We’re pretty excited about celebrating our five year anniversary this month. Mutually Human started small, with one full time Human working remotely. From there, we moved to a series of shared offices before finally growing into our beautiful studio space on Hall Street.

Five years ago, this company was the brainchild of a few dedicated Ruby enthusiasts, each who believed that software could be more empathic, more adaptable, more human. With this understanding, we started with basic programming services and grew into a full-fledged software design and development firm.

We are extremely proud of our success and deeply appreciative of the clients who have helped us reach this point. Not only did we survive those notorious first five years and continue to grow, but we’ve cultivated a company that remains true to its founding principles.

The following timeline tells the story of Mutually Human over the past five years. We’ve had a great run so far, and we’re excited about the years to come!

And remember, our open house party is tonight, so if you’re in the Grand Rapids area, come see us!

Nov 2006 – John Hwang files for LLC.

Jan 2007 – We get our first customer while working out of an office space in Plainfield.

Feb 2007 – Mark Van Holstyn comes on full time as a founding partner.

2008 – We move in with People Design.

March 2008 – Zach Dennis comes on full time as a founding partner.

May 2010 – We make our first big move into the Hall St. Office and begin the first major hiring push.

May 2010 – Matt Seeley and Ryan Montgomery join the team as developers.

July 2010 – Zach Dennis teaches a class on Behavior Driven Development at Idea Foundry.

August 2010 – Victor Sirotek joins the team as a graphic designer.

October 2010 – We finally get some real furniture!

October 2010 – Chris Rittersdorf joins the team as a developer.

November 2010 – We begin development on Syncr.

December 2010 – The RSpec Book, a definitive guide to RSpec co-written by our own Zach Dennis, is published.

January 2011 – Mutually Human becomes a GR WebDev sponsor.

February 2011 – Grace Eyre joins the team as a copywriter and content specialist.

April 2011 – Mutually Human is honored with Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award.

April 2011 – Mutually Human sponsors the GLSec Conference.

May 2011 – Ryan gets accepted into Momentum for Chext, a text-based financial management app.

August 2011 – Samuel Bowles joins the team as a UX designer.

September 2011 – Chris, Ryan, and Zach attend the StrangeLoop Conference in St. Louis.

October 2011 – Mutually Human participates in GiveCamp Grand Rapids as a team.

January 2012 – Samuel and Victor attend the Interaction Design Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

February 2012 – We begin a new chapter in Mutually Human’s story by celebrating our five year anniversary, launching a new look, and embarking on a hiring push for new talent!

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