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Andy Davies
Senior Mechanical Engineer
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Andy Davies

Senior Mechanical Engineer
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A little about me

I love cruising around the city on my bike and run a boutique bike design business in my spare time. I also enjoy travel, a good hike, and when I can combine all the above I’m living my best life.

My role here

As a member of the Mechanical Engineering team, I am responsible for chilling, carbonating, and in general helping make things work.

Why I joined Cana

Being able to store virtually any kind of beverage on my countertop piqued my interest. Cana's ability to basically side step the environmental impact of producing, shipping, and packaging all the single use beverages, had me sold. The amazing team is a great bonus.

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Bradley Kolb
Head of Operations and Supply Chain
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Bradley Kolb

Head of Operations and Supply Chain
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A little about me

A Chicago native, I came to CA because I enjoy being outside and staying active. When I am not at work, you will often find me on the tennis courts with friends or part of a competitive USTA team. I also enjoy biking and traveling the world with my wife.

My role here

I am responsible for the end to end supply chain starting with the procurement of materials through the assembly and test, delivery, and customer support to ensure that Cana provides a high quality product to all our customers.

Why I joined Cana

I am excited about the opportunity to find suppliers and partners for a product that is going to revolutionize the production of beverages. It's great to be able to do that while working with an outstanding team and having a positive impact on the environment.

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Callan Porter-Romero
Associate Scientist III, Flavor Lead
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Callan Porter-Romero

Associate Scientist III, Flavor Lead
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A little about me

I grew up in Oakland, CA in a multi-racial household where I developed a love for science and science fiction. In my spare time, I enjoy painting and facilitating mural projects around the Bay Area.

My role here

As an Associate Scientist II on the Flavor Chemistry Team, I lead projects that target different beverage categories. Lots of tasting and learning and enjoying.

Why I joined Cana

There is room for personal growth and trust to lead. Plus the mission of the company is crazy cool.

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Callie Robertson
Hardware Technician and Fabricator
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Callie Robertson

Hardware Technician and Fabricator
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A little about me

I'm a Bay Area native with a BFA in Industrial Design. I love the design-build process, from jewelry metal arts to vanlife conversions.

My role here

My role is Hardware Technician and Fabricator so I work very closely with the device and running demonstrations.

Why I joined Cana

I love working at Cana because I’m constantly learning new things from a bunch of really amazing people!

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Casey Wingfield
Head of Automation & Laboratory Operations
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Casey Wingfield

Head of Automation & Laboratory Operations
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A little about me

I am a California native that has worked in the field of laboratory automation for about 20 years. When I am not tinkering with robotics, you can find me either at home gardening or woodworking, or out at a baseball game or enjoying good food and good beer.

My role here

As the Head of Automation, I am responsible for supporting the flavor and analytical chemistry teams with laboratory automation that can help them develop amazing beverage flavors as fast as they can.

Why I joined Cana

It is important for me that the work I do has a meaningful impact and Cana's vision to reimagine the way the world produces and consumes hits that mark. I get to go to work each day championing automation in order to create a groundbreaking product that helps the environment.

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Cecile Viray
Associate Scientist III, Sensory Lead
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Cecile Viray

Associate Scientist III, Sensory Lead
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A little about me

A passionate foodie with experience working in food quality and sensory science. I ensure that the consumer’s voice is at the center of innovation and drives product development. In my spare time, I love exploring new recipes to cook, taking care of my plant babies, and occasionally playing video games with friends.

My role here

As the Associate Scientist, Sensory, I use sensory science and consumer data to help drive the development of molecular beverages.

Why I joined Cana

I joined Cana to build a product that pushes the limits of food science and technology to make magic -- one glass at a time.

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Christian Bergstrom
Senior Product Designer
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Christian Bergstrom

Senior Product Designer
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A little about me

Born in Sweden and grew up in New York City before migrating to California. I love going to house and techno shows, traveling, coffee, and cocktails.

