FivePaths is your full-service technology partner. Our approach is to combine a deep understanding of your organization's goals with our extensive technological and strategic resources. We help you plan and build your online presence, using proven and sustainable technology. We provide expert website and branding design and development for medium to large sites, helping you to manage web content more efficiently as you increase your online presence. As a proven expert in software evaluation and data integration, we know what tools work, and in what combinations.
FivePaths started "a long long time ago" as a partnership between Eric and Jason. We expanded since then to include designer/developers Francisco and Tyler and on a per-project basis with our most favorite freelance consultants. We are a small, elite team of professionals who enjoy a good challenge and will not rest until the project is complete — both from a quality and a requirements perspective.
Jason wrote his first computer program in the sixth grade, designed and built a computer before finishing high school, and then headed to MIT to study... molecular biology. (Molecular biology makes sense when you think about DNA as "programming code," and recombinant DNA technology as the means to program organisms.)
After receiving his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco in Biomedical Sciences, Jason's continued interest in programming led him back into the fast-paced field of computers. (Biological organisms being too slow.) The rise of cloud-based content frameworks, including CMS and CRM, created in irresistible opportunity to help everyone "program" via the internet. Jason has subsequently become an expert in developing, integrating, and deploying these technologies to solve a wide variety of client needs.
Jason lives in Palo Cedro, California with his wife Irene. When he is not working on ways to make technology easier and more helpful, Jason enjoys entertaining friends with cooking, cocktails, and endless nerdly conversation.
Eric Leland has spent the last 20 years working with progressive organizations tackling online and offline technology challenges. As the founder and director of Leland Design, Eric focuses on strategic technology planning, website and database planning, development, and implementation for entities including progressive health and human services organizations, human rights groups, and environmental advocacy groups. Eric served as the director of TechCommons at TechSoup.org, one of the nation's most comprehensive nonprofit technology assistance organizations. Eric directed technology activists seeking solutions to systemic nonprofit technology issues, leveraging the latest online community tools to engage nonprofits and solution providers to contribute to lasting solutions.
Eric is very active in nonprofit and technology circles. He serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and as a member of the Tech Underground and the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network.
Pixel-perfect design innovation is just one of Francisco's many talents. With wide-ranging design expertise, Francisco develops print, web, and interactive designs following both traditional and experimental methods. As an information architect, Francisco extracts order and simplicity from rich text and multimedia content to produce fluid, friendly website navigation and taxonomies. As a software developer, Francisco weaves efficient solutions to render the richness of design with strong, standards based programming.
Formerly as a small business owner with Cortez Design and now as a member of the FivePaths team, Francisco's commitment to community shows through his work with small businesses, education groups, anti-poverty organizations, and more.
Tyler Brown Cifu Shuster
Tyler brings full stack programming experience, building lasting website CMS and data CRM solutions using configurable tools and lightweight integrations that are elegant and highly refined. He masters obscure legacy software quickly, providing invaluable service to our many projects involving migration from outdated systems. His work is focused on sustainability, as he builds straightforward and easy to maintain solutions on robust frameworks, ensuring his solutions remain strong for many years.
Amber is a philosopher-inventor-ecogeek with a passion for ethical finance and a mission to create a thriving future for everyone. She has nearly 15 years of experience in sustainability marketing, systems design and sustainable development. As the principal of Green-Ideas, Amber has worked with clients such as the City of San Francisco, Autodesk and ChicoBag on strategic sustainability marketing and sustainable behavior change campaigns. Amber has co-authored two feasibility studies focusing on local economic development: 1) A regional textile mill with Fibershed and 2) A localized farm to retail supply chain for the Food Commons. Amber is the co-founder of three ventures: Fabripod LLC, a modern-design home furnishing manufacturer; California Cloth, a sustainable textile line; and Open Tree Map, an open source project. She has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in International Studies with a focus on Economic Development and Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon.
A serial entrepreneur, with a masters in P.E. and Biology plus a masters in Education all earned in Germany, Peter brings a clear perspective to the whole message of your company and has a keen ability to synthesize your ideas and visions into new designs and innovative concepts. His creative mind never stops, so he’s also working with Further by Design (http://furtherbydesign.com) to develop a new kind of “city challenge”, as well as running his own business, TeacherBus (http://teacherbus.com), which takes 4000 kids out to nature programs and on field trips. He also provides transportation for private parties and corporate events in the bay area with his biodiesel and solar powered fleet. Peter brought public viewing events to San Francisco in 2006 and was essential in co-producing the successful World Cup Soccer Screenings in 2010 and 2011, as well as the Olympics in 2012 in front of Civic Center with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.
Inke A. Noël
Armed with a business degree from Skidmore College, Inke Noël, founder and principal of InkëDesign, arrived in San Francisco in 1999, and decided to tap back into her creative side. With over 14 years of professional experience she knows how to make a brand stronger by reaching it’s target audience. Her clean and functional aesthetic has satisfied clients that range from independent artists and small businesses to the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department where she has been responsible for the entire rebranding since 2010. She enjoys the collaborative process and proudly executes new visions as a team. This can only be done after understanding the brand, the vision, the mission, and the client’s goals while spending time with not only with the client, but also the client base and other collaborators.