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

We joyfully remodel software applications to be more stable, scalable, and secure.

Our Vision

Software maintenance is celebrated, codebases are nurtured to provide lasting value, and our clients generate revenue, lower costs, and reduce risk as a result of our work.

Core Values

Act With Empathy

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

Adopt a Growth Mindset

Solving problems that seem intractable is a big part of what we do. Maintain an attitude of possibility, persevere through challenges, and commit to personal growth.

Calm the Chaos

Complex problems require your prefrontal cortex to be engaged. Resist the temptation of an urgency-based culture by focusing on prevention instead of hot-fixes, prioritizing self-care, and developing a steady working rhythm.

Choose Candor

Healthy conflict in a psychologically-safe environment is a critical component of a high-functioning team. We hold each other accountable and strengthen our work by challenging ideas respectfully and directly. Speak up and share your point of view, even when it’s hard.

Communication is Just as Important as Code

Effective communication is our cultural glue and it is everyone's job. Produce durable artifacts of your thinking and reject false dichotomies that present code and communication as separate things. No one is "technical" or "non-technical"; everyone is both.

Craft in Context

Domain understanding is critical and working in a vacuum leads to problems. Before you leap to conclusions, take the time to understand the problem and match your solution to the situation.

Our Commitment

At Corgibytes, we're really good at transforming broken systems. We modernize code through continuous improvement and marginal gains, and we apply these same practices to systems of social oppression. Similar to how technical debt makes a codebase difficult to work with, there are institutional barriers for some individuals that have accumulated over time. Blindly operating within these structures hurts people and prevents organizations from benefiting from the wide range of perspectives needed to thrive. There’s a lot of opportunity for improvement and we use our core values and our talents as menders to have a positive impact on our society.

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Andrea Goulet, Co-Founder & Chief Vision Officer

In 2009, a friend asked Andrea to lead his startup as the CEO. In the decade that followed, Andrea used her background in marketing and strategic communications to develop new ways to work with legacy systems and describe the business benefits of software modernization. Her work earned her recognition as one of the “Top 10 People In Software Under 35” by LinkedIn and she has been featured in prominent industry publications such as the First Round Review, Hanselminutes, Software Engineering Daily, and more. Andrea is a sought-after keynote speaker and presents regularly on topics that help business and technical teams collaborate better. Andrea has authored two courses on LinkedIn Learning: Creating An Agile Culture and Agile Software Development: Remote Teams. In 2020, Andrea shifted roles to focus more deeply on developing the long-term vision at Corgibytes, using her skills to ensure our mission, vision, values, commitment, and culture are aligned and brought to life.

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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Jocelyne Morin-Nurse, Chief Executive Officer

In the course of a career that took her from public service to entrepreneur to CEO of Corgibytes, Jocelyne has found a passion for impactful leadership, sustainable growth and business agility.

Although, in accomplishing her role, she draws from her rich professional experience – leading teams of 40+ members, managing operations through crises and transformation, redesigning recruiting processes, overhauling business financials leading to profitability and measured growth – she also pulls from her time as a digital nomad to balance out her perspective. Cruising on a sailboat for over a year and then full-timing on a motorhome for four years provided Jocelyne with the opportunity to meet various people, exchange ideas, live a life way outside the box and deepen her understanding of the human experience.

Jocelyne is also the Chair of the Forbes Business Council’s Employee Empowerment group and a member of the Women Executives and Public Speaking groups.

After Corgi-hours, Jocelyne teaches, stays active, cooks, plays video games and goes camping with her amazing husband.

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M. Scott Ford, Co-Founder & Chief Code Whisperer

Scott directs the technical and product vision at Corgibytes. His test- and empathy-driven approaches to working with existing software systems help our team effectively modernize even the most complex codebases. Scott is a true mender at heart and a polyglot developer who, at last count, is fluent in over twenty-five 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 under some pretty hefty constraints. Where others found frustration, Scott found joy. So, in 2009, he teamed up with a friend from high school to build a business focused exclusively on software modernization and working with legacy code. Scott enjoys sharing his philosophy of maintenance and has been featured in books such as The Innovation Delusion. He has regularly been invited as a guest lecturer on Continuous Delivery practices at Harvard University. Scott is the author of three courses on LinkedIn Learning: Dealing With Legacy Code And Technical Debt, Code Quality, and Clean Coding Practices. Scott is the host of the podcast Legacy Code Rocks and enjoys helping other menders find a sense of belonging in a world dominated by makers.

In addition to fixing old code, Scott is an avid reader of sci-fi fiction and enjoys spending time with his family and kids.

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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 a decade. 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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Cassandra Carothers, Technical Sales Manager

Cassandra heads up sales and business development efforts at Corgibytes, and she will likely be the first person you speak with about your legacy code woes. Her background spans multiple industries, including B2B Enterprise SaaS and Tech. She has lived and worked across APAC, Europe and the Americas and is deeply experienced in multicultural business and negotiations. Cassandra has a special skill for drawing out pertinent information from highly technical stakeholders, building context around it, and translating that to business audiences. She has dealt extensively with C-suite executives, government officials and leading decision makers and is attuned to the unique demands of their positions as well as their ways of thinking and decision making. Cassandra is deeply passionate about complex, future-shaping technologies, and dabbles in early stage VC investing into frontier and deep tech startups.

A graduate of Brown University playing for four years on the D1 golf team, she is a lifelong athlete and enjoys fitness, sports, hiking, biking, camping and anything outdoors. In her free time, Cassandra enjoys traveling, reading, photography and learning new things.

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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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Daniel Hein, Lead Code Whisperer

From music to comedy to voice-over work, Dan is a performer at heart and jumps at the opportunity to express himself in any medium. As a software engineer, he strives to communicate this quality through both simplistic and beautiful solutions. Over the years, he’s cultivated a strong background in automation and design and has worked extensively with server-side technology and micro-service architecture. As a strong advocate of personal growth, Dan is constantly looking to learn and refine himself through reading and new projects.

After hours, you may find Dan in the studio working on his latest project or at home running Minecraft servers and spending time with his lovely partner.

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Dave Farinelli, Lead Code Whisperer

Dave’s first memory of technology is taking apart his parents’ desktop computer at 10 years old (and somehow putting it back together before they could see what he did). Ever since, he’s been involved with technology in one way or another, and found himself on the path to software development as a career. With a degree in Computer Engineering at Kettering University, he has been writing software in a professional setting for almost a decade in a multitude of industries, including financial, healthcare, and insurance.

Early on in his career, he found himself with responsibilities that would later be branded as part of the DevOps movement - things like improving deployment pipelines, measuring lead time, reducing failure rates, and more. In addition, he stumbled onto TDD as a way of development, preferring a metrics-supported means to show improvements in codebases.

When Dave is not working with technology, he’s working out, eating sushi, or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and his pups, Peaches (the Corgi) and Nala (the Great Pyrenees).

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Melissa Todd, Vision Facilitator

Melissa is a helper by nature. In every position she’s ever filled, she has quickly impressed others by jumping in to take care of tasks, streamline processes, and create new programs to solve whatever problems the organization was facing. At Corgibytes, she helps keep the ball rolling by taking care of support tasks and guiding team members to stay on course while considering both the big picture and the important smaller details.

In her off hours, Melissa can be found chatting in online groups for women entrepreneurs, spending time with her partner and their two kids, cooking, enjoying a good restaurant, or hanging out in nature.

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If you want to help us in our quest to modernize the world’s code, check out our current openings and sign up to receive opportunity notifications. We’re growing our team and are often looking for people who love working with legacy code as much as we do.

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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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