Cedric Hurst is Principal and founder at Spantree. He spends a lot of time thinking about how to apply cutting-edge open source solutions to business and everyday problems. Before starting Spantree, he had a stint at IBM as an open source evangelist. He also founded a startup to create secure wireless networks in the early 2000s. He loves working with Groovy, Elasticsearch, rules engines, and devops tools. In his spare time, Cedric also speaks at technical meetups, makes music and mentors students. If he wasn't building software for a living, his fallback career is to become a record store clerk.
Kevin is a Senior Software Engineer, and the primary math nerd. After brief stints in physics and academic math, he realized the creation of things was just as important as the theory, and became a full time programmer. Possessing a hodge podge of tools for any job, he particularly enjoys Python, Groovy, and pretty much every data store in existence.
If you ever want to math out, Kevin would love to talk about cryptography, algebra, graph theory, or number theory. In his spare time, his preferences and hobbies tend to change with the moon, but generally board games, RPGs, and some form of creation lie at the heart of them all.
As Spantree's Operations Manager, Liz ensures our engineers have the ideal environment in which to innovate for our clients, and that our clients have a seamless experience while working with Spantree. Liz joins Spantree from the Chicago office of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international nonprofit that engages young people in school by teaching them the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Liz enjoys cooking, binge watching the latest Netflix original series, and finding the best bowl of ramen in Chicago (follow along on ramenadventure.tumblr.com).
Richard is Spantree's resident language nerd. Originally trained in classical literature, he spent most of a decade in academia doing research on machine learning for morphology in non-projective languages, as well as scalable indices for storing and querying syntactical annotations. At Spantree, he specializes in modern strongly-typed programming languages, especially Scala and Go, with a side interest in DevOps. You are somewhat likely to encounter him performing electronic music in various Chicago venues.
Roberto Guerra is a developer living in the Caribbean. He likes to volunteer code to NGOs targeting under-represented communities. In his spare time, he likes to read fantasy books, goof around with his three dogs and try to make his girlfriend happy.
Sebastian Otaegui is a system admin currently living in Buenos Aires. He started his career working as one of the web hosting administrators in the eBusiness hosting team at IBM, soon he got tired of the red tape that big organizations suffer. After working for one year for a very large extended warranty company, he was asked to move to Chicago to work as the team leader for the web hosting administration team. During the six years working at The Warranty Group he met Cedric. Sebastian and Cedric became friends and begun introducing concepts that back then didn't have a name and today are known as DevOps practices.
In his free time, Sebastian enjoys trying new technologies, watching movies with his wife and playing Star Wars The Old Republic. Fun fact about Sebastian is he played rugby for 14 years.