We're not robots, corporate cowboys or basement hackers. We're just human beings. Like you. Or maybe there is a tiny robot hacker cowboy in all of us. You decide...
Niels is the founder of Umbraco and remains the project's heart and soul. Niels started Umbraco out of necessity but has maintained it out of love and now Umbraco has a life far beyond his wildest dreams. Niels is the inspiration behind Umbraco's community focus, its dedication to quality, and its no-compromise approach to simplicity. He can be found improving bits of core functionality as often as he can be found encouraging others to take Umbraco to its limit.
Other than spreading the Umbraco love, Niels spends time with his wife and three sons and makes music with his ever growing collection of analogue synths.
Per Ploug Hansen
Before joining forces with Niels and strengthening Umbraco as a partner, Per was amongst the first members of the Umbraco community and a very active one! Rolling out some top grade packages and putting love back into the core.
At the HQ Per keeps an eye on the tasks and planning to make sure the focus is right and things get released. He's also the operator of our weekly status HQ calls.
If he's not adding or rearranging post-it's on his whiteboard you can find Per experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with his wife and kid(s).
Tim is one of those rare developers who knows how to code and at the same time, understands the importance of making it look and feel good to the user. Again and again he has impressed us all by turning loosely defined concepts into real live applications in no time.
On a day to day basis he, among other things, drives the development of Umbraco Contour and makes sure that umbraco.tv keeps the Umbraco community entertained and educated on the latest umbraco topics.
Tim runs the blog nibble.be and lives with his girlfriend near Ghent in the land of chocolate, waffles and wheat beer: Belgium.
Paul Sterling is a long-time web developer who found Umbraco love in 2006 when he immediately became a community evangelist on his own. He loves to tell you about Umbraco, write some simple code to do great things, and generally improve your experience with Umbraco and web content management in general. Paul is the co-author of the "Umbraco User's Guide" from Wrox Press and the creator of much of the Umbraco literature - so he's the guy to send your input to (hint).
Paul lives and runs in Bellingham, Washington where being web-geek, runner, and beer-drinker can be combined without attracting much attention.
Morten is known as one of the most active people in the Danish Umbraco community and the man behind fanatastic packages like Standard Values and the integration with Google Analytics in the back office. At the HQ he's our resident Azure expert and will be working on the Umbraco as a Service project which will launch in 2012.
He's the proud father of Orlando and he's dreaming of doing all his Umbraco related work from a beach near Salvador together with Claudiane - his Brazillian wife who bears with him, even when he watch Cloud Cover after work!
Shannon Deminick is a man of prolific productivity. Founder of the uComponents, Examine and ClientDependency projects, his Umbraco credentials are so good he's been nominated for a Nobel peace prize.
Shan hails from Canada but has spent the last 9 years in Australia where he takes time out from coding to bbq, surf, and polish his 2010 Yamaha XJ6 motorbike. One of a select group of individuals who is brilliant at coding without feeling the need to fit the pasty nerd stereotype, he's a great laugh to work with and we were all stoked when he agreed to join us at the HQ to work on Umbraco 5 and beyond.
As the project manager of Umbraco's core, Seb is wrangling our team of developers to make sure we deliver each release on time according to the roadmap. Seb comes to us from great stock having been an Umbraco gun at various agencies in the Netherlands. You may also have seen Seb ranking regularly on the the Karma scale over at our.umbraco.org helping out anyone and everyone who needed a little leg up.
When Sebastiaan stops nerding out, he reads up on the latest news in science and technology (okay, he hardly ever stops nerding out..) and can often be found riding his trusty Brompton folding bicycle to go check out the latest indie band that happens to be in town.
Andrew is a student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and a part-time Umbraco HQ hero. When he's not busy drying off from all the rain he can be found snowboarding, climbing mountains, riding his Suzuki gs500f, or answering your calls and emails. Before joining the HQ Andrew had never heard of Umbraco, and now he's an expert at producing umbraco.tv videos, documentation, and answering questions.
He's still deciding which of the many tempting vices he'll choose as his downfall and shopping for the perfect tweed jacket.
Stephan is French, but want's to be British and one day sail through the english canal in his SL16 catamaran. He lives in Paris with his wife and has 4 amazing kids that he loves greatly. After having been employed by the dull printer-company HP, for a long time, he thought it would be cool to write code instead of managing people that wrote it for him, and he suddenly remembered that in his childhood, he decompiled a Wonderboy video-game and wanted to come back to that moment where code, comete cheese and sleepless nights became the meaning of life.
Stephan has been working on Umbraco for quite some time (since 2008), has been one of the leaders in the community and though he initially thought the codebase to be totally broken, he did what all sane developers always do; rewrite it! So here he is, a good few years down the road and today primarly works on improving the Umbraco core but at the same time still implementing solutions in Umbraco, to stay close to the customers to learn and levearage from them and what they offer.
All photos by Douglas Robar, Percipient Studios. Douglas has been taking thousands of photos at Umbraco events since the early days. Be sure to check out his inspiring collection on Flickr.