My role here

Defining the user experience at Cana

Why I joined Cana

I was impressed by the possibilities of impacting the everyday experience of beverages but also of the effects it can have on the supply chain and our environment. Being able to drink anything with a touch, get creative with the flavor and contents, and reduce harm to the environment felt transformative and something I’d love to have an impact on.

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Christopher Alvarez Villa
Associate Scientist II
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Christopher Alvarez Villa

Associate Scientist II
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A little about me

I am interested in science, chemistry and their applications to help solve environmental issues. I also enjoy traveling, hiking and playing video games.

My role here

I work in the Chemistry team, developing assays, producing and interpreting data in samples of interest.

Why I joined Cana

I joined Cana because we are able to make an impact on sustainability and have growth opportunities in the process.

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Colin Specht
Senior Associate Scientist
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Colin Specht

Senior Associate Scientist
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A little about me

A chemist by training but applications scientist at heart, I enjoy trying to understand complex challenges to create tangible real-world applications. In my spare time I enjoy travel, brewing beer and adventure sports.

My role here

At Cana I work on understanding what makes up the complex beverages that people enjoy daily.

Why I joined Cana

I chose to join Cana to work towards the mission of reducing the environmental impact of human consumption. What I love about working here is the culture of open communication, debate, teamwork, and trust.

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Daniel Dengrove
Head of Business Development & Strategy
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Daniel Dengrove

Head of Business Development & Strategy
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A little about me

Prior to joining Cana I spent 10 years living in New York City learning to appreciate four seasons and eating way too much pizza. I’m excited to be back in CA where I can play outdoors with my daughter all year long and eat way too many tacos.

My role here

As the Head of Business Development & Strategy I oversee Cana’s partnerships and business strategy functions. Much of the work is cross functional and I truly enjoy the opportunity to work with some of the most talented scientists, engineers, and designers.

Why I joined Cana

The work we do at Cana neatly threads my career in biotechnology, consumer products, and business innovation with my passion for the environment. We have to reform every industry to reduce the impact of climate change and Cana is going to lead the way for the beverage industry.

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David Chen
Lab Manager
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David Chen

Lab Manager
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A little about me

I hail from California's Central Valley and spent the past 6 years starting up a testing lab in the cannabis industry. Some people eat to live, I live to eat. And play video games, I do that too.

My role here

As the lab manager at Cana, I am responsible for ensuring smooth lab operations, along with helping the lab grow. My goal is to make sure the scientists and team here at Cana get the support they need to succeed.

Why I joined Cana

I am always drawn towards passion and innovation. What I saw at Cana was an abundance of both, and I knew I had to be a part of the team.

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Denisse Martinez
Associate Scientist III
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Denisse Martinez

Associate Scientist III
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A little about me

I come from Mexico and am a recent wine industry escapee. Unsatisfied with just drinking wine, I joined Cana to learn what makes up the wine I drink. When not exploring real and fantasy worlds through travel and books, I relax by listening to weird history and true crime podcasts.

My role here

As part of Cana, I tame analytical equipment and create methods to identify the chemicals that make up the world around us.

Why I joined Cana

I enjoy working at Cana because it satiates a life-long curiosity about how our world works and gives me the opportunity to add to it. All while being encouraged to try more wines. 🍷

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Drishti Majithia
Associate Scientist
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Drishti Majithia

Associate Scientist
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A little about me

I love to create new products and get immense satisfaction seeing the formulations come to life!! When I'm not in the lab developing new flavors, you'll find me in my kitchen baking delicious eggless treats or outdoors in the woods somewhere leading to um..nowhere..:p

My role here

As an associate scientist, I'm responsible for creating new beverage formulations that are SO tasty as to always leave you wanting more!

Why I joined Cana

An aim for a sustainable future led by amazingly brilliant minds in the industry is something that gets me going here everyday.

