The Team

Nathan Sobo

Nathan joined GitHub in late 2011 to build the Atom text editor, and he led the Atom team until 2018.

He also co-led development of Teletype for Atom, pioneering one of the first production uses of conflict-free replicated data types for collaborative text editing.

He's been dreaming about building the world's best text editor since he graduated from college, and is excited to finally have the knowledge, tools, and resources to achieve this vision.

Antonio Scandurra

Antonio joined the Atom team in 2014 while still in university after his outstanding open source contributions caught the attention of the team.

He later joined Nathan in architecting Teletype for Atom and researching the foundations of what has turned into Zed.

For the last two years, he's become an expert in distributed systems and conflict-free replicated data types through the development of a real-time, distributed, conflict-free database implemented in Rust for Ditto.

Max Brunsfeld

Max joined the Atom team in 2013 after working at Pivotal Labs.

While driving Atom towards its 1.0 launch during the day, Max spent nights and weekends building Tree-sitter, a blazing-fast and expressive incremental parsing framework that currently powers all code analysis at GitHub.

Before leaving to start Zed, Max helped GitHub's semantic analysis team integrate Tree-sitter to support syntax highlighting and code navigation on github.com.

Nate Butler

Nate joined the Facebook team in 2015 as a product designer on News Feed, after spending the previous few years working on sites like Format.com and Lookbook.com.

He spent three years shipping products to the Facebook app, and working on creative & developer tools. Before leaving to join Zed, Nate spent his last year at Facebook focused on long-range product vision.

Nate spends his after hours hacking time thinking about design & software education, and working on tools to help students prepare for the industry.

Kaylee Simmons

Kay joined the PROSE team at Microsoft in 2017 working on Program Synthesis. There she developed a passion for integrating state of the art research in real world products.

In her last two years at Microsoft, she worked with the IntelliCode team building fluent machine learning user experiences in Visual Studio and VSCode that multiply programmer productivity.

In her spare time, Kay created Neovide, a graphical frontend for Neovim written in Rust which explores using animations and modern interface touches to improve the legibility of vim when pair programming.

Mikayla Maki

Mikayla started working in software as a freelance programmer, building WordPress websites for small businesses from 2015 to 2017.

In 2018 she decided to return to school, going to Portland State University and study P2P software, CRDTs, and distributed web technologies with Rust.

As an intern at Zed for the summer of 2022, she built the integrated Terminal Emulator, and was subsequently hired.

In her spare time she helps teach high schoolers in rural Oregon the basics of computer programming.

Julia Risley

Julia gained a deep passion for software development while working on game projects before turning her attention to dev-tools. Obsessing over details drove her to programming language design and the creation of several custom languages.

Dissatisfied with the state of code focused text editors she created Superb Text, a personal editor project with the goal of improving efficiency and navigation flow.

In her spare time Julia enjoys contributing to various open source projects, reading, and spending time with her cats.

Joseph Lyons

Joseph became interested in building software during the years of beta testing he did for various audio plugin developers. The process of testing and reviewing software sparked a desire to understand the engineering aspect; subsequently, he studied computer science at Indiana University.

He worked as a backend developer, using Python to build system processes, developer tools, and to automate tasks, from 2019 to 2022.

After hours, Joseph enjoys playing with new tech, jamming on the drums, and watching movies with his family.