Meet the Experts
We are problem solvers by nature, we just happen to be engineers and designers by trade. We pride ourselves on bringing real advice to the table, backed by extensive experience, and an excellent ability to listen to our clients' needs.
Now, outside of work...we like to cycle, ski and snowboard, consume craft-beers, climb, drink coffee and tea, cycle (did we say cycle?), partake in Boulder's thriving tech community and much more. Think you're a good fit to join us? Check out our current career opportunities.
Matthew Work’s adventures in SaaS entrepreneurship have taken him on a wild ride from running companies to leading mergers, acquisitions and public offerings; some from his basement or the back of a community motorcycle garage he co-founded in San Francisco. Quick Left and previous roles -- GM of Pivotal Tracker and CEO/ Founder of both Cohuman and Discovery Mining -- support his passion for people, team dynamics and how both interact with data and development. When not working, Matt can be found riding, maintaining, buying, selling and talking about motorcycles.
Ingrid AlongiCo-Founder / CEO-consulting
Ingrid, a Boulder native, began her career in web development while in grad school in the late 1990s. Throughout her career, she also gained experience building and running engineering teams as well as working with and managing clients. She moved back to Boulder in 2007 to work in the budding startup scene, which soon led to the recreation of Quick Left. She sometimes jokes about the old days of table layouts, hand-coded sql and xsl. When not at work, she likes being outdoors on her bike or in the forest nordic skiing. She is an accomplished track cyclist and has 4 Masters National titles in Match Sprints, Team Pursuit (2), and Team Sprint. Clearly, she’s a team player.
Sam BreedCo-Founder / CTO
Joe StumpCo-Founder Sprintly / CPO
Joe is a seasoned technical leader and serial entrepreneur who has cofounded three venture-backed startups including SimpleGeo, attachments.me, and Sprintly. Joe was Lead Architect of Digg, and has invested in and advised dozens of companies. He is passionate about development processes, iterative product development, and building scalable web infrastructure. Joe has authored pieces for O'Reilly's ONLAMP.com and has spoken at Web 2.0 Expo, Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, Kings of Code, The Next Web, Q-Con, SXSW, MySQL Conference, DjangoCon, and PHP-Con, to name a few. Joe has a BA in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University.
Bing ChouManaging Director
Bing started his career with Quick Left as an apprentice to complement his passion for entrepreneurship and startups with a foundation in coding. These days he's keeping QL's developers busy by putting them to work as training event instructors and bringing in new web and mobile development business. He's committed career suicide in a variety of ways including thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, getting a MBA, launching a business, consulting at a non-profit, and working at an online school that is a former Quick Left client.
Phuong PalmaresManaging Director, Sprintly
Phuong Palmares is a Los Angeles native who graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Phuong began her career in project management and client services in the telecommunications industry before moving into the electronic discovery and litigation software industry in the Silicon Valley. Phuong joined the Sprintly team as Director of Customer Success in 2013 and is currently the Managing director for the QL product development team. Phuong enjoys world travel, photography, buying an insane amount of shoes and electronically hoarding visually stunning work on Pinterest.
Rachel ScottDirector of Marketing
Rachel hails from music-city Nashville, Tennessee where she got her start in marketing and public relations in the country music scene. Her experience ranges from writing copy for shot gun shells and jib furlers (now she's writing Ruby) to creating rebranding strategies for 100-year-old nonprofit organizations. Rachel has a rough time with idle time, so she also co-founded the Colorado Women's Cycling Project and sits on three different nonprofit boards. Her athletic ADD is just as bad, diving into new sports as quickly as she can obtain the gear. She's an elite road and mountain biker, daily hot yoga addict, avid climber, trail runner, nordic skier, and is dabbling in biathlon and motocross.
Bob BonifieldDirector of Engineering
Bob is a Kansas native and Boulder transplant. He got his first taste of web development with HTML and Perl in 1995 at the age of 12, and he landed his first full-time programming gig at brownies.com in 2003, using PHP to develop back-office intranet tools. Bob has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Wichita State University and has ten years of consulting experience with four different companies. When he's not at the office, he enjoys reading, cooking, and craft beer.
Justin AbrahmsDirector of Product Engineering
Justin is a former Google engineer with over a decade of experience with skills ranging from scalable architectures to clean code. Justin has a special interest in the intersection of well tested code and application architecture, with a belief that highly tested code leads to better software designs. In addition to his work at Sprintly, Justin mentors at various organizations aiming to help women and minorities enter the field of programming. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tracy and three animals Simian, Xoi and Mael.
