Outside Open is a team of smart, passionate artists, photographers, cyclists, hikers, soccer players, parents, beekeepers, blacksmiths and tinkerers. What unites this disparate team is a love for building and integrating amazing technology to help their clients succeed. They think outside the “singular technical solution” box. They embrace solutions from both the standard corporate software/hardware world and the open source community. This sets them apart and enables them to provide highly customized and scaleable solutions. Outside Open was founded in 2012 by Trevor Young and Greg Lawler, two technology leaders with a love for technology and a desire to help others succeed.
After focusing on Windows (NT Server and 95) for the first couple of years of his career, Greg discovered Linux and with it the realization that any problem can be solved with the appropriate tools. Although Greg is a Windows and Mac expert, his first love is solving interesting problems using Linux and open source hardware and software tools.
Greg has built and managed multi-thousand node enterprise LAN and WAN networks and has written software that is used by individuals and organizations in over 50 countries.
Trevor is the rare combination of IT leader, business logic expert and people person. Trevor has built and led IT teams and managed technology for many companies in the Santa Barbara area for the past 20 years.
In 2004, Trevor founded TekMission, a Santa Barbara based Managed IT company serving primarily accounting and medical firms. In 2012, TekMission merged with Greg Lawler Consulting to form Outside Open.
When Trevor is not sitting behind a computer, you’ll most likely find him playing soccer or riding his Bianchi Cyclocross bicycle.
Born in Augusta, GA, Matt contributes a good dose of Southern value to the Outside Open team but without the Southern accent. He traded his drawl for armfuls of tattoos. Like Trevor, Matt spent time working for Microsoft in Bellevue, Washington and brings an enterprise level quality and attention to detail to OO. As IT Manager, Matt’s IT experience in corporate and legal organizations has honed his technical and professional services skills adding further value to our team.
Like others on the OO team, Matt is a talented artist and loves to draw portraits in pencil and is an occasional guest artist contributing to the Outside Open comic strip.
When he is not sitting behind a computer, you’ll find Matt researching street legal mods for his Audi or researching his dream car, the Porsche 993 911 Turbo S.
If you look up DevOps in the dictionary, you will see David Lundgren listed as prime example.
Dave has written and maintained thousands of lines of code in all the programming languages you’ve heard of and probably some that you haven’t. If you need 1024 Windows or Linux servers set up in the cloud for your latest brain child then Dave’s your guy!
After working together for years, Dave, Mike and Greg took a brief hiatus but have re-united at Outside Open with a vengeance!
When Dave is not sitting in front of several 27″ terminal sessions, you will find him (much like The Queen) walking his two corgis or hanging out with his wife.
Dustin is an all around powerhouse of technological and managerial experience and knowledge. As a seasoned IT Director he has designed and implemented enterprise solutions across all current major software and hardware platforms. He has been building large data center clusters since before vmWare and Amazon AWS turned private and public cloud computing into a playground of fun.
Dustin spent the past twelve years helping build out the technology behind some of Santa Barbara’s most notable local companies from ValueClick to Commission Junction and Toad&Co.
Dustin is the quintessential dad, when he’s not sitting behind a vmWare console, you will find him playing with and tutoring his wonderful kids.
Hopi "Chris" Mundell
Chris has been a friend, advocate and sounding board to Greg and Trevor since Outside Open was but a twinkle in their eyes and it is great to finally have him on the team! Chris combines his love for people and passion for technology into the perfect blend of teacher and systems integrator.
Chris has a long history of working with technology, both in the IT and visual arts industries. Whereas Greg and Dave are happiest staring at a black terminal screen, Chris excels in designing and managing user friendly applications and custom software.
When Chris is not helping humans learn SalesForce, you can find him hanging out with his family and actively knowing everything about Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Every. Thing. Erythang!
After graduating with a degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Paul wrote an electronics book for inventors and thereby cemented himself forever in the annals of nerd-dom. Paul’s book, now in it’s 4th edition, continues to be an Amazon #1 Best Seller!
Paul spent the past 16 years in technology as Operations Manager for Kaplan International overseeing server, phone and network infrastructure for 28 sites in North America.
Paul loves Cisco IOS and is happiest when left alone with a terminal session and a mountain of routers and switches to configure.
When he’s not wrestling with 802.1x port security, you can find Paul biking in the Santa Barbara foothills or playing the violin to his family and two Portuguese Water Dogs.
Anthony built his first computer at age 9 and has built many more since, including a couple of GPU based Bitcoin mining rigs while still in high school. Since leaving the mines to take a job at OO, he has found a new passion for deploying and managing Linux.
After focusing on Linux and security for the past 5 years at Outside Open, Anthony is becoming an IDS and IPS guru. He has worked on many technologies from physical server setup to cloud management but gravitates to deploying honeypot bee swarms and and managing Amazon EC2 cloud instances.
When he is not sitting in front of a computer, you will find Anthony rock climbing in the Santa Barbara foothills or reading a sci-fi paper-book.
Greg spent his early twenties at In-N-Out Burger, working his way up to store manager where he channeled the energy of 60 eager employees into keeping the burgers fresh, the fries crunchy and the customers happy. In-N-Out was great practice for making large, complex multivariable systems run smoothly and efficiently. That practice, along with a desire to design his own systems, led to his joining OO as a Jr. software engineer.
When he is not in front of an Emacs terminal, Greg can be found sailing his 19′ Nacra 5.8 catamaran with friends around the Santa Barbara Channel or in Santa Barbara’s renowned Wet Wednesdays sailing event.
Josh is the second member of the OO team to hail from the Deep South, growing up in Thibodaux, Louisiana. If you need support AND a spicy recipe, then Josh is your guy! He discovered his aptitude for working with technology while serving in the Marine Corps as a Defense Messaging System operator and server administrator. Upon re-entering civilian life, Josh dabbled in acting for 4 years before embarking on his career in technology.
Josh is a seasoned Microsoft Certified Engineer and brings over a decade of experience supporting both infrastructure and users.
When Josh is not sitting behind a computer, you can find him hiking, making costume armor or playing Dungeons & Dragons.