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Our Name

Selu (pronounced <Say-loo>) is the Native American, Cherokee Goddess of the corn and First Woman of the Earth. With her very existence, the Earth was able to nurture and grow an abundance of corn to supply humanity with food. Over time, her twin children grew envious of her sacred ability to replenish the Earth with food. Knowing that her life would be taken by her children in advance, Selu instructed her children that when they take her life in the future – to bury her in the Earth so that her sacred gifts would continue providing food for the world to come and that her Spirit would allow all harvests to become plentiful.


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Jake Hammock

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jake Hammock is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Selu. Jake is a futurist entrepreneur with extensive experience in organizational development and creating technologies that matter for the world. A previous cybersecurity/compliance executive with a background in hacking computational systems, he has built, trained, and led several teams to sustainably secure critical infrastructure.

As a philanthropist, Jake enjoys finding creating solutions to benefit those in need and currently chairs the Board of Trustees for FarmSahel, Inc. – a nonprofit institution aimed on transforming the lives of women farmers in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Prior to Selu, he founded Chaac Technologies, Inc. and patented water and energy co-generating systems to benefit the world in need of these precious resources. Additionally, Jake is a U.S. Army combat veteran with extensive experience leading technical intelligence programs for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Jake earned a MSc in Cybersecurity Technology from the University of Maryland and conducted extensive undergraduate research in North Africa.

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Tom Strauss

Chief Revenue Officer

Tom Strauss is the Chief Revenue Officer of Selu. An outdoor enthusiast and entrepreneur, he has established skills in corporate structuring, business development, revenue modeling, customer acquisition and sales, account management, and product marketing.  
Beginning as an owner/operator of ski and outdoor specialty retail shops, he later developed a successful customer service training company, Perceptions. Tom then launched Emotion Kayaks, he was able to shake up a complacent industry with new technology and creative, family-oriented marketing. It won numerous nationwide awards and grew to become one of the largest suppliers of recreational kayaks in the world. Through decades of successful entrepreneurial experience, he is well versed in go-to-market strategies, product-to-market fittings, in-depth customer value proposition, and exit strategies. After selling his company, Tom has spent the past few years consulting and spending time in the outdoors with his wonderful wife, Diane. They have hiked thousands of miles all over this amazing planet.  

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