About Us

Our Professionals

Our team is comprised of diverse, dedicated, experienced, and highly professional experts with years of experience in a variety of fields; both business and academic centric.

It is very rare to have our mix of diversity and experience that comes with decades of combined technology industry expertise. This unique combination allows us to provide perspectives that most others cannot. Analytical and critical thinking skill honed at major research universities. Expert-level technical understanding of software and cloud technologies rooted in some of the largest organizations in the US. Leadership and enterprise-level application development honed through the successful growth and acquisition of startups. These are where our roots lie and we would love to share our expertise to help make your company as successful as it can be.
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The Ribyt core team after winning an escape room!

Our History

You may be wondering how such a diverse and experienced group of people got together in the first place. Well, most of us started our professional relationship while working at Ribyt, a SaaS startup in the entertainment event and guest management space. Brandon was the technology lead and employee #2 behind the CEO and was charged with building a team that would plan, build, deploy, and support a brand new custom application that would eventually go on to serve tens of thousands of clients and customers.

Over the next four years he brought on Nick, Gian, and Kelsey (along with a number of others) and the team grew the product into a robust and scalable application used by companies like iHeartRadio, CapitalOne, the NBA, and the NFL. Through the ups and down of startup life, the team grew incredibly close and became great friends. Yet, as all great things often do, the ride of Ribyt eventually came to end with its acquisition by Conde Nast. Shortly after, the team was dissolved but the friendships lasted.To that end, we have made new partners and friends, like Julie and Avery, and together we're hoping to bring the kind of professionalism, passion, quality, and service to our customers that no other software engineering team can.
Founder - Head of Technology

Brandon Ching, PhD

  • Fifteen+ years in the web software and cloud engineering industry.
  • Nine years as a web software engineer.
  • Six years as an engineering director/manager.
  • Experience in startups and fortune 100 companies.
  • Principal engineer and technology leader of a successfully acquired startup.
  • B.S. Criminal Justice Administration – San Diego State University
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) – San Diego State University
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration – Arizona State University
  • Master of Computer Science (MCS) – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Multiple peer-reviewed published works.
  • Various certifications including AWS Developer, AI Programming in Python Udacity Nanodegree, GIAC Forensic Analyst (expired), UNIX System Administration (UCSD), and Virtualization Expert.
  • NodeJS, Python, R, PHP and shell scripting expertise.
  • Backend API development in NodeJS, PHP, and various frameworks.
  • VueJS, React, and Angular frontend development.
  • MongoDB, MySQL, DynamoDB, and SQLite.
  • Cloud architecture and managed services experience including AWS and Google Cloud.
  • Cloud and software architecture expertise.
  • Advanced regression and econometric analysis in R and Python.
  • Text analysis including sentiment and tone using cloud-based NLP.
  • Applied machine learning in Python including neural networks, means clustering, image recognition, regression, and text analysis.
Brandon Ching
kelsey
Head of QA and Product

Kelsey Lisenbe, CSM, CSPO

  • Nine years of experience in Technology & Software Development
  • Experienced in establishing a standardized COE for QA departments.
  • Actively leading multiple onshore and offshore development teams to successful, incremental releases for high profile business clients in the Entertainment and Sports media industry.
  • Lead all Scrum ceremonies and act as a servant leader to reduce roadblocks and increase productivity.
  • B.S. Information Technology – Kaplan University
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner
  • Manual QA best practices and testing methodologies.
  • Automated Testing using TestNG, Java, Selenium.
  • Product Ownership including identifying business requirements, translating RFP’s to actionable development tasks, executing long and short term road maps.
  • Root cause analysis, front end and back end, API and integration testing
Principle Software Engineer

Nick Smith

  • Eight years of experience in MongoDB development with Node.js.
  • Ten years of experience building Node.js applications at scale with AWS infrastructure.
  • Ten years of front-end development experience with JavaScript using the Angular.js and Vue.js frameworks.
  • Two years of experience in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency application development.
  • Certified Javascript Developer.
  • A+ Certification.
  • Software Architecture and Back-end Development.
  • Javascript Development.
  • Test Driven Development.
nick
gian
Sr. Software Engineer

Gian Aguirre

  • Six years experience with high traffic volume web development.
  • Five years experience creating adaptive designs with leading frameworks.
  • Five years with Amazon Web Services.
  • San Diego State University 2002-2007.
  • Javascript frameworks: VueJS, React, Angular.
  • Backend Frameworks: NodeJS, PHP.
  • Dadabases: MongoDB, MySQL, Firebase.
  • Automation: Jasmine, Nightwatch, Protractor
Senior UI/UX Engineer

Avery Fletcher

  • Six years in the web software industry.
  • Three years as an UX Software Designer.
  • Experience in learning management systems and educational software applications.
  • BA in Game Design from Collins College
  • Rapid UI prototyping and wire framing.
  • Information Architecture.
  • Proficiency in visual communication.
Avery
julie
Client and Project Manager

Julie Ching

  • Eight years of Project Management experience.
  • Over eighteen years of Customer Service experience.
  • Currently working for an EdTech company as an Associate Product Manager on a new Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Working with two software development teams on two distinct major products handing feature planning and defect triage handling.
  • Experience managing offshore teams across multiple time zones.
  • Full-Stack Web Developer Certification – UCSD Extension
  • Fourteen years of hospitality industry experience.
  • Organization through planning and managing big event like professional conferences, weddings of all sizes and restaurant buyouts.
  • Jira and project management expertise.

Why Choose Us?

Professional

Our team has extensive professional experience working with high-profile customers and companies in a multitude of industries.

Experienced

From Fortune 100's to startups to prestigious universities, our team has experience in world-class businesses and academic settings.

Honest

We're straight shooters and will tell it like it is...backed up with evidence and data of course. Trust us to tell you what you need to hear.

Passionate

Technology and data is our life. Let us share that passion with you and help you discover what being passionate about technology can do for you.
What sets us apart

We have a unique combination of education and experience that allows us to approach problems from a perspective that industry insiders simply cannot. This gives our customers a unique and balanced advantage with insights that are simply unmatched.