Travis Montaque

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Born (1992-04-05) April 5, 1992 (age 31)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materUniversity of Miami

Travis Montaque (born April 5, 1992) is an American tech CEO and Founder of Holler, a messaging technology company.[1]

Montaque attended the University of Miami.[2] While there he started his first company, Splyst.[3] In 2016, the business became Emogi.[4] Emogi became Holler in 2019.[5]

Montaque was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 at the age of 23.[6] He was also a DMN 40 Under 40 in 2018.[7] Montaque was also on the Black List 100 in 2020.[8]

Montaque's company, Holler, was named a Fast Company Most Innovative Social Media Company of 2020.[9]

Early Life

Montaque was born and raised in South Florida.[10] He attended Everglades High School in Miramar[11] and later studied at the University of Miami. [2] At the University of Miami, Montaque was Vice Chairman of the Undergraduate Dean’s Advisory Board and on the School of Business's Hyperion Council, as well as an Iron Arrow.[11] He was also an intern at both Barclays Investment Bank and Trivest.[11]


Montaque began his career at age 15 as a cashier at Chick-fil-A. He later became a General Manager before leaving the company in 2012.[12] [10] He was also an intern at Barclays Investment Bank and Trivest while in college.[11] He left finance for technology after he turned down an offer from Goldman Sachs to pursue Emogi (now Holler).[10]

Personal life

Montaque spoke about the importance of youth entrepreneurship at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013.[13] He recently commented on the topic of diversity in the workplace.[14]


  1. "Travis Montaque - Founder & CEO at Holler". THE ORG. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Launch Pad welcomes alumnus back to campus". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  3. Herald, Miami. "Startup Spotlight: Splyst | The Starting Gate". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  4. "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". Retrieved 2020-09-25. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  5. "Emogi Rebrands To Holler, Integrates With Dating App Badoo". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  6. "Travis Montaque, 23". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  7. GmbH, finanzen net. "DMN Announces 2018 40Under40 Winners | Markets Insider". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  8. "Travis Montaque". #blacklist100. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  9. Company, Fast (2020-03-10). "The 10 most innovative social media companies of 2020". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Why This Entrepreneur Turned Down His Dream Job on Wall Street". Black Enterprise. 2018-06-17. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "UM Graduate Plans to Grow His Business". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  12. "Chick-fil-A Company - 6841 Employees - US Staff". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  13. "2013 Annual Meeting Agenda Day 3". Clinton Foundation. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  14. Thomas, Jessica (2020-06-17). "How This Tech CEO Is Leading His Company Through Racial Unrest". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2020-09-25.

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