We have over 4 years of Ruby on Rails experience (deployment of applications pre Rails 1.0), over 12 years of Java experience (from Java 1.0) that includes over 6 years of product development on the market leading WebLogic Server, and a history of launching products on time, with quality, and good usability.
Have a new project? We'll get you launched and keep you on track from the beginning to the end of your project.
Have a project already underway and need help? We can help you stay on track or get you back on track.
We provide development services, architecture guidance, code reviews, project management, and development team leadership. We've worked on consumer focused web based applications as well as business and enterprise focused applications.
We practice professional software development. We are test driven. We use code coverage tools. We believe in continuous integration. We believe in being as agile as possible without being zealots. We will tell you when we can help you as well as when we can't or shouldn't because there's a more sensible and affordable alternative.
Michael Kovacs Cable Car founder and CEO, has over 14 years in software with a mix of large enterprise experience helping design, architect, and lead strategic product management efforts for market leading products like WebLogic Server as well as building and launching businesses of his own LendingKarma, PitchWire, and LoanBack. He's also helped a number of client startups launch or launch major new product features, helping out with product/technology strategy as well as best practices, implementation, and team building/leading. He has been living and working in SF since mid-2000, loves the entrepreneurial spirit in the bay area, building great products and companies that users love, and keeps a blog (mostly about development with a focus on ruby/rails) here: http://javathehutt.com
Scott Brown Cable Car is delighted to have Scott on the Cable Car team. Most recently, Scott was the Head of Technology for eBay's microfinance initiative, MicroPlace.com, where he was responsible for planning and executing the successful launch of the first Ruby on Rails application registered by the FINRA arm of the SEC. Prior to MicroPlace, Scott led PayPal’s Marketplaces Systems group, the team responsible for support and infrastructure development of all eBay-facing PayPal applications. Scott has over a decade of professional experience working with teams developing enterprise level, mission critical software systems for a number of industries including e-commerce, financial services, middleware systems and federal law enforcement.
Our Clients' Projects
The projects below are clients that Cable Car Software either helped launch or were brought in to help launch new features.
Michael is a Ruby on Rails guru, with extensive production experience to back up his knowledge and expertise. While working with us on microplace.com project, Michael provided solid deliverables and valuable advice at all stages of the process and on a wide range of technical topics. Michael also has a great personality and was an easy team fit, settling into our process and team culture very quickly and helping us achieve our goals as a group.
Michael and I worked together for a brief period, while he was helping us get MicroPlace off the ground. I was impressed with his knowledge of Ruby on Rails and software development in general, and learned loads from him. Michael is one of those rare people who are software geniuses and at the same time are fantastic with people. I would recommend Michael to any team that needs an expert-level engineer, but don't want to deal with the usual oversized ego that's associated with gurus.
I brought Cable Car (Michael only) into DogTime.com to help us with some challenges in Ruby on Rails. We took advantage of his relatively long Rails experience and threw our most thorny issues at him, specifically asking him to work out Rails-internal quirks to spare our staff from stuff we didn't really need to master. He dug in quickly and thoroughly, and he was a pleasure to work with as he explained where the problems lay and we co-brainstormed our way out. Michael was definitely a great boon to our work.
Michael has one of the most rare combinations: deep technical expertise and practical business judgment. Michael was very quickly able to use his technical skills to develop a sound technical architecture for our project. I was very impressed with his CTO-level skills and further impressed when, without hesitation, was willing to get down into the details to make sure that the developer was following best practices, especially with regard to documentation. There is no question that Michael is technically gifted. However, what I most admire is that Michael is able to couple these technical skills with practical business judgment. Too many technologists want to build and build and build disregarding the actual business needs and associated cost. Michael is very keenly aware of incorporating cost/benefit and was able to talk through the alternatives along the spectrum of technological sophistication. I feel very comfortable in saying that Michael played a critical role in the success of our project. Thank you Michael. I whole-heartedly recommend Michael and will definitely continue to look to Michael as a key advisor and practitioner for our business.
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