About Outside Open

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.

Greg Lawler

Greg Lawler

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.

When Greg is not sitting behind a computer, you’ll most likely find him behind a camera, building a near space balloon or making art in his workshop.

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Trevor Young

Trevor Young

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.

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Matt Key

Matthew Key

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.  

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David Lundgren

Dave Lundgren

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.

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Tjaart van der Walt

Tjaart Van Der Walt

Tjaart joins Outside Open with his freshly minted MS in Computer Science in hand and with it, a love for Open Source software and projects. When we discovered that Tjaart assembled the components and soldered his own custom ErgoDox Dvorak keyboard, we knew that he would fit right in at OO!

Tjaart is a software polymath and has contributed to dozens of community projects in multiple languages and frameworks from Ruby, PHP, Python, and c++ to Rails, WordPress, Emacs and more.  He will be putting his skills to work at OO in software development and devops. (Tjaart is a fairly popular South African name which rhymes with chart.)

When he’s not using Emacs and contributing to Open Source projects, you’ll find Tjaart and his wife exploring the Santa Barbara area, their new home.

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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!

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Paul Scherz

Paul Scherz

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.

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Greg McGilvray

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.

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Ryan Moray

Ryan joins the OO team from Santa Barbara and brings with him an appropriately sunny disposition. If you have a technical woe, Ryan is here for you.  From 9 – 5, Ryan enjoys supporting users across a wide range of technologies and has a gift for solving complex problems from vague descriptions.

From 5 – 9 one will find Ryan architecting the electronic portions of large scale art installations with local artists or practicing Poi fire spinning among other fire related art.

When he is not patiently helping people, Ryan can be found creating art or backpacking in the rugged Los Padres backcountry.

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