Since We’ve Been Gone

We didn’t break up with anyone (except our old branding, of course), but we know we haven’t posted in a while. (It’s not you, it’s us!). We’ve just been super busy.

by Christine Olivas

If you’ve ever done karaoke, you know that nothing gets the room going quite like a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.” It’s catchy, fun to dance to, and it has a timeless message of empowerment.

We didn’t break up with anyone (except our old branding, of course), but we know we haven’t posted in a while. (It’s not you, it’s us!). We’ve just been super busy.

One of our biggest projects has been launching our new branding and this awesome new website you’re browsing right now! Here are some other exciting highlights of what we’ve been up to since we’ve been gone.

  1. We have new team members. We’re still growing our team during the pandemic, and we’ve welcomed Christine Olivas, Ian DiBruno, Jesse Bracho, and Jessica McManus.
  2. We’re focusing on diversity in hiring. We were really excited to be added to People First Jobs. We also partnered with EchoMeForward and participated in’s TWIJ Podcast on diversifying the tech pipeline.
  3. Our employees are taking over our social media. ICYMI because you don’t follow us on Instagram & Facebook (follow us on Instagram & Facebook) we launched a series of employee takeovers. Get insight on the working styles and hobbies of our team members!
  4. We got recognized! Our CEO and Co-founder, Greg Sterndale, and our Director of Client Engagement, Dawn McDougall, were both included on the talent-packed Philly’s 100 RealLIST Connectors list. Not long after, we also made this year’s #Inc5000 list.
  5. Our COO & Co-founder wrote a book. Jason Garber made the most of his quarantine by publishing a pragmatic and engaging book on “Practical Pair Programming.” You can purchase it on A Book Apart’s site.
  6. We shared Quality Assurance 101 with Philly students. Our QA Guru, Jay R. Newlin, presented his signature talk, Quality Assurance 101, for the Philly Startup Sprint interns. A stellar group of students who lost their internships due to pandemic related fallout were brought together via the PSS and came prepared to learn and asked some great questions.
  7. We’re starting a dialogue about building a better Philly. Back in May, our team raised almost $10k for the Philly Bail Fund and were inspired to launch Ingenious Ideas. From that event, we’ve identified commitments that we are making as a company and thoughtful commitments from attendees that we’ll be amplifying.
  8. We transformed our popular Meetup Series for the post-pandemic era. Nicole Phoenix, our Community Engagement Coordinator, took our meetups online. First, we hosted a kick-off event with Ashley Turner of Philly Tech Sistas: Pivot to Progress, Not Perfection. Next up: a virtual event toolkit that will empower Philly groups to meet virtually.

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