Grio Newsletter: February 2016
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Get your dev on with Grio.
Welcome to the Winter Edition of the Grio Newsletter. We send out this note from time to time to fill you in on the latest happenings at Grio and let you get to know us a little better.
It has been an exciting start to the new year. We've completed a successful launch of the new Rivals.com website, office makeover and grown the Grio team. We are having a lot of fun working on a diverse set of interesting and fast-paced projects.
We hope you enjoy reading about our most recent adventures below.
President & Co-founder, Grio
Cool projects and amazing clients.
One of Grio’s newer clients is Rivals.com, a popular sports website devoted to college football and basketball recruiting (it’s owned by Yahoo). Prior to Grio’s involvement, the Rivals site was struggling to keep up with the times. The look and feel of the site were straight out of the 1990’s, and so was the codebase. Rivals brought on Grio to work with their team to bring the site into the 21st century and create a modern, responsive, mobile-friendly web app.
The goal was to deliver a new Rivals.com site in time for National Signing Day 2016 (NSD), the ‘big day’ in college football recruiting and for Rivals.com. With the clock running, Grio sprung into action.
From the get-go Grio and the Rivals team were tightly integrated. We hunkered down together in co-located offices and got to work. This close collaboration supported quick decision-making and rapid iteration, just what is needed for a time sensitive project. “Grio truly shows their value when it's crunch time for delivery. You will not find this level of commitment and ownership from any other consulting company. We are very lucky to have Grio as a partner”, declared Jackson Hsieh, Senior Director of Product Development for Rivals.com. You can count on Grio to have your back during crunch time.
As NSD approached, Rivals tapped Grio’s mobile services team to build iOS and Android apps to complement the new website. The timeline was tight, but we were on board.
Luke Derossi, Senior Director of Engineering for Rivals.com stated “(Grio has) a wide array of talent represented across native mobile, web and design, and we have benefitted from all of it.” Thanks for the recognition, Luke. We’re always happy to help when it comes to building apps.
When NSD arrived, we had successfully delivered a new website, along with iOS and Android mobile apps. The website saw a twelvefold increase in traffic and the apps had thousands of daily users.
Rivals.com performed beautifully and we all celebrated with a touchdown dance.
Getting to know Grio - Tiffany Wei
We have a bunch of cool cats who work for Grio. Tiffany Wei may be the coolest—she surfs and we have proof. She also has a cat named Mr. Butters. Need I say more? Okay, I will.
Tiffany is a front end developer who is currently working on the Rivals.com project. She is a committed team player and is motivated to learn as much as she can to help her team out. She has a degree in physics (smarty pants!) but she caught the dev bug and has this to say about her career in software development: “I'm hooked on the feeling of learning and improving my skills as a developer, and it's great that I can point to something I built at the end of the day and be proud of it.”
A big shout out to Tiffany for bringing her positive energy to the office every day. Without her quick wit, afternoon doughnut runs, and mad dev skills, Grio would not be as cool as we think we are.
Blog! Blog! Read all about us.
We dropped some major knowledge in our blogs last quarter. Read our featured post, Keeping an Eye on Code Knowledge, and then keep reading. We talk about fractals, SQL and NOSQL, as well as client communication. Fascinating stuff, I say!
Keeping an Eye on Code Knowledge
Paolo Pelagatti, Software Engineer
In growing companies, as software systems become complex and extensively engineered, maintenance can be a challenging problem. Moreover, when high profile bugs arise and/or a lack of system availability arises, it can have disruptive consequences on a business. Hence, there is little room for mistakes in these crucial systems. Read on...
A new year, a new Grio
Our office makeover is complete! Thanks to Jenny Lane, a Grio UI/UX designer and interior design wizard, we said “goodbye” to the bean bags and “hello” to a hip new office space with fresh paint, new furniture, and hand made lanterns (made by us!). Our new space reflects our personality and makes us all proud. Feel free to stop by and check out our new digs if you are in the neighborhood!
Custom built wood partitions create an entry way for guests. The oversized green pixel pattern on the wall is used throughout the space.
The lounge has three seating areas for working, eating, or taking a break. Check out those awesome lanterns above the picnic tables made by Grio staff!
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