Aaron Contorer CEO
Aaron is a former executive of Microsoft, where he served as program manager for distributed systems and general manager of Visual C++, the leading software development tool at that time. He architected MSN’s move to Internet-based server software, served as the full-time technology adviser to Bill Gates, and founded and ran the company's Productivity Tools Team for complex software engineering projects. Before founding FP Complete, he served as CTO at Web analytics firm Mentico, optimization firm Hynomics, and secure election systems firm Everyone Counts.
Aaron has 18 patents in computer security and distributed systems and now spends his time helping innovative companies adopt more advanced software technology.
Early in his career, Aaron was one of the creators of the "shareware" software business model, and one of the first programmers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where he helped to write NCSA Telnet, later a part of Internet Explorer.
When not at work, Aaron runs the charitable Contorer Foundation which supports the development of new philanthropists and more effective nonprofit organizations. In San Diego, Aaron was named Environmental Leader of the Year by Channel 10 News. In Seattle, he helped to build the Kirkland Teen Union Building and served for eight years on the board of Sightline Institute.
Robert Bobbett Executive Vice President - Sales and Marketing
Robert has been working with technology since the TRS-80 burst onto the scene. Once he realized he could write code, and the computer would execute those commands, he was hooked. After he got tired of hanging around Radio Shack to play with their computer, he started programming seriously with his own Atari 600XL computer which his parents bought for him so he can immerse himself in software development using the Basic language.
Robert pursued his passion for computer programming and earned his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. After deciding he wanted a solid business background behind him, Robert received his MBA from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Since then Robert started three companies. The first was DirectED which was Canada’s first post-secondary distance education school that offered automated internet-based testing. He launched this during the pre-google era when DSL was new to the market. The second was 4EverSports which developed the world’s first, fully-autonomous, solar-powered, wireless, on-course, golf information/scoring system called the TeePod Information System. The third was an IT Services company called Zalyx. Since then Robert has held executive level positions with technology companies such as CenterBeam, Earthlink, MyOffice, and MindShift.
Raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada which is on Cape Breton Island. Robert now lives in San Diego, California with his wife, Donna. They have five kids who are currently pursuing their careers and college degrees in California and Arizona.
Michael Snoyman Vice President of Engineering
Michael is a self-taught programmer from a young age. He studied and practiced actuarial science in the US auto and home insurance industry, producing cutting-edge tools for analysis of large datasets. Michael was never content to stick with the status quo and continually sought to improve the toolset available to himself and fellow developers. In this process, he eventually found Haskell and fell in love.
Since then, Michael has turned Haskell from a passion to a full-time profession. He founded the Yesod Web Framework, bringing many of the strengths of the Haskell programming language to the world of web development. Yesod has a large and active community and continues to grow. With his focus on user-friendly documentation, Michael authored the O'Reilly book Developing Web Applications with Haskell and Yesod. He has written and maintains a large collection of Haskell libraries, ranging from web servers to XML processing.
Since 2007, Michael has used Haskell to solve a variety of problems for companies in different industries, including Cisco, Dell, Emerson, and HTC. He regularly speaks on various programming topics and contributes to such publications as Architecture of Open Source Applications and the IEEE Spectrum. In his previous position, Michael revolutionized XML/DITA content processing by introducing the value of type-safe development, bringing with it greater stability and increased performance. Michael looks forward to helping others do the same in their own industries.
Michael lives in northern Israel with his wife and kids and loves watching as technology is absorbed by the next generation.
Simon Peyton Jones Strategic Advisor
Simon Peyton Jones, MA, FACM, FBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998. Simon's main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.
More generally, Simon is interested in language design, rich type systems, compiler technology, code generation, runtime systems, virtual machines, and garbage collection. He is particularly motivated by direct use of principled theory to practical language design and implementation -- that is one reason he loves functional programming so much.
Simon is also chair of Computing at School, the grass-roots organization that was at the epicenter of the 2014 reform of the English computing curriculum.
Simon's home page is at http://research.microsoft.com/~simonpj.