The Steppingteam

We are data nerds passionate about helping people thrive.

We live in a complex world of data, and we love it.

We believe in the power of a data-driven, science-based education and are obsessed with perfecting the art of delivering actionable insights, no matter the challenge. We are nerds, educators, and innovators.


The Steppingblocks Origin Story

Students are faced with disappointment, unemployment, underemployment, and excessive student loan debt upon graduation day. Career readiness for the real world isn't possible when the student-to-counselor ratio is 500:1 and actionable alumni data isn't readily available for students or university staff.

Steppingblocks was founded first to produce skilled, confident, workforce-ready graduates and second to augment institutional success through data-driven tools. 

The concept for Steppingblocks begins with only the coffee-stained drawing on the right, 5,000 alumni profiles and a mission to help students make data-driven decisions with the digital career counselor.

January 2017

The team moves into the Atlanta Tech Village and taps into a network of mentors, entrepreneurs and fellow data nerds to help develop the product and expand the team.

April 2018

Steppingblocks is awarded a Phase 1 grant from the National Science Foundation to help close the national skills gap in the field of Computer Science. 

June 2018

Leadership attends the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conference in New Orleans and discovers the need for graduate outcomes data in higher education.

April 2019

Phase 2 SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation is awarded to Steppingblocks.

January 2020

Steppingblocks advances its machine learning capabilities to process over 100 million alumni profiles in seconds.


Meet the Leadership Team

Team Carlo Martinez
Co-Founder & CIO

"My mission is a world of data transparency." 

Carlo Martinez, Steppingblocks Founder and CEO

“If your data collection stops at graduation, your goals stop there, too.”

Sèbastien Arnaud, Steppingblocks Chief Technology Officer
Co-Founder & CEO

"Data serves as modern society’s compass. Without it, you will inevitably become lost." 

Rob Gannaway, Steppingblocks Chief Financial Officer
Rob Pic Website
Machine Learning Engineer


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