About Us
Qri is leading an open-source project to build software for dataset syncing, versioning, storing and collaboration. We help solve super interesting data problems with individual data nerds (pro and not pro), non-profits, and commercial clients. Qri is led by a team in Brooklyn NY, and collaborators everywhere and anywhere.
Brendan O'Brien
Founder & Caretaker
Brendan is an open-source software and open data evangelist. He founded Qri during the Data Rescue movement and is responsible for Qri’s code base, road map and growth. He has over a decade of experience in software development, technical due diligence, graphic design and visual arts.
Brendan helped launch Datatogether.org, a network of communities, data scientists, and developers dedicated to promoting collective data stewardship. He is also a leading member the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), founded to preserve at-risk government environmental data.
In his free time Brendan codes and competes as a not-so-competitive cyclist.
Rico Gardaphe
Operations & Business Development
Rico supports Qri’s user community, client projects, and internal operations. He has over a decade of experience across early-stage tech startups (ML/human-in-the-loop data enrichment), strategy consulting, and politics/government. Rico served in the Obama White House from 2009 - 2013.
In his free time Rico perfects his homemade limoncello recipe and plays baseball.
Kasey Huizinga
Kasey is a full stack developer, turning qri code into usable UI/UX in Qri's frontend. She maintains the code base, writes and films user tutorials and demos, and kills bugs. She is fluent in Go, python, Javascript, React, electron and p2p connectivity and communication architecture.
In her free time, Kasey performs in plays and musical theater acts across New York City.
Dustin Long
Dustin is a full stack developer who makes everything about Qri work better. He has over a decade of software engineering experience, the bulk of which coming during his time at Google (focusing on compiler and high performance code). He also has deep experience in node.js, python, Go (contributor list) C++, and other languages.
In his free time, Dustin designs and builds arcade and video games.
Chris Whong
Chris does everything from engaging our user base, to writing code and working to help make our products more useful and joyful to users.
Chris is a leader in the NYC civic tech community, known for promoting government adoption of open-source tech, and supporting collaboration between those who generate and those who rely on open data. Most recently, he was the director of NYC Planning Labs, responsible for applying open technology, agile development, and user-centered design to build impactful products with NYC’s Urban Planners.
In his free time, Chris hacks on personal projects leveraging public data, and is a reef aquarium hobbyist.
Asmir Avdicevic
Asmir is a full stack developer with a strong focus on cloud services and metrics. He makes sure our byte pipes are deployed and working. He navigates well around many codebases and languages and finds pleasure in being a generalist.
In his free time, Asmir likes going on road trips and hacking on side projects.
Estefania Zambrano Rivas
Estefanía does all things related to design and UX/UI for Qri's product suite, including building a cohesive brand and making layouts, illustrations and animations. She brings ideas to life, and makes every aspect of Qri more joyful to use.
In her free time, Estefania likes to roller skate, tap dance and bake some delicious desserts.