We’re a team that is passionate about rich communication and storytelling and want to help people unleash the power of the digital studio that’s sitting in their pocket. When we created Flash, it provided a fantastic opportunity for a wide range of developers to unleash their creativity on the web. Thousands of people learned this powerful tool and created the most amazing artwork, animations, and applications – and changed the whole experience of the web.
Today, it’s a whole new world – with smartphones, you have the potential for a complete digital studio in your pocket. Our mission is to create a new way for people to express themselves using the power of their smartphones, instead of a mouse and keyboard.
Jonathan and Robert built “FutureSplash Animator” which was acquired by Macromedia and renamed Flash in the late 90′s. Soon after, Gary, Peter S (engineering) and Peter G (business) joined them and helped grow Flash into the most distributed software on the planet. Most of the group stayed on for a while after the Adobe acquisition in 2005. Flash is the main project we all have in common, but each of us have worked on multiple highly successful products. If you would like more details, check out the links above to our LinkedIn profiles or read our bios below.
Jonathan started his programming career in high school and built the early Macintosh computer games Airborne!, Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle. After graduating from college, Jonathan led development of Aldus Intellidraw, an illustration program for Macintosh and Windows.
Jon founded FutureWave Software in 1993 to develop drawing software for pen-based tablet computers. At FutureWave, Jonathan and Robert Tatsumi built FutureSplash Animator which was acquired by Macromedia and became Macromedia Flash, and is now Adobe Flash.
As Chief Technology Officer at Macromedia, Jonathan was responsible for leading teams across Macromedia to redefine multimedia on the Internet. It was Jonathan’s product vision for Flash that led the company to seamlessly meld sound, video, and interactivity across a broad range of internet enabled devices. As a result, Flash became the de facto standard for implementing multimedia on the Internet.
After leaving Macromedia, Jonathan co-founded Greenbox Technology, a clean tech start-up, empowering consumers to better understand their energy consumption and conservation possibilities. Greenbox was acquired by Silver Spring Networks in 2009. In his spare time, Jon feeds cows and plants willow trees at Freestone Ranch. Jon has a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Peter is a business leader with 20+ years of experience in B2B and B2C Software, CPG, and Retail, with a knack for creating and launching market dominating products. At Fluid, a digital agency looking to expand their social commerce SAAS offerings, Peter helped rationalize a diverse product line and teamed with CEO to raise a $24MM investment from Goldman Sachs to grow the business.
As leader of the Flash business at Macromedia, Peter helped build Flash’s position as the most distributed software client on the planet, and its subsequent launch as an enterprise development platform. Prior to that, Peter was a GM at Alias/Wavefront, where he launched the world’s leading 3D animation product, Maya, which received an Oscar for Technical Achievement.
Peter’s marketing expertise was honed during his time in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, building revenue and market share on world-class brands such as Ivory, Crisco, and Pringles. His entrepreneurial spirit is seen through the innovative retail startup he co-founded with his wife, sewnow! fashion studio. When taking a break from work, he’s probably with his boys on a Scouting activity, road running (barefoot), or trying to elevate a recipe to achieve “world’s best” status. Peter has a B.Comm from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
Gary is a software architect with 15 years of industry experience; although, really, he started programming in AppleSoft BASIC in the 80’s at the age of 6. Gary joined the Flash team at Macromedia in 1998, hired by Peter Santangeli and working alongside Flash godfathers Jonathan Gay and Robert Tatsumi.
In Flash 4 and 5, Gary was the primary developer of Flash’s scripting language, ActionScript. In 2004, Gary was technical lead for ActionScript 3, a complete rewrite of the ActionScript virtual machine. ActionScript 3′s improved performance enabled a whole new class of Flash applications such as Google Street View, Farmville, and more.
Gary was a co-founder of Greenbox Technology, a clean tech start-up, empowering consumers to better understand their energy consumption and conservation possibilities. Gary enjoys a fresh cup of coffee, running, and tinkering with and riding bikes up the hills of San Francisco. Gary has a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Peter is a software engineering professional with 20+ years experience creating and shipping revolutionary products that have changed how people experience the internet and entertainment. Peter spent 10 years in the 3D graphics industry at Alias Research as a Director of Engineering on PowerAnimator and Maya, the dominant 3D graphics products in the entertainment industry.
As Vice President of Engineering at Macromedia for its Flash products, Peter led Flash in its development as the dominant multimedia runtime and tool on the internet, used by over a billion people. He then went on to lead the engineering teams for Flash Communications Server and Adobe Acrobat Connect, the industry’s leading video and communications server, and web conferencing products.
Peter was a co-founder of Greenbox Technology, a clean tech start-up, empowering consumers to better understand their energy consumption and conservation possibilities. A manic programmer, hockey fan, astronomy buff, and believer in the unlimited potential of new technologies to record and preserve the human experience, Peter has a B.Sc in Cognitive Science from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Robert is a software engineer with 20+ years experience in the rich media space. Robert started his career with software engineering positions at Xerox, Silicon Beach Software, and Aldus. Robert then worked at FutureWave Software alongside Jonathan Gay on FutureSplash Animator which would later become Macromedia Flash. He followed that with continuing work at Macromedia on Flash, Flash UI Components, and Breeze – a web conferencing product built using Flash.
He later co-founded Greenbox Technology, a clean tech start-up, empowering consumers to better understand their energy consumption and conservation possibilities.
Robert is excited about building Explory, new cool software to help people tell their stories, and he likes his martinis with gin, up and very cold. Robert has a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.