Dave StadlerUX Design Lead
Dave has worked within a multitude of visual design fields. He got his start in an advertising agency, but soon joined an MIT Start-Up in Boston focused on fundraising for non-profits. Dave eventually found his way to Colorado and began working with a multitude of Start-Ups to build cohesive brand experiences. Most days you'll find Dave researching personas, writing user stories, sketching wire-frames, or creating interfaces on Photoshop. Outside of work Dave enjoys playing soccer, taking photographs, and trying to create an external-monologue for his dog.
Grant GarrettDirector of Product Design
Grant is a designer living in Portland with roots embedded across the Midwest. Over many years of honing his craft of design, he has found his passion lying in demystifying the confusing and often complex world that is digital software. A minimalist at heart, he believes in the power and beauty of uncompromising simplicity. He strives to maintain the often precarious balance between form and function all while providing delightful and satisfying experiences. When he isn’t designing you can find him enjoying the beautiful outdoors, delicious craft brews, and other wonderful gems that the Pacific Northwest offers.
Brent ErtzSenior Developer
Brent is an agile and progressive full stack web developer, specializing in standards-based development leveraging emerging technologies. With well over a decade of web development experience, Brent brings a wealth of value to the Quick Left team. Brent also enjoys trail running in the high country and really helps to put the "quick" in Quick Left.
Mark JacksonSales Development Manager
Mark has lived and worked in Hollywood, San Francisco, and New York but a strong passion for the outdoors has led him to Boulder. Joining the Quick Left team was an obvious choice considering a mutual passion for Agile, a love for technical problem solving, and a healthy connection to an active lifestyle. In the past Mark started a few different companies, operated a brand strategy agency, and acquired some pretty hilarious stories about working in Hollywood. If he’s not in the QL office he’s probably in his garage working on vehicle #37+ (who keeps count?), in the mountains on/in some form of off road vehicle, trying to find the best burger, snowboarding, or going for a hike.
Mike AbiEzziSenior Developer
By age 14, Mike had written and sold his first application—ironically, a children's web browser. Now with 12+ years' experience, Mike has worked on everything from space station laboratory control software for NASA's astronauts to growing a startup that specialized in consulting and productizing business management applications. Mike's true passion lies in contributing to the success of valuable and meaningful web applications in the startup community. Since moving to Boulder in 2011, Mike has fallen in love with the city's tech scene and shares Boulder's addiction to the outdoors.
Aaron RubinSales Development Manager
Aaron grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Colorado for the sunshine, outdoor activity, and thriving start-up culture. Aaron has a strong passion for entrepreneurship, and started his own small company while completing school. After graduating from CU Boulder, he worked for a large Agile software company before finding his place at Quick Left. Aaron is an avid skier and loves to travel to places where he can scuba dive whenever possible.
Chris ForretteSenior Developer
Chris is a Southern California native who has slowly made his way up the west coast over the years and has settled in Portland, OR for the last 5. Chris got his feet wet with design and development when he joined a punk band in high school and has never looked back. When not hard at work on Sprintly, Chris can be found: coding or learning about code; playing drums and/or listening to loud music; being really nerdy and anal about craft coffee, beer, or cocktails; buying records; cooking, baking, learning how to cook/bake, or eating; or relaxing with his girlfriend and their dogs. Fun fact: Chris has come to be known as the "Sprintly Grandma." He occasionally brings in fresh baked cookies for the team, gets the air conditioner fixed, and makes sure people have comfortable chairs to sit in.
Amanda CyrOperations Manager
Amanda came to Colorado in search of the "American Dream"; 300 days of sunshine and multiple microbreweries. With a background in Music Performance and Religious Studies she considers herself much like a fine wine; complex, full bodied, pairs nicely, and getting better with time. When she's not making dreams come true at QL, you can find her cycling, thumb wrestling, and making mix tapes.
Matt HugginsSenior Developer
Matt, coding since he was 12, has learned a variety of languages and frameworks. Most recently, Matt has spent his time developing full-stack Ruby on Rails applications. When not in front of the computer, he enjoys playing racquetball, ultimate Frisbee, and putting his money where his mouth is at the poker table. Escaping a previously long and stressful daily commute to work in NYC, he’s also planning on enjoying his newfound free time by exploring Boulder with his wife and daughter, as well as biking and exercising daily.
Nick SerraSenior Developer
Nicholas lives and works in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Nick became interested in computers in middle school and was soon immersed in the world of AOL progz. Soon he was learning to program in VB and creating small websites based around his interests. His last few years were spent working for a startup in Youngstown. Nick began hacking with the Sprint.ly team in 2012 and officially joined the team in October 2013. When he's not working, Nick enjoys contributing to open source software, photography/videography, vintage motorcycles, and amateur radio.
Christa GhentMarketing Coordinator
Christa is a Colorado native, who grew up as a ski racer in her home town of Vail. After successive injuries, she moved to Boulder for college and was introduced to cycling, and the strong community that goes with it. Her studies of Psychology gave her an interest in how people communicate, and what drives peoples’ passion. As Marketing Coordinator, Christa combines her understanding of how people make decisions and how marketing can influence that. Christa is very excited to work in a cycling friendly company like Quick Left. A little too excited.
