The initial frustration came in the form of having disparate data spread across multiple computers and no central place for it all to live. The second centered on dispelling the myth that just because data was online didn't mean it couldn't be private.
Unlike other companies in 2005 and 2006 who were focused solely on backup, we were eager to do something greater - build an online, de-duplicated central storage repository where all of your data could live regardless of where it might reside (on a Mac, Windows, Linux server, external drive, network volume... anywhere). Further, we didn't want restrictions on elements like file size or type or built in limitations like bandwidth throttling. We wanted it to be fully open and inviting.
In addition, it has to be a truly private place to store your data such that only you and you alone could ever have access. Even though this level of security wasn't necessarily on the forefront of everyone's minds and - further - that it forced us to make many decisions that made our job harder, we believed and still believe that privacy does matter. Thus the creation of our 'zero-knowledge' privacy.
Once the data was safely stored in this central storage repository, the ability to do all sorts of wonderful things became possible such as syncing across multiple computers, sharing folders and files with friends and/or colleagues, and providing access remotely on mobile devices and/or public computers.
As we continue to grow, we find ourselves developing wonderful partnerships with all sorts of companies from corporate clients to resellers to affiliates.
We believe in what we do. So much so that the entire SpiderOak team is virtual - benefiting from the efficiencies created with our platform and other great products. We are located across the United States and beyond. From the beginning the goal was to find the very best people wherever they may reside. This approach has treated us well as we have built a wonderfully solid team of developers, marketers, admins, customer relations, design, and so on...
My first big adventure with technology was running an old-school style BBS with several phone lines as a teenager. It was during these early days where I discovered a passion for building the systems people come back to use every day and a desire to make them usable and helpful in everyday life.
In college, I befriended Linux, Perl, C and the Dvorak keyboard and have been programming professionally ever since.
These days my interests center around cryptography and fault-tolerant distributed systems; to that end, SpiderOak represents a wonderful cross section of all my interests and as we grow, this only continues.
I provide technical support and promotion assistance. I'm a very creative person and enjoy learning how others express themselves. SpiderOak has given me the opportunity to connect with our users from all over the world. It's rewarding to discover how SpiderOak can help enrich our customers' lives in a variety of ways.
Since I started programming in school I've enjoyed writing software. In college when everyone else was complaining about the projects, I looked forward to them. When I got my first job writing C# I would do projects at home in python or common lisp for fun. At Spideroak I get to work with technology I love and a great team.
I enjoy engineering and architecting SpiderOak's backend as we are implementing new and innovative approaches to the concept of archival class storage. Given that I can work on 'my' hours, I really enjoy the opportunity of working for SpiderOak.
Chris comes from a broad background ranging from Fortune 500 companies to co-founding a startup. He is fascinated with the ability of technology to make the world a better place an is a vocal supporter of both data privacy and the open source movement.
Through SpiderOak, I have been given the opportunity to join a great international team. I love to travel so it is awesome having a job I can take anywhere. I feel it’s important to keep an open mind. Since I love to be of help to everyone, I am glad to be a part of a company that provides helpful service to many people every day.
From working with Marketing and product development in Stockholm, Sweden I moved to the US in 2005 joining SpiderOak in early 2009. At SpiderOak, I work with improving the quality, experience and functionality of our service. I am also a member of the marketing team raising awareness of privacy and security issues and promoting the SpiderOak service.
Working customer relations at SpiderOak, I interact with all kinds of people, from newbies to the cloud to software engineers. I enjoy tailoring my responses to each specific user and making sure every customer feels informed and comfortable with our product. It's exciting to work for such an innovative company, especially one that values privacy in an age when sharing personal information online is considered perfectly normal.
I've been described as a "utility player" - someone who rises to any challenge, programming or otherwise, that may arise working on a startup. I like to attribute that title to the training in analytical thinking that I received while earning my Philosophy degree. My business card title, on the other hand, comes straight from my love of the craft of programming: "Python Ninja"
I've wanted to be a programmer since I was ten. That was 1960. I started writing COBOL on punch cards in the army. Now I do python, erlang and whatever comes along. I like working on the server code, because it is the most remote from humans, but in four years at SpiderOak I've done a little bit of everything.
I can't escape the elements! I've spent the past four years on the marketing and communications team at a global nonprofit, Water.org. I'm excited to hop on The Cloud, and bring my experience and expertise to the SpiderOak team. You'll find me here throwing lightning bolts and working with our marketing team to bring electricity and light to the great things SpiderOak is doing. It's one of those beautiful storms that you want to go outside and watch. Follow me @explodingsoul.
I have always enjoyed thinking creatively about problems, designing solutions, and then building products that meet those goals. In the process you end up learning a lot about yourself, your team members, limitations, and possibilities - not to mention the satisfaction of playing an active part in the transformation from idea to reality. SpiderOak has and continues to be a great adventure and we look forward to what lies ahead.
