About OpenRelay

Meet the minds behind the magic.

Who we are

Our highly-experienced, highly-educated, highly-motivated founding team is what sets OpenRelay apart.

Experience

Our founders have over 40 years of professional experience building and delivering enterprise-class software for a diverse set of clients spanning multiple industries.

Teamwork

Our founders collectively hold seven graduate and post graduate degrees, and their commensurate knowledge and expertise provides OpenRelay with a unique edge.

Knowledge

The founders have made working together an artform, and have delivered challenging multi-million dollar projects while leading global, cross-organization teams.

Meet the team

Austin Roberts

CEO | Wizard
Austin has a vast array of technical experience, building frontend, backend, and mobile systems with a variety of languages and technologies. He has lead development teams in building stable operational systems, and transformed haphazard development processes into well-oiled machines with strong automated processes. With a master's degree focused on application security, he knows how to keep your data safe.

Greg Lang

CXO | Storyteller
Greg is a polymath who has honed specialist skills across multiple domains, including (but not limited to) language, humanities, law, advocacy, user experience, design, analytics and data science. His contributions are infused throughout the DNA of OpenRelay, and can be seen in small, apparent details like the design of the logo, to broad, more subtle aspects of strategic vision and product design.

Beth Van Horn

COO | Wayfinder
As the erudite COO of OpenRelay, Beth appears to be everywhere at once, pushing the boundaries with new ideas and processes, laying the groundwork for incredible new technologies, and fostering the ideas of her team. Beth's extensive career in software and information technology spans a variety of roles including analysis and process design, and Business, Operational & Project Management for projects and firms from start-up to multimillion-dollar ventures.

Dreaming up OpenRelay

by Co-founder and CEO Austin Roberts
About two years ago, my kids and I decided to build a robot. We went to the local electronics shop, picked up a Raspberry Pi to be the brain, a motorized wheel base, a motor controller, some batteries, and a few other parts. After about two weekends of tinkering and coding, we were driving our robot around the house from the computer, seeing what it saw through its camera.

All told, we spent about $120 and maybe 16 hours on the project.When I was a kid, that would have been an impossible dream. We pulled it off not because of any particular genius on my part, but because of thousands of incremental technological improvements in the intervening decades. From the cheap, lightweight, battery operated computer to the wireless protocol I used for communication to the programming language I used for writing the software, technology has improved dramatically, lowering the bar for creating cool new projects.

And an important piece of this technological advancement is open source software and standards, allowing people to build on top of each other’s work instead of having to rebuild everything from scratch.

The origin of our team.

An impossible project
In the summer of 2013, we worked for a company contracted to build a cutting-edge in chamber voting system for the Indiana legislature. The system called for a touchscreen on every legislator's desk, a series of controlling interfaces for running votes, realtime displays of live vote information, and central datastore integration.
An unlikely success
With just 6 months to deliver this highly-complex project according to the exacting specifications of 4 distinct groups of stakeholders with conflicting goals and interests, delivering a quality production-ready product on time seemed highly likely to prove impossible. And it would've been–absent this team.
An unstoppable force
The key to success was the involvement of Austin, Greg and Beth. Alone, none of them would've stood a chance. But the unique combination of skills each brought to the table–and a shared preternatural ability to cohere as a team under pressure–changed the game.
Together, we knew we could change the world.

No one thing

The first tap of a conductor's wand.
The first rivet in a mile-high tower.
The master link at the genesis of a never-ending chain.

The moment a single empty canvas meets a singular masterstroke.

There is no one thing.

Because now, there are many.
Because soon, there will be more.
Because one is ever the beginning.

Like the first link in an infinite chain,
or the first rivet in the tallest skyscraper,
the masterstroke is found in the masterpiece.

What will you begin?

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