About

We solve problems, on the web, through web applications and innovative software.

Solspace is an award-winning web development company that values quality relationships as well as quality deliverables. We build outstanding websites and web applications, provide peace of mind for clients needing expert outsourced support, and deliver exceptional solutions for challenging integration problems.

We specialize in ExpressionEngine and Craft CMS development. We have written commercial add-ons for both of these platforms. They continue to sell to this day. Primarily though, the Solspace team is about serving clients. We're about solving challenging problems on the web through attention to detail, practicality, frugality and efficiency. We are at our best when working collaboratively with our clients to develop novel, scalable, reliable solutions to web application and web development problems.

Our Team

Solspace is a team of 15 web professionals. We serve medium to large sized companies. Size is not what we care about though. We care about fit. Our culture will fit with yours if you value time above money. Our culture will fit with yours if your kids come first, yet your idea of putting them first is to set a good example through hard work and attention to excellence in your career. You will find our work style compatible with yours if you value clear communication, good planning, authenticity, transparency, and high intelligence mixed with humor and lightness.

Mitchell Kimbrough

Mitchell Kimbrough

President & CEO since 1999

Mitchell has been writing code for 30 years, with expertise in PHP, MySQL, Javascript and HTML. He’s happiest when creating solutions for his customers, and enjoys building and maintaining a strong team culture that rewards excellence of craft, honesty in relationships and humor in day-to-day practice. Educated at Stanford right before the dot com bubble burst, Mitchell graduated with degrees in philosophy and religious studies, then worked for a tech start-up and learned how NOT to run a company. He began to wonder if it was possible to create a sustainable tech company, built for long term prosperity and operating with integrity and a dedication to excellence. So he decided to try an experiment - Solspace. The experiment has exceeded his wildest expectations for more than a decade now. Mitchell lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two young children who keep him impossibly busy and perpetually in motion.

Janet Berkow

Janet Berkow

Director of Client Operations since 2012

Originally from the arts world, Janet detoured into technology after many years of management and has been enjoying the wild ride ever since. Before joining Solspace in 2012, she was Director of Production for the Creative Services team at RealNetworks, then served as Director of Product Operations at Rhapsody. Prior to that, Janet worked in the field of Event Production as Director of Account Services at The Freeman Companies and Account Operations Manager at TPN, with Microsoft as a primary client. Having started out as a working artist and writer, Janet remains surprised at the direction her professional life has taken. She has a BFA and an MFA in painting, is a certified Scrum Master, and continues to make art and write when she’s not outside romping with her two dogs in the woodsy wilds of north Seattle.

Kelsey Martens

Kelsey Martens

Director of Software Operations since 2007

Kelsey oversees all activity related to Solspace software, including product development, documentation and customer support. His favorite part is collaborating with the team for the invention of new software and making major enhancements to existing software. He lives in cold Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife, 2 daughters and three cats.

Missy Moyer

Missy Moyer

Company Administrator since 2008

A member of the Solspace team since 2008, Missy deftly juggles bookkeeping, invoicing and data entry to support daily operations and client projects. Missy is the dependable and detail oriented heartbeat of the Solspace team. From Oklahoma where she and her husband live with their little man and a menagerie of Internet-meme aspiring cats, Missy provides the Solspace team with its center and its cadence.

Chris Ruzin

Chris Ruzin

Developer since 2005

Chris has been building websites for almost 20 years, and brings great expertise in PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and HTML to the Solspace team. He graduated college with a degree in Graphic Design, saw the industry moving towards the Internet, and knew that’s where he wanted to be. Chris continued to pursue his education at a media institute in Germany where he was first a student and then a member of the teaching staff. He has continued to teach on various topics related to web development in many countries including Germany, the UK, Brazil, Australia and the USA. Chris now lives in Austin where he enjoys rock climbing, CrossFit, live music and spending time with friends.

