Operation Spark

The Pitch

Operation Spark is a code school offering programming to prepare primarily low-income individuals for employment in the Greater New Orleans area’s technology sector, connecting graduates with opportunities from entry-level internships to full time careers as software engineers.

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John Fraboni & Max Gaudin

John Fraboni & Max Gaudin

The Entrepreneur

With over 20 years of professional experience in software development, John Fraboni has worked for a diverse set of clients including Tabasco, Tulane University, Riley Foods, Oreck Vacuums, The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Microsoft, Ernst and Young, Disney, and Sony. Beginning in 2009, his work in the video game industry in Montreal contributed to some of the most successful games on social platforms. Mr. Fraboni holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He toured extensively from 1998 to 2012, performing notably at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, the Orpheum, the National Art Center of China, The Canadian National Arts Centre, Expo 2012, and most recently toured the Opera Houses of China. Mr. Fraboni is also the recipient of performing arts awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Manhattan School of Music, International House New York, as well as the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (a Juno award, the Canadian equivalent of Grammy). In the past year, as CEO of Operation Spark, John won the NEOW Education Pitch and 4.0 Schools’ Launch accelerator, and was invited to the White House three times. He has lived in Montreal, New York, New Orleans and Toronto.

Max is a native New Orleanian, software developer, and founder and CEO of two local technology startups, Sidework and Airpnp. He is an active member of the New Orleans technology community and organizer of 1 Million Cups New Orleans. As COO, Max focuses on overall strategy, fundraising, volunteer happiness, building partnerships, and keeping John on his toes. Max enjoys bringing his business savvy mindset from the for-profit world and injecting it into Operation Spark. Max studied Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at the University of New Orleans.


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