Leadership. AVANTians do more than simply create beautiful products that work well; we craft engaging experiences. We understand the utility of collaboration and taking direction; as well as trail-blazing to find unique solutions. Above all, we do solid work with integrity.

AVANT is a stable, debt-free, privately held, San Francisco-based creative technology company founded in 2008. We have a diverse and fun work environment with friendly, smart and talented people (and pups!). Over the years, our team has proudly represented international talent from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, Brazil, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Canada and several others. Located in the Excelsior District; known as San Francisco's most ethnically diverse collection of neighborhoods and childhood home to the Greatful Dead's Jerry Garcia - we work in a light-filled, open studio and enjoy ourselves producing lots of quality work together. Our products have a real impact: improving lives for families, teachers, clinicians, and people in need. Our work also contributes to the success of start-ups and established companies on the bleeding edge of technology - in a broad range of industries including media, education, big data, advertising, social networking, and more!

Michael Kemper

Michael Kemper

Founder + Principal

Kemper started AVANT building on over a decade of bootstrapping technology teams and directing successful product, brand and campaign initiatives in every industry vertical for some of the world's largest companies and communities. He is passionate about using lean methodologies, design thinking and disruptive technology to improve people's quality of life. Health and wellness, education and engagement initiatives have always been at the forefront of Kemper's professional goals. Kemper is a constant driving force behind inventing and taking product to market for all of our clients and partners. A lifelong lover of quotations, currently his favorite is: "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." Learn more about Kemper on LinkedIn.

Gwen Cooke

Gwen Cooke

Manager & Operations

With a background in human resources and project management, business operations and event planning, Gwen possesses strong leadership, communication, and customer service skills. She has worked in a wide range of industries, giving her a broad knowledge base, and a wealth of transferable skills. As a former business owner herself, Gwen is extremely flexible, and understands the day to day needs of a services organization with demanding clients. She is known at AVANT for her positive outlook and "can do" attitude.