Atomic Object Named one of Michigan’s “Cool Places to Work”

Atomic Object has been named one of 75 “Cool Places to Work” in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Carl Erickson, Atomic’s co-founder and CEO, described himself as “moved” by the honor: “Business success is nice,” said Erickson, “but achieving it with people who care deeply about what they do, and who they do it with, is better. I’m proud of what we’ve built, and inspired by the people I work with. Happy people do great work.” Read more on Atomic Object Named one of Michigan’s “Cool Places to Work”…

Clients Aren’t Customers – They’re Teammates

The Detroit Lions have been having a tough year with their kicking game. They are on their third kicker this year, and the season is only half over!  As a Lions fan, I was happy to hear the kicker say this:

“If they send me out there, they’re not sending me out there to just kick the ball. They expect points.”

– Matt Prater, Detroit Lions field goal kicker

I felt that this guy understands it’s the results that matter. (Let’s just forget that he missed his first two fields goals this year.) We want him to go out there and kick the ball, sure. But we also want the result of the kick to get us some points! Read more on Clients Aren’t Customers – They’re Teammates…

A Day in the Life of an Atom – Development

Working for Atomic Object, a day at the office can including many things, such as meetings, project kickoff, sales meetings with clients, or project leadership. It’s pretty fast paced sometimes.

I don’t know if there’s anything as a “typical day,” but I’m going to walk you through a development-heavy day on my current project, where I’m using some technologies that are newer to me.   Read more on A Day in the Life of an Atom – Development…

3 Atoms Join Ann Arbor & Detroit Teams

In the past few months, three new Atoms have joined our molecule – one in Ann Arbor and two in Detroit. I asked each of them to tell me a little about themselves and to share their favorite thing about Atomic Object so far.

Matt Behrens

“I’ve been a software developer for many years, but almost always working on a team of one. Joining AO has been an opportunity for me to learn how to work together with other makers with a passion for quality like mine. I feel like I’ve only just got started, but I’ve learned so much already, and am looking forward to continuing to learn and grow on that front, thanks to my awesome co-makers.”

Matt is the newest developer in the Ann Arbor office, where he’s been working on a project for RouteOne. Read more on 3 Atoms Join Ann Arbor & Detroit Teams…

Where Does Atomic Thrive?

In 2001, Atomic Object came to life in a small, rented workspace in an old red brick building in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. In 2003, when Atomic was still young and very small, we moved west on Wealthy Street to the red brick building we now call AOHQ. We’ve grown a lot since then, so it was smart of us to invest in a bigger house than we needed at the time. Turns out, the Uptown neighborhood suits us just fine.

In July 2012, we opened our Detroit office in another old, red brick building. And in September 2013, we hung the Atomic shingle out in Ann Arbor — in, you guessed it, a red brick building.

Atomic has chosen to locate our offices on the fringe of downtown in two larger Michigan cities (Grand Rapids and Detroit) and the center of a smaller scale city (Ann Arbor), where older, red brick commercial buildings are more likely to be the workplace options in stock. Read more on Where Does Atomic Thrive?…

My First Visit to a Contract Manufacturer – Flextronics

Over the past 8 months, I have been writing firmware for a consumer electronic device. If there’s anything I’ve learned throughout this project, it’s that taking a good idea and turning it into a sellable product is a lot of work! I used to think that coming up with a good idea was the hardest part. In reality, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Assuming everything goes according to plan, the product I’ve been working on will be in mass production in less than a year. Just recently we began the phase of early-manufacturing and Design Validation Testing (DVT). To help support the process, I booked a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit the contract manufacturing facility, Flextronics. The reason for my visit was to help set up and prove out testing equipment that would be used to validate the functionality of devices that are manufactured. However, while I was there, I got to witness much more of what goes on during the early stages of developing a manufacturing process. It was quite an eye-opening experience.

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Local Orbit is Hiring an Atomic-Quality Software Engineer

Are you interested in working at a startup version of Atomic Object? Then apply to be a software engineer at Local Orbit.

What’s Local Orbit?

Local Orbit is an Ann Arbor startup with amazing, dedicated people who are building a platform that enables local farmers, food makers, and aggregators to efficiently sell to wholesale buyers — creating efficiency and a transparent, traceable supply chain. Local Orbit currently supports customers in 16 states and Canada who are transforming the food industry by running their business on Local Orbit.

What does this have to do with Atomic Object?

Recently, through a unique partnership, I joined Local Orbit as their CTO while remaining a full-time employee at Atomic Object. Over the past 12 years, I’ve learned more about software development at Atomic than I could have anywhere else. My mission is to bring the best parts of working as a software engineer at Atomic Object to Local Orbit by helping to build their engineering culture, practices, and processes. Read more on Local Orbit is Hiring an Atomic-Quality Software Engineer…

2 Under 40

I nominated both of our managing partners in the Grand Rapids office this year for the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ recognition. Atomic has always believed strongly in the power of pairs, and Mike Marsiglia and Shawn Crowley exemplify why that is.

Since 2009 when they left development positions and effectively apprenticed themselves to me, Shawn and Mike have grown significantly in the scope and depth of their responsibilities and made invaluable contributions to Atomic. In January of this year, we officially pulled the trigger on our succession plan, and they took the titles Managing Partner, Grand Rapids, in addition to their Vice President roles, which span our multiple offices. Read more on 2 Under 40…