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Elijah Kashi
Mechanical Engineer
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Elijah Kashi

Mechanical Engineer
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A little about me

Born in San Francisco and raised on the east coast, in my free time you can generally find me playing soccer, tinkering on my 3D printers or puttering around in my garden. Despite repeated attempts at conversion by friends and family I remain loyal to all Bay Area sports, especially the Giants and 49ers.

My role here

I am a mechanical engineer at Cana. My primary responsibilities include the pneumatic and bulk fluid subsystems; My secondary responsibilities include resident DJ and head of the Cana social event planning committee.

Why I joined Cana

I love the environmental impact that Cana is aiming to accomplish, along with the team that is being built to achieve it. I genuinely enjoy coming in to work each day and am constantly inspired by the efforts and ingenuity of my teammates. It doesn't hurt that the device we are building is straight out of a sci-fi novel.

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Jesse Kaiser
Chief of Staff
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Jesse Kaiser

Chief of Staff
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A little about me

I'm a data scientist turned strategist, who loves my friends and family just slightly more than my high femme dog, Jolene. (She has flaming locks of auburn fur.)

My role here

As Chief of Staff to the CEO, it's my job to make sure the Leadership team at Cana is as efficient and effective as possible. Something I enjoy about my role is that I get to work with nearly every member of the team in some capacity. It's an amazing learning experience, both to learn from people who have such deep functional expertise, and to learn from leaders who are building Cana's community and culture.

Why I joined Cana

When I started looking for a new job, I said I wanted to do something "at the intersection of business, technology, and climate change". Kinda feels like I nailed it.

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Josh Godshaw
Scientist I, Analytical Chemistry Lead
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Josh Godshaw

Scientist I, Analytical Chemistry Lead
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A little about me

When I’m not mixing chemicals in a lab coat, I’m most likely to be found exploring the Bay Area in a (homemade) tie-dye t-shirt. My favorite places include any sunny spot where I can enjoy a sneaky pint, any Asian restaurant where I can enjoy spicy noodles, and any sports bar (my own living room counts) where I can enjoy a big game.

My role here

I work on the chemistry team developing quantitative methods and systems that help us make delicious beverages, bringing together flavor chemistry, sensory science, analytical chemistry and data science.

Why I joined Cana

I joined Cana because I was excited by the opportunity to help build an innovative product that has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the beverage industry. As part of working toward that goal I get to spend each day exploring my interest in the chemical composition of foods and beverages.

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Judith Denery
Head of Analytics
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Judith Denery

Head of Analytics
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A little about me

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exercising- dancing, hiking and biking, and doing science everywhere possible which spills into my hobbies: baking, cooking, gardening indoors and outdoors, crafts, and traveling. I also make sure to have time for volunteering and participating in community events that combine these interests- such as leading our elementary school’s annual science fair and coaching the robotic team, participating in our town’s annual sand sculpture competition (reigning champion!), and charity themed races and events.

My role here

At Cana, I lead the Analytical Chemistry team. Our team works to understand what makes a beverage a beverage- from a chemical perspective. And then turns that information into the blueprints for the creation of amazing mind blowing products.

Why I joined Cana

I joined Cana because I am driven by scientific challenge - pushing the bar of what we think is possible to effect positive changes in the world. I am particularly concerned about the impact that humans have had on our planet and the potentially irrevocable changes we have made. Working in meaningful ways to help create solutions is hugely motivating - and entirely possible.

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Karen Brohard
Program Manager
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Karen Brohard

Program Manager
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Happiest outside with barbell, bicycle, or lawn games.

My role here

Lead Program Manager for our software and firmware teams.

Why I joined Cana

I enjoy finding creative, scrappy solutions to innovative, tough problems. Thinking outside the box with friends is a team sport.

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Kelly Crawford
Lab Technician
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Kelly Crawford

Lab Technician
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A little about me

I am a California native, who majored in biological sciences at University of California Santa Barbara. When I am not working, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends.

My role here

I am a lab technician, primarily assisting the flavor chemistry and sensory department.

