Deena likes to claim to be the only Siberian in Silicon Valley (don’t worry, we know it’s not true) and is convinced that Wanelo is on its way to becoming one of the most amazing things in the world. She likes Mexican and Peruvian textiles, sushi, llamas, Pilates and things that are impossible.
Konstantin lives by the rule of threes. He’s lived on three continents, is a proud owner of three citizenships, speaks three languages and knows how to play three different instruments. He's been spotted DJing on occasion, and has produced three electronica albums available on iTunes. After discovering Arduino and the world of DIY electronics, he recently converted his music studio into a workshop, and already made a colossal contribution to Wanelo's office culture: an open sourced Bathroom Occupancy Remote Awareness Technology (BORAT) based on Arduino.
Sean moved to San Francisco from New York to join Wanelo, and still happily wears sweaters every day while bemoaning the bagel situation. He collects books, zines, records, sneakers and skateboard videos, obsessively updates a lot of the words you see on Wanelo, and is prone to dramatic hand gestures when discussing the future of Wanelo. He has a pillow doppelgänger.
Kaan comes a long way from his hometown of Karsiyaka in Turkey. He claims to have seen almost every British comedy ever produced, and when he’s not building the internets he loves to play soccer (or as the Brits say it, football). Come Movember, Kaan has the most impressive moustache in the office.
Atasay is a geek at heart who operates at mach 0.85 on most days. He loves to watch washing machines and always tries to make time for his guitar. He believes there is tremendous power in simplicity, can speak Galactic Basic Standard, and got his cheek dimple after a rough scuttle with an iron bar.
Daniela is the
only first native San Franciscan on the team. She speaks three languages (English, Spanish and Italian) but wishes she spoke four. She spends her spare time collecting animated gifs, fawning over baby animals and enjoying a really great steak.
Server is a brony who likes to write code in his time remaining from his My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic obsession. He likes Latin languages and anything with a medieval theme. He occasionally raves about Ottoman history while admiring marshals of this dynasty.
Cihan is a software bug generator who thinks ponies are the cutest thing in the world. When there is no adorable pony around, he can be found trying to remember significant events in Mediterranean history, learning a new language that he is not going to speak, and looking up the etymology of random words. He can go on unhealthy sprees like playing the same video game for days, and not exercising for years.
Eric is not sure if he's a mod or a rocker, though his predilection for accordion music may disqualify him from either epithet. He got his degree in molecular biology, which serves him well in late-night intoxicated conversations. These days he works and plays as a software engineer, obsessing on the finer parts of Solaris. Those intoxicated conversations are probably less interesting to the casual onlooker, though they can be loud.
Therese has been blogging since she was 12 and has the social skills to prove it. She has an irrational fear of sharks, ghosts and elevators, and dreads the day she must face all three simultaneously. Her karaoke go-to is Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn." She is a longtime user of Wanelo and an early stalkee of Wanelo Admin.
Karen is our second San Francisco native on the team (born and raised!) and walks to work with her two dogs, Rupert Murdoch and Parker (who looks like Richard Gere and sounds like a human). She once burned down her kitchen (so we're skeptical about having dinner there), and she lived in a hotel for 3 months, which isn't as fun as you might think. She loves watching wedding videos online, so when she's not Waneloing or eating 3 tablespoons of ghee butter with her coffee, she's busy getting sappy.
Amanda was born and raised in Los Angeles, but fell in love with the Bay Area and never looked back. In her free time she enjoys cooking, sharing a glass of wine with friends, and finding new things to do around the city. One of Amanda’s favorite pastimes is looking at cats on the internet, since her allergies prevent her from fraternizing with them in real life.
Madhavi was born in Bombay, grew up in Bangalore, and moved to San Francisco at the tender age of 18. She lives in a 125-year-old house in the Mission, has an unhealthy Liz Lemon obsession, and loves making gluten-free replicas of all the fried foods she is now forbidden from eating. She designs dangerous things at Wanelo.
Siyamed is a little kid trapped in an adult’s body. He enjoys movies, music, philosophy and those little sparks in the amygdala. When he’s not making our Android app awesome, he can be found admiring German cars, Japanese etiquette, Soviet marches and Spanish siestas.
Richard grew up in Mexico where he learned to write software to automate the family business. He moved to San Francisco for the technology and good food, and travels as a way to try new and exotic dishes. When he’s not cooking for friends and family, Richard is drinking lots of coffee to keep up with his (and Wanelo’s) first baby.
James is a Seattleite who moved to San Francisco to enjoy the “milder” climate of wind and fog. When he’s not breaking the interwebs at Wanelo, he can be found talking about San Francisco transportation, eating french fries at NOPA, and arguing with the wait staff on which seasonal aioli is superior. Three dogs happily own him, and take up approximately 90% of his digital and film photographs.
