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.

  • 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 of some lessons learned from surfing and how they can be applied to the work environment.

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  • 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 amount of effort, coupled with a sore and overworked body, requiring the climber to resort to physical will power in making the descent possible from the mountain. This analogy can be aptly applied to creating software and those of us who have pursued this field as a profession.

  • 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”.

  • 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 stands in between you and your future dream job.

  • Culture Builders v. Culture Joiners

    Culture Builders v. Culture Joiners

    We are a group of people who understand that changing the world requires both grit and empathy, and that building up the people around us is just as important as building world-class products.

  • 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 embrace) the challenge of getting the user experience just right. A UX Wizard is an essential and valuable part of any budding startup team.

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  • 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 (Just kidding, of course you can still ask. I’ll probably just read this post to you anyway).

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  • 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.

    What stands out to me now, reading this again, is how well it speaks to why I love what I do, and why the great people I’ve been privileged to work with did so alongside me.

    This is what all companies should be about:

    Everyone,

    I just wanted to share with you some feelings I had from last night, which relate to the very core of what I think makes Cloudmark so great.

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