Michael Pfister

CEO, Co-founder

Mike is the CEO and co-founder of Gest and does everything from writing code, soldering prototypes and designing interfaces to shooting videos, talking to customers and pitching investors.

He previously worked as a full-stack developer and iOS engineer, designing and building mobile applications. Mike graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film.

In his free time he enjoys camping throughout California’s landscape, getting kook-slammed at Ocean Beach as a novice surfer, playing guitar, and picking up occasional freelance videography gigs around the world.

Sidhant Srikumar


As a cofounder and self-proclaimed "chief envisioneering officer" of Gest, Sid makes critical decisions for the direction of our product and company. Sid is credited with assembling the founding Gest team after convincing them to make something he read about in a sci-fi novel.

Sid is currently a student at the University of Texas studying Computer Science. He's expected to graduate in May, 2016. In the past, he built robust, full-stack web apps while at Amazon Web Services. He's also built a music sequencer and loop creator for Android, and a program that tries (and probably fails!) to count to infinity in spoken English.

In his spare time he enjoys keeping up with politics, listening to music that sounds like it was released in the 80s but wasn't, and obsessing over technology. He's a diehard Android fan and can't wait to let Google have direct access to his brain.

Ben Brown


As a Co-Founder and Software Developer at Gest, Ben writes the software that enables the product to track hand motion, classify gestures, and write text.

Before co-founding Gest, he studied computer science and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. He also worked as a Build Engineer at Overwatch, where he created a tool enabling programmers to quickly find circular dependencies in their projects. Also, at Microsoft, he contributed to Asp.Net, adding logging features to MVC and async controller support to Visual Studio.

In his spare time he likes to write code and waste time fawning over cars. He has his sights set on 2006 Subaru Impreza STI. He also maintains a number of side projects at various stages of incompletion. His favorite is an algorithm that clusters words and sentences by meaning, and his least is a password manager (that proves he has some practical skill).