Chief Technology Officer
As Co-Founder and CTO, Shane heads technology strategy and provides the overall vision for Imikimi. An avid software programmer for more than 20 years, Shane’s life-long passion is building, having gotten his start designing Lego masterpieces. The limitations of Legos and an introduction to the Apple II at the age of 11. led to his passion for programming. After college, limited once again - this time by existing programming languages, Shane spent 5 years designing DRef - a revolutionary, simplified and empowered way to program computers. Driven by his vision of transforming DRef from prototype into a working reality, while also providing a fun and easy way for people everywhere to create and share their own digital masterpieces, Shane developed and co-founded Imikimi.
Having attended Jefferson County Open School, a non-traditional school for K-12 students which emphasized self-directed learning, Shane was taught to "create the world that ought to be" –a philosophy that continues to drive him in everything he does and a founding principle of Imikimi.
Imikimi enables Shane to tap into many of his passions, ranging from the ongoing debate over copyright, patents and IP created by the computer revolution, to creating quality designs (a favorite books is Design Everyday Things by Donald Norman), to computer graphic art and digital photo work.
Shane holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he tutored Math, Physics and Computers and was declared the 2001 Outstanding Senior in Computer Science. While at CU, Shane also participated in the annual ACM programming contest. In 1998 his team took first place in the regional competition which sent them to the world finals in the Netherlands.
Based in Seattle, when not programming and creating, Shane can be found sailing the waters of the Puget Sound or in the kitchen, mastering his love of cooking by whipping up a gourmet meal paired with an excellent wine – his latest passion.