Meet the Team


Francisco Tolmasky

Francisco is the original author of Objective-J. He graduated from USC in 2006 and went to work at Apple, Inc., where he was one of the early members of the team that created MobileSafari and Maps on the iPhone. He is primarily responsible for UI and other client-side code at 280 North.


Tom Robinson

Tom graduated from USC with a M.S. in Computer Science in 2007 before moving to the Bay Area to start 280 North. He is responsible for most of the server-side related components of 280 Slides and Objective-J/Cappuccino, among other things.


Ross Boucher

Ross has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC. After graduating, he worked at Apple on the iTunes Store. His team was responsible for music recommendations, charting, and search. At 280 North, he splits his time between server and client-side code, including the text system in 280 Slides.

Our Advisors

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

Paul Graham is a co-founder of Y Combinator, a seed stage investment company. He is author of On Lisp (1993), ANSI Common Lisp (1995), and Hackers & Painters (2004). In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first ASP, which in 1998 became Yahoo! Store. In 2002 he discovered a simple spam filtering algorithm that inspired the current generation of filters. He has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard.

Ryan Carson

Ryan Carson

Ryan is an entrepreneur and father. He and his wife are the founders of Carsonified, a company in the UK that makes useful web apps and runs events, conferences and workshops.

280 North, Inc. is a startup company dedicated to advancing the state of the art on the web. In the short time we've been around, we've become known for our work on 280 Slides, one of the most advanced applications ever delivered in a web browser.

As a company, we firmly believe in open source software. We've released our entire application framework, Cappuccino, as an open source project to enable anyone to deliver desktop-class applications on the web.

Check out our list of upcoming events to see what we're up to.