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EVERETT HARPER
CEO,
FOUNDER

@everettharper

At Women 2.0 Founder Labs in 2011, Everett pitched an idea to make calendars more useful for executive assistants. That app, called Tetherpad, was the original DNA of Truss. With cofounders Mark & Jen, they grew the company with the same intent -- how to make technology responsive to our time, attention and energy. Everett's expertise is in customer development, a technique that combines customer behavior with ethnography to inform product and business development.

Everett was head of Customer Acquisition and Community for Linden Lab. He is a Webby Award Honoree as the product lead for Bottlenotes Mobile, a social wine app. He has an MBA and M.Ed in design & technology from Stanford, and BSEE in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke.  He was a full-tuition AB Duke Scholar and won the NCAA National Championship in soccer, the first in any sport for Duke. He can be found making up sous-vide recipes with his favorite sous chef, his daughter.

 

JENNIFER LEECH
VP OF ENGINEERING,
FOUNDER

@jennifermleech

Jen has doubled the performance of APIs operating at rates of over 10,000 requests per second and led petabyte-scale data analysis operations, saving millions of dollars per annum. Jen has experience at nearly every level of the stack from user-facing applications down to and including silicon.

Jen earned Highest Honors in her degree of BS in Computer Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. In her free time she enjoys designing systems ranging from electronics for interactive fire art to thriving zero-water-use native gardens in the desert.

 

MARK FERLATTE
CTO,
FOUNDER

@ferlatte

Mark was one of the engineers that helped fix Healthcare.gov in 2013-2014 during the "tech surge". Mark is one of the pioneers of Dev Ops as he built one of the first cloud computing teams for Linden Lab in 2006 and was Amazon Web Services largest customer.  Mark's team also built the ecommerce platform for Linden Lab.

Mark graduated from UC Berkeley in Computer Science and is an avid cyclist, including raising money for the yearly AIDS ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. 

 
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NICK TWYMAN
ENGINEERING

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Nick grew up in the UK where he took a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. Wondering what to do with this, he was delighted to find out that people would pay him to program their computers. In the UK, and on first moving to the US, he worked for a number of years on application and OS development for early mobile devices, including a brief stint at Palm.

 In 1999, like a lot of other people, he discovered the internet and has spent the time since working on a range of online systems from early stage companies to apps distributed over thousands of servers. Along the way he has developed a deep interest in why teams of smart people often have a hard time making smart decisions.

 At home, he has recently renewed his acquaintance with embedded systems and electronics: current projects include a digital control system for an otherwise all analog tube amp and a modular synth based on the 1970's designs of the great Serge Tcherepnin. 

BREANNE BOLAND
ENGINEERING

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Breanne grew up in the woods outside of St. Louis, studied writing in Boston, and spent nearly eleven years in Seattle before moving to the Bay Area. She has a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and earned a certificate in User-Centered Design from the University of Washington in 2014 so she could use user research to hone her editorial instincts.

Before moving into software development, she oversaw international hotel content creation for a major online travel agency for several years, brought an enhanced product content company into the social media age, and delved deep into content strategy and UX. She now hails from Oakland, but gets out of the country whenever she can. Her zine on creativity has also traveled around the world, going as far as Norway and Tasmania.

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PATRICK STANGER
ENGINEERING

@stangah

Patrick hails from the northeast, where he lived in the tri-state area and our nation’s capital before finding tech paradise in the bay area. He has a BS degree in physics from Rutgers University, where he wrote a thesis on graphene photovoltaics. A love of tech, problem solving, and building things from the ground up eventually led Patrick to leave academic research for a career in software engineering.

As a freelance developer, before joining Truss, Patrick had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects for web, desktop, and mobile, and looks to keep that list growing. When not furiously coding, Patrick enjoys making ice cream, racing motorcycles, and reading science fiction.

 

REBECCA KILBERG
ENGINEERING

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Rebecca is motivated by technology’s potential to exert a positive impact on society, specifically by increasing access to actionable information and communication capabilities. Transitioning from the world of immigration policy research, her recent web development work has been a bit more macabre: projects include a data visualization app for American mortality statistics and an app to alert consumers to recent recalls of items that may put them at risk.

Rebecca graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a BA in linguistics and a minor in Germanic studies. Outside of work, Rebecca can be found with her nose in a New Yorker or accosting a stranger to pet their dog.

CHRISTINA LIU
ENGINEERING

@aerialdomo

Christina was born and raised across the pond in Oakland, CA. She was an accountant who abandoned a life of bookkeeping to join the Paper Doll Militia circus in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon her return to the States, she then decided that she wanted to turn her love of technology and problem solving into a career. She promptly enrolled and immersed herself for ten weeks into an engineering bootcamp. Post-bootcamp she wrote code for an app that serves 5 million users a month.

These days she spends her time communicating in emoji, developing web applications, and training in Muay Thai.

The corgi is her spirit animal.

ASHLEY JELKS
ENGINEERING

@developerashley

Ashley is a Saint Louis native turned New Yorker who recently dropped roots in Oakland. She comes to the software development industry after several years of teaching both at the high school and university level.

