In the past few months, four new Atoms have joined our molecule—one in Ann Arbor, one in Detroit, and two 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.
[Your website is] the hardest project you’ll ever do, and when you’re done, you won’t like it.
– Aaron Schaap, Elevator Up
It’s not every day, or even year, we redesign our website. Thank heavens. In fact, our last major redesign was in 2006. Read more on What We Learned from our Hardest Project Ever…
Just before Thanksgiving, the entire Atomic Object team (Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Detroit) ventured into the heart of Michigan’s wilderness to spend nearly two full days together. Read more on Atomic Con 2014 – Building a Stronger, Smarter Molecule…
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”…
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 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…
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…
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…
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.
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.