Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, AppFolio creates complete, easy-to-use, cloud-based software for multiple vertical markets. Our company was founded by a team of technology leaders with many years of experience developing applications that are built for small and medium sized businesses. Our Chief Strategist, Klaus Schauser, was responsible for creating Citrix GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting—two award winning cloud-based collaboration solutions. Jon Walker, our CTO, has been a founding member of multiple successful start-up companies that were eventually acquired. He is considered a pioneer in the area of data migration and was responsible for creating advanced migration software that has been deployed to over 40 million computers worldwide. At the heart of our products and services is a talented and agile team that understands the importance of listening to our customers to provide solutions that meet and anticipate their needs. As a result, our rapid growth continues to be fueled by very happy and loyal customers. Our products include cloud-based property management software (AppFolio Property Manager); rental syndication and lead tracking software (Rentlinx); and cloud-based legal practice management software (MyCase).
We know that making things simple requires a lot of thought and discipline and we are willing to go the extra mile to do this.
Designing and building great products that customers love is at the heart of our business!
We know that great people make a great team and great teams can overcome huge obstacles. We work hard to find the best team members to join our company and work equally hard to provide a challenging and rewarding environment to motivate and bring out the best in them.
We are students of "customer development" and "market validation" and use these practices to guide our product and business strategy. We know that making customer-friendly / customer-centered decisions pays off with loyalty, growth, and long term profits.
Take a behind-scenes look at AppFolio and what inspires us to continue to revolutionize SaaS based products for vertical markets. Great people make great products, and that philosophy is how we were able to build a talented and creative team unlike any other in the industry.
The buck stops with Brian. He is a hands-on CEO and really enjoys building teams and growing a successful company. When he isn’t working you’ll find him running in a marathon, stand-up paddleboarding or mountain biking in Santa Barbara.
Brian was the Sr. Vice President for Products and Services at Expertcity/CitrixOnline from 1999 to 2007. He was part of the original team, growing the company from early startup to $240 million in annual revenue. He led the planning and launch of GoToMyPC, GoToAssist, GoToMeeting, and GoToWebinar and these successful SaaS products are now used by millions of people around the world. Prior to joining Expertcity/Citrix Online, Brian held senior positions at Stream International and Viacom/Blockbuster.
Klaus is one of the original founders of AppFolio and brings his enthusiasm, leadership and experience to the team. When he's not sharing his vision, validating new product offers or setting the strategy you can find him outdoors hiking or stand-up paddleboarding and enjoying the beauty of Santa Barbara.
Klaus was the Founder and CTO of Expertcity/CitrixOnline from 1999 through 2006 and was the visionary behind GoToMyPC, GoToAssist, and GoToMeeting. He led the teams responsible for building the products and their secure, reliable Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure. As a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Klaus is a widely published research scientist with extensive experience developing scalable, highly parallel computing environments. Klaus holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and has received numerous academic awards.
Jon is one of the original founders of AppFolio and is responsible for technology and engineering. He is an entrepreneur at heart and is passionate about building and leading great engineering teams. He is a competitor off the computer as well. He played basketball in college and still finds time to play in his free time.
Prior to AppFolio, Jon was the CTO of Versora (sold to Kaseya in 2007), providers of open source Windows to Linux migration software. Before working at Versora, Jon was the CTO for Miramar Systems (sold to Computer Associates in 2004) where he led the development and quality assurance teams. The software developed under his direction has been deployed to over 20 million computers worldwide. Jon has also been a senior technologist for Nortel Networks and Xing Technology Inc. (sold to Real Networks), a Contributing Editor to LinuxWorld Magazine and he is the inventor of multiple patents. Jon also teaches Software Engineering as an adjunct professor at Westmont College in the Computer Science department.
Ida is responsible for AppFolio’s financial strategy as well as legal and administrative operations. Her team works closely with all departments to ensure we grow quickly and stay on track with our financial plan. Ida is an avid long distance runner and if you can keep up with her pace you’ll find her enjoying the sunny Santa Barbara outdoors.
Most recently she served as CFO of Rightscale, Inc., a leader in cloud portfolio management. Before Rightscale Ida was CFO and SVP of NASDAQ-listed thinkorswim Group Inc., a leading online brokerage and investor education firm, until its sale to TD AMERITRADE. Before thinkorswim she was a divisional CFO and VP of Operations at FranklinCovey and has also held various executive-level financial and operational management positions for other publicly traded and private companies. Ida received her M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami, Florida, and earned her CPA license from the State of Florida.