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Drew Dara-Abrams

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Hello from the San Francisco Bay Area. This is where I'm originally from, and while life has taken me elsewhere along the way, it's where I call home.

At Interline Technologies, I consult on transportation data, platforms, and products with Ian Rees. Our work emphasizes:

  • software that is open-source
  • data that is open
  • transportation that is multi-modal (especially public mass transit, walking, cycling, and "shared" modes)
  • platforms and partnerships that are collaborative
  • users modeled as computational agents or studied in controlled experiments — within a broader context of being seen as real, whole people
  • good transportation as a means to increase our access to livelihood, happiness, health, family, and friends

From 2014 to 2017, I served as Head of Mobility Products at Mapzen, a geospatial software and data R&D start-up sponsored by Samsung. While at Mapzen, I:

  • founded the Transitland platform.
  • product-managed the growth of the Valhalla routing engine, especially the additions of isochrone, map-matching, and other analysis functionality.
  • led Mapzen's successful bid and effort to built the Open Traffic platform under contract for The World Bank.
  • recruited and collaborated with many talented colleagues

Previously, I earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at University of California, Santa Barbara. I have served as Chief Technology Officer for a series of start-ups related to transportation, urban planning, and support for senior citizens.

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