Always an advocate of grassroots democracy and bootstrapped solutions, Conor's experience includes serving as Western Mass Field Coordinator on a successful statewide ballot initiative, as assistant canvass director on a voter registration office in Northern Virginia, and as Collegiate Markets Director for an international beverage company while
attending UMass Amherst. He has spoken at
the Personal Democracy Forum, the
Aspen Institutes's Forum on Communication and Society, and at the New York Tech Meetup.
Conor founded Localocracy in 2008 and has led the company through two rounds of prize funding through the UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge. He rides a KLR 650
motorcycle and plays bass guitar.
Aaron has been a believer in the utilization of technology for social change since he founded his first company at age 16. He wanted to build up the skateboarding community in Amherst, MA, while emphasizing videography and other artistic outlets. Aaron wrote his own social network web application to organize skaters, and to encourage communication across cliques. While the efforts did not sustain over the years, the ideology behind the concept has been a driving force in Aaron's work. Aaron joined Localocracy as CTO and
Co-Founder in the Fall of 2009.
Jay likes to solve problems. Before Localocracy, he co-founded Pomelo, a software consulting firm that focuses on scalable architectures, cloud computing, and geo-located systems. In 2009, he primarily founded and ran Happn.in, a local trend aggregator that shows you what people are twittering about in your city. Jay received an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of California in Santa Cruz, where he designed routing protocols used for coyote tracking, soccer playing robots, and other disruption-tolerant networks. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and
prefers ruby to python, books to blogs, dogs to cats, and tea to coffee.
Baer Tierkel has focused over 25 years in the software industry, driving significant growth for companies such as PeopleSoft, McCormack & Dodge, Allegro Technology, and Dun & Bradstreet Software. Baer's experience in the industry has spanned the roles of company founder, corporate strategy, brand and product marketing, product development, support and engineering. His tenure at PeopleSoft helped drive the company's growth from $10 million to $2.1 billion in revenue, most recently as Executive Vice President for Worldwide Marketing. Products designed by Baer are in use by millions of people worldwide and he has contributed his expertise and vision as a speaker, executive consultant, investor and board member to many organizations and events including Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Harvard Business School, Comdex, as well as numerous startups and non-profit organizations. Most recently Baer launched
a vertical search engine in the travel industry. Baer is the eldest member of the team and cannot ride a skateboard, but does ride a motorcycle.