Inspired by the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, the name Buunabet is derived from two Amharic words – buna which means coffee and bet which means house. In Ethiopia, a coffee ceremony is performed at least once and often three times a day in private homes and places of business. At the beginning of a coffee ceremony, participants gather in a circle for conversation and to snack on popped wheat or corn as green coffee beans begin to roast over a small charcoal and incense burner. When the coffee beans are dark and glistening with oil, they are hand-ground and transferred to a clay pot where boiling water is added. Finally, the coffee is carefully poured from a great height into the small cups held by the gathered group.
At Buunabet we believe that the decisions driving your investment in computing technology must be handled with the same care and ritual as an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. We listen to your ideas and work with you to create a technology plan that that is affordable, scalable and implements the technology best suited for your company’s strategic vision.
The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony is a time for conversation and collaboration. At Buunabet we think it’s important to include both in your technology decision making and implementation process.
Jennifer A. Redman, Founder - Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Buunabet. Her primary focus is helping businesses and organizations integrate open source software into their technical-toolbox. She has more than fifteen years of experience working with technical and non-technical individuals in businesses and non-profit organizations to help build and manage their computing infrastructure.
Jennifer equally enjoys spending time with the Unix command-line and presenting to executives about why they should be adopting and using open source software. Most importantly, she loves to teach clients how to use their technical toolbox without the constant worry of breaking something or relying on expensive consultants for help.
Jennifer is currently the Associate Systers-Keeper for Systers, the oldest International online community of technical women. One of the founders of the Systers open source project, she participated in Google Summer of Code in 2009 and 2010 as an organization administrator and mentor. Additionally, Jennifer served as a co-chair of the program committee for the first ever Open Source Track at the 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC10) – an industry and academic conference that attracts thousands of women from around the world. She regularly presents at various conferences about using and deploying open source software and served as the event logistics coordinator for Open Source Bridge 2010.
Jennifer’s previous adventures include technical writing, canvassing for Greenpeace and as a staff member on a national (and successful) presidential campaign. Jennifer has traveled extensively, loves a good book and a great debate.