Moving our Payroll Home Base to Denver

We joined Y Combinator in 2012 with the idea that we could change the way people think about payroll. The name of our company back then, “ZenPayroll,” emphasized our focus on the payroll domain (although we already had aspirations to go beyond payroll, as contemplated in our YC pitch deck)…

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Hacking with Gusto

Once or twice a year, Gusto’s engineering, product, and design (EPD) team likes to pause, convalesce, and spend three days writing “non-roadmap-approved” code together. Engineers, designers, and product managers with ideas pitch them to other EPD members to have them join their teams. Non-EPD folks throw their hat in…

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What it’s Like Coding in a Large Team

(cross-posted from Into Thin Air) In 2003 I joined a small startup in San Diego called ProfitLine as a software engineer. I was part of an eight-person development team, comprising one development manager, three database administrators, and four software engineers. By Gusto standards, coding there was the Wild West. Back…

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Modularizing Salesforce Integration at Gusto

(cross-posted from Into Thin Air) On March 9th, 2017 I gave a talk at our office in Denver about an architectural approach we’re taking to modularize our codebase. Of note, this approach is experimental and is not widely implemented at Gusto. Sixty or so Denver-based engineers attended, and we…

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Kendra Lyndon is a Denver-Engineering Gustie!

(cross post from Into Thin Air) Kendra Lyndon, a Seattle native, is our newest Denver-based engineer at Gusto! This is Kendra’s first gig after graduating from Galvanize, and she’s already making a (positive) dent in our codebase only two-weeks in. And if you’re lucky, you might hear…

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Onboarding Denver Engineers

(cross-posted from Into Thin Air) 5 months ago I was the only Gusto engineer in Denver. Now we have 6. All of us are new to the company, and most of us are coming up to speed on the frameworks we use here at Gusto (React, Rails, etc.). Our vision…

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Matt Lewis is a Denver-Engineering Gustie

Matt Lewis, a native to Wisconsin (but without the accent for some reason), joins us as our newest engineer in Denver today! Matt spent some time working with Rachio in Denver before starting with the Payroll Engineering pod at Gusto. If you walk by his house, you might glimpse him…

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Dave Corby is an Engineering Gustie!

We’re thrilled to say that Dave Corby has joined Gusto’s Growth Foundation team in Denver as an engineer! Dave worked as an engineer at Amazon in Seattle for a couple of years. He moved to Boulder and worked with Formation Systems there before joining Gusto. You might very…

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Chris Ferguson is an Engineering Gustie!

Following GitHub’s lead, we’re going to start writing about new folks who join our EPD (engineering, product, and design) team here in Denver. We’re stoked to welcome Chris Ferguson as the Technical Architect for our Growth Foundation team in Denver! Chris will be working with his team…

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Bringing Top Talent to Denver/Boulder

(cross-posted from Into Thin Air) I attended a dinner last week with about thirty influential folks in the Denver/Boulder tech scene (I’m not actually sure how I got invited). The topic was how might we work together to make ours a more attractive region for top-tier tech talent…

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Denver = Engineering Career Stagnation?

(cross-posted from Into Thin Air) People If I leave San Francisco and work for a company in a place like Denver, I’d be working with a bunch of “B Players.” I mean, the best people are in Silicon Valley, right? Silicon Valley is filled with talented engineers. I left…

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Code Schools: The Bar

(cross posted from Into Thin Air) I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee. A lot. People here in Denver are making significant career changes and becoming software engineers. This is good. And I’ve been drinking coffee with them. These people have worked for the Peace Corps, directed non-profits,…

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