Our Team

                              Harold Gottschalk                 CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman

                            Harold Gottschalk

              CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman

Harold has over the last 35 years developed software, run teams, participated in corporations, won awards, contributed in a local IPO, created startups, his latest CSIdentity Corp. Harold believes the creation of software has evolved and is now for mere mortals, creating SSF for others to participate in the digital workforce.
                               Peter Horton                               Program Director 

                             Peter Horton

                           Program Director 

Peter moved to San Diego as wine tour guide from Santa Barbara in 2015. Peter completed the SoftStack Factory full time immersion program. Peter went from knowing nothing about coding, with hard work, sacrifice, learned to code. Peter now advances the curricula, leads projects and facilitators at SoftStack Factory. Peter is an example of what can be accomplished when you pour yourself into the coding process 100%.
                                 Scott Holcombe                                     CTO SSF Labs

                             Scott Holcombe

                                  CTO SSF Labs

Scott's career has been centered on bringing great products to market for longer than he'd care to admit. From his start as an impressionable software engineer wringing performance out of high-volume transaction processing systems for the credit card industry to starting his own company providing SaaS-based record label royalty software ultimately acquired by Sony Music, he's continually innovated in a variety of product domains. Scott's had good luck with timing too, even though he was too early with the most amazing phone nobody's ever heard of.
                                       Steve Biafore                             Analytics Advisor, Co-Founder

                                     Steve Biafore

                         Analytics Advisor, Co-Founder

Steve has built analytic “big data” solutions for the past 25 years. The
powerful predictive models that stand at the core of these solutions have changed the way companies compete and the way industries operate. Steve is eager to help SSF apply analytic technology to change the way we learn–and to create new digital-economy career options for anyone with the energy and grit it takes to succeed.
                                 Julia Gottschalk                   Executive Assistant, Co-Founder

                               Julia Gottschalk

                Executive Assistant, Co-Founder

Born in Germany, grew up in Brazil, studied English at a University in Atlanta, GA for 1 year. Graduated in Digital Journalism at UNESP, one of the best universities in Brazil. Now she is pursuing her Masters Degree in Media and Communication Sciences in the Technical University of Ilmenau, in Germany. "My new passion is learning about technology and how to apply that in the communication field".
                         Matthew Herron                           Advisory Board Member

                       Matthew Herron

                        Advisory Board Member

Matt is a business litigation attorney who likes to win, hates to lose, and thinks that SoftStack Factory rules. He is deeply experienced in the fields of business litigation, partnership and business disputes, intellectual property and other property-related cases. He built his own firm that handles substantial cases against formidable adversaries represented by national law firms.


                        Danilo Carandang                           Former Facilitator

                      Danilo Carandang

                        Former Facilitator

Danilo was born and raised in San Diego and prior to discovering the world of coding taught music to elementary students in an afterschool program. He completed SSF’s Fall cohort in January 2017 and continued learning while working on various freelancing projects. He is now applying his skills as a teacher and the new skills from the program to help others dive into code and learn how to create applications.
                                 Jeanne Bridges                       Community Relationships

                               Jeanne Bridges

                    Community Relationships

San Diego has always been Jeanne’s home base where she cultivates relationships with members of the community from all walks of life from CEO’s to professionals to recently-homeless veterans. Her vocational and entrepreneurial experience gives Jeanne a special affinity for, and ability to communicate with, the candidates which SoftStack Factory expects to move into the digital economy.
                                   John Brown                                       Volunteer

                                 John Brown


John  an Eagle Scout, attended SSF beta course, was asked to join the SSF team. At SSF honed his skills on multiple software projects, assisted on our first official cohort in 2016. He is now looking to use his newly honed skills to teach others how to code apps and get a foothold in the coding industry.
                                    Catherine Thiemann                                 Advisory Board Member

                                  Catherine Thiemann

                              Advisory Board Member

Catherine Thiemann is a non-traditional homeschooling parent who believes that tomorrow’s career paths may not be well-served by today’s “high school to college to entry level job” model. She’s excited about SoftStack Factory’s apprenticeship learning opportunity, especially for young people whose families can’t afford the high cost of a college degree. She looks forward to helping young people of color access this great gateway into the STEM-based field of mobile application programming.
                                      Ryn Corbeil                                        Co-Founder

                                    Ryn Corbeil


Obtaining his degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Ryn has been developing software for startups, established companies, and as a freelancer. He enjoys connecting with students, and seeing them reach the ‘aha’ moment. When not in front of a terminal, Ryn enjoys guitar, community theater, and reading.