Boston design, web, and mobile development studio
We've been working here for more than 10 years! Time flies when you're writing time-dependent software tests. Find us at the Boston Ruby Group or Refresh Boston, eating burritos from Boloco in the Common, rooting for Northeastern (go Huskies!) and WPI (go Goats!), or heading to the beaches in Little Rhody or up in Maine.
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Meet the Boston team
Eric is a designer with a focus on UX and a passion for accessible and inclusive design. He's been fortunate enough to work for a variety of industries, including news, digital and print publishing, education, managed hosting, finance, health and human services, as well as traditional agency design. He's has a BFA from Montserrat College of Art.
Chief Technology Officer
Vendela grew up around designers and artists and found a love of coding during her time at Northeastern University. She is a big fan of design systems and making things cohesive. A native of Sweden she sleeps with the window open all winter and owns a lot of jackets. She also believes you can eat ice cream any time of year.
Derek's been writing software for the web for nearly 20 years. In those years he's grown less dogmatic about specific technology and more passionate about the processes that build successful teams and products. You can hear his thoughts on interesting technology problems, exciting new languages and libraries, and industry trends on The Bike Shed. Away from the keyboard, you can find Derek playing with this two boys, riding bikes, or taking recreational sports way too seriously.
Paul loves making applications that are easy, efficient and fun for people to use. In 2006 he started designing websites, and soon after stumbled upon Rails. Since then Paul has been both designing and developing software for non profits and businesses in various industries.
Mobile developer who develops for mobile things!
Developer and CEO
Chad Pytel leads the day-to-day operations of thoughtbot, including hiring and growth, and is responsible for overall strategy for the company. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and services, and has co-authored two books: Rails AntiPatterns and Pro ActiveRecord for Ruby. Chad holds bachelor of science degrees in both Computer Science and Humanities & Arts (Drama/Theatre) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Vice President of Marketing
The most important thing to know about me is that I believe lists should have at most two things. The second most important is that I like cheese, a lot. The third most important thing is that I believe it's okay to make exceptions.
Chris is a big fan of Vim and the general Unix philosophy of sharp, focused tools. He started his career as a mechanical engineer but has always had a passion for programming, specifically web development. He has worked in Visual Basic and Python, but since finding Ruby and Rails, there’s been no looking back. Outside of coding, Chris is a fan of dinner with friends, skiing, and an embarrassingly eclectic cross section of music.
Jaclyn is a curious person who loves to ask questions. Born in New Jersey but officially a New Yorker, she is an artist turned front-end developer turned product designer. Making things and sharing them with others is what inspires her most. Some things she makes other than apps include paintings, drawings, floral arrangements, cookies, jokes, music, and sandwiches.
Originally from South Carolina, Stephanie moved to Boston to pursue a career in web development. Since joining the coding community, she has worked on Rails, Phoenix, and Ember applications. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering with Girl Develop It or exploring the White Mountains.
Designer, gif enthusiast, cake baker
Joël is passionate about good architecture, OO, and best practices. He started his career writing PHP before falling in love with Ruby and Coffeescript. When he is not writing code, you can find him buried in a history book or exploring the city of Boston.
German came to programming from a background in economics. Not the most direct route one could choose, but when he found Ruby, he realized programming was the way to go. He has since discovered how much he enjoys pair programming, practicing test-driven development, and generally thinking about good software design. More recently he has been stepping into the functional world with Elixir and Elm. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and helping out at his local church.
Raised in England, on the edge of Surrey and Greater London, Matt received his MPhys from Durham University before moving to the US in 2010. Working in tech support, he taught himself Ruby and Rails and is thoughtbot's first hire of an Upcase subscriber. Matt is an avid gamer, either board or virtual varieties, and an appreciator of tea and craft beers.
Developer and COO
Matt works with our internal management teams and other leadership to ensure the company's overall success. He serves as an advisor to our clients and as an official liaison to relevant industry groups. Prior to joining thoughtbot Matt was the CTO of a publishing technology startup. He has decades of experience as an Internet wrangling generalist, and holds a B.S. in Technical Communication from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Thom studied tv/film production at DeSales University before spending nearly a decade working as a freelance editor in Los Angeles. Deciding to get a jump start on the singularity, he joined thoughtbot in 2014; and outside of the office is a podcaster, nerdy comic gamer guy & opinionated consumer with a penchant for dorky fitness involved in a dark and twisted love/hate relationship with geek-culture and run-on sentences.
Melissa began her programming career building games in Scheme. Since then, she's done work in Natural Language Processing (before that whole Siri thing!), performance monitoring, and web development in too many languages and frameworks. Besides her day job, you'll find her singing baritone in Harborlight Show Chorus, kayaking in the Charles, and running various Ruby/Rails events in Boston.
People Operations Coordinator
Lawyer. Engineer. Cookie Monster incarnate.
Mike is a designer who lives for unique solutions. He has two loves when it comes to work: technology and design. He's been tinkering with computers since the days of Pentium 90s and believes design is a vehicle for a better world. He's a graduate of both the University of Tennessee and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He's fond of the color orange, parenthetical statements, jogging, travel, and his dog. You should follow him.
Josh leads our Boston web development team. After spending years writing ASP and C#, Josh found solace in Ruby and realized that crying while programming was OK (as long as they were tears of joy). When he's not programming, he enjoys board games, Magic: the Gathering, and playing drums.
Director of People Operations
Anna brings her experience in administration, human resources, and event planning from the non-profit realm. She enjoys traveling and eating breakfast anytime of the day.