The Syndio Story

We were founded on the belief that the best organizations are the ones that treat people fairly. Our origin story is based on a shared vision: to reimagine the way the world works for the benefit of employees and the betterment of all. Using technology to empower, data to inform, and our expertise to inspire, we are leading the way in workplace fairness.

Welcome to Syndio. We are all equals here.

Equal pay for equal work. It’s not a radical concept. But it does require radically innovative solutions. That’s where we come in. 

As a dedicated team of leaders, data scientists, legal professionals, and customer advocates, we are real people dedicated to real change. We are men and women from different backgrounds who have come together to make a definitive difference in the workplace. 

At Syndio, we know the only way to realize pay equity is to do it together. We live it, breathe it, dream it, and deliver it. All so you can achieve it.


Our Mission

To be the trusted analytics platform to ensure workplace fairness.

Our Beliefs

We are champions of workplace fairness.

It’s not just about compliance, it’s about doing the right thing. When employees are treated fairly, everyone benefits. Employees will be more engaged, productive, motivated and happy. Companies will improve retention, strengthen their culture, and deliver more profit. It’s a win-win, and we are poised to make it happen.

Pay equity is not a fad, it’s a right.

Pay equity is an ongoing commitment, at every stage of employment, and is required by many jurisdictions across the US and the globe. We are committed to moving the conversation, legislation, and solutions forward to ensure that everyone has the opportunity for equal pay.

Transparency drives change.

We can’t solve problems that we can’t see. And it’s all in how you look at it. New hires, exits, acquisitions can all change the picture, so you have to have the right tools to keep up. Today’s pay analysis options are outdated and inflexible, and make it difficult to keep up with the ever-changing workplace. And it’s not just about identifying the problems, but developing the right solutions.

It’s bigger than us.

Different language, different approaches, no one does this the same way, despite the best intentions. That causes confusion and misinformation, shining a light on the need for alignment on methodology. For pay equity to be real, a data driven approach is key. We at Syndio have the talent and the tools, and in partnership with like-minded industry leaders, we believe we can and should convene the brightest minds to provide a suite of tools that will drive quantum leaps for pay equity across the globe.

Meet the Leaders

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Maria Colacurcio

Maria Colacurcio is passionate about workplace equity—where everyone is valued for who they are and their contributions.

Colacurcio is CEO of Syndio, a SaaS startup helping companies around the world create an equitable workplace for all employees, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. Prior to Syndio, she co-founded, which went public in 2018, and spent three years at Starbucks, one of the first Fortune 50 companies to go public with pay equity results. Having started her career working on congressional campaigns, she has a long history of mission-driven work, and a compassionate and competitive attitude to spur change. 

Colacurcio serves on the board of the nonprofit Fair Pay Workplace and has been named by Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit one of this year’s 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs. A total shoo-in for Hamilton, she holds a BA in History and Political Science from Whitworth University, where she minored in music and studied vocal opera. 

As a CEO and a mom of 7, Colacurcio is walking the walk on eradicating workplace inequities. In our Zoom-centric world, she was able to raise a $17.1 million Series B investment in January 2021 while 8 months pregnant (most people had no idea she was expecting) and is often breastfeeding her seven-month-old baby, Mila, during leadership 1:1s, team meetings, and product demos.

Zev Eigen

Zev is Syndio’s founder and Chief Data Scientist. Dr. Eigen has been at the forefront of cutting edge HR technology for more than a decade. He combines his uniquely overlapping areas of expertise in labor economics and employment law with deep experience in data science, predictive modeling and economic sociological research. He has authored more than a dozen scholarly articles and books and is an internationally recognized expert in these fields appearing in the media frequently (Wall Street JournalNew York Times, Forbes, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.), and is a frequent speaker on HR Tech and data science and law. Dr. Eigen is invited regularly to lecture and present his work at academic institutions and professional organizations globally.

He holds a PhD from MIT, a JD from Cornell Law School and a BS from Cornell University. We can try to summarize his experience by name dropping just a few of the organizations for whom he has worked: Northwestern, Yale, NYU Law, Littler Mendelson, 20th Century Fox. Get the idea? Wicked. Smart.


