Smart Campus by Ink

About Us

We were started and backed by a Stanford student, the founders of Redbox, the CEO of Zappos, and the president of Warner Bros who all believe improving small things can lead to big changes. That means a commitment to helping higher education address inefficiencies and streamline every day processes to support the optimal student experience. By blending innovative approaches, commitment to sophisticated design, and a passion for education, we develop products that work the way students think, simplify the lives of decision makers in higher education, and help colleges and universities tap the full potential of the smart campus.

Leadership Team

Jonathan Manzi


Jonathan is cofounder and chief executive officer of Ink. He feels See more passionately about ensuring the greatest level of customer success and providing solutions that make a big impact on the student experience. Jon made his first million when he was sixteen. Since then he has helped launch multiple successful businesses in divergent industries. He is considered a global expert in the field of youth entrepreneurship and was selected to attend the G20 Summit, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and the Ambrosetti Forum. While a student at Stanford University, Jon presided as the chair of entrepreneurship and cofounded a global non-profit catalyzing youth entrepreneurship.

Denis Benic


Denis is cofounder and chief technology officer of Ink. Denis leads See more the engineering and product teams in creating a streamlined and connected experience for students. Prior to Ink, Denis was founder and CEO Printbox, Europe's largest print kiosk business. Before founding Printbox, he served as the youngest director of IT for Telsima Inc. and went on to cofound and preside as VP of engineering of LiveCLIQ, a real-time three-screen multimedia platform enabling live streaming from mobile phones and web portals.

Brett Frevert


Brett serves as chief financial officer of Ink. See more Brett is founder of CFO Systems, an innovative firm that provides leadership to hundreds of middle market entities. CFO Systems has been recognized four years in a row by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest growing companies. Prior to heading CFO Systems, Brett served as CFO of a Midwestern real estate company during economic turmoil where he recapitalized and doubled the property management business in 18 months. Additionally his experience includes roles as an interim CFO of First Data–Europe where he directed year-end and forecasting cycles, the Controller of a $2B life insurance company during a significant M&A and sale to a strategic buyer, and an auditor at Deloitte.

Erich Ziegler


Erich serves as chief human capital officer of Ink. See more Erich has over 20 years of strategic and tactical leadership experience in HR, Sales, and Marketing. His diverse background consists of several start-ups that include roles in Human Resources for Eat Fit Go and Regional Sales Director for the Mountain Time Zone for Tesla Motors. Additionally, he has served as VP of Human Resources at Midland University where he collaborated with the executive team regarding all facets of campus administration, as Global Executive HR Director for TeleTech where he directed hiring and training of 200+ new employees monthly, and at Deloitte where he redesigned the HR organization structure for the company’s US operations.

Gregg Kaplan

Board Director

Gregg serves as the board director for Ink. Gregg Kaplan was the founder and See more former CEO of Redbox, bringing it from zero to over $2 billion in revenue, 48,000 deployments, and 48 percent control of market share. He is currently an operating partner at Pritzker Group Private Capital. Mr. Kaplan earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Michigan.

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