KIT HALVORSEN | Cofounder, CEO
Kit Halvorsen is the Co-founder of Panafold and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Halvorsen founded the design company, Common Era. In education, he created the Ideas Fellowship class at Crystal Springs Upland School where he now coaches the graduating seniors through Senior Projects, the culmination of students' one-month independent study. Mr. Halvorsen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA.
Quote on leading with perseverance: I’m not built to be a rower. I’m not 6’5”, and I can’t bench press much. However, perseverance is what I can contribute to a team. In high school, my job was stroke, to set and keep the pace. That meant holding the stroke rate despite the urge to speed up with excitement or relent when doubtful, no matter what the race brought. Sometimes perseverance is the only thing that gets the team through.
MEG WITHGOTT | Cofounder, CTO
Meg Withgott is the Co-founder of Panafold and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Withgott co-founded the motion gaming company ePlanet, and led research efforts on media and computation at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. She is a director at Golden Seeds, a network fostering diversity in technology startups, and is a council member at Barnard (President's Advisory Council in Technology) and Harvard Divinity School (HDS Dean’s Council), and a past Fellow at Stanford and Harvard. She is also an inventor with 17 US patents. A Ph.D. in linguistics, her publications are in EE, CS, and the humanities.
Quote on building for the future: How we design our relationship to computers will not hinge on whether or not we add gesture or voice, bots or artificial intelligence, although all these elements clearly matter. Instead, the profound aspect is how our design shapes the culture we’re a part of.
Sarah Suzuki is Panafold's Customer Connector, and an actor based in Brooklyn, NY. She is originally from Littleton, CO and attended Barnard College, where she received a BA in Theater with a concentration in Acting. She enjoys theater that plays with your sense of what is possible and what is real. She believes acting is an exercise in empathy and that playing characters leagues removed from your reality requires the ability to identify with and understand others. In addition to her Panafold and acting work, Sarah is an arts administrator for dance companies.
Jorge Landaverde is a Software Engineer at Panafold. You will often find him reading API/SDK documentation before starting a new project. He loves exploring the world through the art of programming and is fascinated by problems around real time communication/collaboration. He earned his Bachelors in Science in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His other passion is dancing. He practices Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Kizomba.
ALEJANDRO MIGUEL BUITIMEA
Alejandro Miguel Buitimea is a Software Engineer at Panafold and a 4th year Computer Engineering student from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is from the San Fernando Valley and has a passion for technology. His interests include building new technologies with web and mobile development. He also enjoys playing soccer, ordering from Amazon, and being inside the virtual reality environment.
Guillermo Saavedra is a Software Engineering Intern at Panafold. He is originally from Peru and attends the University of Virginia as a 3rd year Computer Science student. During his free time, He enjoys working on side projects and learning about the latest web technologies. Other interests include outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.
WUT YEE HTWE
Wut Yee Htwe is a senior designer at Panafold. She has experience in building and making prototypes using varied techniques and materials ranging from casting concrete to welding steel. She believes that as a designer, it is essential to communicate not only through sketches but also in three dimensions with real materials—letting the object come to life. Between two and three dimensional renderings, Wut conveys vivid stories. She enjoys traveling and exploring new things. With a keen interest in design and technology, she believes a new world can be created.
Bianca Lin is a designer in residence at Panafold and a recent graduate of California College of the Arts (CCA) with the degree of Bachelor of Architecture. She has architectural construction drawing and modeling experiences ranging from small residential projects to large apartment buildings.
As a designer, Bianca believes a good design should reflect upon its users and create synergy to the narrative. She also enjoys traveling and film photography.
Yutian Sun is an Industrial Design Intern at Panafold. He recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a degree in Industrial Design. He loves hands-on work and experimenting with new and different materials, from glass to metal, fabrics and plastics. In his free time he likes to immerse himself in different cultures and explore the world of food. He believes a designer plays the role of communicator between products and users, and designs products based on users' needs. Good products will speak for themselves.