MENDERS FOR HIRE

Modernizing and maintaining existing software is our specialty.

Who We Are

We're proud to be menders. We love adding value to software applications through modernization and maintenance. We squash bugs, stabalize infrastructures, add test coverage, refactor, document our findings, upgrade versions, and pay down tech debt with glee.

Our Mission

To make software more stable, scaleable and secure by joyfully remodeling applications.

Our Vision

Codebases are continuously nurtured so they can provide the highest value for the longest time.

Core Values

Act With Empathy

Listening and understanding is at the very heart of our culture. Consider the people who are impacted by your work: your clients, your users, your teammates, and even your future self.

Adopt a Growth Mindset

Constantly find ways to expand your knowledge and learn new things. Your intelligence and talent are not fixed. They are developed over time through perseverance, dedication and hard work.

Calm the Chaos

Urgency leads to errors. Frenzy, to frustration. Focus on developing the steady working rhythm and calm mind that work best for solving complex problems.

Communication Is Just as Important as Code

No one at Corgibytes identifies as a “technical” or “non-technical” because everyone is both. Practice both types of skills regularly.

Craftsmanship in Context

Match your solution to the situation. Sometimes, it’s a quick and dirty prototype to prove a concept. When the stakes are high, spending extra time getting it right is the best way to go.

Andrea Goulet, Co-Founder and CEO

At the helm, leading our vision and strategy, is Andrea. We’re making her brag about herself here because we’re all really proud of how she’s helped shape the conversation in the software industry. Andrea has been named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 professionals in software under 35. She’s the founder of LegacyCode.Rocks and hosts a podcast dedicated to changing the way we think about legacy code. You may recognize her from prominent industry publications such as the First Round Review, Hanselminutes, Software Engineering Daily, and Developer Tea. Andrea is a sought-after keynote speaker who is currently working on her first book: Becoming Technical: Build an Amazing Career in Tech Starting at Square Zero.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys blogging about the intersection of social science and software. She loves watching her kids explore the world and is a sucker for a good physics documentary. You can recognize her by the JavaScript tattoo on her wrist.

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Scott Ford, Co-Founder and Chief Code Whisperer

Leading our technical team is Scott, who has been called the “Bob Vila of the internet.” Scott is a polyglot developer who, at last count, is fluent in over twenty programming languages. Scott’s love of software restoration and remodeling began in college where he and his team were responsible for retrofitting the testing tools for the X-31 jet fighter. Since then, Scott has maintained a test-focused approach to his work and found the most joy in projects where an existing codebase needed to be improved. Scott is currently working on his first book Software Remodeling: A DIY Approach to Transforming Your Legacy Code.

In addition to fixing old code, Scott enjoys anime, reading sci-fi fiction and comic books and spending time with his kids. And yes, he does have a Corgi, her name is Ein, and if you recognize that reference, we might just give you a discount.

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Brian Bassett, Director of Business Development

Poring over Visual Basic code at 2 a.m. for YY formats at a client site back in 1999 – gripped with the harrowing fear of Y2K – was the final encouragement for Brian to explore a business development track in software for most of his 18-year career. Late one night, after one too many coffee/hot cocoa cocktails, Brian realized which part of his job he loved most. It was those rare whiteboarding sessions where he helped clients constrained by technological choices extricate themselves from costly business problems. That track led Brian to work with some of the world’s largest enterprises while at IBM Software as a customer success manager and architect.

Brian was diagnosed with a debilitating case of New York Jets fandom at the age of 14. Ever since, Brian has enjoyed hopeful springs and summers followed by morose autumns and winters. As a cathartic outlet while living in Massachusetts, Brian created a Jets blog which he later sold to the New York-based TV network SNY. Now residing in the Old Dominion, Brian enjoys adventuring east and west of the Blue Ridge with his wife and three children on weekends in search of The World’s Greatest Donut.

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Nickie McCabe, Director of Operations & Lead Code Whisperer

Thanks to sage advice from her older sister, Nickie took a BASIC class in high school and fell in love with problem-solving through code. She majored in computer science at the University of Notre Dame and has worked in software consulting for over eight years. Nickie loves digging into the unique technical challenges that come with each new project and learning the ins and outs of client applications. She’s passionate about applying her problem-solving skills to help Corgibytes function as a well-oiled machine.

​Nickie strives to live a balanced, full life. She enjoys staying active through running, Pilates, and playing soccer. She likes to exercise her brain with a good jigsaw puzzle and working on the New York Times crossword each night. Nickie’s a firm believer in the power of connection, and she’ll never pass up the opportunity to share a good meal with friends.

