Carl Erickson on Urban Offices, Being a Good Neighbor, and the Value of Proximity

Atomic Object was recently named to the Inner City 100, a list of America’s fastest-growing companies with headquarters in older urban neighborhoods. It’s an annual recognition from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, featured in Fortune Magazine.

I sat down with Atomic CEO Carl Erickson to talk about why Atomic keeps choosing Wealthy Street, and what Atomic and the neighborhood have to offer each other. Read more on Carl Erickson on Urban Offices, Being a Good Neighbor, and the Value of Proximity…

Atomic Games 2017 – Now with Real-Time Strategy!

We really enjoyed hosting our third annual Atomic Games event in Grand Rapids this year. It was a huge success! We met so many smart students and had lots of opportunities to work with them throughout the day. Our team overheard a number of the competitors saying how much they enjoyed this year’s challenge and that they continued to work on the problem after the event.
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Selling with Your Head and Your Heart – The New ABCs of Sales

When I first entered the world of software consulting, I was a project manager at another firm. My job was to ensure that we delivered on the promises we made to our clients to make great software. In those early days, I felt project success required certainty in the scope, budget, and time frame. If the client’s expectations were clear and the budget adequate, we would deliver. Read more on Selling with Your Head and Your Heart – The New ABCs of Sales…

Three Ways I’ve Adopted the “Teach and Learn” Lifestyle

Here at Atomic Object, we have a passion to continue learning and sharing knowledge with fellow Atoms. Whether this means researching a new technology, attending a conference, or holding a brown bag discussion during lunch, we’re constantly seeking to explore new ideas and topics. This desire and drive to learn is described by one of Atomic’s six values: Teach and Learn. Read more on Three Ways I’ve Adopted the “Teach and Learn” Lifestyle…

Announcing the 2017 Atomic Games!

It’s time for our third annual Atomic Games! This programming challenge provides a great learning opportunity for college students and a chance to interview with Atomic in a fun, low-pressure environment. We were delighted by student interest and enthusiastic participation in last year’s Games, and we have some key enhancements for 2017.

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Reflecting on the Atomic Accelerator’s First Year

I’m very excited to welcome our second Accelerator cohort this summer. This milestone provided a natural opportunity for introspection on the first year of the program. We’re very pleased with the expected–and surprising–successes of the program. We’ve also made some changes based on what we’ve learned from the first year. Read more on Reflecting on the Atomic Accelerator’s First Year…

Making Unexpected Friends at Work by Prepping for External Events

When I joined Atomic many years ago, it was a small group of tight-knit developers. With fewer than 10 developers working in an open office environment, it was easy to build and maintain a sense of camaraderie. Now that the number of Atoms is around 60, it’s not so easy to get to know one another. We’ve done many experiments to help build and foster the family feeling here at AO, but we’re always looking to improve. Read more on Making Unexpected Friends at Work by Prepping for External Events…