Kenton is technical lead and co-founder of Sandstorm. He is a hard-core systems hacker with a penchant for solving problems in ways no one else has tried. Kenton has been open sourcing all of his personal projects since high school, from game engines to mod music players to programming languages. From 2005 to 2013, Kenton worked at Google, where he worked on infrastructure for Universal Search as well as sharing and access control for Google Drive, but was best-known for his work on Protocol Buffers. Kenton wrote most of Protocol Buffers v2 and turned it into an open source project, which is now used widely both inside and outside Google. After leaving Google, Kenton developed Cap'n Proto, a successor to Protocol Buffers which is "infinity times faster" and features an object-capability RPC system, which has in turn become the basis of the Sandstorm platform.
Jade Wang curates geek communities and is a co-founder of Sandstorm. By background, she is a research scientist, having graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in neuroscience, pursued a Ph.D. at Northwestern University, and worked at NASA Ames. Over the past half decade, she co-founded Chez JJ, a network of live-work communities for tech entrepreneurs and geeks of all stripes, and worked for two years as Meteor’s Chief Culture Officer. At Meteor, she focused on highlighting and empowering leadership wherever it appeared in the community, bringing a research mindset to community growth.
Jason Paryani is a software engineer irresistibly drawn to systems topics. This passion led him to Philadelphia-area finance firm Susquehanna International Group, LLP. While at SIG, he worked on the backtesting team where he worked at the intersection of a .Net Windows stack meeting a Python managed Linux high performance cluster. In 2013, he moved to Mountain View to co-found Statsketch, a software startup focused on delivering easy to use data visualization tools for the web. He got to know Kenton when he implemented pycapnp, the Python port of Cap’n Proto.
During college, Asheesh organized the Xbox Linux project’s documentation into a wiki, submitted written testimony for the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s OPG v. Diebold case, revived the Johns Hopkins ACM chapter, and served as web team lead for Students for Free Culture. After graduation, he engineered software Creative Commons and the Participatory Culture Foundation and co-founded OpenHatch, a non-profit that helps people get involved in open source software. In 2011, he co-founded the Boston Python Workshop for women and their friends and delivered a talk at PyCon that triggered the formation of PyLadies. In 2013, he took a one-year vacation from free software-related work to hone his skills as a Security Engineer at Eventbrite. Asheesh is a Developer in Debian and holds a B.A. in cognitive science, with minors in women & gender studies and French literature, and an M.S.E. in computer science.
Nena is a design strategist and artist from Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys experimentation and has designed many things from toys to interfaces to branding assets. Previously, she worked for the Government of Canada leading business intelligence intitiatives to redesign dashboards and other interfaces for regional managers across western Canada. As for higher education, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Business Technology Management as well as Finance. She is a business development and technology enthusiast with a passion for crafting great user experiences. Outside of design, she enjoys painting, cooking, biking, boardgames, and video games (mostly Dota 2 & Overwatch).
Drew Fisher is a technology enthusiast who cares deeply about usability, security, and agency. He earned his M.S. in computer science at U.C. Berkeley working with Björn Hartmann and David Wagner. While there, he helped reverse-engineer drivers for the Kinect and showed that people make rational choices about sharing personal information when given appropriate tools. After graduating in 2012, he joined AeroFS, where he built usable, secure self-hosted collaboration tools for enterprises, dealing with everything from security review and response to filesystem change notification APIs, distributed algorithms, developer tooling, and cluster management. In 2015, he joined Sandstorm to focus on contributing more back to the Free Software community. In his free time, he loves solving and writing puzzlehunts, playing board games, tinkering with hardware, and eating delicious foods.
Chief Entropy Officer
Born only in early 2014, Garply's rise to the top of Sandstorm has been meteoric. Weighing in at 16 lbs. and growing, Garply is not your average cat. His primary responsibilities at Sandstorm include eating, cuddling, and unexpectedly dashing across the room knocking things over. Garply is also responsible for running Sandstorm's continuous integration infrastructure and chastising those who break the build.
Sand Cat Impersonator