When she's not programming, designing and developing web applications, you can find her discussing, reading, and writing about domestic and international politics, race, gender, sexuality politics, reading tech blogs and exploring new technologies and frameworks, catching up on an ever growing reading list, doing yoga, drinking tea or red Zinfandel, making and exploring art, learning foreign languages, and planning her next global voyage.

 

EMILY CHEN
ENGINEERING

@emilychen

Emily was born and raised in Seattle and spent a few years in NYC before landing in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of Washington's business school but her passion for technology led her straight to the tech industry. She studied web development in Barcelona and worked as a Meteor developer before joining Truss.

Before transitioning to software development, Emily used her killer bug-finding instincts as a QA Engineer on popular applications including Kindle for iOS at Amazon and the Paperless Post iOS App. She built a Chrome extension to help manage her Fantasy Football roster and ran a blog where she gave away one of her possessions every day for a year. She loves karaoke, Crossfit, and traveling solo (latest: Thailand, China, Spain, Korea, Cambodia)

JEREMY AVNET
ENGINEERING

@brainsik

Jeremy's early background is in the science of complex adaptive systems (CAS) and system administration. 

He joined Truss from Sauce Labs, a cloud provider of desktop browsers and mobile devices optimized for automated testing. Over his 6 years at Sauce, Jeremy architected and built their private cloud operating software (launching tens of millions of instances a month), created, lead, and managed three engineering teams, and finally acted as principal architect across the engineering org.

Jeremy is interested in the relationship between distributed systems, safety engineering, complex systems, and the software engineer as system operator. He spends a lot of time making tea and enjoys rye whisky.

MIKE KANIA
ENGINEERING

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Mike comes from Parse, a mobile backend as a service, where he worked with a small team to manage one of the largest and most complex MongoDB footprints in the world. While at Parse, Mike worked on getting the first production instances of MongoDB with RocksDB as the underlying storage engine. This doubled Parse’s write capacity and dropped storage utilization by 10x.

Mike was also part of the “Tech Surge” for healthcare.gov back when the initial rollout crumbled because there was no accountability, monitoring or communication.

Mike graduated from University of California Santa Barbara in Computer Science, and proudly represents the UCSB Gauchos roller hockey team.

 

DIEGO BASCH
ENGINEERING

@dbasch

Diego Basch has been in the software industry since the 90s. He worked on a few of the early web search engines back in the B.G. (before Google) years. He later started Flaptor, a search / infrastructure consulting company. In 2009 Flaptor morphed into a product startup called IndexTank, acquired by LinkedIn two years later. In recent times Diego been advising and investing in early-stage startups, as well as coding for fun and profit in languages such as Clojure. He holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, but he's also an electrical engineer. He uses his hardware knowledge to build (and crash, and fix) first-person-view quadcopters.

ANDREA MITCHELL
ENGINEERING

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A Los Angeles native, Andrea holds a degree from UC Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Field Studies combining Psychology, Sociology and Visual Studies. Post-college, she taught English in Southern Spain for a few years before returning to the bay to pursue her interest in programming. Andrea enrolled in an immersive engineering bootcamp in San Francisco and applied her experience in ESL to build a gamified video-chat app for language learners. She then worked to develop software that supported a local community engaged in interactive game design and cultural curation.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys writing music and practicing her natural language skills.

NIC "KAYLESS" WISSMAN
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

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Nic is a program manager with over 10 years of experience spanning a number of technical disciplines in both the government and commercial markets.

He was recruited into the heathcare.gov "Tech Surge" of 2013-2014 as a collaborative yet disruptive force within the existing government contracting space. During this time, Nic was instrumental in maintaining command and control over live site incidents as dozens of contractors worked toward resolution. He has deep understanding of government contracting and a passion for advocating agile and iterative development processes in any area he touches.

Nic is an avid consumer of stories in all forms and occasionally works at writing some. He enjoys growing vegetables and cooking them, being exposed to new music, and periodically questioning his beliefs. 

 

 

 
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JAMIE KENNEDY
BIZOPS MANAGER

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Jamie Kennedy is a jack of all trades hailing from the thick woods of upstate New York.

After graduating high school, Jamie worked as the Event Coordinator of one of the country's oldest tabletop game retailers, and as co-owner of a boutique high-end Yo-Yo company.  In his free time Jamie loves to compete in all things nerdy from card game and video game tournaments to international yo-yo competitions. Otherwise, he spends his free time creating interactive industrial art.

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ARI KELLOGG
BIZOPS MANAGER

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Ari was born in Buffalo and grew up traveling the Eastern Coast. She attended Drexel University before migrating to California in pursuit of warmer weather.

She co-founded Cervecería Ulúa, the first craft ale brewery in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. In Veracruz she managed finances, co-designed a 1600L brew set up, and traveled, all in mangled Spanish. She enjoys exploring California’s rivers, finding new ways to cook with garlic, and surprising strangers with groserias.