Our People

We're a team of technologists, designers and urbanists working on a better future for our cities.

Our Principles


We're better together — collaboration and co-design shape our processes and partnerships.


We'll never make you read a manual — intuition and ease bring efficiency and delight.


We aim to be helpful, not right — beginner's mind and lifelong learning shape our everyday work.


We're people first — love and respect underlie all we do.

Our founders

Stae brings open access to the world's civic data in one place, in real-time, and with a uniform API — helping the public and private connect. Over the past three years, we've worked alongside city officials and technologists to build a simple, secure platform that empowers cities to manage data from vendors, integrate data from any sensor, and share data seamlessly over API. Our vision is to enable a truly connected, intelligent city.

Stae was co-founded by tech evangelist and entrepreneur, John Edgar, and engineer, Eric Schoffstall. Before Stae, John was the first Chief Technology Evangelist and VP of Strategy at DigitalOcean, the world's second largest cloud provider. Prior to that, John was the Director of Marketing at Myplanet, co-founder and CMO of Platinum Networks, and Director of Community at deviantART.

Previous to Stae, Eric led a group of 30 plus engineers to start the Code for Phoenix Brigade, as a way to build up the region's access to and application of civic data. He is also the co-founder of Fractal, a consultancy that produced over 150 open-source projects, where he created gulp.js — one of the world's most popular open-source JavaScript toolkits.

Our Partners

We're working with the world's leading investors, innovators, and storytellers.