Arun Thampi (@iamclovin)
Arun always had a fascination for building things, right from childhood when he was a keen assistant to his dad who was always repairing, soldering or fixing stuff around the house.
While pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering at National University of Singapore, Arun did a Minor in Entrepreneurship at Stanford and interned at Palm and Motorola, after which he graduated with a Master's Degree in Technological Design.
He went on to become one of the first employees at Wego.com, which is now one of Asia's biggest travel websites. He briefly worked at Viki as a contractor where he met Peter, and worked with AJ in Anideo where he helped build Vidyou, a popular video discovery app. He is a rabid Manchester United fan and hopes to watch a game at Old Trafford some day.
Peter Jihoon Kim (@raingrove)
Peter first learned how to program (in BASIC) at the age of 8 at a computer school, after his dad found the kid looking at his computer books and drawing flowcharts. He has never stopped coding since then. He graduated from National University of Singapore with a degree in Computer Science in 2009, and did an internship at Apple.
He first got into the startup world when he joined an online sports game startup called Game Ventures as a founding team member where he helped build the game engine for their popular online cricket game Howzat. He then joined as one of the first employees at Viki where he helped build a leading international entertainment site that won Crunchie 2011 in International category, serving over 10 million unique visitors every month.
He frequently contributes to open source and has created some popular open source tools such as Specta, Expecta, and ConciseKit and in his free time, he enjoys riding his fixed-gear bicycle.
AJ Solimine (@ajhit406)
As an undergraduate at Harvard University, AJ was a researcher at the Center for Design Informatics, a human computer interaction laboratory at the Harvard Design School. He fell in love with User Experience and Interface Design and began studying Computer Science in addition to Economics. He graduated from Harvard University in 2005, where he also was a member of the varsity baseball team that qualified for the D1 NCAA tournament.
AJ worked for a small consultantcy after graduating before co-founding a Healthcare Startup focused on developing a knowledge base for Rare Disease patients. He then founded Anideo, where he worked with Arun to create Vidyou, a popular online video discovery app. He writes about tech, entrepreneurship and life at hitting406.com
Daniel Dao (@dqminh)
Daniel first started learning programming when he entered National University of Singapore at age 17. Since then, he has contributed to several open source projects such as LimeSurvey, Draper, ShareJS, Diamond and CodeMirror, as well as created several projects of his own. Prior to joining Nitrous.IO, he was a software engineer at Viki where he made things mostly work.
Lakshan Perera (@laktek)
Lakshan grew up in Sri Lanka and created his first web site when he was 14 years old. Later, he attended University of Moratuwa and graduated with a degree in Information Technology. Prior to joining Nitrous.IO, Lakshan was the lead developer of CurdBee, online invoicing service. Some of you may know him from his open source projects such as Punch, Realie (deprecated), jQuery Smart AutoComplete.
He blogs at http://laktek.com and tweets more than he talks.
Greg McKeever (@gmckeever)
Greg grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where he studied Information Technology and Business at UMKC. Before Nitrous.IO, he had 5 years of tech support experience and also dove into freelane web development when he had the time. When not writing Ruby, Greg spends his time biking, hiking, rock climbing, woodworking, scuba diving, and surfing on a rare occasion. He enjoys whiskey and wine, and is always up for some standup comedy.
Cheah Chu Yeow (@chuyeow)
Chu Yeow loved to play video games as a kid, and when he discovered those tomes in the library showing you how to write simple games with BASIC, he was hooked on building things with computers. When the Internet became a thing, creating websites and apps became his “thing”.
One of the first employees at Wego, Chu Yeow played a big role in building the engineering team and culture as the CTO. He converted Wego from a Java shop to a coterie of Ruby rockstars, and rode the wave that Rails started circa 2006. Wego is now one of Asia’s largest travel websites.
He frequently contributes to Open Source, most significantly to Ruby on Rails. He also created Facon, a lightweight mocking library for Ruby. Chu Yeow is a cat person and is owned by a calico named Miyo. He infrequently blogs and tweets more.
Ian Paredes (@redbluemagenta)
Ian was born and raised in Seattle, WA and has always had a fascination with computers ever since he was five years old. He’s worked his way from fixing common hardware and software issues, to building gaming machines for friends, to learning some basics about programming from Seattle University, to writing automation scripts and managing large scale HPC clusters for the University of Washington. Ever since, he has had a huge interest in programming and scaling large scale systems, especially when it comes to automating tasks and designing reliable systems.
Prior to Nitrous.IO, Ian has worked at Amazon Web Services, where he helped bootstrap AWS OpsWorks, defend against DDoS attacks and craft tools to simplify information and management of fleets on the AWS CloudFront/Route 53 Operations team, as well as automating operations tasks for the AWS Management Console team. He enjoys hanging out with friends over drinks, talking politics and philosophy, and going to concerts. He has some open source projects, too.
Sandeep Chivukula (@_sandeep)
As kids, some people were hooked on phonics. Sandeep, was hooked on electronics. Sandeep is a self taught hobbyist Rubyist and NodeJS aficionado. At Nitrous.IO he leads the business development and growth efforts. Once in while he tries to sneak in a commit or two of code when the engineering team is not looking. Previously, Sandeep led product and business development teams at Intel, Cisco and LG Electronics. He tweets as @_sandeep and infrequently blogs at sandeepchivukula.com.