Ezra has been a prolific open source developer and advocate and has written a book titled "Deploying Rails Applications" for the PragmaticProgramers.com. He has also spoken at innumerable Ruby and Cloud Computing related conferences as well as FooCamp and many other hacking oriented events.
Ezra is a self taught individual, only holding his GED and being self taught in everything he knows. So having never been told what is impossible, he tends to pull off what others have been told is impossible because he doesn't know better--and others don't even try because they have been preconditioned to think something is impossible so why even bother trying? This makes him an automatic master of thinking outside the box because no one ever taught him where the box was.
Ezra is a hack of all trades and master of some. A true generalist at heart who has large visions and dreams and knows how to assemble teams and do the moving and shaking to make these grand visions happen.
But deep down family, friends and what he does with his money and what kind of legacy he leaves behind matters a lot more than any money he has earned doing various successful startups. Money is just paper after all, you cannot eat it, make love to it or take it with you when you die. It is all about what you do with it and what you leave behind for your family and friends when you depart this earth that drives him to do the things he does.
After nearly two decades in the corporate sector, Rose was brought on as TrinityLabs COO. While this is her first experience in a Startup situation, she brings years of working on multiple diverse projects with no time, money, or resources, only the expectation to "Get-er done" and has found many successful ways to do just that! She is looking forward to bringing her experience to the many challenges and opportunities within the company as well as to the amazing future it has to hold!She is the mother of two wonderful children and has spent the vast majority of her life in Sandpoint, Idaho enjoying snow skiing in the winters and spending time at the lake in the summers.
Michael, aka Triffid Hunter, has been doing electronics since he could work out which end of a soldering iron didn't hurt, was into digital electronics when he got his first computer and so naturally he was programming within a few months.
"For me the exploration has always been more important than the money, and looks like that's not gonna change in a hurry."
He's worked at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the closest thing they have in Australia to a huge government-run lab) making robots.
Michael has had involvement in more open source projects than he can count. He bootstrapped his reprap from wood while writing the Teacup firmware, and made his own monolithic electronics when RAMPS was still being bike-shedded on the reprap-dev mailing list.
Arthur has been coding as far as he can remember. He studied art, but that did not work out because he spent too much time coding for tons of opensource projects. That got him into the first GSOCs, which led to a few years of work as a web dev. After that, he discovered reprap, contraptor, and "all that awesome openhardware stuff", with which he spent all his free time while professionally working on AI, web frameworks and Perl stuff.
Two years ago, he started working on kits with which you could make all kinds of machines: 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills etc. "But then I got the idea of doing electronics that would be able to control all those machines, and just generally be awesome," and he has continued since then: he is the lead developer of the Smoothie firmware, and the Smoothieboard electronics. Yay!
Simon grew up in a swamp in Northern Minnesota just a few minutes from the Canadian border. His parents still live there on the farm. He went to college, met a girl, got a job, had a baby, and then they abandoned security and moved to Washington state!
He was a stay at home dad, of now two kids, for about two years at which point his reprap hobby grew into something more. 4H and access to his dad's shop, his grandpa's shop, his grandpa's other shop and his uncle's shop contributed to his study of engineering and computers in college.
He bought his first computer at age 11 - a Commodore128, his first PC - a 486dx2-50 a few years later, and had it taken apart the first day.
Simon is very excited to bring this technology to the masses and to see how far it can be taken. In addition, he is very pleased to be working with the talented and hard working crew at TrinityLabs.
Recently, Benjamin became the Senior Technology Advisor after spending over a year as Ashoka's Changemakers Chief Executive Partner. With Changemakers, he spearheaded and accelerated development of a suite of products geared towards supporting the `Everyone A Changemaker` vision. Through the Changemakers platform, he is revolutionizing how people connect for social change.
Benjamin found his way into entrepreneurship at a very early age and has continued to invest in and develop businesses ever since. Benjamin is the founder of a software development and consulting company, currently headquartered in Tennessee, and another company focusing on mobile application development, headquartered in Washington, DC. He is an active advisor and investor in early stage technology companies. Benjamin attended Babson College to pursue an education in entrepreneurship and strategic management.
In 2008, Benjamin and his business partner were named two of Business Week's Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs after securing over $5 million in seed capital for their company building online education software. Benjamin has experience with the roller-coaster highs and sleepless nights of building companies, facilitating private equity raises from seed to series and with his company the process ending with the signature page of an acquisition agreement.
Benjamin has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, AOL Money & Finance, Inside HigherEd, Bethesda Magazine, WDEF News and CNET Live and is a frequent contributor for Inc. His articles can be seen at: http://www.inc.com/author/benjamin-wald. Benjamin and his companies have also been featured in various articles on sites such as CollegeMogul.com, KillerStartups.com, WeeklyGeek.com, Iddictive.com and eSchoolNews.com.
Tyler is an aggressive entrepreneur with a focus on business consulting as well as mobile and web technologies. He likes to see business, marketing, and online strategy as a tightly integrated unit. In today's world, you cannot build those pieces of your business independently of one another they must be designed in a holistic fashion in order to achieve maximum results.
Today, Tyler is focused on building technology partnerships with firms that hold great promise and need special expertise in mobile, web, marketing, and social outreach development. Most recently, Tyler has been working closely with social entrepreneurs to flesh out their ideas and fulfill their world-changing visions.
One of these visions is BRIDGE, in partnership with Sage Bionetworks. BRIDGE is an open-source medical discovery platform designed to create a rich dialogue between patients, researchers, and funders. This platform helps guide medical researchers to try to solve the problems that are most pressing to the community at large through powerful computational analysis on the Synapse platform built by Sage Bionetworks.
In 2008, Tyler and his business partner were named two of Business Week's Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs after securing over $5 million in seed capital for their company building online education software. Tyler has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek, AOL Money & Finance, Inside HigherEd, WDEF News and CNET Live. Tyler and his companies have also been featured in various articles on sites such as CollegeMogul.com, KillerStartups.com, WeeklyGeek.com, Iddictive.com and eSchoolNews.com.