Every successful team has some commonality that binds them together despite their diversity. Ours is—fittingly—location and distribution.
Our team is all originally from the US but now lives in three separate countries on three continents. We believe our distribution gives us a unique perspective of the very idea of “location.” We understand the challenges of providing location data for individual locales with their idiosyncrasies and how to make tools that form a coherent whole inspite of the differences.
서울, 대한민국 (Seoul)
Ian is a serial entrepreneur who loves making the world more accessible with technology. He fell in love with maps when studying the world map placemat his mom gave him as a child.
When he isn’t “working,” he enjoys learning languages (the more esoteric, the better) and traveling whenever he has a chance.
St. Gallen, Schweiz
Luke finds joy in creating beautiful, usable products to solve significant problems. He's visited 14 countries (and counting), and he loves maps because they help him tie many places together into a cohesive whole.
When not building the next great thing, you'll probably find Luke enjoying a cappucino or hiking the next (Swiss) Alpine spectacular.
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Zachary takes pride in discovering and removing roadblocks for individuals, organizations, and businesses. He has worked in the Public, Private, and Non-Profit sectors with a focus on solving problems at the intersection of humans and technology.
Outside of Stadia Maps, Zachary enjoys his family, modular synthesizers, and C-SPAN.
Washington, D.C., USA
Joshua Owen is a corporate and political strategist. He has won 8 of 9 political campaigns, structured multiple business and marketing plans, and is Director of Communications at the U.S. House of Representatives. By understanding market research analytics, policies, and raising capital, Owen brings business and political acumen on a national and global scale for Stadia Maps.
When he isn't working or volunteering at a non-profit, he is working out, cooking, traveling, and having a great time with friends.
Stadia Maps’ story began in 2016 when our founders, Ian and Luke, needed a mapping solution for a perfectionist client. The requirements were beautiful styling, lightning fast load times, and easy configuration. All of this needed to be delivered within a palatable price for the small business. Unfortunately, the current solutions on the market were way out of budget and couldn’t deliver the project’s requirements.
To complete the project, we set out to build a solution that both met our needs and improved on the competition’s offerings.
First, we tackled difficult-to-read and ugly map styling. We needed a base map that melted into the background and allowed our client’s tightly packed data to take center stage. We solved this by creating Stadia Maps’ first custom theme: Alidade Smooth.
Second, we had to ensure all of our client’s worldwide users could access the map quickly and reliably. Ensuring worldwide fast and reliable access to many hundreds of gigabytes of data is no easy task. We started with some of the great work done by companies who have open-sourced their mapping pipelines, and then inspected each piece of the puzzle. We analyzed, optimized, and engineered improved solutions. We adjusted each of the individual pieces of technology to improve our mapping pipeline and delivery infrastructure. All of this foundational work allows us to reliably deliver millions of map tiles a day rendered from the billions of underlying points of data to the beautiful maps your users see delivered in your application—in the blink of an eye (or less).
After completing our custom styles and our infrastructure, we looked at a many of the ways we could augment our location data with helpful tools to facilitate the most efficient and immersive mapping experience for our clients and their developer teams. We already have completed some of these tools have more on the way.
And now the world has Stadia Maps—a location data company built by humans, for humans.
We continue to improve Stadia Maps with frequent updates and based on your feedback. We would love to hear from you and start working together. Human to human.