Co-founder and CEO
Xavier moved from Belgium in the summer of 2009 with the vision that there are voices on social media that deserve to be published on main stream media. This vision is the foundation of Storify.
He founded Tribal in 1999, a site that gathered student content from around Belgium that was published in a 30,000-circulation magazine distributed nationwide to high schools. He built content partnerships with leading brands such as Microsoft and other Belgian companies. Xavier earned a master's degree with distinction in computer science from Belgium's Leuven University.
Co-founder (Business development, partnerships and publisher relations)
Burt is the founder of Hacks/Hackers, a worldwide organization bringing together journalists and technologists. He previously reported from around the world for The Associated Press over a 12-year career, heading AP's office in Korea and founding a bureau covering the five countries of former Soviet Central Asia. Among other assignments worldwide, he was an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marines in the Iraq war, covered Afghanistan after Sept. 11, traveled several times to reclusive North Korea, covered the Asian tsunami and Pakistan's nuclear program.
Burt was a Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, a program for distinguished journalists selected for a year of study, where he also received his B.A. with honors in political science and M.A. in Russian and East European studies.
Bo was our Community Manager but now she's our Product Manager. She still manages our social media accounts, so if someone is being nice to you from our Twitter account, it's her (and if not, it's obviously someone else). Bo takes much the feedback we get and tries to make some sense out of it, whether it's by asking to tweak features on the site or sending bug reports to our engineering team. She dabbles in mobile for fun.
Leading our community efforts is Skyler. You'll find him on the front lines gathering feedback, giving support, and going the extra mile to make sure people are having fun with Storify.
Skyler genuinely enjoys making things right if they've gone wrong, and hopes that his next leap will be the leap home.
Ben has worked as a designer since olden days, when he made wireframes with real wire, carving his tabs and buttons from hardwood. He worshiped at the altar of The New York Times, sweated it out at Razorfish, toiled in the salt mines of Yahoo, and did piecework for Current TV and Blurb. Complaints should go to his direct supervisor Sarah (8).
Head of Engineering
Ryan leads engineering at Storify. A life-long engineer, coding since the age of 12, he makes new things, pwns n00bs, and generally fixes stuff (that other people broke, of course). He studied Computer Science and Philosophy at Cal Poly SLO, then spent a decade at Adobe working on typography in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. Recent years have found him developing social games at ngmoco:), social media at Context Optional, and lots of iOS development for dozens of small companies and a couple large ones like Ancestry. And if you hear dubstep in the Storify office, its his latest DJ mix seeping out of his headphones.
Raquel is a front-end engineer and moonlighting roboticist. After getting her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech she built/played with/dove into the minds of robots for nearly a decade at places like the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Applied Minds, and various universities in Europe. Then she switched gears, jumped online, and took to building a better Internet. In her off time, you can find her baking, hacking on node.js, and speaking. She blogs at rckbt.me
Frederic is based in Switzerland. He moved there from Belgium to study Computer Science at the Swiss Institute of Technology. He works on Storify projects since summer 2012 and enjoys staying in San Francisco during University breaks. His main area of expertise is iOS development but likes learning new stuff while playing with other parts of the stack. Previously to joining Storify, he worked as a contractor and open-source developer. He also co-founded two companies Evolucix and movies.io. During his free time, he loves taking pictures and traveling.
Philippe was born in Belgium, fell into a cauldron full of Orval (best beer ever!), started hacking for any good and bad reason, studied some aerospace engineering and management sciences, and then fell in love with innovation and entrepreneurship. The early adopter was born, he co-organized the first Startup Weekend in Liège, and so came the time to hack for his own company: modygo, a shared trip planner. Yes, he loves traveling and meeting other people! That's why, after South America, Nepal, New-Zealand, etc. it was time to move to San Francisco and meet his other passions: innovation, node.js and challenges. Any rock band out there to quench his guitar passion?