Why I joined Cana

I believe in Cana’s mission statement and our ability to positively impact the future and am proud to be a part of this passionate team.

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Kris Dos Santos
Senior Systems Engineer, Systems Lead
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Kris Dos Santos

Senior Systems Engineer, Systems Lead
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A dancing, gaming, nature-loving roboticist with a desire to save the world. Fueled by electronic music and cafecitos.

My role here

I'm heading up our systems architecture efforts on the Engineering team here at Cana. I take care in understanding all of the orchestrations happening in the Cana One, and ensuring that we can determine, test, and validate all of the amazing features that our beverage printer delivers.

Why I joined Cana

Making a product, especially in the consumer device space, in the realm of sustainability, is a difficult problem to solve. It helps that Cana is focusing on two main aspects: waste reduction and water conservation. These just happen to be my two main areas of interest in sustainability, and with a product like this, customers can see just how much traditional beverage consumption piles onto the bigger climate crisis problem.

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Lance Kizer
Chief Science Officer
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Lance Kizer

Chief Science Officer
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A little about me

I love to spend my time away from work running the East Bay trails, cooking, adventuring in the outdoors, playing video games, reading science fiction and being a dad for my two amazing daughters.

My role here

At Cana I spend my days leading the Science team, tasting our amazing beverages and learning everything there is to know about all the drinks humans have invented…pretty much a dream job!

Why I joined Cana

I helped launch Cana out of TPB and what really drew me in was the idea that we could deliver a fantastic product that gave people the food and beverages they love while minimizing all the environmental impact those beverages have traditionally had.

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Marian Farah
Head of Data Science
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Marian Farah

Head of Data Science
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I am a farm girl from Syria. “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" is my life motto. I have a PhD in Bayesian Statistics, and I spent the last 10+ years building machine learning and data science solutions for complex and fun scientific applications focused on sustainability. I like reading science fiction novels, vacationing by beautiful beaches, and watching Rupaul’s Drag Race at viewing parties in the Castro.

My role here

I lead Cana's data science strategy and ecosystem, from data quality to deploying machine learning algorithms that guide novel flavor and beverages design.

Why I joined Cana

I am not only inspired by Cana’s mission, but I am also inspired by its values – Be bold and resilient; do good for the planet; and trust each other. I am also here to build the world’s best flavor chemistry platform using machine learning/AI.

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Matt Ambauen
Head of Hardware Engineering
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Matt Ambauen

Head of Hardware Engineering
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I'm an avid home purveyor of tiki cocktails who also enjoys building movie props and training his dog, Leia.

My role here

Previous work in ocean robotics, drones, and kitchen automation equipment has prepared me for taking on the management of the Mechanical Engineering team.

Why I joined Cana

I enjoy taking on engineering challenges that have never been done before—big swings that can impact the world in a positive way. Cana is doing just that, with a talented team and big vision of the future.

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Matt Mahar
CEO
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Matt Mahar

CEO
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I come from the great white north and love figuring out how to produce impossible ideas that help people save time, feel more in control and save money. I am most comfortable when I'm re-imagining the status quo for the better of the masses.

My role here

As CEO, I make sure the goals are clear and the resources are available for everyone to deliver great product experiences.

Why I joined Cana

Simply put, Cana's mission drew me in from the beginning, building a company that's bigger than just itself by reimagining the way the world produces and consumes to reduce environmental impact.

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Michael Uman
Senior Firmware Engineer
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Michael Uman

Senior Firmware Engineer
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I’m a motivated software engineer who enjoys working on leading edge technologies with experience in the field. I’ve worked for some of the big names in the industry, including JVC, Sigma Designs, Wunder-Bar and IBM developing video games, video and audio decoders, IoT devices, and AI infrastructure.

My interests include music, especially Classic and Prog Rock (and a little Heavy Metal), classic cars including Ford Mustangs and VW vans, Philosophy and History, Sci-Fi (especially Star Trek) and of course my hobby of electronics. Way back in the foggy past I attended RPI for my BSCS and learned a lot in the years between.