Danika is a five-year veteran of Coachella Music Festival whose guilty pleasures include fantasy football and accidentally consuming entire bricks of aged Parmesan cheese. She shares a bed with a boxer dog named Sloan and commutes to Wanelo HQ from San Jose. In her free time, Danika likes to sing solo renditions of “Baby Got Back” (of which we will one day hopefully be witness to).
Tori camped for the first (and second) time ever last year, but is not sure it counts because it was Coachella and Burning Man. She likes to climb things, dance around and sing her sentences. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to concerts and talking to strangers. She has been trying to get a game of milk-and-cookies pong going for years, with no success. Also, programming.
Max has created web applications in the solar, big data, and TV broadcasting industries. He's always loved short feedback cycles, simple and intuitive design, agile processes, and the Oxford comma. He also likes riding motorcycles fast more than most other things. He's not actually a motorcycle; he just likes them and there are no pictures of him in existence.
Originally from Manhattan, Nikki is a musician, singer and karaoke enthusiast. She plays bass in two tribute bands (to The Cure and the Pixies, respectively) and loves dancing to '80s new wave, goth and industrial music. When she’s not collecting Swatch watches (she has over 350), she’s watching horror and sci-fi while hanging out with her cat, Drusilla Cinnamon Butt.
Rob originally hails from the Washington, D.C. area. He moved to California during the early Dot Com Era and has been working happily ever after as a data analyst. When he's not playing with big data at Wanelo, he's making pink furry jackets (and wearing a hat to match).
Jen was born and raised in Santa Cruz and gets anxious if she spends too much time away from the ocean. She likes to throw parties and considers event planning her hobby. Once, at a party, she served sushi on iPads that had animated fish ponds as the display. She likes flamingos, Mexican food, peonies, chocolate and British accents. Her most favorite item she found on Wanelo (so far) is a llama.
Kristen is a Sagittarius from the South who hates spicy food and wine. Her high school crushes include Jack Nicholson, Alexander Hamilton, Orson Welles and Ice Cube. She likes to honor the memory of her dead pet hedgehog by naming her WiFi network after him wherever she lives and claims she is uncomfortable with buffoonery. When she’s not analyzing user data she’s eating raw oysters and/or banana pudding, and playing Mortal Kombat II as Mileena.
Thomas hails from Agoura Hills, California and enjoys programming and video games. He likes all aspects of food—including cooking—and though he doesn’t really do fast food, he makes an exception for In-N-Out and feels pretty good about it. When he’s not building Wanelo, Thomas likes playing basketball and discovering new places to eat in the city.
David was born in Boston and raised in Tennessee. He spends most of his internet time hunting for the jams on weird music blogs. He once made the world's worst latte for William Shatner (who let him know it). Most of David's life goals revolve around being a hippie on a goat farm in Northern California and just being cool with everything, man.
Matt has been a Bay Area software engineer for the last 15 years. It only took him seven jobs to find the one he truly loves: working at Wanelo. Matt truly loves food and can often be heard discussing the merits of eating frog legs and offal. An early riser, he writes more code by 9am than most developers do all day. Like David, he would someday like to live off the grid, growing his own vegetables and caring for his own animals. After occupying San Francisco for 10 years he moved across the bridge to Berkeley, where he enjoys spending time with his children and watching his hair gray prematurely.
Greg is an operatically trained vocalist who has performed with the Atlanta Opera and Santa Fe Symphony. He takes hip-hop classes at City Dance Center and cites the Little Mermaid singalong at the Castro Theatre as the highlight of his time here in San Francisco. He loves brussel sprouts, bow ties and his spirit animal bradypus variegatus, the brown-throated three-toed sloth.
Amiti has visited every continent except for Africa and knows how to say 'I love you' in over 30 languages. She enjoys guitar, yoga, meditation, good conversation, philosophical thought, salsa dancing, camping, chai tea (but not the British-Starbucks kind with all the spices), riding bikes and general hippie things. She is freakishly scared of sheep (seriously, just look at their eyes) and has an infatuation with con men and psychopaths.
The second Max on the team is a metalhead from Los Angeles. He studied physics at Reed College and has a passion for machine learning, webdev, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and fantasy illustration. Some days Max (aka "Omega Max") and the other Max sit together at lunch and start some heady discussions, and it rarely ever gets confusing.
Celia was born in the East Bay and is pretty sure she was a pirate in a previous life. She once lived in a Fijian village where she got what she likes to call ‘Fiji fat’ on cassava and loaves of white bread. She enjoys snowboarding, running, late night dance parties with glitter and making a mean cocktail. When she’s not indulging in her fascination with the Kennedy family (she’s read way too many books on said subject), she’s helping make Wanelo awesome.
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