Loveland Technologies:

Putting the world online one parcel at a time


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LOVELAND is based in Detroit, Michigan and the San Francisco Bay Area with a growing team dedicated to putting America online parcel by parcel. We work with governments, developers, neighborhood groups, and passionate individuals to gather and present information about property in clear, actionable ways.

In Detroit our community missions include arming people with information to battle a plague of tax foreclosures and running an ongoing survey of property conditions to help fight blight.

LOVELAND in the News

Detroit's Housing Crisis Is the Work of Its Own Government

Vice News

The city overtaxed homeowners for years. Those who couldn’t pay are still feeling the pain.
December 29, 2017

People Are Making Big Money Kicking Detroit Residents Out Of Their Homes

Vice News / HBO

A VICE News HBO piece on Detroit's tax foreclosure problem, including an interview with Loveland CEO, Jerry Paffendorf, at the Loveland office in downtown Detroit
December 07, 2017

Quicken Loans aims to help 65,000 Detroit households avoid tax foreclosure

Detroit Metro Times

Through the "Neighbor to Neighbor" effort, QLCIF and the United Community Housing Coalition will partner with about two dozen community groups and nonprofits to reach some 65,000 Detroit households behind on their taxes by yearend. The door knockers will notify homeowners of assistance available and then point them to upcoming workshops where they can get help applying for the programs.
November 29, 2017

Tech, Open Data Are Crucial in Long-Term Recovery Following Hurricane Harvey

Government Technology

Rosenburg says that with Loveland, his volunteers can go door to door, stand in front of a home, answer a series of questions on a device, and feed accurate information to a database in real time, along with pictures that precisely illustrate damage. SBP can then use that data to direct volunteers, and, perhaps more important, to show governmental response agencies at all levels exactly what’s happening on the ground and who is still in need. Simply put, mapped GIS data is a vital reference.
September 01, 2017

Who owns that house down the street? “Flint Property Portal” goes live with answers

East Village Magazine

Flint residents have a new way to find and report information about properties in the city–from who owns them, to demolition status, to building conditions–thanks to a new website that went live Aug. 21.
August 26, 2017

How Mapping Disasters Can Help Devastated Communities Rally

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Beers said one advantage of using the mapping software is that she can analyze the data in real time, making critical information available to volunteers and other relief organizations almost instantaneously. “They could see the results without me having to take my computer all over town,” she said.
July 12, 2017

Opinion: We can do something to stop tax foreclosures

Detroit Free Press

Auctioning these homes tends to lead to vacancy and dereliction. Eventually, they will need to be demolished. The auction works against three of Duggan’s major goals: grow the population, eliminate blight, and don’t push out poor people.
July 07, 2017

Loveland mapped every foreclosed and auctioned property in Detroit since 2002

Detroit Metro Times

We all know tax foreclosures are a problem in Detroit, but this map from Loveland Technologies really puts the horror of the situation into perspective. Shown are all of the properties that have been foreclosed [and auctioned] in the city over the past 15 years.
July 07, 2017

The Team

Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf, CEO & Co-Founder

Jerry is an American mutt from the forested farmlands of New Jersey who's lived around the country in Portland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Detroit, where he moved in 2009 and started building what's evolved into LOVELAND Technologies. Jerry dropped out of high school, got turned on by Ray Kurzweil's "The Age of Spiritual Machines" while in art school, and earned a Master of Science in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Working at the Acceleration Studies Foundation for two years, Jerry gained a deep view on how each generation of technology builds the next with increasing speed. Jerry gravitated towards the virtual worlds industry where he pioneered many projects and experiments within the Second Life user-created 3D world, and researched convergences between maps, virtual reality, and social networks.

Jerry earned a purple heart in Silicon Valley after co-founding a venture capital-funded company you've never heard of, an experience which made him even more passionate about putting the world online outside of what's currently trendy in the Bay Area.

Detroit has become an endless education and influence for thinking about how information systems can help improve the function of cities, the agency of residents, and the use of physical space. He likes reading books and watching documentaries about all kinds of things, road tripping, running around in circles, and growing LOVELAND into something more and more meaningful all the time.

jerry@makeloveland.com  ·  @wello

Mary Carter

Mary Carter, COO & Co-Founder

Mary grew up in southeast Michigan, co-founded LOVELAND and has been running operations while wearing 1,000 hats since 2009. Her experience in library science and fine art are both vital to the functioning of this company, as its roots include balancing a mixture of unrestrained creativity while keeping many small things organized.

As LOVELAND grows, Mary plays good cop in making sure everyone on the team is happy and has what they need, and bad cop in making sure that growth happens responsibly and no one gets carried away.

Mary is very active in her neighborhood as the President of the Detroit Dog park in Corktown, a member of the Corktown Business Association, and a board member of the Imagination Station of Roosevelt Park.

mary@makeloveland.com  ·  @marylorene

Larry Sheradon

Larry Sheradon, CTO & Co-Founder

Larry began a life of programming and vector graphics as a wee lad, wielding a C compiler and AutoCAD before he was out of elementary school and building web pages as soon there was such a thing. He went on to study algorithms and computer science at the University of Chicago and enjoyed an internship at Argonne National Lab, prototyping visualizations for supercomputers and experimental projector tech.

After moving to San Francisco in 2005 he worked at a boutique geospatial & virtual reality studio, writing 3D rendering engines, spatial databases, and web and mobile apps and honing his skills with GIS tools. In 2008 he took a sabbatical to pursue a fascination with generative art & design, landing a number of gallery showings and performances in SF. This is when he met Jerry and started LOVELAND as a side project. Until going full-time with LOVELAND he engineered at a social networking company, absorbing the arcane lore of web scalability for millions of daily users. Since then, he's been building LOVELAND's web architecture and map interfaces including WDWOT, Site Control and Motor City Mapping.

larry@makeloveland.com  ·  @quidquid

Matt Hampel

Matt Hampel, Senior Software Architect

Matt Hampel has worked with nonprofits, newspapers, universities, and other organizations to build tools for the public good. A native of Ann Arbor, he is now based in Brooklyn.

At Loveland, Matt helps build our web and mobile apps and works with our parcel team to improve our nationwide dataset. Before joining Loveland, Matt co-founded the startup LocalData, was a Code for America fellow in Detroit, and worked as a technology project manager at the University of Michigan.

matth@makeloveland.com  ·  @matth

Tiffany Vantino

Tiffany Vantino, Community Engagement Coordinator

Tiffany spent several years working in the non-profit world before joining the LOVELAND team. She strongly believes that knowledge is power and wants to connect people with data and tools that will help them make more informed decisions regarding property. She has a MSW in Community Development from Wayne State University and a BA in Anthropology & Psychology from the University of Michigan.

tiffany@makeloveland.com

Pasta "Jacob" Batman

Pasta "Jacob" Batman, CCO*

Born in an Ohio kill shelter, Pasta has come a long way. He has a strong background in agility, obedience, and sharing your lunch with you. Pasta believes that the creation of a national parcel layer will contribute to conservationist efforts and lead to more places for him to play and explore.

* Chief Canine Officer

The Parcel Team

The Parcel Team,

Loveland employs a team of dedicated parcel prospectors who work to find and organize data around the country. They are working for you deep in the country's parcel mines, but don't worry, they wear the proper equipment to avoid parcel lung.

The Loveland Army

The Loveland Army,

Loveland works with an amazing team of advisors and alumni who have contributed to our work over the years who continue to work on projects with us. From programmers to government to policy professionals to community activists, you could say there is a Wu-Tang element to our team, and indeed some have.

Contact

  • 407 E Fort St, Suite 100
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • 313-649-LAND