Chief Operating Officer

Rob is the Chief Operating Officer at Syndio, and a career-long advocate for workplace fairness. Prior to joining Syndio, Rob served as the VP Assistant General Counsel at Starbucks where he led teams responsible for all labor, employment, and EEO issues, as well as general litigation.

Rob directed and oversaw Starbuck’s equal pay efforts since 2005, and was frequently frustrated by the methods of obtaining and analyzing data around pay disparities. He came to Syndio to be a part of the solution.

Prior to Starbucks, Rob was a partner with Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP. He also served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, and while on active duty served as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School.

Rob knows Syndio’s software is a better way to address pay equity, and wants you to know the same.


Chief Technology Officer

Rob is a 20-year tech industry veteran with experience building innovative data-centric applications. Since early in his career he has held leadership positions, setting tech strategy and building engineering teams. Recently, he was CTO of Bitly and AOL’s Patch.


SVP, Customer Success

Katie Bardaro is one of the country’s leading experts on the intersection of pay equity, data analytics, and labor economics. As Syndio’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Katie possesses a decade of experience in compensation data, statistical analytics, and public speaking. She has provided pay equity analyses and commentary for the nation’s top business and financial outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, CNBC, CNNMoney, USA Today, Forbes, and Business Insider. She reads these publications voraciously over coffee whenever she’s not traveling to be a featured speaker at international events such as Montreal’s C2, multiple World at Work Pay Equity Symposiums, and the 100% Talent Wage Gap Summit.

Prior to her tenure at Syndio, Katie was the Vice President of Data Analytics at Payscale where she provided groundbreaking thought leadership and research on compensation to media, customers, consumers and research outlets all across the country. Before that, she took it easy and taught macro and microeconomics at the University of Washington.

A passionate economist, data nerd, and mom, Katie is willing to travel far and wide in the pursuit of improving equity in the workplace. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of Holy Cross and a Masters of Science in Economics from the University of Washington.


Vice President of Sales

As vice president of sales for Syndio, Dave is responsible for leading Syndio’s growing sales team and driving the company’s sales strategy and market development.

Dave is passionate about working in the HR space as a way to help people be more successful personally and professionally. Dave is equally focused on helping team members achieve their own career and development aspirations. Prior to joining Syndio, Dave held leadership roles at Glint (now LinkedIn), LearnUp, and SuccessFactors/SAP. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, Graduate School of Management, and a B.S. from the University of Southern California.

Based in Northern California, Dave enjoys every opportunity to spend time with his wife and daughters.

Meet the Board


Byron Deeter


Byron Deeter is a leading investor in SaaS and Cloud. He co-authors Bessemer’s iconic 10 Laws of Cloud Computing and the annual State of the Cloud Report. He created the Bessemer Forbes Cloud 100 and BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index and works closely with many of the best founders in the cloud world. 


Talia Goldberg


Talia invests across early and growth stage software and internet. Talia joined Bessemer in 2013 and has since become the youngest elected partner in firm history. 

Fern Mandelbaum

Fern Mandelbaum

Emerson Collective

Fern is an entrepreneur, coach, lecturer, and investor. Ms. Mandelbaum is the Managing Director of Venture Investors.  She focuses her investments on companies that help people reach their full potential.  


Bob Perille

Calvelle Investments

Bob currently invests in private companies through his own investment vehicle, Calvello Investments, LLC.   Bob has been  responsible for sourcing and managing equity investments in private companies in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. 


Diane Fraiman


Diane is a Managing Director at Voyager Capital and invests in early stage enterprise software companies in the Pacific Northwest. Diane has over 35 years of experience in the technology industry in both operational roles leading marketing, strategy and business development, and as a venture investor since 2007.


We are a small software start-up with ambition. We are passionate about equal pay, our products and our mission and we are devoted to each other and our company. We value transparency, hustle, clarity, truth, and vulnerability.