Below are the members of our core team. Looking for our advisors team? See the board of directors (corporate governance) and advisory board (technical & security matters).

Todd Weaver

Todd Weaver

Founder & CEO

Serial entrepreneur and successful businessman, Todd has been recognized for his visionary strategy, technical leadership, and relentless drive, with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, using, installing, and promoting Free Software. Todd has consistently predicted market directions and executed disruptive technologies in a wide range of industries, including in-store entertainment, collaborative financial solutions, and starting the first online cable company. Todd has a deep understanding of the hardware manufacturing process, and an unwavering belief for users to retain their essential freedoms via free software, making Purism (the marriage of high quality hardware and free software), his most ambitious, disruptive, and exciting venture yet.

IRC nickname: todd_at_purism
PGP Fingerprint: B8CA ACEA D949 30F1 23C4 642C 23CF 2E3D 2545 14F7

Zlatan Todorić

Zlatan Todorić

CTO

Emerging from the realms of Debian, with its strict ethical adherence to user freedom, Zlatan is a die-hard Free software advocate that blends perfectly into Purism. Zlatan worked in many I.T. industries: electronics, web development, software architecture, 3D printing, games. The combination of his decade-long mechanical/ mechatronic engineering background and software/ system engineering background shows how wide-ranging his expertise is. His dedication towards Free Software has one key goal: bringing freedom to users. As a long-time community member, he encourages everybody to join him in designing a future where we truly own our devices.

IRC nickname: zlatan
PGP Fingerprint: 4487 F013 7084 6B6D E1FF 897D 7C2F 555A 1161 81D4

Matthias Klumpp

Matthias Klumpp

PureOS Developer

Matthias is a neuroscientist and experienced free software developer, involved since 2008 in cross-distribution and cross-desktop projects through Freedesktop. He is a GNOME and KDE member, as well as Debian developer. In 2013 he founded the Tanglu Debian derivative and wrote tools to make building Debian derivatives easier. Matthias is also involved in the app bundling and sandboxing efforts, having worked in this field for a long time as the author of the Limba bundling system. He is the current maintainer of the AppStream metadata specification, which is the basis for all FLOSS software centers. His knowledge of infrastructure, distribution-building, Linux desktops and software bundling will help PureOS achieve its goals faster.

IRC nickname: ximion
PGP Fingerprint: 7292 7DBA 2BEE A246 FC99 AE56 13FB 781C 3D4A 3A0F

Jonas Smedegaard

Jonas Smedegaard

PureOS developer

Jonas Smedegaard is a freelance systems administrator and developer working with resource sharing within and between organisations, mostly schools and NGOs, trying to design systems that are both intuitive to use, strictly based on open standards and purely built from Free Software. Jonas has been an official Debian developer since 2001, and is involved in multiple packaging teams.

IRC nickname: jo0nas

Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb

PureOS Developer

Currently Debian Project Leader, Chris is freelance computer programmer, author of dozens of free projects and contributor to 100s of others. Chris has been official Debian Developer since 2008 and is currently highly active in the Reproducible Builds sub-project for which he has been awarded a grant from the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative. In his spare time he is an avid classical musician and Ironman triathlete.

IRC nickname: lamby
PGP Fingerprint: AA88 A0A0 BA0C 6C58 CEE1 8D89 E1D4 E7A5 9354 1B75

Youness Alaoui

Youness Alaoui

Coreboot developer / Reverse Engineer

Youness, known online mostly as KaKaRoTo, is a Free/Libre Software enthusiast, low-level developer and reverse engineer. Mostly known for his active involvement with the PS3 hacking community, he has founded or contributed to many FOSS projects to promote the development of Homebrew and the return of Linux on the PS3. He has also been involved in many "GNU/Linux desktop" projects, such as aMSN, libnice, Farstream, GStreamer and Cura, GNOME, the EFL, Pidgin, Empathy/Telepathy.

IRC nickname: KaKaRoTo

Mladen Pejaković

Mladen Pejaković

Support

Having experimented with a wide range of GNU/Linux distributions since 2005, Mladen became an enthusiastic advocate of the FOSS movement and user freedoms in general. Trying his hand at various programming languages, he wrote his own plugins, scripts and utilities, contributing to various FOSS projects, including extensive localization work. His longstanding use of online forums and previous professional experience as a hardware & software serviceman make him a welcome addition to Purism's support team. In recent years, Mladen's main GNU/Linux distros have been Arch/Parabola and Debian, and most recently PureOS. He is passionate about physics, free software, and good friendships.

