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, stabilize 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.

Craft 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.

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Andrea Goulet, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

At the helm, leading our vision and strategy, is Andrea, who was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 professionals in software under 35 because of her emphasis on how empathy and communication can help transform legacy systems. 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 and presents regularly on topics that help business and technical teams collaborate better. Her two most popular talks are “Communication Is Just As Important As Code” and “Empathy Is A Technical Skill.”

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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M. Scott Ford, Co-Founder and Chief Code Whisperer (Chief Technology Officer)

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 also a regular guest lecturer on Continuous Delivery practices at Harvard University and is 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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Jocelyne Morin-Nurse, Chief Operating Officer

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 management. In her current role, she works closely with many team members to oversee daily operations while implementing systems, structures, processes and approaches to achieve both the strategic plan and the vision of our CEO/CTO. A firm believer in positive and collaborative relationships, she sets out to make working with Corgibytes an outstanding client and team member experience. And laughter. There must always be laughter.

After Corgi-hours, Jo writes screenplays, stays active, cooks, plays video games and spends time with her awesome husband.

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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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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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Ben Johnson, Lead Code Whisperer

From the moment his hands touched his family’s very first personal computer (a Tandy 1000) at age 12, Ben knew which career field he’d choose. He’s worked as a software developer at one level or another for nearly 20 years and, to this day, the fascination with getting a machine to perform whatever instructions he provides has not left him.

Having worked in a multitude of roles on software development projects large and small, Ben enjoys many facets of the process – from blue-sky whiteboarding to in-the-weeds troubleshooting. The true driving force behind it all, though, is a strong desire to solve problems and, ultimately, make people’s lives better.

When he’s not at the keyboard renovating code, Ben enjoys playing soccer with his three kids, trail running in the North Georgia woods, and grilling up dinner on the back porch.

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Steve Desmond, Lead Code Whisperer

Steve has been developing software professionally for more than a decade. His entire career has involved maintaining legacy and enterprise systems, spanning industries from investment banking to energy efficiency to post-secondary education. As such, he’s learned and worked with countless languages, frameworks, and libraries, though C# and .NET Core will always be his favorite.

Steve is a major advocate of the DevOps movement: using empathy, communication, and automation to bring development and operations teams together, with the goal of continuously delivering high-quality solutions in a consistent and low-risk way. He loves talking about software almost as much as developing it, and has spoken at conferences large and small, from local meetups to DevOpsDays events across the country.

A former ultramarathon runner constantly dreaming of coming out of retirement, Steve lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and two kids.

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Josh Kelley, Lead Code Whisperer

Josh has been writing code pretty much his entire life. He started as a kid typing in BASIC programs out of books and magazines and never stopped learning. Over the years, he’s developed software in numerous languages for various environments including desktop, web, server-side, and embedded. A self-described “recovering sysadmin,” Josh also has extensive experience in IT and infrastructure. He loves helping teams get better and applying automation to the software development process through tools such as continuous integration and static analysis.

When he’s not writing code and reading up on the latest trends in software development, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is also fond of board games, computer games, reading fantasy and sci-fi, and walking, hiking, or biking in beautiful East Tennessee.

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Maira Daniela Ferrari, Lead Code Whisperer

One of Maira’s strongest skills is working with automation. She loves optimizing processes and removing manual steps that could lead to errors. Also, by eliminating these repetitive – and often tedious – manual tasks, Maira frees herself to work on much more interesting and highly-challenging activities.

Maira holds a degree in Computer Engineer from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been involved in IT activities for more than 14 years. A proactive and highly-motivated person, Maira enjoys learning new technologies. In everything she does, Maira works hard until she reaches her goals.

Maira loves sports and enjoys staying active through CrossFit, salsa classes and skating. She is also passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures. To date, she has traveled to more than 100 cities around the world.

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Krista Cywanowicz, Client Relations and Marketing Coordinator

It has been said that Krista never meets a stranger. With an extensive background in client management and customer relations, she lends uncanny insight into the customer journey. Clients appreciate her anticipatory approach to guiding their experience with Corgibytes. As Client Relations and Marketing Coordinator, she values open communication with both clients and team members alike, and she offers a straightforward approach to account management.

Krista’s a Cincinnati native and a Florida girl at heart, and when she’s not wearing her Corgi-hat, she can be found cheering for her Bengals, Reds, and Florida State Seminoles. She also enjoys working out, cooking, and traveling. She holds most dear time spent with family, friends, and her rescue dog.

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And little Ein, too...

Corgibytes is named after Ein, Scott’s adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi. While she passed away after sixteen happy years with us, she lives on in the form of our company mascot — wrench in mouth, ready to help with any challenge that comes her way. She will always be remembered as the first cheerleader for the company, spending countless hours snuggling with Scott and Andrea as they worked to make the world’s code just a little bit better. Bonus points if you can name the anime she’s from.

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 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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