about kaart

the innovators creating todays mapping revolution

how Kaart started

Kaart was envisioned through travel in Central and South America 2004. During these travels, it became apparent that the GPS device that was being used was of little benefit without detailed map data displayed. After returning from these trips, Aaron moved to Cape Town, South Africa and began tinkering with different GIS data and developed a local scale map of Cape Town for his own use. After some testing and extensive on-the-ground use of this map, he offered it to others online to gauge the demand for such a product. In January 2007, GPSTravelMaps.com was created with corresponding web-store to offer these maps for other travelers to use while traveling. Over the next 10 years, country level GIS data was created and licensed to organizations throughout the world. Kaart employees more than 150 experienced GIS Editors and Engineers who are passionate about maps and improving data for people to utilize in their local neighborhoods and throughout the world.

our Leadership team

Aaron Young

Aaron Young

CEO

A graduate of Rowan University and the University of Cape Town, Aaron has more than 15 years experience in global data collection and management. He is an avid mountain biker, packrafter, sailor, electric car evangelist and most importantly a father.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson

Director of Operations

A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado Mesa University with 8+ years of operations experience in the non-profit sector. She enjoys biking, traveling and volunteering in local communities.

Jason Hurst

Jason Hurst

Drive Team Manager

Jason has a BS in Earth Science from University of Memphis. He enjoys being outdoors and hopes to hike, bike and/or ski on every continent. He manages a team that performs ground surveys of international locales, collecting street-level footage and using that footage to contribute to OpenStreetMap.

Kady Tribble

Kady Tribble

Machine Learning Team Manager

Kady enjoys being outside and spending time with her family by a camp fire. She loves exploring the world and traveling to new places. Being born and raised in Colorado has always given her a sense of adventure. She finds it important to connect people together in the world one map at a time.

Leanne Schneider

Leanne Schneider

Data Completion Team Manager

Leanne has degrees in Behavioral Science and English. Her team adds missing roads using satellite imagery and missing road names using local databases in countries around the world. They have the amazing job of putting places on the map that have never been there before.

Zack LaVergne

Zack LaVergne

Development Team Lead

Zack was born and raised in Arkansas but has called Colorado home since attending Colorado Mesa University and getting a degree in Computer Science. Zack works on many projects ranging from full-stack web development to building in-house programs to modifying iOS applications. When he isn’t reading the matrix, he loves doing anything outside with his pups. Road trips are his jam and he even rode his bike from Colorado to California for fun.

Keeley Bobo

Keeley Bobo

Community Editor Manager

Keeley is a native of Colorado and can’t get enough of the sunshine and mountains. She manages the Community Editing Teams that collaborate with local OSM communities to produce the most accurate map data in countries such as Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, Philippines, Russia, Romania and more.

Ray Hall

Ray Hall

Seattle Team Manager

Ray brings 9 years of professional experience within the mapping industry, along with a Masters in GIS from the University of Washington. He manages a team that focuses on maintenance projects in more than 60 countries. In his free time he is an aspiring rock star and dog parent.

Zvone Sparovec

Zvone Sparovec

San Francisco Team Manager

Zvone was born and raised in the Alpine region of Slovenia, Europe before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area over three decades ago. He earned Bachelors in Computer Science, Masters in Management Information Systems and has been working in the high tech industry for years. He leads a team of GIS Technicians in adding and improving the OpenStreetMap data throughout the world. He enjoys hiking and he is an avid skier, he likes traveling and exploring local cuisine and wines. He also enjoys being around animals of all types.

work with us