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Austin, Texas design and development firm specializing in product design, Ruby on Rails, and React Native

We’ve been in Austin since 2014, working with great clients in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and beyond to build successful software. We’re experts in research, strategy, design, and development for both mobile and web.

You might find us talking code and design at Keep Ruby WeirdATX Sass, Tech Ladies, strategizing our commutes, or guzzling kombucha.

Build something weird with thoughtbot

We’ve continuously refined our processes over the years and even wrote a book about them. We’d love to learn how you do things at your organization and trade notes. Contact us to chat.

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Meet the Austin team

    • Dawn Delatte
    • Annie Lydens
    • Stephen Hanson
    • Chris Schnaars
    • Managing Director

      Dawn Delatte

      As Managing Director of the Austin studio, Dawn is responsible for the studio's sales and business development, as well as the success of our client and team relationships. She works collaboratively with the designers and developers in our studio to ensure we add value to the people and products we work with every day. When designing at thoughtbot, her goal for each project is to facilitate positive and meaningful interactions for people, using tools like design thinking, user research, and front end development. And when she's not busy creating solutions for products and people, she is busy wrangling a toddler and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

    • Developer

      Annie Lydens

      Annie is a developer who has worked in venture capital, ad tech, and social enterprise organizations. She loves talking to users, making sense of chaos, and drawing things on giant whiteboards. When she's not developing products, she enjoys trail running with her two dogs and working on her latest art project.

    • Senior Developer

      Stephen Hanson

      Stephen is a developer in the Austin office. He has diverse experience, working for companies ranging from large enterprises like to small startups. He has been consulting for the past six years and loves working with clients to find the perfect solution to complex problems. When he's not at his computer, you can usually find Stephen reading a book, woodworking, or playing with his dog, Ruby.

    • Designer

      Chris Schnaars

      Chris creates new ways of interacting with the world. Over the past 15 years he has helped build a wide array of interactive experiences, from web and mobile products to large-scale installations and exhibitions. He enjoys walking, running, making music and raising his two kids.

    • S. Wingchi Wong
    • Kyle Fiedler
    • Thomas Paresi
    • Fraser Mince
    • Senior Developer

      S. Wingchi Wong

      Wingchi spent the last eight years in various positions ranging from sales to software development, but he is always focused on making spectacular products. He gets excited about the innovations in cross-platform development, socket-based protocols, and software testing.

    • Chief Design Officer

      Kyle Fiedler

      Kyle provides design leadership and support to the thoughtbot team. He enjoys working through complex problems and coming up with simple solutions. Kyle has been designing user interfaces and product experiences for well over 10 years. He uses tools such as research, design thinking, design sprints, and Jobs-to-be-done to help him best understand what a product is trying to solve, what potential solutions look like, and then validating those solutions. He abides by the philosophy of shipping early and iterating. When he’s not designing, you’ll find him playing with his three kids.

    • Developer

      Thomas Paresi

      Thomas is a developer that focuses on making sure complex systems do not become complicated systems. His approach to software engineering is starting with the '10,000 foot' view in order to come up with the right solution for the right problem at the right time. He also loves the challenge of learning new things, which leads to lots of non-fiction reading, podcast listening, and DIY projects. His latest non technical challenges have been rock climbing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and raising two little boys.

    • Developer

      Fraser Mince

      Fraser is a software developer in Austin who is passionate about quality code, functional programming, and specifically Haskell. In his spare time he likes to read books, hang out with friends, run, and help out at his local church.

    • Eric Milford
    • Sam Kapila
    • Abe Mangona
    • Development Director

      Eric Milford

      Eric enjoys working with small, cross-functional teams to deliver exceptional results. He’s a fan of open and honest communication, learning, helping others, and bringing about positive change. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking and eating delicious food, studying foreign languages, and spending time with family and friends. He one day plans to follow through with woodworking, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and earning his private pilot license. He’s quite proud and excited to be a part of thoughtbot.

    • Design Director

      Sam Kapila

      Sam is a product designer in Austin, originally from Curaçao. Sam has been a design instructor and academic director, in both public and for-profit education, in addition to being a designer focused in branding. She speaks at conferences and writes online about product design, diversity and inclusion, and responsive web design.

    • Developer

      Abe Mangona

      Abe is developer in Austin, who gets excited about clean code, documentation, and readability. He loves writing online about the latest in mobile development and design principles. Outside of software he enjoys painting, running and watching esports tournaments.

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1601 W 6th Street
Austin, TX 78703
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