Zak Kukoff is a 16 year-old social entrepreneur, and is the founder and CEO of TruantToday. This summer, Zak participated in the TechStars/Startup America program, and was voted “most likely to succeed” at the Clinton Global Initiative. He was the youngest to participate in both by over 10 years. When Zak was 13, he started Autism Ambassadors, a non-profit that works to build friendships between typical students and students with Autism in over 25 schools throughout the globe. Zak is now publishing a book with Corwin publications about his experience with Autism Ambassadors. Zak’s work has been featured in TechCrunch, the New York Times, The Next Web, and other well known publications. In his spare time, Zak volunteers at the Westminster Free Clinic and organizes TEDxConejo.
Jonathan Yan, a 12th grader at Westlake High, is a teen entrepreneur who splits his time between being a high school student and the Chief Operations Officer of TruantToday. In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Jonathan works on the planning committee for TEDxConejo as a speaker judge and organizer.