Who We are

Who We are

Who We are

Hi! We're Chloe and Ramesh. We're both parents of young children, as well as technology veterans. We've helped build and scale influential consumer technology products, from Twitter to Google Maps.

As full-time working parents and as start-up founders, we both wanted to answer the same question: why does parenting feel so hard? Has something fundamentally shifted? (Spoiler alert: yes!).

In our research (and experience), we confirmed a key insight: the secret to making parenting joyful is to do it with friends. Everything gets easier and more fun with another family to share the load, from trading after school care to taking turns taking the kids to soccer practice.

But neither of us, and none of our friends, was getting enough time with or co-parenting support from family friends. Why?

Because the logistics of co-parenting are overwhelming: finding families to partner with, figuring out the schedule, wading through multiple texts back and forth — not to mention remembering the extra car seats!

We also need to trust and know our co-parents, so time spent together is critical. But in a world of mostly working parents, gathering is also logistically challenging and friction-filled.

So, we've set out to make family get-togethers, child playdates and collaborative parenting across families magically easy and much more frequent. We hope you'll join us: our app, Honeycomb, is in beta. You can apply for access here.

Chloe Sladden

Kevin, Chloe (hair chopped off), Vesper, Poppy and Cypress during one of many covid Facetimes in 2020

Chloe Sladden

Prior to starting Honeycomb, Chloe was among the first 40 employees at Twitter, where she built media partnerships and strategy from the ground up as VP, Media. She was responsible for the quality of Twitter’s content across news, music, TV, sports and politics, and ensured that Twitter was indelibly woven into traditional and new media.

Chloe is also a founding partner of the angel investment collective #Angels (originators of #TheGapTable), which seeks to increase the representation of women investing in technology start-ups. She has also held various Fortune 1000 and non-profit board roles, including Paid Leave for the US, which seeks to pass high quality federal paid leave policy for all families in the US. Chloe has three young daughters (ages 5, 7 and 9). She and her husband, Kevin, spent the past year in Wanaka, New Zealand, and recently returned to Bolinas, California.

Ramesh Balakrishnan

Rumi, Shradha, Mira and Ramesh (check out the covid curls!) at their first big multi family gathering after vaccinations

Ramesh Balakrishnan

Ramesh joined Dropbox when it was about 50 people strong and became of one its first Directors of Engineering. He established and grew the Photos team, with his work culminating in Carousel , a product that attracted 2 million weekly users at its peak. Along the way, he helped lay the foundation for Machine Learning at Dropbox and when the company pivoted to being a business-focused product, he took over the engineering teams for the core apps (desktop, web, mobile) that served 100M users.

Previously, Ramesh started his career as one of the early engineers on Google Maps where he helped build the search infrastructure and led many of the user generated content efforts.

His most challenging and rewarding role came in early 2017, when he left Dropbox to become a stay-at-home dad with his 6-month old daughter. Now 6 years old, she and her toddler brother continue to keep him and his wife, Shradha, on their toes.