IRC nickname: mladen
PGP Fingerprint: 1218 8546 2E42 AF3B 577B 28CC 0307 799D A3F9 F4CB

Goran Stevanović

Goran Stevanović

Director of Operations

Goran's education background is economics, but he is also a technology enthusiast. He first encountered GNU/Linux in the early 2000s, and he really enjoyed the possitility to tinker with it and to configure the OS to his own needs. He also found the philosophy behind the FOSS movement quite appealing, and ever since, he has been promoting the FOSS movement and educating people about it whenever he has a chance. He has tried many different distributions over the years, learned a few programming languages, and worked as a web designer and developer mainly using FOSS software and technologies. Goran still enjoys testing and experimenting with various distributions, desktop environments, and other software.

IRC nickname: goran_stevanovic
PGP Fingerprint: 1E24 5FB6 9AC7 32F2 6D2D 2E46 33B7 E516 F813 794D

François Téchené

François Téchené

Director of Creative

François is a French film maker and animator who dedicates himself to promoting freedom of creativity. He believes that being able to freely access, share, study and improve the essence of anyone's creativity is essential for our global evolution and harmony. Previously, he mainly used proprietary technologies but has made the leap to using only FLOSS tools for his entire creative workflow, and he's not going back. He believes free technologies are now mature enough to be used in a professional film production environment. With his programming background, he also contributes to free software projects such as Pencil2D. He is co-founder of Ethic Cinema, promoting free access to film making creativity and techniques.

IRC nickname: francoist
PGP Fingerprint: 57F1 ED58 E14D 5BA1 FA93 987F 8DC4 2993 34AC 1F2A

James Rufer

James Rufer

Director of Product

James' chief desire is to make Pure OS easier and more comfortable to operate for the average computer user—to make privacy and security compelling, software provided with Purism devices should "just work". As we learn more and more about how our behavior and activities are tracked, monitored, packaged and resold, James believes that free software and hardware are increasingly needed to keep everyday activities private and secure—in order to eliminate the pervasive feeling that someone is watching over our shoulder.

IRC nickname: james-at-purism
PGP Fingerprint: 317C 586A BC03 6C53 C521 1F8E 7CAB 1A1E 57C2 B71D

David Seaward

David Seaward

Purist Services developer

David has developed in teams across multiple industries, including energy, animation and real estate. He has experience throughout the software engineering lifecycle, including fresh analysis and design, implementation, client feedback, usability testing, documentation, maintenance and the support of mature and legacy projects. At Purism, David is leading the development of a suite of cross-platform privacy services, "Purist Services". His goal is to make Purist services an easy and reliable route to online privacy for users on all platforms, and a welcoming project for diverse contributors.

IRC nickname: d3vid
PGP Fingerprint: 1F01 4D32 F7A3 9972 C492 6956 A236 3235 1954 5E9C

Theodotos Andreou

Theodotos Andreou

Systems Administrator

Theodotos Andreou is an old school Linux Sysadmin with strong experience in managing robust Linux infrastructures. He is and a passionate FOSS and Digital Rights advocate, and a founding member of the Ubuntucy LOCO and the Cyprus FOSS Community.

IRC nickname: theodotos
PGP Fingerprint: 5074 6246 B1B8 5222 4C0C EF25 5A81 7AAB 8D8D 74BA

Stelios Milidonis

Stelios Milidonis

Systems Administrator

Stelios started using Linux in 2001, and it was love at first sight. He has been involved in the local FOSS community ever since, strongly believing that free software has become a foundation of a learning society where knowledge is shared in a way others can build upon and enjoy. His skills range from general Linux systems administration, security hardening, web related services, email services, databases, virtualization and networking. He has worked as software developer and is highly skilled in a number of programming languages including C, Perl, Python and bash. Stelios is also obsessive in documenting everything he does—which we certainly appreciate.

IRC nickname: stelios
PGP Fingerprint: 2DDE C99D C1B7 3758 9B12 2879 D32D 41B4 34AF 924F

Jeff F.

Jeff F.

CMO

Jeff represents the rare combination of a strong business flair, a background in psychology, interdisciplinary creative talent, and strong street credentials as an esteemed Free & Open-Source software contributor for over a decade. Jeff has owned and operated a business management & marketing consultancy company for years, serving organizations in multiple industries (I.T., education & research, transportation, healthcare, natural resources, non-profits, construction, facility management, consulting, etc.). He craves challenges and strives for excellence wherever he goes, taking the time to analyze the market and devise compelling solutions to genuinely connect with prospects and customers.

IRC nickname: jeff-at-purism
PGP Fingerprint: FAC8 5FBB BCED 2C08 CD82 2776 9C3B D034 1E76 A83A

While you’re here, you might be interested in reading about our advisory board members and board of directors.