Dem is a Founder Institute graduate who has been a founding engineer at two VC funded startups and co-founded a financial services startup to rate mutual funds. He has 10 years of experience in product management and technical sales, including being a panel expert at e-commerce, publishing, and educational conferences, speaking about software development tools at user groups, and teaching classes in software design, refactoring, and run-time error detection. One of the open source projects he founded has been translated by volunteers into a dozen languages and is downloaded over 30,000 times a year. Dem started his career in avionics software and co-authored "MD-11 Aircraft Alerting Function" in the Scientific Honeyweller. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.