in the most sustainable effective and fastest way possible.

We are socially motivated business dedicated to creating solutions for the communities we belong to, but we are still a business. We feel we need to be in order to sustain constant growth so we can be a social and technological force dedicated to changing the world for the better. We are committed to helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development goals of "Decent Work and Economic Growth" "end poverty" and "Reduced Inequalities".

With your support we are sure we can change the world!
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Tuki DNA
Our core principles include empower the world around you, think outside the box and lead by example.

Empower the world around you: Trust, Empathy, and Support

Think outside the box: Initiative, Creativity, and Problem Solving

Lead by example: Grit, Desire to Learn, Can Do Attitude and Character.

These are the qualities we look for in our Tuki family members. We want someone who is hungry for growth to join us on an adventure to change the world.

Tuki’s style of management is a hybrid system that incorporates aspects of democratic decision making and consensus building. However, integrated into the system there is always a leader for each team, project and function. Leaders are chosen because of domain expertise, passion and their ability to facilitate projects. Practicing and developing a person's leadership style is an important component to being part of the Tuki community. As such, every member of the Tuki family has certain responsibilities or acts as a leader in one or more different capacities.
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Meet the Tuki Family
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Jorge Martins
aka Tsuki
CTO
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Udai Dhamija
aka Pinapple
Founder & CEO
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Jordan Kupersmith
aka Watermelon
Chief Data Scientist
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Rafael Cardoso
aka Pirate
Lead Customer Support
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Océane Salmeron
aka Atlantique
Tech Intern
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Erick Duran
aka Bahia
Data Science Intern
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Jorge Martins
aka Tsuki
CTO

Udai Dhamija

aka Pineapple

Founder and CEO

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Udai has experience as a market development and product development professional. He has worked as an intrapreneur across the world giving him insights into how people work, behave and consume in different geographies, cultures and economies. In his free time he enjoys football, tennis, travelling, beer, learning how to cook new things and cooking for others.

Jorge Martins

aka Tsuki

CTO

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Jorge is obsessed with building solutions. He is an architect level developer with a vast amount of professional experience in leading engineering teams as well as architecting solutions for different platforms. In his free time he enjoys learning Japanese.

Jordan Kupersmith

aka Watermelon

Chief Data Scientist

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Jordan started his career making pizzas and then waited tables. He then travelled the US organising unions of food service workers. He worked his way up as a Data Scientist for the AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions in the United States to direct the optimisation of $5 million in political spending. He then got a masters of Data Science from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Tuki, he completed the Data Science for Social Good fellowship. In his free time he enjoys bicycling, yoga and parties.

Rafael Cardoso

aka Pirate

Lead Customer Service

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Rafael is an Economics graduate with a strong connection to the Food Service and Hospitality Industry. Both his parents and uncles made their career in the industry. Being raised in such an environment eventually lead him to work in a Sports Bar and Café, contributing to generate an increased interest and connection with this area. After an Internship in a big national canteen management firm he joined Tuki hoping to help solve the Industry problems. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends and family, parties and football.

Erick Duran

aka Bahia

Data Science Intern

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Erick is developing a career in Data Science. He is from El Salvador in Central America and has lived abroad (Brazil and Portugal) for several years making him easily get adapted to different cultures and people. He believes that efficiency can help society in different ways and that's why he enjoys what he is currently doing. In his free time he likes to go surfing, cook and hangout with his friends.

Océane Salmeron

aka Atlantique

Tech Intern

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Océane is a french engineering student majoring in Computer Science at ECE Paris. She's currently running the solidarity pole at UPA, a humanitarien association that helps the most disadvantaged. In her free time she enjoys hiking, dancing and hanging out with her friends.