Cofounder, Benny Thompson
I am a talented hacker, tinkerer, maker, urban-farmer andengineer. I am not shy to build/grow anything…web apps, mobile apps, electronics, tools, buildings, surfboards, farms, gardens, aquaponics systems, and pretty much anything. Yup, I have ADHD. I earned a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from UCSD, dropped out of the PhD program and was the founding engineer for Boardformula in 2010 and then Smartfin in 2013.
While my work has mostly involved technological innovation, I think technological advancement is mostly, like 99%, detrimental to humanity. I don’t want to be in a technological world. I want to be in a world where all my time is spent with my kids and my partner, where we grow food, cook, play together, and be affectionate. It seems though our society has made doing these simple things quite inaccessible. Like gee scooby, we seem to have gotten ourselves in a situation where it’s hard to enjoy the most basic aspects of being human. A large population of the world is being exploited, so that a small population can live a consuming unhealthy life. Meanwhile neither group seems to be enjoying food, play and affection. I’m not okay with this scenario, and so I do activism, working for social and environmental justice. I am on the Board of Directors for Activist San Diego andPlanning Committee for the OB People’s Food Co-op.
I believe food is fundamental in restoring our relationship with the environment and each other.
Cofounder, Orion Rodriguez
I’m Orion. I have had a career as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. Creating environments that suit the body’s optimum capacity forhealing and balance has been my focus for the past 10 years. Through thousands of my clients, I’ve learned key components in integrating the body, mind, and spirit, which has helped all of them reach healthier and happier lives. My philosophy centers around being of service to humanity and becoming part of the solution to many of the obstacles we face in our world today.