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10 Oct 2016
Bigfoot Stories OneWalk 2016

Team Bigfoot Walked in the 2016 Silicon Valley One Walk®

It was a beautiful day at Levi’s Stadium yesterday for JDRF’s 2016 Silicon Valley One Walk®. We want to thank everyone from Team Bigfoot who joined us and everyone in our community who supported us. Together, we raised $5,330 (and still climbing)! Our team’s top fundraiser was Shannon Sieber who single-handedly raised $1,255! Representing Team Bigfoot were: Robin Nguyen, team captain Melissa Lee Shannon Sieber, with her 2 children Geoffrey Shipsides, with his wife Liz and 3 sons Sabine Kabel-Eckes, […]

05 Oct 2016
Bigfoot Stories Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, Senior Design Assurance Engineer

Ravi Shankar, Senior Design Assurance Engineer I joined Asante Solutions in 2007 as a Systems Engineer when the company was still really small – just 15 people. As one of the engineers on the ground floor of developing and testing the original Snap insulin pump, everything about our design focused on users’ safety as our number one priority. When Asante shut down, I was saddened reading the comments from the users on how useful the Snap pumps were to them, asking […]

27 Sep 2016
Bigfoot Stories Sabine Kabel-Eckes

Sabine Kabel-Eckes, Senior Director User Experience

Sabine Kabel-Eckes, Senior Director User Experience Though I have spent more than 15 years now in designing user experiences for enterprise software, I originally came to the US as an ordained minister. During the technology boom in Silicon Valley in the late 1990s, I embarked on a second career in technology, working for companies like SAP Labs, Good Technology, and Blackberry, eventually building up specialized mobile application design teams for them. When I first interviewed with Bryan Mazlish, Bigfoot’s co-founder and […]

01 Sep 2016
Bigfoot Stories Jeff Boissier

Jeff Boissier, Principal UX Designer

Jeff Boissier, Principal UX Designer Like most people without T1D, my knowledge of diabetes was initially limited. I knew that people had to take shots of insulin, but I didn’t understand the roller coaster ride that is type 1 diabetes. My background in design began in the aerospace industry as a mechanical engineer – designing hardware for space telescopes and the international space station – these were big undertakings with noble causes where reliability and safety were key. Back in 2000 […]

23 Aug 2016
Bigfoot Stories Alan Schachtely

Alan Schachtely, Senior Director, Software Engineering

Alan Schachtely, Senior Director, Software Engineering Some eight years back, I was working closely with Lane Desborough when he found out about his son Hayden’s T1D diagnosis. I watched as my friend and colleague pivoted to his new life mission of improving the lives of those living with T1D. When the opportunity came to join Lane and our remarkable group of Bigfoot founders, I jumped at the chance. Over the last 18 years, I have grown up in the software space […]

11 Aug 2016
Bigfoot Stories Peter Kimball

Peter Kimball, Senior Mobile Software Developer

Peter Kimball, Senior Mobile Software Developer “My sister Sarah was diagnosed when I was four years old. I don’t have a memory of her without diabetes. Looking back now though, I’m amazed at how little I understood of her condition. Mostly I remember test strips, those orange-capped syringes, and the special sugar-free desserts my mom would make for her. Our whole family became involved in diabetes in a new way after my nephew Sam was diagnosed in 2011. My dad […]

04 Aug 2016
Bigfoot Stories Lane Desborough

Lane Desborough, Co-Founder and Chief Engineer

Lane Desborough, Co-Founder and Chief Engineer I got my first PC in 1979 and realized computers would someday make the world a better place. I became a process control chemical engineer, then, for 20 years, designed, implemented, and remotely monitored control systems at chemical plants, oil refineries, and power plants, helping to ensure the safety and efficiency of these very complex, hazardous systems. Our lives took an abrupt turn seven years ago when our son Hayden was diagnosed with type 1 […]

28 Jul 2016
Bigfoot Stories Ross Naylor

Ross Naylor, Senior Algorithm Development Engineer

Ross Naylor, Senior Algorithm Development Engineer I was diagnosed with T1D in 2005. I’d been sick off and on my senior year of high school, but it was in my first semester of college that I was hospitalized and found out I had T1D. I have always loved math and science. I was planning to major in finance and had a full scholarship even, but I remember this moment after diagnosis when I was finally feeling better. I was looking at […]

28 Jun 2016
Bigfoot Stories Bethany Salmon

Bethany Salmon, Senior Director of Product Management

Bethany Salmon, Senior Director of Product Management I was diagnosed with T1D when I was playing competitive tennis in college. Away from my family and facing T1D as a young adult, I volunteered with the JDRF chapter near my campus and was inspired by the kids and families I met. After college, I moved to New York to take a role at JDRF’s headquarters where I worked closely with JDRF’s industry partners who were developing automated insulin delivery technologies as […]

16 Jun 2016
Bigfoot Stories Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee, Senior Software Engineer

Kevin Lee, Senior Software Engineer When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I was frustrated that the tools she had to manage her T1D didn’t have any way to answer this single question: Was she safe? Like any first-time dad, I was already worrying about the people I loved most when I was away. I reverse engineered a popular CGM and created apps for both Android and Glass as remote monitoring tools. When the Nightscout project was born, […]