WHO WE ARE
UU Labs was founded by brothers Marc and Paul Johnson, who have been coding together since they were children.
Marc is a principal software engineer, architect and manager with expertise in full stack development, artificial intelligence, and distributed architecture implementation at scale. Marc has a Masters in Computer science from the University of Minnesota and attended Bethel University for his undergrad. Marc has contributed to several patents including cloud based storage systems and artificial intelligence inventions.
Marc has served as a founding partner at several startups, including UU Labs and he recently assisted startups including Code42 and Aftercode. During his five years at Cisco Systems, Marc’s team shipped software components for a new super-router: the largest and most complex engineering undertaking in Cisco’s history at the time. Previously, Marc pioneered wireless technology for MetroTrak LLC, worked as Project Leader for New Technologies at Target Corporation, and as a Software Engineer for ETA Supercomputer Systems.
For fun Marc has written trading algorithms that that have placed repeatedly in the International Quantopian Open 2015-2018. Marc's community involvement includes teaching kids to code as a founding member and mentor for Coder Dojo twin cities, and as a National Judge and exam author for yearly high school state and national coding competitions.
Paul began his career as a founding member of a small interactive agency that grew to over 200 people in five years with no outside investment. IN2 was an early and prominent presence within Silicon Alley, pioneering what became the conventions of ad-tech.
Following the acquisition of IN2 by Monster, he founded StudioE9, an independent digital laboratory servicing global advertising agencies. StudioE9 introduced leading international brands into the North American market. StudioE9 also opened a lab within TBA Global to service clients while assisting in the productization of several technologies. Paul then co-founded Uncommon Union (UU) to build strategic partnerships with media companies, governments, businesses, celebrities, activists and NGO’s around underreported narratives. To build out UU's technical offerings, he helped launch UU Labs.
Ancillary to this, Paul develops his own video game projects which have been exhibited around the world in venues including the Museum of Modern Art / PS1, Galerie Lambert, Postmasters Gallery, ZKM, InterCommunication Center, Eyebeam, Seoul Museum of Art, and others. Paul also likes to teach and mentor. He has recently taught New Media and Programming courses at Rutgers University.