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Jocelyne Morin-Nurse, Director of Accounts and Content

Jo should have been a juggler. She has an uncanny ability to keep track of multiple elements at the same time. Of course, she’s not terribly coordinated, so it was wise of her to decide to use this skill in project management. Jo strives to understand client needs and pushes the boundaries of her knowledge to translate the value of the highly-technical work her colleagues accomplish into language CFOs and CEOs can use to make informed business decisions. A firm believer in positive and collaborative relationships, one of Jo’s goals is to make working with Corgibytes an outstanding client experience. Jo also leads content and marketing projects to showcase the team’s expertise and reach clients who need us to alleviate their technical pain points.

After Corgi-hours, Jo writes screenplays (features and TV), stays active (ran her first half-marathon!), cooks, plays video games and spends time with her awesome husband.

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Catalina De la cuesta, Director of Engineering

Catalina loves finding cracks in systems, and fixing them! She is up to the challenge of finding a bug no matter how hidden it is. She studied Electronics Engineering in Colombia (not Columbia :)) and has been programming for more than 15 years. She programs both firmware and software, in languages such as C, C++, Python and Ruby. She is a learning addict and doesn’t miss an opportunity to deepen her knowledge in a field or learn something new.

She is a mother of two happy, fun and geeky kids. She loves music, reading and traveling no matter where or how. Her favorite trip so far was going backpacking through China with her mom. Her biggest hobby is learning, and she couldn’t be more grateful for all the great MOOCs now available. So far, she’s completed more than twenty of them in topics ranging from technology to psychology, and from cooking to philosophy.

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David Grieser, Lead Code Whisperer

David cares not only about code, but also the team. With over 20 years of team-building and leadership experience, he has a passion for working with others and helping everyone grow around him. Sharing knowledge with others is something he finds very rewarding and pair programming empowers him to do this with anyone around the globe. Having tutored at his alma mater, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he learned how to explain things as if you’ve never encountered them, to ensure explanations are built on a solid foundation.

Solid knowledge and continued growth in project management and design have helped him communicate more effectively with people at all levels of software development. Having worked for both larger corporations and startups, he has seen what keeps and loses employees at all levels. Caring about culture and people helps him focus on people’s strengths and passions to facilitate a good environment for all who work with him.

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Tiffany Gill, Lead Code Whisperer

Tiffany’s formal study of Computer Science and Video Game Design has equipped her to speak both the science and the art of programming. She identifies as an “ambidextrous geek” who draws simultaneously upon logic and intuition throughout the problem-solving process. Employing the same skills with which she has built intricate websites and games, she can meticulously deconstruct and reconstruct code to improve efficiency and to enhance the user experience. Her natural curiosity leads her to diverse projects, ranging from vast and complex to small and experimental, all of which propel her to continue learning and adapting new technologies.

Tiffany’s work is an extension of her home life, in which a love of learning and creating prevail. She’s a mixed-media artist who most often uses graphite, ink, markers and acrylics to originate graphic novel, manga and anime-inspired paintings with socially-relevant themes. Tiffany’s works have been requested for both display and commercial reproduction at various events.

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And little Ein, too...

Corgibytes is named after Ein, Scott’s adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She’s our mascot, and frequently makes appearances on Twitter and Facebook. Bonus points if you can name the anime she’s from.

Her favorite activities include napping, being cute, learning TextMate, and lounging on her special spot on the sofa.

How did this whole thing get started? We're glad you asked.

Corgibytes was founded on passion. In 2009, two high-school friends reconnected at their ten-year reunion. Both had big-brand experience, but wanted to do something more — to make the world a better place through better software.

In high school, Scott was your typical geek. He spent every spare moment in the computer lab. Before class. After class. On breaks. During lunch. It's no wonder he was president of the computer club, too. Scott simply loves writing code and fixing bugs. No, seriously. He has a passion for software like some people have for chocolate, or cats, or garden gnomes.

Andrea launched her business career at the ripe-old age of fourteen when she named her father's printing company. Seeing her ideas splashed all over signage, letterhead and collateral had her hooked. When she reconnected with Scott, Andrea had already successfully run her own consulting business and worked as the human voice behind some of the world's largest brands.

In 2008, Scott started Corgibytes but quickly found that “if you build it they will come” isn't a viable marketing strategy. So, he approached Andrea and persuaded her to come on board to lead the company's vision and strategy. Andrea saw a huge business opportunity and wanted to help Scott get his talent into the world. In 2009, the pair joined forces as a business team. They've been helping clients make the world a better place through software ever since.

In 2011, Scott and Andrea decided to make a commitment to be life partners as well as business partners. In 2012, they welcomed their first baby (who knew the “sound Darth Vader makes” before almost any farm animal). In 2015, their second child came along (who is named after two prominent software developers, Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper.)

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