As SpiderOak's first - and currently only - intern, I currently help our Enterprise customers in establishing a solution that will safeguard and protect their valuable data. I love to learn new stuff everyday. I've always loved and embraced technology as well as privacy and SpiderOak is a great place for personal and professional development.
My initial interaction with SpiderOak came in the form of an issue I uncovered while using the service. I ended up working with the team to help resolve and issue and liked it so much (and they apparently like me) that I ended up here. I have always enjoyed finding problems and creating solutions in a practical world. At SpiderOak I get to do this everyday and really enjoy the group of people I work with (and the flexibility of working when and where I prefer).
I love working with SpiderOak because it allows me to work with our users and make sure our product fits their needs. It helps to work on a daily basis with some of the friendliest and goofiest kids in town. It's exciting to work in an environment where everyone is passionate about what they are doing. When I'm not working, I am very busy soaking up the sun and enriching myself with vitamin D in beautiful Portland, OR.
A few years ago I traded my desk on Wall Street for a seat at the table in Silicon Valley, and I haven’t looked back since. My focus at SpiderOak is delivering solutions to our large Enterprise clients, and generally promoting the Zero Knowledge mantra. I enjoy the excitement and challenge of being part of a team that has designed and championed industry-leading technology; and the satisfaction that comes from helping our clients deploy that technology to protect their critical business data.
Those of you active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Forums, etc. have likely spoken to me. Armed with a degree in Communications and Marketing, I have a wide array of experience that helped me fit right in with the marketing team. Working for SpiderOak is the most fun I've had working with a talented group of people from all around the world. They've always got my back(up)! Away from the computer - which is very little - I like to travel, photograph, attend local events, and buy Apple products. Follow me @JoCoWash.
Started out in hardware, back in the early 70's, but I found out that actually making computers and networks do something useful was a more interesting problem. Having a combined hardware and software background has allowed me to work on everything from microprogramming communication processors to processing huge data sets on networked computers. If something out there computes, I have probably programmed it at one time or another. Along the way, I became a UNIX bigot. And since I am the Mac guy, that comes in handy. When I'm not designing and debugging, I'm playing the viola da gamba (a Renaissance bowed string instrument) or hiking the most rugged mountains in the US (right outside my front door).
I fight for the users! My job is to always make sure I know exactly what our customers want and get it to them as quickly as possible. I love working at a company that's passionate about our users' privacy, and even better, I get to do so in the company of some brilliant fellow geeks.
As Tony Hsieh once said, 'Your culture is your brand.' A love of privacy, freedom, and creatively solving problems are intertwined with our product and culture. It has taken a Business degree and years of entrepreneurship to eventually lead me to my place at SpiderOak. From steering the direction of the SpiderOak brand to constantly sharpening our message, I make sure our brand keeps in line with our culture.
I sunk my teeth into software building robot control systems in C for embedded microcontrollers. After feeling that was far too small of a system for my tastes, I found a job programming FORTRAN climate models for world-leading supercomputers. Along the way, I discovered it wasn't the GFLOPS that interested me so much as the GBs, and wandered into SpiderOak, happily trading my FORTRAN compiler for the Python interpreter.
I tend to look at software, and the web with a critical eye. Not necessarily looking for problems, more-so questioning if and where things could be improved. I try to approach projects I work with at SpiderOak with a degree of empathy. Whether it’s a tweak in an interface, a re-design or a QA issue, I try to look at it from different angles, thinking and imagining how other people - our users, interact with what we create.
Hailing from the midwest, I am a recent transplant to the great city of San Francisco. Working with our large customers, I am responsible for account management and client services. From universities to large enterprises I oversee the daily operations and provide ongoing communication to our customers. Through ongoing strategy planning we work with our customers to find the best long term backup solution.
I am compelled to know how everything works and understand that which does not wish to be understood - mostly broken and outdated computer hardware. Starting by making do with donated equipment, hardware from trash dumpsters, and "shared" use of internet access, I soon developed a love for Linux (the FREE Unix) and its ability to run on all sorts of hardware. I still love a great challange, the beauty of well-designed architecture, and all forms of crypto.
My technical background is in the theatre where a "bug" can really throw a wrench in things, so I take finding problems quite seriously. At SpiderOak, I spend my days looking for opportunities to improve our product and enhance the user experience.
I started out working with VAX/VMS mainframes, and went on to work with Windows NT and successors. Currently program mostly in Python and C++, and contribute to the open-source Pywin32 python extensions.
I live in Sofia Bulgaria and represent our eastern front. I specialize in QT and have really enjoyed the challenges presented in working with SpiderOak as we are always pushing the limits of what's possible and how to achieve. I have further greatly enjoyed working with my colleagues who all bring a different perspective and approach. I look forward to continuing my work with SpiderOak and constantly making the product better.