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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…

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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…

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Atomic’s Micah Alles Joins Local Orbit as CTO


In a unique partnership between Atomic Object and Local Orbit, a thriving Ann Arbor startup, I’m excited to announce that I’m joining Local Orbit as their CTO!

Local Orbit’s small, brilliant, motivated team is dedicated to helping people build profitable businesses and healthier communities. They provide people who are building the New Food Economy the platform and tools they need to do their work. Local Orbit’s software platform connects buyers and sellers of local food with shorter, more transparent supply chains. By organically connecting multiple local food hubs, buyers, and sellers in an emerging market, we are supporting entrepreneurs who rely on Local Orbit to run their businesses. Real people, getting real value, from a cutting-edge platform.

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My Atomic Experience

IMG_4534I recently accepted a position with a new company and was offered a compelling opportunity that balances my passion for designing software experiences with my love for high aesthetics.

Being at a point in life where a significant change is needed, this urge to start something new is very exciting. Over the past few years, I have spent a lot of time building my craft, testing with practices at many stages of the design process. Through this transition, I find this new opportunity to be unveiling new design challenges, which is exciting for me.

Life as an Atom

Starting a new job is always tough, but leaving a good job is always tougher.

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My ‘Bon Voyage’ to Atomic


I joined Atomic Object just over eights years ago as a software developer. Since then, I’ve worked for 17 customers on many diverse projects and using 10 different languages.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of people who take great pride in their work, their customers, and their sharing of the fantastic knowledge they have gathered. Read more on My ‘Bon Voyage’ to Atomic…

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Hiring Developers in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor & Detroit


Atomic Object is looking to hire two developers — junior or senior — in our Grand Rapids office. We’re also hiring designers and developers in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Here’s where you can apply.

What does Atomic do?

We create custom software products — mobile, web, desktop and embedded — for clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 500. Our typical projects are large and complex. Our success relies on smart designers and developers who can collaborate closely and work on self-managed teams to produce quality software that our clients love.

Why work at Atomic?

Here are a few more reasons why you should be considering working here: Read more on Hiring Developers in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor & Detroit…

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5 Atoms Join Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids Teams

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

Tabitha Blanski

“I love the smart, interesting, reliable people I work with. I look forward to coming into work, especially on pair lunch days, when I consider who I might talk to in greater depth. I appreciate the smiles and the kindness. I am grateful for all of the willing advice and help, when I have questions. AO’s community is really something special.”

As Atomic’s second Marketing Coordinator, Tabitha is responsible for answering sales calls, writing case studies, producing Atomic’s internal newsletter, and managing photography and videography. She also helps with all other marketing tasks, including Atomic Spin, trade show materials, and creating Atomic’s new website (currently in the works). Read more on 5 Atoms Join Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids Teams…

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Techweek Detroit 2014


At the end of May, Detroit hosted its first ever Techweek. Techweek conferences have taken place in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, and this year they Detroit.  It seems like good company for Detroit to be in and a recognition of the importance of the technology sector in the future of Detroit.

Techweek Detroit was a week-long series of events aimed at showcasing the growing technology sector in the Detroit area. There were numerous opportunities to network with technology and business leaders, listen to talks covering a variety of topics, and learn about many of the various startups taking root in the city and vying for an opportunity to pitch to the attendees. Read more on Techweek Detroit 2014…

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Balanced Team is Coming to Grand Rapids in 2015


Many teams and organizations struggle with the question, “How can creative teams work together to produce valuable, validated outcomes in an environment of extreme uncertainty?” This is a tough question — and surely has no single answer — but it’s one that the Balanced Team group has been addressing head-on since 2009 through meetups, mailing lists, and conference presentations.

Balanced Team events have been held in New York, Boulder, Austin, and San Francisco in the last few years, and now it’s coming back to Grand Rapids. Brittany Hunter, Moses Hohman, Rick Harlow, and I are excited to announce a Grand Rapids Balanced Team Summit on June 13 and 14, 2015!

We’ll be gathering around 100 multidisciplinary software practitioners with traditional design, business, and engineering backgrounds for two days of talks, fishbowls, and workshops. We’ll again be tackling the above question. Read more on Balanced Team is Coming to Grand Rapids in 2015…

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On to New Adventures


I joined Atomic Object just over three years ago as an embedded software developer. Since then, I’ve worked for many customers on many diverse projects. I’ve had the opportunity to build things with experts who care deeply about what they make and how they conduct their work. I’ve learned from and taught fantastic developers. But, most important to me, I’ve worked with people who, like myself, crave competency. Read more on On to New Adventures…

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