The Story of Planet Crust
Planet Crust was born out of a desire to create a fully open-source, standards-based, UX-driven platform that delivers excellence in every aspect.
Planet Crust is Born
The idea first took shape in the mind of Niall McCarthy when he worked as a commercial consultant to open source businesses and experienced first hand how the open-source industry regularly failed to create high quality, user-friendly products with truly open standards, applications and business models. Niall was convinced that there was a better way.
Within a few months Denis Arh, a technical architect and full-stack engineer with a passion for open standards, interoperability and best-practice coding, joined him to head up engineering. Not long after, Mia Arh, a UI and project management expert, joined the team to lead the product department, bringing with her a strong emphasis on UX.
The Team Grows
Lenny Horstink, a digital marketing and Salesforce expert, came on board to lead the company’s marketing in September 2018. His addition added extensive knowledge and practical experience in the low-code and CRM markets to the mix, along with a keen eye for product configuration.
Then in January 2019, Niamh Merritt, rounded out the core management team to lead sales. As a former senior sales manager, she was fueled by the same strong motivation to drive excellence in open-source software and their associated business practices.
Crust Releases Corteza
A month later, in February 2019, Planet Crust (then known as Crust Technology) launched Corteza – a fully accessible, 100% open-source, 100% API-centric, entirely standards and best-practice oriented low-code platform that supports all 7,000+ human languages and can transform data from any machine-readable source into an open format.
Since its launch, Planet Crust has grown and continues to grow at speed. Corteza is used by a wide range of clients in the areas of telecommunications, military, retail, call centers, software, health insurance, disaster relief, non-profit and more. Throughout, Planet Crust has not taken on any outside funding, allowing the company to stay true to its founding vision, which means that Corteza remains and will always remain 100% open, with every single line of code committed to the Commons Conservancy Software Foundation.