Eva Passalacqua

Eva Passalacqua

Designer & Developer since 2005

Eva has been designing and developing web sites with Solspace since 2005, and brings an eclectic assortment of skills as an artist, designer, coder, writer and editor to her client projects. She started coding with BASIC in elementary school, developed further skills and experience in a variety of jobs and projects and then, after a stretch of graduate work in political science, left academia to enter the newborn field of web development. In addition to nearly 20 years of experience in web and application development, Eva has edited and published a weekly newspaper, illustrated and edited a book, designed album art, created experimental musical instruments, and painted murals. She is currently working on a local initiative to help kids (especially girls) get their teeth into programming, and is also designing and directing a music/art iPad app. Eva lives with her family in Western Massachusetts, and when she’s not in front of the screen making digital things, may be found cooking Indian food for a crowd, playing music and games with friends, doing something messy with clay, or playing with molten glass.

Jim Wyse

Jim Wyse

Developer since 2010

For more than 20 years, Jim worked as a mechanical engineer designing custom automation equipment for the electronics industry. He was drawn into web design and development as the demand for real-time display of production data began to grow, and a web-based interface became the only true solution for production managers and technicians. Having established himself as a developer, Jim branched out and now runs the Web Team at UMass Boston. He spends a lot of time at fast-pitch softball games with his daughter, Kaera (now a collegiate pitcher). He also coaches a Jr. Olympic 18u softball team. Jim lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife and daughter. He doesn’t sleep much.

Michiko Swiggs

Michiko Swiggs

Designer & Developer since 2011

Based in Seattle, Michiko has been working in design and web development since 1999, providing user-focused interactive design and front-end development for web and mobile devices. With expertise in ExpressionEngine and WordPress development and implementation for all types of websites, and a broad and flexible set of skills, Michiko provides solutions that work, look great, and accomplish business needs. In all of her design and development work, her philosophy is to find patterns, solve problems, and always advocate for elegance. Michiko holds a degree in Electronic Music Production and Experimental Film, loves vintage synthesizers, crazy cats, and traveling the world to find magical places.

Julian Fann

Julian Fann

Developer since 2011

With over 20 years of experience writing code and designing for the web, Julian brings a pragmatic and solutions-based approach to development projects. Coming up through the Seattle startup market, he has worked on many innovative teams, eventually becoming an agency technology consultant. This experience led him to start his own agency and partner with budding product companies to build their brands and enter the market successfully. When not problem-solving, he is an aspiring amateur chef and musician. He lives and works in Northern Virginia.

Nicolas Bottari

Nicolas Bottari

Developer & Software Support since 2011

Computers have been part of Nicolas’ life since he created mini-games and programs with Basic in elementary school. While pursuing a post-graduate degree in biochemistry at McGill University, his knowledge of genetic and biological “programming logic” led him into the world of HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, MySQL and related tools and frameworks. The transition between the biotech and computer tech worlds included eight years of living in Japan, where he learned the culture and language first while teaching English, then through his work as a manager of office networks, servers and websites. This experience in Japan, plus his native mastery of French and English (and a speck of Italian and Spanish) led to expertise in resolving encoding and language-specific issues. Nicolas cherishes good work relationships and friendly, quality customer service. He currently lives near Montréal, Canada with his wife, but tries to find excuses to return to Japan as often as possible.

Joann Yue

Joann Yue

Designer & Developer since 2012

Joann has been a web developer since 2005, specializing in content management systems like ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Craft CMS. She believes in collaboration, straight-forward communication, and creating solutions that work for the long term. She is experienced in PHP, MySQL, Javascript, HTML/CSS, Sass, git, and related web development tools. She enjoys solving challenging problems and creating code.

Gustavs Gūtmanis

Gustavs Gūtmanis

Developer since 2015

Gustavs has been a web-developer for over 8 years and loves everything code and programming related. He lives with his wife and two children in Riga, Latvia. He enjoys reading books and working out. He’s fluent in English, Latvian and Russian and knows some German and Japanese.

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