Panafold’s inspiration is learning while working - keeping curiosity alive for people from all quarters.
Panafold is a San Francisco company that wants to keep your curiosity alive. We believe you can learn from many kinds of peopled than many people can learn from you. You might want to have a following that accompanies you on your learning journeys.
Panafold Enterprise is for businesses that must educate and learn from their clients. Currently, architects, designers and educators are sharing Panafold Notebooks with teams, clients and friends. It’s hard to work with a distributed group of participants with strongly divergent points-of-view. Notebooks keep everyone in a project on the same page.
Download our extension for the Chrome browser to experience the best platform for curating and sharing on the web.
Who we are
Our perspective is shaped and reshaped by our team, especially by our interns. We've come from California, but also across the US, Norway, Turkey, China, Spain, France and Japan. Our interns have "graduated" to some of the best-known companies in Silicon Valley, have gone on to earn doctorates in computer science and have started their own companies. We're proud of our association for the past four years with CODE2040.
Our team members include:
Meg Withgott is the Co-founder of Panafold and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Withgott co-founded the motion gaming company ePlanet, and led research efforts on media and computation at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. She is a director at Golden Seeds, a network fostering diversity in technology startups, and is a council member at Barnard (President's Advisory Council in Technology) and Harvard Divinity School (HDS Dean’s Council), and a past Fellow at Stanford and Harvard. She is also an inventor with 17 US patents. A Ph.D. in linguistics, her publications are in EE, CS, and the humanities.
Quote on building for the future: How we design our relationship to computers will not hinge on whether or not we add gesture or voice, bots or artificial intelligence, although all these elements clearly matter. Instead, the profound aspect is how our design shapes the culture we’re a part of.
Wut Yee Htwe is a Design Student at Panafold and a 5th year Architecture student at California College of the Arts (CCA). She is from Myanmar (Burma) and studied architecture in China for three years. Her interest is in designing and inventing new products with technology.
Kit Halvorsen is the Co-founder of Panafold and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Halvorsen founded the design company, Common Era. In education, he created the Ideas Fellowship class at Crystal Springs Upland School where he now coaches the graduating seniors through Senior Projects, the culmination of students' one-month independent study. Mr. Halvorsen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA.
Quote on leading with perseverance: I’m not built to be a rower. I’m not 6’5”, and I can’t bench press much. However, perseverance is what I can contribute to a team. In high school, my job was stroke, to set and keep the pace. That meant holding the stroke rate despite the urge to speed up with excitement or relent when doubtful, no matter what the race brought. Sometimes perseverance is the only thing that gets the team through.
Eduardo Faroni is a Software Engineer and has been busy with full stack development of the Professional Desktop App. Fluent in Portuguese, he holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he studied topics such as database management systems, algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Along with his coursework, Mr. Faroni worked at a touristy watch store. When not programming, he can be found playing soccer or working on projects with his twin brother (and his beautiful German Shepherd, Enzo).
Brian De Anda is a full stack Software Engineer and has been creating the Professional Desktop App and improving the Chrome Extension. With interests in product development from customer feedback to coding to marketing, Mr. De Anda holds B.S. in Computer Science and was a part of the California State University CSIT-in-3 accelerated program. Along with course work, it enabled him to work with the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University as a developer for the SharkPulse project.