What we're made of
Nestled in the midwest, we have happy clients from all over the world, from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, California. This whole thing got started in 2007 and as rewarding as our history has been, it’s the future we’re most excited about. Each member of our team is here not only because they're ridiculously talented--but because they love what they do.
Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Matt Sears was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He spent most of his childhood drawing and painting. He ventured into the digital world by earning a degree in computer science and business. He founded Littlelines way back in 2007 with a mission of combining his two passions: high-tech and aesthetically superb design. When he is not running Littlelines like a pro, he loves living in Seattle with his gal, listening to his vinyl record collection, and taking in the occasional beach.
Chris began his programming career writing Pacman games on his Texas Instruments calculator in the eighth grade. Ready for the big screen, he soon moved on to computers, creating a flash game website at the age of sixteen. After earning his bachelor's degree in Computer Science, he joined the Littlelines team as a Ruby on Rails programmer. Away from the office, he enjoys science fiction novels, snowboarding, probably too many chick-flicks, and staying up to date on the latest tools of the trade.
Nate is our strategic (but not always logical) thinker with a passion for using technology for good. A former student of the capital markets, he uses his business understanding to come along side our developers to turn technical requirements into applications that work like greased lightening. In his free time, you'll either find him on the bike path making the wheels fall off his '76 Schwinn, or supporting his favorite Premier League club, Arsenal.
Ricardo has been doodling for as long as he could hold a pencil. Early on he developed a passion for it that eventually lead him into a career in graphic design. Upon graduating college he found his way into the digital world after having a chance to join a design firm as a web designer. Since then he has spent his days pushing pixels, thinking through complex user interaction, and polishing user interfaces and experiences. When not behind the screen, Ricardo is an avid runner and enjoys the great outdoors with his wife and two sons.
David has had a passion for software development since he was very young, making tiny applications for friends and family. As he grew, development was a constant hobby and he decided to make it a career after graduating from Butler University in 2005. David went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University in 2012. During his career, David honed his skills at startups, agencies and consulting firms. David and his wife Gwyn love spending time with their son Alexander. The three of them enjoy Butler Basketball, traveling and exploring Dayton.
Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, Tara was always fascinated by books, magazines and video games. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Auburn University where she mastered her craft in typography, layouts and print production. After graduating, she put her artistic skills to use at Texas A&M University and jumped head first into the world of responsive web design and product marketing. On nights and weekends, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and lifting heavy things.
Beth gravitated towards the arts as a child. In high school, she was drawn toward any career involving making things look great. When she decided to go to design school, she started getting books from the library on color and layout. Beth began with a humanities degree and then went on to graduate valedictorian of her art school. When Beth's not designing, she enjoys nature walks, long boarding with her husband, and playing Settlers of Catan with friends.
Kevin started programming at an early age when he was given a Pascal book. This sparked his passion for learning and computers which made him an avid gamer and tinkerer. Kevin received his bachelor degree from in Computer Science in 2011. While in school Kevin was introduced to his future wife, software design, Ruby and subsequently Ruby on Rails. Since college he has worked on several software projects but never has had the chance to professionally work with Ruby until now. When Kevin is not at a computer he can be found running with his wife, playing with his cats, or catching up with friends.
Dustin tried his hand at any medium of art available through his youth. In high school, he began taking electives in graphic design and building websites for himself. As a graduate from the School of Advertising Art in 2009, he entered the field as a web designer but found a passion for web development. He now spends his time pushing web standards, and being an advocate for clean code. After hours, he's playing music, biking, or hoarding cats.
Jesse started making websites in middle school and has since fallen in love with programming Ruby. He's passionate about learning new things and thinking outside of the box. When he's not programming he's either acting in a theatre production or singing in his acappella group. He also writes for SitePoint and his personal blog
Wendy is a reformed pastry-chef who stumbled into web development after doing a few side jobs working for a video production company that specialized in technical conferences. She traded in her fondant sculpting tools for a fancy editor a couple months later and hasn’t looked back. When she’s not crafting code, she’s at school working towards a self-designed degree with concentrations in Information Technology and Sociology. In her spare time she likes to binge watch things like Battlestar Galactica and Disney movies.
Diego De Souza
Diego grew up in Brazil and moved to the U.S. when he was only 15. He has worked hard in many trades but never found himself to be as passionate as he is for programming. Diego completed a coding bootcamp late 2014, and hasn’t stopped coding since. In his spare time, he loves to read a variety of books and spend time with his wife and little cockapoo puppy. (Fun fact: I don’t play soccer.)
Garrett wrote his first lines of code in high school while developing projects with his cousin. Since then, he has had a passion for Rails, web development and making iPhone apps. He is a sophomore at the University of Dayton pursuing a Computer Science degree. In his free time, you’ll find him hiking, DJ-ing or making all of us feel inferior with his Detlef Schrempf-like basketball skills.
Josh Sears grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and credits the art of graphic novels as much as posters by Alphonse Mucha for steering him onto the artistic path. After working as Visual Marketing Manager at Scott Hull Associates, he would go on to found PaperTelevision , where he creates mobile apps and websites. In his spare time, Josh can be found nostalgically perusing flea markets for vintage comic books, along with various and assorted specimens of '80s gadgetry.
Made in the Midwest
We're located in Ohio, but we have clients on both coasts and everywhere in between. Stop by and visit us!
We give back to the development community
You know what they say: the highest level of learning is teaching. We do that, too. Whether it's by speaking at conferences or hosting meet-ups, we like to get involved.
Dayton Ruby Brigade
We established the Dayton Ruby community meet-up, which is a group of programmers, students, and technology enthusiasts who are excited about the Ruby programming language and the Ruby on Rails web framework. We designed the community page for daytonrb.com and host the monthly gathering at our headquarters.
Rails Rumble is a distributed programming competition that Littlelines participated in that gave teams 48 hours to build an innovative web application with Ruby on Rails or another Rack-based Ruby web framework. Check out our entry: floatt.me
Dayton Clean Code
Dayton Clean Code is a meet-up that Littlelines helps host once a month that provides an environment to teach, learn, and experiment with software development patterns, practices, and tools for creating high quality software.
Our founder Matt Sears has been developing Ruby and contributing to the Ruby community for a few years now and this year he'll be taking on some new roles in the community by way of speaking at a few conferences. Wish him luck using our contact form.
Open Hack Meet Up
Open Hack is a meet-up with one purpose: code together, on anything. Littlelines hosts this event on the first Thursday of every month to get programmers of any experience level together to code.
Through the years, it has been our privilege as a Ruby development shop to proudly sponsor various Ruby activities and conferences with the Ruby community. We love this language and do what we can to contribute and support its growth.