Meet the Pandas

Dan Yoder

Dan brings over three decades of experience in all aspects of the software industry to Panda Strike. Besides hacking and blogging, Dan enjoys fine spirits and the beaches of Santa Monica, and is the author of a techno-thriller about quantum computing.

Jessica Weil

Jessica is an Internet vet who has provided strategic management and subject matter expertise (content, product, marketing) for organizations of all sizes, including major media networks, agencies, foundations and startups. Jessica is instrumental in making sure our client engagements run smoothly, which means if you hire us, you get to work with her, so, well played. She lives in Marina Del Rey with her husband and daughter (who's being groomed to be our post-Singularity CEO—everyone should have one). Jessica refuses to watch Game of Thrones for reasons <del>she has yet to explain</del> we can't reveal because, spoilers. We know. We're working on it.

Matthew King

Matthew has more than a decade of development experience in JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Python, and Ruby. He has deep expertise in a range of subjects, including HTTP APIs, finite state machines (which we expressly forbade him to use, otherwise he implements everything as such), and Internet Security. Matthew is a fan of Neal Stephenson and Stanislaw Lem, a student of libationology, and lives near Austin, Texas, in a neighborhood that is currently undefeated against epic Texas wildfires.

Lance Lakey

Lance Lakey brings over a decade of experience in dev ops and Internet security. He has extensive experience with cloud computing, including continuous integration and deployment, auto-scaling, security, and high-availability. Lance enjoys a compelling variety of anime series, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Avatar: The Last Airbender (and no, of course not the movie), fine spirits, and has been known to channel to the soul of Bennie Goodman. Also, we suspect that Lance might be a Time Lord.

Joseph Lepis

Joseph is an expert in Ruby, Rails, and Node. He lives in beautiful Hawaii with his wife and two daughters. He actually does say aloha, surf, and is another of our novelists, specializing in crime fiction. Joseph is eternally optmistic about the USMNT. We fixed the Cubs (see below) but the USMNT is another story. Viva la Mexico! (Also, see below).

David Harper

David boasts strong skills in Node, JavaScript, and cloud computing. He was a molecular chemist until we pointed out to him that he could apply his talents to <del>creating new forms of narcotics</del> building groundbreaking Web and mobile applications.

Robb Wagoner

Robb has worked in operations for almost two decades. He's worked at startups in Seattle, tended bar in rural Ireland, and graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Southern Oregon University (in the reverse order). Today, he enjoys leveraging the power and flexibility of AWS, Ansible, and Python, in pursuit of continuous integration and delivery for Panda Strike's customers. When Robb is not automating the continuous things, he enjoys cooking with cast iron, hiking, camping, drinking fine coffee, experiencing new gins, making sausage, and smoking meats.

Jason Rush

Jason comes from a background in Ruby, front-end JavaScript, CoffeeScript, and Android development. He lives in Colorado, where he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and many other mountain sports. Like Dan and Joseph, Jason also writes fiction (specializing in horror). He's working on his first novel and one of his short stories was featured on the award-winning horror fiction podcast Pseudopod. He's also been doing some pretty cool work over the last few years using XMPP to communicate with household devices like thermostats and switches. (We're hoping this work is unrelated to his interest in the horror genre.)

Tomas Neme

Tomas has a background in game programming and is an expert Python developer. He's into learning new languages the hard way, including JavaScript and Ruby. Tomas lives nowhere specific and has been changing countries every few months since late 2013, but isn't into the "digital nomad" label. Despite having lived in Japan— or perhaps even because he's lived in Japan— Tomas shares Oscar Wilde's suspicion that it doesn't actually exist.

Michael Fleet

Michael has been playing "appsec defense" for the e-commerce and finance industries for over 15 years. He was the Application Security Champion for the entire iOS platform at JPMorgan Chase & Co., a member of the Lookout for iOS team, and a member of NCC's .trust team before joining Panda Strike. He is a polyglot when it comes to nerdery, with expertise on a variety of platforms, including Rails, Node, HTTP APIs, and Docker, to name but a few. Michael wasted no time contributing to our open source projects, creating base64-words, which is the basis for the awesome random-words function in Fairmont. He's also a gamer, musician, and spends his weekends teaching kids about robots and electronics.

Nick Blanchard-Wright

According to the LinkedIn, Nick did his undergraduate thesis on “nuclear transport of telomeric proteins.” So…we're pretty sure he has one or more superpowers due to a freak lab accident, but he's been coy about revealing them thus far. He also gave a fantastic BAH talk which transcended the genre.

Nick worked with Tony and Joseph at ForkFly (now CloudEngage), and both were in favor of a reunion. Joseph did mention an incident in which Nick shot lasers from his eyes, but apparently no one was hurt and Joseph felt it was “a one time thing.” Nick doesn't recall any such incident, and so our current hypothesis is that he blacks out when his powers kick in. In any event, stray lasers are less of an issue working remotely.

Adele Yoder

Adele is our Chief Happiness Executive, our head chef, and head of the party planning committee, among other roles. Behind the scenes, she secretly runs the company with a velvet glove. Her tacos (asada, camarones, y vegetariana) are legendary amongst Pandas and a crucial strategic advantage in recruiting. She is Mexicana to her bones, and believes Mexico will win every World Cup yet to be played. Viva Mexico, 2018! She's also adopted the Michigan Wolverines because, duh, they're totally awesome.

Cody Palmer

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Andy Keen

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Oscar A Rodriguez

Oscar is a former PHP developer who converted to Ruby and Rails. There are many like him, but this one is a Panda. (He's also worked in Objective-C, Swift, and Java.) Oscar also co-founded Bruiserfit, a fitness platform available on the Web, App Store, and Google Play Store, and you should totally use it.

Oscar believes wholeheartedly that we stand on the shoulders of giants and that The Wire is the best show ever. He is, of course, correct on both counts. He is a hipster—he rides a fixed gear bike and does yoga—but we're still hopeful, mostly because he lives in Miami.