Ivy Softworks is a stealth Innovation Studio on a mission to build companies that solve some of the most complex technology problems we face today. We love to challenge limits, and constantly push the boundaries of what is possible. We are on the hunt for fearless adventurers that share our ambition to change the status quo and want the opportunity to build and own something big.

  • Introducing Brian Valentine!

    Introducing Brian Valentine!

    Today I’m announcing a significant addition to our leadership team – Brian Valentine! Originally a Unix & VMS programmer at Intel back in the 80s, Brian is probably best known in the software industry for building and leading some amazing teams across a truly remarkable number of products and platforms (Exchange, Windows XP & 2000, […]

  • Management Mojo

    Management Mojo

    “It is something to make yourself better, but it is really something when you make those around you better” – Russell Wilson, QB Seattle Seahawks Leadership, and ultimately management, are topics usually written and spoken about in the context of business.  This shouldn’t be surprising, since the very success of any enterprise is predicated on […]

  • Don’t Be Afraid of Leaving that Safe Job at a Big Company

    Don’t Be Afraid of Leaving that Safe Job at a Big Company

    If you are fortunate enough to have spent a few years at one of those big, safe software companies (and you know who they are), you might have given a thought to whether you could try a startup. I’m here to tell you that you can do it, and it’s not as scary as you […]

  • How We Solve (Virtually) Every Software Engineering Problem

    How We Solve (Virtually) Every Software Engineering Problem

    All you need to solve any engineering problem is a great team and some Expo markers. The foundation of every great team is trust. Trust fuels collaboration and ingenuity. A great team is the starting point to every great startup accomplishment (more about the markers later.) Here at Ivy Softworks we strive to create and […]

  • Captivating Your Audience – A UX Wizard’s Perspective

    Captivating Your Audience – A UX Wizard’s Perspective

    Differentiating your products in today’s highly competitive market is extremely difficult when there’s an app for everything. You need to create something that grabs the attention of the crowd, draws them in, and leaves them wanting more. These days it’s more important than ever to create experiences that engage the user’s emotional being.  I’ve dedicated […]

  • Embrace Your Inner Pterodactyl

    Embrace Your Inner Pterodactyl

    What a wonderful time to be in the tech industry! Established companies are pampering employees with great compensation packages, lavish holiday parties, and even sprucing up mundane chores by offering on-site laundry! Like all good things, they come at a cost. I grew frustrated with the inefficient use of my time largely driven by the […]

  • Succeeding in your Startup Journey

    Succeeding in your Startup Journey

    The constant state of flux that exists within the startup environment requires each person to naturally fit into the culture, easily adapt to new things, and be able to draw on their experiences to get things done. We are hiring with these three perspectives in mind because ultimately, we are building a family.  Our process […]

  • Life(and work) Lessons Learned From Surfing

    Life(and work) Lessons Learned From Surfing

    Surfing is one of my passions outside of work. Having just returned from a surf trip to Nicaragua, for this weeks blog post, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about how some of my experiences in the water relate to experiences in my professional life. Here is a (in no way complete) list […]

  • The Ascent and Descent into the Software Journey

    The Ascent and Descent into the Software Journey

    There is a saying in mountaineering that goes: “when your reach the summit, you are only half-way through your journey.”  Reminders to the mountaineer that they still have to return alive. There are too many stories of the mountaineers who made the summit but lost their way, or fell to their deaths, because they underestimated […]

  • The Startup Attitude

    The Startup Attitude

    As we’ve been growing out the team here at Ivy Softworks, I’ve been observing the traits of individuals who really thrive in startup environments. From what I have observed, the individuals that really grow and succeed at a startup share a common attitude. I’m going to call it the “Startup Attitude”. The Startup Attitude is […]

  • Ace Your Technical Interview

    Ace Your Technical Interview

    It’s a great time to be a software engineer: salaries are high, benefits are sexy, and you have the opportunity to grow your toolkit and own what you build. Whether you are in the market looking for a greener pasture or just want a change of pace, there is still a nerve-racking technical interview that […]

  • Culture Builders v. Culture Joiners

    Culture Builders v. Culture Joiners

    A year ago I would have defined myself as a Culture Joiner: a good person with good ideas but mostly just looking to ride the modern experience of start-up wealth and privilege. I wanted to be doted upon, with the usual free laundry service, affirmation circles, and pizza Fridays, much more than I wanted the […]

  • Startups & the UX Design Challenge

    Startups & the UX Design Challenge

    User experience design is one of the more challenging aspects to any interactive design project. Whether it’s a website, mobile app, or desktop software, the goal is to create a pleasurable, immersive, and inspiring experience for the end user. As a start up focused on developing next level productivity and collaboration tools, we recognize (and […]

  • Why I Chose to Join Ivy Softworks

    Why I Chose to Join Ivy Softworks

    We’re continuing to grow out the team here at Ivy Softworks, and meeting with a lot of talented engineers and entrepreneurs. When speaking with candidates, I often get asked why I decided to join the company. In an effort to stop repeating myself, I’ve committed my answer to this blog for future candidates to reference […]

  • Why We Do What We Do

    Why We Do What We Do

    Recently I came across some old nostalgic bits from one of my companies. One of those bits was an email I wrote to the entire company, following a particularly large website and product launch the night before. An incredible amount of time and effort had gone into making that launch successful, and succeed it did. […]