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About Firebase

We help developers build great software in a fraction of the time it used to take. Whether you're a developer in a big company or a small startup, we want to help you ship software that's a joy to write and is extraordinary to use.

Our team has the opportunity to rethink both how software should be built and how a great culture should be grown. One of the values we aspire to live by is this is your happy place. This focus on culture shines through in our product, how we support our developers, and the way we engage with our community.

We're excited to be building a platform where our developers surprise us everyday with their creativity.

The Firebase Team

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James Tamplin

James Tamplin

James Tamplin

James has a bachelor's and a master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a stage actor in New York, an improv comic, and worked with Andrew on two previous startups.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

Andrew has extensive experience building performant real-time software. He studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He previously founded two startups with James and worked for Adobe, Seagate, and Green Hills Software.

Vikrum Nijjar

Vikrum Nijjar

Vikrum Nijjar

Vikrum has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UC San Diego. He previously has experience being a full stack engineer at Speedera (acquired by Akamai) and Raytheon's Advanced Concepts lab. Prior to joining the Firebase team he was having fun with his own mobile startup building iOS and Android apps.

Michael Lehenbauer

Michael Lehenbauer

Michael Lehenbauer

You may know Michael from the Fog Creek Software documentary "Aardvark'd: 12 Weeks with Geeks." After studying CS and Math at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, he spent 5 years at Microsoft where he ran the Visual Studio Editor team. He has significant experience with large-scale applications, building developer APIs, and playing tetris.

Greg Soltis

Greg Soltis

Greg Soltis

Greg has a bachelor's and a master of engineering degree from Cornell University. Before Firebase, he spent time working on everything from low-level networking code at Green Hills Software to high-level application code for Twitter. He is happy to have found a source of decent bagels beneath the top secret Firebase headquarters.

Rob DiMarco

Rob DiMarco

Rob DiMarco

Rob has a bachelor's degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, where he had internship experience with Hewlett-Packard and BlackRock. Prior to joining Firebase, Rob spent three years as a full-stack developer for TrialPay.

Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson

Sara has a bachelor's degree in Business and International Studies from Brandeis University. Before Firebase, she worked as an analyst at Sandbox Industries, a venture firm and startup foundry. She's passionate about learning to code, running, and finding the best ice cream in SF.

Alex Wolfe

Alex Wolfe

Alex Wolfe

Alex has been leading product, design, and engineering teams for over 10 years. He's designed and developed a variety of successful products for numerous startups in the valley. He's a former Street Fighter 2 World Champion, avid tennis player, and world traveler.

Megan Krilanovich

Megan Krilanovich

Megan Krilanovich

Megan received her BA in International Studies from the University of Washington. She joined Firebase in October, 2013 and is thrilled to be supporting such an awesome community of developers. Outside of the office Megan enjoys dance, local music, and living up to her job title by learning how to fight crime in a cape.

Chris Raynor

Chris Raynor

Chris Raynor

Chris has a bachelor's degree and a master of science in engineering from the University of Warwick, UK. Before Firebase, Chris ran his own web development consultancy and was the first hire in a San Francisco tech startup as a full-stack engineer focusing on large data processing pipelines.

Tony Meng

Tony Meng

Tony Meng

Tony has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook'em!). Prior to joining Firebase, Tony dabbled in the defense industry at General Dynamics C4 Systems in sunny Scottsdale and quickly moved to the cloud industry in San Francisco with Salesforce. He enjoys large hats.

Jacob Wenger

Jacob Wenger

Jacob Wenger

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Jacob has been working his way west ever since attending college at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!). After graduating in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, he worked for Microsoft on the Internet Explorer team until joining Firebase in March, 2014.

David East

David East

David East

David has a bachelor's in Computer Science from Radford University. He is passionate about creating resources to help educate developers. A military brat, David has moved over a dozen times in his life.

Joey Yang

Joey Yang

Joey Yang

Joey loves making user experiences that make people happy. Before Firebase, he ran a noncommercial radio station, wrote optimization software for aircraft designers, and consulted both for startups and Fortune 500 companies. He graduated from Rice University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

Kato Richardson

Kato Richardson

Kato Richardson

Kato Richardson received a nuclear power certification from the United States Navy. Then he traded submarines for a programming book by Lynda Weinman and never looked back. In addition to over fifteen years of web development and Java programming, Kato is a published author and holds a black belt in martial arts.

Katherine Fang

Katherine Fang

Katherine Fang

Katherine graduated from MIT with a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Outside of Firebase, she enjoys dancing, robotics, skating, and adventures.

Matt Tse

Matt Tse

Matt Tse

Matt graduated from Duke University with a Computer Science Degree, then moved from the east coast to San Francisco. He works on the operations team at Firebase making sure everything runs smoothly. Outside of Firebase, he is vegan, a cellist, a cook, and an avid reader.

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Mike is a Bay Area native and graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he majored in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, and developing embedded hardware.

Ali Berlin Johnson

Ali Berlin Johnson

Ali Berlin Johnson

Ali is a designer and illustrator with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and history of doodling on everything she can get her hands on.

Jonny Dimond

Jonny Dimond

Jonny Dimond

Jonny has a diploma in computer science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and spent a semester abroad at Georgia Tech. He was born and raised in Germany and moved to San Francisco to join Firebase.

Tom Larkworthy

Tom Larkworthy

Tom Larkworthy

Tom has a PhD in Neuroinformatics from the University of Edinburgh, and was a postdoctoral fellow researching autonomous underwater vehicles. He joined Firebase to do realtime on complex systems.

Marek Gilbert

Marek Gilbert

Marek Gilbert

Gil has a bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before Firebase, he was a systems engineer and consultant. Outside Firebase, Gil is an avid skier, traveler, and board gamer.

Mike Koss

Mike Koss

Mike Koss

Mike spent 19 years at Microsoft developing applications (Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint), and then another 10 years working with several Seattle-area startups. He joined Google in 2014. Mike has a masters degree in Computer Science from MIT.

Brandon Alexander

Brandon Alexander

Brandon Alexander

Brandon joined the team to help create a great user experience around Firebase. Previously Brandon worked on drones at Google[X] and on household robots at Willow Garage.

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