I'm often asked… So, where does the name "Quick Left" come from? We've gotten a lot of interesting theories on the origin of the name that are pretty fun. I admit we like to come up with fictitious origins ourselves, and it's true we have a LLC called Slow Right. When you search for "Quick Left" you naturally see a bunch of results linked to us and things we've done in the community. You'll also notice references to people punching someone with a "Quick Left." I love that. After all, we do pack a pretty good punch...just not from our fists (most of us have coder hands).
When we moved into our new space on Pearl, we started getting a fair amount of walk-ins asking us what the heck we do. Most of the time we tell them the truth. We realize that we don't have the words development, design, labs, or anything like that in our name and that it's not exactly clear what we do just based on our name.
So where does the name come from? In early 2008 I headed out for a normal training ride on the bike, and I was thinking about how to take the business to the next level (I do almost all of my serious thinking on the bike on solo rides or in the shower). At the time I was working under the name Collination. Don't laugh, I know it was a bad name. I also knew that no one in their right mind would want to work for a company called "Collination." As I was heading down Highway 36 towards Lyons, CO I said to myself I'm just gonna take a "Quick Left" on Left Hand Canyon and ride up it as quick as I can to Ward, CO. About five minutes later it jumped back into my head… "Quick Left." Not sure why I liked the sound of it so much, but I literally stopped riding, turned around and just knew that was it! I rode home as fast as I could, jumped on to Godaddy (ignoring their horrible UI) and was shocked that the domain was actually available.
As it turns out, when I met Ingrid (now our CEO) the name worked out even more. Ingrid is a national champion on the velodrome. She makes a lot of quick lefthand turns on the bike. So now you know, Quick Left came out of a bike ride in the mountains, like a lot of awesome things in my life.
Extra credit for the locals: Next time you're walking past our office, see if you can spot a subtle detail on our door that ties in the "Left" in Quick Left.