ZaReason has come a long way since we opened for business in February 2007. Somehow, probably by sheer luck, we managed to attract the coolest customer base, i.e. the developers, programmers, thinkers, small business owners, and even the government. Meet the team behind the computers!

The ZaReason Team

About Cathy: Cathy has been starting companies ever since she was a little girl organizing her stuffed animals into Project Teams. In 2006 with Maile Urbancic, Cathy set up a non-profit Partimus.org to support OLPC. While Partimus (which means "We Share" in Latin) had a place getting refurbished Ubuntu computers to school districts, Cathy craved working with high-end hardware, original design, latest release components. So, along with her brilliant husband, she founded ZaReason. If successful computer companies can be started out of garages and dorms, they can surely be started out of living rooms. And dining rooms. ZaReason quickly overtook the house and operations were quickly moved to a retail / warehouse location on a tree-lined street in Berkeley. Cathy's aim is to see hundreds, thousands, of light, limber ZaReason shops all over the globe.

Why Cathy Works Here:"There are few things I love more than seeing sparky interactions between people. I love -- with a passion -- seeing the people at ZaReason working so successfully together. I also love seeing their individual successes when they devote themselves deeply to a difficult task (and there are many, many difficult tasks). For me, the sign of a great team is whether or not there is laughter in the office. ZaReason has the laughter, plus the frequent 'happy dance' that occurs when one of us finds the answer to a tough problem."

About Earl: Earl spent a lifetime as a games programmer and a cell phone coder. After proving his extreme skills in programming, Earl "retired" and now does non-work non-full-time at approximately 60 hours a week. He says, "It's far too fun to call it work." Earl is the brains behind ZaReason R&D. He is bulldog-tenacious making the hardware work seamlessly. Earl enjoys attending conferences to hear people's feedback then implementing improvements. Earl is deeply grateful for the support given by the community.

Why Earl Works Here: "My best days are spent designing hardware, searching for what works. I'm a perfectionist. Since we were able to self-fund, we don't have any investors / Board of Directors to please. After a lifetime in the corporate world with all sizes of companies, building ZaReason is refreshing. Being able to design the best systems and work with the community is easily the most fun thing I have ever done."


About Tony: Tony is our new CTO, Chief Technical Officer, and ZaReason is extremely lucky to have him and his energy at the helm. Tony was in the process of training to become a Pharmacist, managing an office full of highly trained pharmacy assistants who every day would prepare life-and-death medicine for people who depended heavily on the staff's ability to be accurate. In a way the CTO position is similar. Our shop's staff is aware that extreme accuracy is crucial. Time is the most valuable resource we all have, and when you get a new computer you want it to work straight out of the box. With Tony now in the lead, we are already seeing a monumental shift under our feet.

Why Tony Works Here: "At ZaReason my desire to make a difference in the lives of others meshes with my passion for technology. It's just too rewarding."


About Iqbal: When ZaReason was on a hiring spree, Iqbal's resume crossed our desk. At the time we were hiring Builders, Engineers, and Research people but what we really needed was a full-fledged CFO. After a weekend of, "I sure wish we knew someone who could handle ____ and ____. We need someone with financial savvy to help us survive these growing pains," and a seemingly fruitless brainstorming session, we looked back at Iqbal's resume and found a treasure trove of previous experience and trained skill, along with an intense desire to do the exact job description of CFO at ZaReason. Watch us grow with Iqbal helping us get things done!

Why Iqbal Works Here: "I have always had an interest in electronics from a young age, but I ultimately chose to go into Accounting. Because of my interest in electronics and gadgets, working at ZaReason is great fun for me, especially since I work with such a talented group of individuals. Within my first few weeks here, I already felt as if I was a part of the ZaReason family. I am working as the CFO, Chief Financial Officer, and my time here thus far has been wonderful."

About Kory: Kory has the highly valuable combination of extreme intelligence, innate skill, and strong work ethic. Kory has traveled extensively and has staffed the ZaReason booth at several conferences. Kory is the type of person who never does bare minimum. He solves problems then takes the next step to make sure the same problem won't happen again. Kory has been in software and hardware development ever since he was old enough to prop up on his dad's lap (infancy). Kory is actually the one responsible for ZaReason in the first place.

Why Kory Works Here: "It's fun. Most of the people my age are wasting their time. But, yesterday I got to do a delivery with my dad (Earl) to the Stanford AI Lab. While I was there, I saw that Willow, the coolest robot-building company ever, had several robots on display using systems I had built. I am hoping to go to Neumont or UC Berkeley for college. Now that I got accepted to Neumont, I just need to wait for a response from UC Berkeley, then I'll have a hard choice ahead of me." [Kory is currently in his Senior year taking classes at a virtual school, called CAVA, to spend more time working and less time sitting in a classroom doing nothing.]

About Vy: 

Why Vy Works Here: "Why I work at ZaReasonZaReason is a "hidden gem" in Silicon Valley. I want to contribute use my passion, creativity and knowledge in marketing to make ZaReason a household name to the Linux community."


About Terry: During the first few weeks of Terry volunteering at our shop, Cathy and Earl (company owners) exchanged the comment, "Wow, he's good. Terry can do anything," several times a day. Seriously, he was able to do any task we sent his way. There is one other thing that we found to be the ultimate treat with Terry. He is calm. Calm like a Buddhist meditating. Terry brings a sense of peace and comfort to the office every day. He is the kind of guy you want around just because. But he can build and do all other tasks, including core organizational tasks, just because. We can not pay him enough, so we don't pay him at all. Very Zen.

Note that our R&D and building process are structured so that we are Made in the USA! There is no extra cost to building in the US if you do it right. We are located right near UC Berkeley and are able to employ many people who are over-qualified (very over-qualified). It's a win-win-win.

Who Started ZaReason in the First Place?

Two brothers with a tight bond of brotherhood and a love-of-all-things-computer-related.

As little kids, they "needed" nine desktops at home so they could "play with friends". As little kids with non-Linux computers, they were constantly surrounded by blue screens and parents tired of fixing the computers.

One day the cute little blond brother took a big magnet to each of the nine computer monitors and found that the magnet made "rainbows" on the screen. At least it was better than the blue screen.

When they hit 12 and 13 years old, they took computing into their own hands. The cute one with red hair switched over one of the home computers to Ubuntu. The rest of his family's home computers fell like dominos into a new way of living -- a cleaner, virus-free, headache-free way of living.

The parents, Earl and Cathy Malmrose, were so appreciative that they decided to devote the next phase of their lives to helping others achieve a better computing experience also. Once you have done serious tech support, you understand how important it is to have good hardware and good software in the first place.


Jobs: Interested in working at ZaReason? If you would like to put your resume in our file to be considered for upcoming openings, please send your resume to hr@zareason.com  We have openings from time to time, but always post them in a newsletter or on Twitter. Sign up here or #zareason if you want to see the jobs the minute they open up. Our office is fun and upbeat. With a focus on free and open source how could it be anything but amazing?


Visit: ZaReason is based in Berkeley, California. Why? Because Berkeley is the only city specifically identified with the development of Linux, Berkeley Software Distribution, BSD. This office is our headquarters, our main testing site.


While our office is not set up for retail, we do encourage people to pick up their computers in person if they can. Use shipping code SAYHI to eliminate shipping cost if you will be picking up in person.