|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS||1997|
A 15-year veteran of Austin high-tech startups, Brian has taken over a dozen commercial applications from napkin sketch to production. He started programming at age 8, when he typed a game (in BASIC) from a book into his TRS-80 Color Computer II.
Brian holds a BS in Computer Science from UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Originally on UIUC’s NCSA Mosaic team (though he never knew him, Brian actually inherited Marc Andreesen’s desk), he quickly moved into web development and Java, and his dev skills took him to Austin, TX. There, he wrote and shipped multiple products for Trilogy, a dotcom boom-era software powerhouse.
Later Brian led development projects and teams at allmystuff, Optive Research (bootstrapped & acquired), and then went to FiveRuns, where Brian made his transition from Java to Ruby and Rails. In 2009, Brian went from FiveRuns to PeopleAdmin, where he moved a self-hosted 9-year-old Java SaaS application to Ruby, Rails, and the cloud.
Outside of Mass Relevance, Brian’s most ambitious project is raising Noah and Luca, his two boys, with his beautiful and patient wife, Vanessa. Brian is a grammar fiend, agonizing over words, and he loves poker, leisure sports, Las Vegas, and a good homebrew. Follow him at @bdainton.