Panafold is a San Francisco company that strives to keep curiosity alive. We believe that you can learn from many kinds of people and that many people can learn from you. Our team's diversity of ideas, cultures and life experiences make us the best partners for our imaginative clients. 

We work with architects, designers and other client-facing firms to create efficient decisions and exquisite implementation. With our software, architects and designers collaborate with their clients to make decisions quickly while keeping the rest of their teams, including contractors, on the same page. In addition to exquisite designs and handcrafted workmanship, our high-quality renders from our Design/Render/Build branch facilitate efficient decision-making for our customers and their clients.  

 

Founders

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.

Team

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Eduardo Faroni is a Software Engineer and has been busy with full stack development of the Professional Desktop App. Fluent in Portuguese, he holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he studied topics such as database management systems, algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Along with his coursework, Mr. Faroni worked at a touristy watch store.  When not programming, he can be found playing soccer or working on projects with his twin brother (and his beautiful German Shepherd, Enzo).

Wut Yee Htwe is a designer, inventor, and story teller. 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.

Wut has a Bachelor degree in Architecture and a background in both eastern and western culture. Beyond her design-build experience, she has worked in marketing and administration. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys traveling and exploring. She is always looking for ways to invent thought products designed the end user in mind. With a keen interest in design and technology, she believes a new world can be created.

Interns

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Alejandro Miguel Buitimea is a Software Engineering Intern 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.

 

Surya Duggirala is a Software Engineering Intern at Panafold and a Cognitive Science and Computer Science student at UC Berkeley. He has a passion for computer science and aspires to enter industry as a machine learning engineer. Surya hails from Florida’s sunny Boynton Beach, named after the inventor of the Boynton fire escape and hook and ladder firetruck. When Surya isn't building React applications for Panafold, he enjoys playing club soccer at Berkeley and training with San Francisco City Football Club. Ask him about engineering blogs or the latest Premier League scores!

 

Graham Feddersen is a Design/Render/Build Intern at Panafold and a 4th year Industrial Design student at the California College of the Arts (CCA). He hails from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has a passion for design, nature, sound, and science. His specialties include building effective design solutions from the ground up, applying innovative thinking at every opportunity, and 3D modeling/rendering.  He is also an avid windsurfer, sailing all over the San Francisco Bay in his spare time. Watch him fly here.

Ilian H. Herzi is a Full Stack Engineering Intern at Panafold and a Computer Science student at UC Berkeley. He wonders, how do we create products that are simple and effective? “Imagine it’s your first time making coffee. If someone started bombarding you with information about the origin of coffee and the caffeine molecule you would be no closer to making your own espresso. That’s why a product reflects the pace of the customer - your interest would help you focus on understanding how to grind beans, how to place them into a secure puck...”  While Ilian’s not coding he enjoys playing soccer, surfing, snowboarding and connecting with the outdoors. He values human health and happiness and hopes to make this world a better place.

Enrico Milletti is a Design/Build/Render intern at Panafold and a 2nd year Engineering & Art Student at Oberlin College in Ohio. Enrico is a Bay Area native and has a passion for the mechanical engineering, visual arts, interior design, industrial design, clothing, and the physical sciences. His specialties include furniture design, 3D modeling, electronics, mechanical engineering, and what happens at the intersection between mechanical engineering and industrial design. In his spare time, Enrico enjoys exploring this space and its applications for crowd-sourced arts projects and businesses. You can check out some projects he’s worked on in the past here

Dominique Moore is a Software Engineering Intern at Panafold and a Computer Science student at Brown University. Dominique enjoys learning about the social science behind technology usage, and is interested in how user-centered design can lead to more culturally-aware and inclusive technology. She also enjoys jamming out to emo and pop-punk music from the early 2000s, making silly faces at her cats, and reading tech-oriented sci-fi.

Join our team


Senior/Principal Engineer

Panafold helps architects and designers build their business by making efficient decisions with their clients possible. Along with our software, we offer original product design and rendering services. Our offices are on Potrero Hill in San Francisco with plans to expand to Carmel and Los Angeles.

Job Description

We're seeking a superb full-stack software engineer who is passionate about software and human-centered product development. You’ll help grow our engineering team and make strategic technical decisions and actively seek out new technologies.

What would make you a good fit:
Have minimum 5 years of experience building and supporting scalable user-facing systems, employing automated testing platforms, relational databases and ACID transactions.
Display advanced knowledge of JavaScript, React, Node.js.
Have interest in data acquisition, analytics, instrumenting applications.
Have the ability to work continuously with designers on the user experience, and mentor junior employees and interns.

What is gratifying:
Working with colleagues who design everything from new software to new mailboxes and chimney caps.
Working with clients who like to create great working and living spaces.
Mentoring college students on projects such as machine learning, AI, or making models in a tech shop.
Benefits including Employee referral, Equity program, 401(k), Possibility for compressed workweek.
   
We know that the diversity of ideas, cultures and life experience that our employees contribute is what makes us the best partners for our imaginative clients. We take pride in our inclusive and equal-opportunity workplace.



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