Founders Giovanni Donelli
& Matt Ronge

how we
got started


B
eginnings can be hard to pinpoint. We founded Astropad in 2013. We met at Apple in 2007 as software engineers. But our true beginning may have been in the 1990s when, though continents apart, we each sat wide-eyed before an original Macintosh, awestruck by the creative potential that Steve Jobs’ “bicycle for your mind” could unlock.

Through these experiences, we found something we believed in: technology’s ability to help people make things. So it didn’t sit right with us when, in the early 21st century, we saw powerful mobile devices being used primarily for time-wasting applications. In response to that app-based junk food, we developed Astropad Studio and Luna Display — technology designed for the creative community. 

At Astropad, we believe that, just as bicycles help people travel faster and more efficiently, so too can products help people imagine new things. Those are the kinds of products that inspire us, and those are the kinds of products we’ll continue to build.

 

 

Matt
Ronge

Co-Founder & CEO

Giovanni
Donelli

Co-Founder & Head of Product

Malyse
McKinnon

QA & Tech Writer

Savannah
Reising

Marketing Director

Jake
Swensen

Senior Firmware Engineer

Jeremy
Knope

Senior Software Engineer

Rachal
Duggan

Social Media Marketing Director

Hoang
Nguyen

Technical Support

Melisa
Wahlstrom

Human Resources Administrator

Corwin
Derkatch

Senior Software Engineer

Theron
Kotze

Senior Electrical Engineer

Tiffany
Lam

Marketing Brand Coordinator

Rachel
Ramirez

Technical Support Manager

the astropad
manifesto

At Astropad, we value creativity. We build products that encourage it, and we seek out team members who do too. Because creativity is like wildfire. When we work in an inspired way, we create products that rouse others to do the same.

1. go against the grain

Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Instead, swim upstream and question what’s out there — because we value the unexpected, and the unexpected is often born of dissent.

2. cross the canyons first

Don’t save the biggest challenges for last; attack the biggest challenges first. Build the bridge over the canyon before the simple road leading up to it. What do you gain by building what you already know you can?

3. experiment confidently

Acquire information through experimentation. Have a lot of ideas, the courage to try the best ones out, and the confidence to move on if they don’t work.

4. listen to customers

We don’t take outside investment. We are funded by our customers. We grow by supporting and listening to them, by identifying the “extra mile” that will enhance their experience — and then by delivering it.

5. under promise, then over deliver

Exaggerated claims and products seem to go hand in hand. But the truth always rises to the top, and the products that speak for themselves when in the hands of users will always win out.

work with us,
inspire others


Our team includes 
interdisciplinary contributors from a variety of cities and backgroundsStill, we all see something of ourselves in each other. An Astropad team member is kind, honest, a little contrarian, and obsessed with quality.

We seek people who are passionate about building the next generation of creative tools. Our work environment is remote, flexible, and full of learning opportunities.

As of now, we don’t have any open positions. But in the future, individuals with diverse work experience and a hunger for curiosity are encouraged to apply. Keep an eye out for open positions on our social media!

At
Astropad

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