Brennan is from Modesto, California, and attended UC Berkeley with fellow CareZoner, Katy. Before CareZone, Brennan worked at IXL Learning, an online education technology company focused on math and language arts practice problems. He’s been dabbling in acro yoga in the beautiful parks of San Francisco, and spends his weekends hiking and climbing.
The health industry, according to Brennan, “is slow, stubborn, and frustrating. These unhelpful attributes only compound the anxiety and other emotions you have when you or a loved one is ill.” He believes that the people working at CareZone understand these issues, and he too is dedicated to helping reduce the stress of caring for someone.
Sandro’s from Boulder, Colorado, and he likes to make the Web work. It’s what he’s done for years - before he started with us in May 2012, he ran the Web efforts of the University of North Florida, and then spent time consulting with Hashrocket.
As one of the San Francisco CareZoners, Sandro can almost always be found sitting next to Jon, getting into the nitty-gritty of CareZone code.
While he hasn’t experienced a caregiving situation just yet, he’d like everyone to know that he calls his mother every day.
Christoph loves code and enjoys it most when it’s beautiful, concise, and not overly clever. He has worked at Accenture and spent a year at CERN in Switzerland, the birthplace of the World Wide Web. He was Principal Software Development Lead at Microsoft for nine years and lead teams in Windows Live and SQL Server. He founded Lumen Spark in 2009.
“I joined CareZone because we are going to change the world with this thing,” he says. “And Chloe is so cute! Who wouldn’t want to work with her?”
Christoph is a Commercial Rated Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor and spends his free time sharing his passion for airplanes by teaching others how to fly.
Brandon is an engineer forged in the exotic land of Canada at the University of Waterloo. Before CareZone, he was a founder of Fitset, a Canadian fitness company. In addition, he's had stints at Highfive, Microsoft, Amazon and Nvidia where he's worked on everything from real time distributed systems to text mining.
Brandon works for CareZone because “one day, I'll be an old man looking back at my life and I'd like to be able to say that I spent it solving important, hard problems with great people.”
In his spare time, Brandon is an avid motorcyclist, scuba diver, skier, martial artist, fitness geek, and beer lover.
Fred is as seasoned a mobile developer as they come. After spending 12 years traveling the world creating mobile applications, he’s landed at CareZone where he serves as our lead Android magician.
Like the rest of us, Fred feels good about what he does because, in the end, it’s all about helping others. “I’m very proud to help bring loved ones into the palms of those who care for them,” he says.
Fred also likes to jaunt around San Francisco, learning to kite surf and fly (planes).
Annabelle helps keep things going smoothly as CareZone’s office manager. She keeps an empty inbox and is adept at herding cats. With an extensive background in the arts, Annabelle has managed exhibitions for museums in Seattle, New York, and San Francisco.
“After caring for my parents and witnessing the life changes that happen as we age, it is rewarding to work for a company that makes things easier for families.”
In her spare time she manages art collections for families at Larner Archiving and Preservation, is a board member of a senior center, and is an avid letterpress printer. Her husband, Dave, dives with sharks. That’s another story.
Brittany hails from a sleepy Washington town that also plays home to a nuclear power plant and a rampant gang of cows. Most recently, she worked with the design consultancy Jackson Fish Market; she has a compulsive need to whip things into visually pleasing shape.
“I know it sounds cliché, but I really like knowing I’m at a place where my work can leave a mark on people,” we once heard her say, although she fears she’s not a quotable person.
When she’s not in the Seattle office, she cares for a little long-haired wiener dog named Stella (who sometimes visits the office, too) and gets into no trouble whatsoever.
David looks after CareZone’s business partnerships. He’s no stranger to building mutually beneficial relationships between companies—he’s led “biz dev” efforts at both start-ups and global leaders, including Adobe Systems, NeXT Computer, and Sybase. He also was involved in starting two pioneering Internet companies: Swell Software, a developer of web authoring tools he co-founded and sold to Adobe in 1996; and Bigstep.com, one of the first small business e-commerce platform providers.
Outside his work at CareZone, David has served on boards of several Bay Area nonprofits, including TechSoup and CompuMentor.
David’s path to CareZone is rooted in his desire to create products and services that make a difference in people’s lives. He believes, as John Wooden said, “You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Trent is responsible for growing our loyal user base. He joined CareZone after stints at Kodak Gallery, Six Apart, Yahoo!, and General Mills in a variety of marketing, product, and sales roles. Oddly, he’s wanted to be a marketer since the first grade (no joke).
For Trent, CareZone is more than a job. “It’s a way to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives and those don’t come around very often.” Outside of CareZone, Trent spends his time with the important ladies in his life — his wife, Colleen, and their daughters, Riley and Reagan — and desperately tries to catch a baseball or football game whenever possible.
In a box somewhere, Trent has diplomas from the University of Wisconsin and the University of California at Berkeley.
Chi-Kai makes things run smoothly at CareZone. A Baltimore native (now a California convert), he spent much of his recent professional time at NVIDIA and Marvell, leading large software projects. He found his way to CareZone by way of Dr. Oreizy, a friend from many years ago.
CareZone was a natural fit for Chi-Kai, who’s no stranger to caring for loved ones. “I want to work with great people striving to do great things.”
