About theicebreak

theicebreak helps couples increase understanding, excitement, and connection in their relationships. We provide them a way to quantify and visualize their relationships, creating charts that show the state of the relationship over time, By prompting couples to answer fun, engaging questions and send moments from the day to each other, we also encourage better communication between partners on and off the site.


The Team


Christina A. Brodbeck, Co-founder

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Christina was on the founding team of YouTube, the company's first UI Designer, and then later went on to lead design for the company's mobile efforts.

Before that, she worked at NASA Ames, MRL Ventures, and Keynote Systems. She's a proud Chicagoland native and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a master's in Instructional Technologies and Multimedia Design, and is passionate about building technology that makes people happy and improves their everyday lives.

Christina and her boyfriend live in San Francisco, and 3 things that come to her mind when she thinks of him are: Cable Car Pizza, Star Trek Voyager, Coke (not Diet)


Dwipal Desai, Co-founder

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Dwipal was one of the first engineers at YouTube, where he was responsible for building a majority of the early features like comments, groups, channels and video transcoding. He also created the mobile group and headed all of YouTube's mobile efforts, including iPhone, Android, Web and others.

Prior to YouTube, Dwipal worked at Paypal where he worked on Fraud management, Internationalization and System Integration. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from USC.

Dwipal has been married for 5 years, and 3 things that come to his mind he thinks about his wife are: lazying around, watermelon and cats.


Dr. Alice Boyes, Advisor & Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Boyes is a social and clinical psychologist in private practice, writer, speaker, therapist, relationships expert, and internationally published author of original psychology research. She has worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex in the UK and has her PhD in Psychology from the University of Canterbury.