The Story of Istari Digital

Our background, what we do, and our objectives

Istari Digital was founded with the vision of making digital engineering ecosystems a reality where all technologies are created digitally, free from real-world costs, schedules, and environmental impacts. We are building the world’s best digital engineering collaboration platform, making digital threads easy and impactful, and laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s engineering metaverse.

Istari Digital's team, led by recognized digital transformation leader, McKinsey & Co. advisor, and former U.S. Air Force and Space Force assistant secretary Will Roper,  has a proven digital transformation track record in both the public and private sectors.

At Istari Digital, we are passionate about our mission: democratized access to an engineering metaverse for all. Whether working with organizations pushing the boundaries of digitization, or first-timers unlocking virtualized potential, we love helping digital wizards find their power.

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Wizard of the month
As a seasoned software and systems engineer with experience ranging from robotics to cloud infrastructure, Jason transforms innovative concepts into dependable systems. His superpower is his knack for considering future impacts when problem-solving and creating ensuring solutions that are effective both now and in the future.
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Istari stands out due to its novel approach to digital engineering and our dedicated resolve for solving complex problems. Our exceptional talent, alongside a strong focus on constant improvement of both product and process results in an equally challenging and fulfilling place to work.

Jason McKinney,
Software/Cloud Engineer

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Will is a lifelong intern of disruptive new things. Though he's old school at heart, his curiosity stays new tech focused. Digital transformation is his latest all-consuming passion. His superpower is his improbability drive. (Don't ask where he got it.)

Will Roper

CEO/Founder

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Chris is a walking contradiction. He has worked at a 700,000 person bureaucracy (US Air Force) and has founded multiple companies starting from zero. He spent eight years getting too many engineering degrees and now spends most of his time talking with lawyers and reviewing budgets. His superpower is 'smiling while suffering'.

Chris Benson

CTO/Founder

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Tom’s experience ranges from nuclear to space to SaaS to cyber to AI and digital transformation. He loves helping others excel. His superpower is his ability to join companies with paradigm-shifting technologies.

Tom McCabe

COO / General Counsel

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Baha has worked in CAD, 3D printing, and geometry processing for the past decade where he built global engineering teams. He wrote 3D design software used by more than 20,000 users and pioneered a solution to automatically ensure 3D printability of any 3D file. His superpower is building great products by finding solutions to difficult problems.

Baha Abu Nojaim

VP of Artificial Intelligence

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An expert in strategy and bridging business and technical realms, Sriram brings over a decade of experience to the Istari Digital team. With a passion for art, design and technology futures, his superpower is in punchy, poetic, or emotional storytelling – as the context demands.

Sriram Krishnan

VP of Strategy/IP

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With over 15 years of experience in product management, software development, and system engineering, Dwight excels at bridging the gap between what customers say and how engineers meet expectations. His education in computer science and information systems has granted him the superpower of eating elephants one bite at a time through extreme patience.

Dwight DeGroff

Director of Product & Programs

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At Istari Digital, we live by our values

Purposeful Autonomy

Our people self-motivate and self-organize. Team-wide trust makes us fast

Our autonomy is measured, goal-oriented, and results-driven – not meandering

Our flat structure and lack of meeting clutter empower individuals and teams to be proactive

Clear objectives help us prioritize time

Smart Transparency

We believe in honest-but-kind communication, transparency, and open-door policies

We love learning about challenges and tackling them early, not hearing good or bad news late

We share work-in-progress across our team

Fast feedback keeps autonomy purposeful

Continual Curiosity

We love learning to do things ourselves

When we make breakthroughs, we write them down

We ask, read, share, teach – even watch YouTube videos – to learn new skills to solve problems

Writing focuses ideas, helps us learn, and helps us share

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