Brian attended UMass where he studied mechanical engineering. His first "real" programming was with Matlab and Simulink modeling mechanical systems and control theory. While in university, he worked as a consultant on projects for Keurig, Osram Sylvania and Analog Devices. Here he fell in love with lean product development, and began developing web applications. Shortly after college he co-founded Askfor.com where he met Jay. They later founded Vermonster LLC as a consulting firm.