My role here

Developing the firmware to power the Cana One experience.

Why I joined Cana

The company has excellent spirit and the teams I work with are always friendly and professional.

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Nick Dane
Head of Partnerships
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Nick Dane

Head of Partnerships
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If it has wheels, wine or a wagging tail, I’m in. Longtime partnerships addict.

My role here

I lead talent and brand partnerships making everyone’s wildest beverage dreams come true

Why I joined Cana

I try to land at the intersection of cause and capital having worked with some of the best and brightest from The Parker Foundation to the United Nations - the way that Cana is taking a practical approach to mitigating the impact that single-use plastics has on our environment, is worth popping a bottle over

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Nicole Appleton
Strategy & GTM
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Nicole Appleton

Strategy & GTM
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I'm an outdoorsy Californian who's just as much a fan of type-2 fun as relaxing at home with a glass of wine and a good memoir.

My role here

As part of the strategy and GTM team, I'll be thinking through the ambiguous problems of how we get Cana to market, given we're doing something that's never been done before.

Why I joined Cana

I nerd out about all things consumer insights and sustainability and was looking for a company doing something at the forefront of technology that was both cool AND making the world a better place. Icing on the cake was that I loved chatting with everyone that interviewed me.

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Pawel Matkowski
Product Lead
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Pawel Matkowski

Product Lead
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I am an avid traveler with 64 countries visited to-date and some thrilling adventures along the way. To detach from work, I enjoy two ‘extremes’ where cell range is rarely attainable: skiing in winter and scuba diving during the warmer days. Outside of that, family, our dog and some other geeky things make up my days.

My role here

Just a product manager solving complex problems in innovative ways.

Why I joined Cana

To reimagine the universe and make an impact one can at a time with an amazing Team.

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Sean McCommons
Electrical Engineering Lead
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Sean McCommons

Electrical Engineering Lead
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I like being at the leading edge. Finding innovative ways to solve a problem is my creative outlet.

My role here

I'm a Senior Electrical Engineer.

Why I joined Cana

Less energy usage! Less waste!

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Shaun Lind
Design Lead
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Shaun Lind

Design Lead
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Originally from the Land of Enchantment, I’ve now lived a decade in the Land of Milk and Honey. I love live music, cycling, hiking, and camping to name a few.

My role here

Leading and building UX Product Design at Cana.

Why I joined Cana

At Cana we get to imagine a world where customers get more than they thought possible and at the same time reduce their impact on the environment. We have a bold and creative vision, and it’s a privilege to work with similarly bold people to bring it to life.

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Valeria Rizzi
Associate Scientist
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Valeria Rizzi

Associate Scientist
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A little about me

Outside of work, you'll likely to find me still immersed in the food world, in the form of cooking, eating or both. In pre-COVID times, you could also find me salsa dancing or exploring the area.

My role here

As an associate scientist in sensory, I get to translate people's experience with a beverage into information to help guide product developers.

Why I joined Cana

I love being able to apply and explore different techniques and possibilities. not to mention being part of something so futuristic and sustainable; it's a win win all around.

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Yash Deshpande
Lead Software Engineer
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Yash Deshpande

Lead Software Engineer
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Born and brought up in suburbs of Mumbai (India), moved to US after completing my master’s in computer science. Big time cricket fan, spend most of my weekends on the cricket field with youth cricketers. My dream is to see US cricket team win the World Cup.

My role here

I just love working in startups and building things ground up. My previous experience in IoT and building consumer products has prepared me for taking the role of leading the software team.

Why I joined Cana

What Cana is set to build is not easy, and that makes it more exciting. There is no cookie cutter method that can be followed to achieve our goals. Working here brings technical challenges to you and solving those with innovative ideas is fun especially when you have an awesome team fully committed to the cause. Debate and commit is our mantra!!!

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