Meet the Beeminder Team
Daniel Reeves, Co-founder/CEO
Danny has his PhD from the University of Michigan, studying computational game theory, and previously was a research scientist at Yahoo, working on incentive systems. This makes him a (self-proclaimed-but-he's-kinda-serious) Expert on Akrasia. He likes transfinite set theory, mechanism design, and chasing bikes on his skates.
Queen Bee, Co-founder/CTO
Bethany (Soule) is a Master of Science by authority of Columbia University (in CS and Machine Learning), and our local Ruby on Rails expert. Aside from building Beeminder she's also into lifting heavy things, riding her bicycle as fast as she can, and climbing stairs competitively. She speaks publicly about her crazy Quantified Self life-hackery and sources say she's pretty nice.
Chelsea Miller, Support Czar
Chelsea is interested in everything and frequently obsessed with something. After watching Legally Blonde at age 10, she decided her ultimate goal in life was to be a stylish lawyer. Fortunately, that flame burned out before age 11. She bounced around four majors before graduating and fervently wishes she could get a do-over (and get all four). One day she will build a website, seriously. She swears. For real. She originally found Beeminder in April 2014 and is still beeminding and answering support emails, so this obsession might be for keeps...
Alys, Habitica Liaison
Alice Harris aka Alys is a secret agent minus the secrecy. She's not only a hardcore fan of both Habitica and Beeminder, but also works for both them and us. At Habitica she's an admin and moderator and programmer. At Beeminder she helps answer support emails and hacks on the Beeminder + Habitica autodata integration. Sources say she lives in Australia.
Lillian Karabaic, Minister of the Exterior
Lillian Karabaic lives in Portland, Oregon where she participates in a variety of niche interests, like creating a community podcasting studio in a 1960's airstream trailer, leading thousands of costumed bikers in the Bowie vs Prince mobile dance party and taking a picture of every single item she purchased in the year 2015. Annually since 2008 she has made a personal data zine, collecting hordes of useless information about herself using spreadsheets and written journals and then running regressions on her life's data. Result? She is .01 happier for each burrito she eats, with a 95% confidence interval. She has a degree in Economics from Reed College.
Andrew P. Brett, iOS and Chief Awesomeness Officer
Andy is an itinerant gentleman farmer, engineer, and philosopher. He has run a marathon on every continent, including a 100k ultramarathon through the Blue Mountains of Australia during which he did not lose control of his bodily functions even once. He loves trains and enjoys making things out of trees.
Uluç Saranlı, Android and Beebrain Hacker
Uluç is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science of Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey. His research interests also include robot programming architectures with formal properties as well as physically realistic simulation systems and embedded systems. Aside from some Very Serious computer science, e.g., building robots that can climb walls (I'm pretty sure that's true), he also works on the Beeminder Android app, and is a great ballroom dancer.
Philip Hellyer, Beehavioural Marketing
Philip walks on both sides of the strategy fence, both technical and business-oriented. As an enterprise architect, he sits between IT and the rest of the business, like a kind of strategic interpreter. As a mentor, he helps entrepreneurs think more clearly about their priorities and aspirations. As a speaker, he delights audiences by finding new perspectives on familiar topics. And as a flying trapeze "board monkey", he spends his summers encouraging people to jump. If you squint just right, it's all the same thing.
Melanie Wicklow, Resident Fitness Expert
Melanie has a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois and worked as a personal trainer / wellness program manager for 8 years before staying home with her kids. She remains actively certified as a Health Fitness Specialist through the ACSM and is Beeminder's resident health and fitness expert. Melanie became sold on Beeminder in the early days when it beautifully motivated her to lose baby weight (yes, even personal trainers aren't magically motivated to lose weight). She loves sprint triathlons and other adventurous events.
David Yang, Advisor
hours: countless (literally)
David has a BS from University of Illinois and has previously worked at BrightWire, Gilt Groupe, RecycleBank, Yahoo, and Deloitte on web technology. He met Dan while at Yahoo where they created an internal prediction market and has used Beeminder for everything from losing weight to writing code. He loves sitting in front of his three monitors, biking on 9W, and hacking on cool projects. He is probably trying to finish one up right now if he could only find a way to keep himself on task...
Patrick Jordan, Advisor
hours: countless (literally)
Dr. Patrick Jordan is a marketplace and agent designer with expertise in modeling and reasoning about complex strategic environments through theory and experimentation. He has experience in designing automated and mix-initiative systems based on principles of decision theory, game theory, optimization, economic theory, and artificial intelligence.