Laura is a full-stack developer with special interests in front end, back end, and all points in between. Laura recently graduated from gSchool, a 6 month Ruby on Rails training program, and is excited to push her skills to the next level. Born and raised in South Carolina and brought to Boulder by way of Wyoming, Las Vegas, and Upstate New York, Laura loves hiking and camping and is an avid birder. Other interests include cooking, homebrewing, and playing clawhammer banjo.
From an early age, Hargobind has been driven to understand the details of how computers work. His recent work has put this knowledge to use building web and mobile applications using powerful and fun technologies such as Ruby on Rails and Node.js. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with new technologies, learning new programming languages, or playing Settlers of Catan with friends.
Ben is a nerd to the core. He got his start in tech doing hobby projects in DBase II -- in the 6th grade. His diverse experience working in industrial and creative settings gives him a pragmatic perspective on software and systems development. When not at work, Ben spends his time contributing to Loveland’s startup community, discussing philosophy with friends, and playing pen-and-paper RPGs. Since 2007, when he married an occupational therapist, he has enjoyed the active lifestyle which he now spends rough-housing with his sons who go by “Batman” and “Bricks.”
Doug is a physical and digital security virtuoso. He is active in the hacker scene and spends all his vacation days scouring the globe for the next security conference. Doug's interest in security eventually led him into the development world where he seeks to make the internet a safer place for our children, and our childrens' children. He spends his downtime being outside and starting projects that consume his life for short, intense periods of time.
Flora grew up in the Northwest, but came to Portland only after a decade exploring San Francisco, New York, and London. She holds an MA, Distinction, in Cultural Studies from the University of London (UK), though she ultimately decided to leave the academy in 2009 to pursue career alternatives. Flora's father, a decisions support specialist, challenged her to learn some basic scripting and she hasn't looked back since. Discovering a love for the Python language and community early on, Flora contributes much of her free time to spreading that love to other women programmers as co-organizer of the Portland chapter of Pyladies. In her free time she enjoys watching indie films, listening to old punk and soul records, knitting, reading French theory, and indulging her obsession with James Spader.
Blair spent many years on the sales and product side of consulting before making the move into development. Admittedly he could not resist the move after seeing how much fun the web-engineers were having. He has a sincere appreciation for startup culture, as well introducing new technologies to established and mature businesses. As a Seattle native, he has a healthy appreciation for sunshine, apples, properly hopped beer, fresh seafood, and not driving in traffic.
Fresh off the boat from Dublin, Ireland, Shane joined Quick Left in late 2013. A student of the inaugural 2013 gSchool web development school in Denver, CO, Shane got his start in technology working for an Oil and Gas startup within the European Accelerator, startupbootcamp. After this, he began designing web applications, focusing on solid and intuitive user experiences. A later failed attempt to be accepted to the New York based ERA accelerator, Shane found his way out to Colorado to learn how to build world class web applications. A big fan of snowsports, Shane is hoping to get the most out of everything Boulder has to offer on its doorstep.
Meeka is a full-stack developer and reformed Luddite, who came to Colorado to attend the gSchool program. Prior to her career in tech, she worked in the solar energy field, which was one of many career choices that has utilized her Anthropology and Spanish degrees extensively. She is currently certified to give CPR, administer diabetes injections, notarize documents (in Pennsylvania), train others in ladder safety, teach English as a second language, serve alcoholic beverages, and lead a kayak trip. In her spare time, she records music, hikes around Colorado and tries to explain what she does professionally to her parents. She is also very grateful for the opportunity to join the tech community and to learn from and work with her brilliant coworkers.
Ben, a Colorado native and a third-generation programmer, lived many lives before following the footsteps of his forebears. After several years as an organic farm worker, gardener, and elementary school music teacher, he fell in love with coding one spring break and never looked back. A graduate of the second gSchool class, he prides himself in a dedication to Test-Driven Development, and specializes in Single Page Apps and Service-Oriented Architecture. He lives in Boulder with his partner Monica and their daughter Lumin, and enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and riding his bike. He continues to pursue music as a regional bluegrass fiddle performer.
Nick StarrMarketing Intern
Nick originally hails from the great state of Massachusetts but moved west in search of adventure and to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. At CU, Nick studies media and advertising, and has honed his skills as an intern to the University Lacrosse and AllOver Media teams. As an intern at Quick Left, Nick is eager to gain experience in the tech industry while contributing to the marketing team. When not in the QL office or on campus, you can find Nick snowboarding, sampling the many craft beers Boulder has to offer, and having a good time with friends.
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