Who we are
We started in 2005 as a team of one and have grown to 33 today. We're a team that spans the lifecycle of software development. From strategy to design and development, to marketing and growth. We come from varied backgrounds and experiences which means we know how to navigate your world. We use this knowledge to bring insight to every project, in every industry.
The majority of us live in West Michigan, with a handful of team members in other parts of the country. No matter where you’re based, we’re pros at working and collaborating with people in all time zones.
How we work
We partner with you, building the team that's right for the situation or problem at hand. We’re driven to help you achieve your end goal which means we’re going to:
- get hands-on
- ask tough questions
- test your assumptions
Our goal is to leverage our experience to build you the best digital product possible. From strategy, to prototypes, to apps that run for years, we can do it all. We build beautiful consumer-facing apps, and robust APIs that work behind the scenes. Our team works with you, and we're here for your success.
Allison was first introduced to programming at a Rails Girls workshop after a career as a nonprofit executive. She is also an international conference speaker living in the Washington, DC area. When she’s not writing code for us, she invests her time leading the People Committee which focuses on the health and happiness of our team members!
RubyConf 2017: Coming Home
Andrew is a senior developer who enjoys working closely with clients to make projects successful. He’s experienced in a variety of technologies through his involvement in the software industry over the past decade.
Navigating your options when you need to grow your software team
Ben is an iOS developer and designer. He has a passion for building rich and intuitive UI /UX experiences for mobile. In his free time, he enjoys creating mobile app games.
Brian is a veteran software developer that pairs his technical vision with an entrepreneurial mind to drive the company forward.
Cam joined Collective Idea as an intern, instantly falling in love with the endless potential of developing software. He’s now a full-time team member, working on a variety of client and internal projects.
This Michigan native brings a plethora of experience in event-driven programming and hardware integration systems. He’s also responsible for driving forward our product, Dead Man’s Snitch.
Chis has been interested in computers and programming since owning his first NES as a child. At Collective Idea, his expertise is in web and mobile development.
Arduino Programming in Vim
Daniel founded Collective Idea in 2005 to put a name to his growing and already full-time freelance work. He works hard writing code, teaching, and mentoring.
David has been building websites since 8th grade. After working to integrate third-party automotive data with internal systems, he now brings his vast and wide knowledge to Collective Idea.
Denise comes from a medical background where she was a Radiographer. A career change and four years later, she’s now a full stack web developer for Collective Idea.
Coming Out of My Shell at RailsConf2017
Eric’s career in developing well-architected web applications spans over a decade. He’s worked for established companies and small startups.
Jason has an entrepreneurial spirit which has led him to start four companies in his young career. Couple that with his robust knowledge of programming, he’s a double threat.
Kyle first became interested in programming after taking engineering classes in high school and enjoyed working on both Android and iOS apps for Hope College. Soon after graduating from Hope, he came to work for us despite the allure of returning home to his native Chicago-land.
Ditch the AWS Service Dashboards for Terraform
Laura is enthusiastic about learning new languages, concepts, and tools in the software development industry. When she’s not working to build software solutions for clients, she’s developing and maintaining Collective Idea’s internship program.
Mac brings 20 years of experience across a broad range of technology. Though his work he empowers our client’s growth by connecting the dots between engineering, design, customers, and the business through great user-focused strategies.
Long a secret weapon at Collective Idea, Matt has been involved with Collective Idea projects since the beginning. He’s our resident web front-end master (webmaster?) who can knock out CSS and HTML faster than you can think.
Fun with SVG: CSS background-blend-mode Fallback
Megan is a designer and front-end developer, passionate about UI animations, user experience, and interactive storytelling.
Mike fell in love with software development when he learned BASIC in elementary school. As a senior developer, he built production code for all kinds of companies, from non-profits to start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Patrick joins Collective Idea with an eye toward the future of interfaces and a goal to create solutions that are intuitive, thoughtful, and engaging.
Rachelle leads operations, ensuring our services make clients happy, our quality is high, and our teams are efficient. She has a passion for process improvement and is constantly working to make things better.
Ray draws from a long design background and an empathetic UX bent to build beautiful front-end code. He focuses on building tools that have a positive impact on the people around us and the world we live in.
Ryan is a U.S. Air Force veteran who now works as a software developer for Collective Idea. Before joining us, Ryan used to develop software for multiple government intelligence agencies.
Tres focuses on strategy and technical architecture for clients big and small. He leverages a diverse background in product engineering and enterprise data warehousing to shape solutions that are both pragmatic and forward thinking.
Troy has been building software for nearly 25 years in about every technology you can think of. His experience comes from working in manufacturing companies, creative companies, and his own company.
Using Tmuxinator to automate your environment
Victor leads design efforts for both Collective Idea and all of our wonderful clients. He’s enjoyed designing apps, interfaces, and thoughtful experiences since 2002.
Victoria is a software developer working on mobile and full stack web applications. She enjoys exchanging knowledge through conference talks and writing.
Shedding Light on the Development Process