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. 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.

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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M. Scott Ford, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

As top dog, 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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Andrea Goulet, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy 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 strategy 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 Operating Officer

From managing teams of 40+ members to being a Solopreneur, Jocelyne has discovered and cultivated a passion for impactful leadership, sustainable growth and the financial aspects of business. In her role as the Chief Operating Officer at Corgibytes, Jocelyne draws on her experience to implement high-level financial strategy, review and optimize systems, and lead and implement special projects. A strong believer in her ability to figure things out, Jocelyne is constantly learning in an effort to be better prepared for the next challenge.

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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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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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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Melissa Todd, Visionary Support

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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