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 tinkering with computers for almost three decades, and it doesn’t end there. Konstantin moonlights as a DJ, annually treks to Burning Man and has produced three electronica albums (with two of them available on iTunes!).
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.
Paul is the second of two high school dropouts working at Wanelo and its youngest employee, at 19. He loves defying the status quo, and is avoiding college to solve hard problems and build awesome things as an engineer at Wanelo. In his spare time, he enjoys hacking with functional programming languages, exploring the world and jumping out of airplanes. He also can be caught smiling, chair dancing and energetically announcing successes.
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 happens to look like Richard Gere and sounds like a human). She once burned down her kitchen (so we're scared to go over her house for dinner) and had to live 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, 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. Two 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.
Jo has been enjoying herself in the wonderful tech culture of the Bay Area over the past three and a half years. During the week, she nerds out with passionate people building a better future designing and writing software, and over the weekends she indulges herself in endless fun outdoors. She likes yoga, running, anime, reading, visiting art museums, and trying strange new foods.
Annie moved to San Francisco from San Diego to finish school and forgot to go back home. When she's not designing with her giant headphones on, she likes to step away from the computer and collage or practice her guitar (very poorly). You might find her eating Mexican food somewhere or spot her in a crowded venue watching a band play.
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.
Originally from Manhattan, Nikki is a musician, singer and karaoke enthusiast. She plays bass in a tribute band to The Cure and loves dancing to '80s new wave, goth and industrial music. When she’s not collecting Swatch watches (she currently has 325), she’s watching horror and sci-fi while hanging out with her husband (nicknamed Mikenstein) and their cat, Drusilla Cinnamon Butt.
Alex grew up in Taiwan before moving to Bay Area. As a software engineer, he loves clean code and elegant design. As a data scientist, he likes to play with data, whether big or small. As a reader, he wants to read a lot more than he has time for. As a traveler, he is behind schedule on his plans to travel the world. In his free time, he can be found consuming vast amounts of music and coffee.
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).
Rachel is a geeky fashionista who hails from Texas (and makes it obvious with her regular use of "y'all"). She has her entire wardrobe in a digital closet, chooses her outfit every morning like Cher from Clueless, and dreams of using big data to dress better. If she's not behind a computer screen, she's underwater exploring coral caves, covered in paint working on her latest masterpiece, or wishing there was a way to text message her cats.
Who's next? We're hiring.