When not at CareZone, Chi-Kai spends his time with his wife Setsuko and their two boys, Tomo and Masa.
Erin leads our social media and customer support team, educates new members about CareZone, and works with our designers and developers to improve CareZone based on community feedback.
“CareZone is an inspiring place to be. I get to hear daily how much we help people.”
Erin’s lived in Seattle long enough for her to consider it home. When she’s not interacting with CareZone members, she plots a film festival, Couch Fest, attends beer tastings, and hangs out with her large canine roommate, Boomer, who may be a Cylon—he opens drawers with his paws!
Peyman is one of our software developers. Before coming to CareZone, he spent a whole bunch of time earning his doctorate in software engineering from UC Irvine. He’s a gentleman for not asking to be called “Dr. Oreizy.”
Though he was a bit worried that it’d sound cliché, he has a simple and honest reason for joining our team: “I enjoy building technology to improve people’s lives.”
Peyman, his wife Deborah, and their three children Everest, Darya, and Eilan, live in Seattle.
Once upon a time, Wes journeyed around as a software developer for large organizations and small consultancies alike. When he landed in Seattle at CareZone, he had a finely tuned palate for Ruby on Rails from his time at the consultancy Hashrocket. Since then, he has migrated to the slick world of iOS development, but he still contributes some Ruby to the CareZone codebase from time to time.
In his own words: “I’m working at CareZone because it’s a great team of people, and we’re working on something that can really help the isolation and stress caregivers feel.”
Jonathan was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc., a Fortune 200 company whose pioneering innovations touched nearly every corner of the internet. Before that, Jonathan was a founder and CEO of Lighthouse Design, an exceptional group of people devoted to an exceptionally tiny technology platform known as NeXTSTEP. He began his career with McKinsey & Company, Inc., before they boldly experimented with casual Fridays. He holds degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University.
Suraj is a software developer dedicated to continually improving CareZone for our rapidly growing community of Android users. Prior to CareZone, Suraj worked at Pivotal Labs, Blackberry, and Qualcomm.
“I’m at CareZone because I want to build software that people can depend on everyday to make their lives better.”
Suraj is originally from Dubai (before the fancy islands and tall buildings appeared) and has an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. When he’s not writing code, he travels, cooks, and spends time with his girlfriend, and with his cat Arya.
Jon, software developer-extraordinaire and apprentice barista, has been a part of the Web development community for years. Before floating into happy orbit at CareZone, he (along with Wes, Les, and Sandro) worked at the consultancy Hashrocket, and like Wes and Les, occasionally plays host at the Ruby5 podcast.
As for why he’s with CareZone, he puts it simply: “It feels great to work on something that you know actually makes people’s lives a little easier.”
Outside of CareZone, Jon spends his time in San Francisco with girlfriend Lauren and their two chipper dogs, Evie and Lucy.
Victor has become an iOS developer after spending a few years doing web development. He loves open source software and contributes to various projects. Victor is passionate about unit testing and well-written code.
He joined CareZone because “it’s a great opportunity to make something really valuable to people. Something people will really love and enjoy using in daily life.”
In his free time Victor teaches his dog new tricks, learns something new himself and attends developer conferences in different countries.
In the past he wrote rocket science software at a stealthy security firm and he pioneered one the the web’s first AJAX applications at his startup, Blue Ripple. Most recently he worked at Hashrocket where he honed his stellar Ruby chops.
Working at CareZone allows Les to fully align with his philosphy of software, “Improve the world with code (and since you are there, improve the code.)”
When he’s not at CareZone, Les loves exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with his wife Megan and their daughter, Lucy. Avid soccer fans, Les and Lucy barrack for Spain. Viva “La Furia Roja!”
Katy was recently imported from the bay area, where she studied at UC Berkeley. In the past, she has called Chicago, Moscow, and London home, so Seattle returns her to familiar latitudes.
As part of the Pacific Northwest naturalization process, Katy adopted a wiggly dog named Sophie. Sophie is gracious enough to put up with Katy’s singing habit (aided by participation in the Seattle Symphony Chorale), and in return Katy allows Sophie to continue being very soft and warm.
Having experienced the reality of sick family, Katy has learned that “it can be hard for caregivers to feel supported and loved,” and she values CareZone because “the product aims to help people with exactly that.”
Paul came to CareZone from Cisco, where he verified that their products correctly processed the bits moving around the Internet. Now he ensures that the bits and atoms moving around CareZone are processed correctly.
He joined CareZone because “I enjoy working with technology that influences the life of others. Seeing it meld with assisting people in managing their healthcare needs is exciting.”
In his free time Paul enjoys traveling — including an 87-day round-the-world trip with his partner Jose — and baking sweets.
Walter has been creating software for a surprisingly long time (to him anyway), during which he has helped to build all sorts of products and services.
Before CareZone, he co-founded Jackson Fish Market, a small but powerful maker of adorable consumer software products and user experience design consultancy. Before that, he was a developer, architect, and development manager at Microsoft, working on several products including Windows, Internet Explorer, and MSN. He began his career at Apple Computer as a key developer of Newton OS (no handwriting jokes, please).
He has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, but please don’t ask him to solve a differential equation.