So you want to know who’s behind all the great software CoffeeCup has created? Well, the first part of the team is us. The other part is our users, the millions of people around the world who have suggested software ideas and improvements. Since 1996, CoffeeCup has been creating hot brew and cool tools and making them available on the Web to download. Millions of people around the world have suggested software ideas and spotted things that could be better, too. As far as the CoffeeCup team goes, we are the coolest, hippest, funniest people on the planet, and we love to make software you can actually use. If we can make the world better or your life easier by creating software, we’re happy. That’s what we’re about.
Inception: June 1996 (22 years goes fast on the Internet)
How we got our name: The name “CoffeeCup” came from the domain name of the coffee house where we got our start. (Yes, we owned a real coffee house first.) Domains cost $100 a year back then, and coffeecup.com was already paid for, so why invent a new name?
Programs: 108 total, though some have come and gone to the big recycle bin in the sky.
Employees: 9: The core have always been here, and others have left for greener pastures when they learned enough to leave the nest...
What keeps us going: Our team runs on an unlimited supply of Red Bull, Costa Rican coffee, Thai Fridays, and passion for our users.
What we have done for society: Our goal at CoffeeCup Software is to make your life easier and more successful, but providing our users with great, affordable software is just one part of our mission. CoffeeCup Software has made a continuing effort to help out worthy causes. We provide discounted software to schools, the disabled, and those in need. In the past, we have collected seven tons of goods for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, raised more than $1 million for September 11th support agencies, collected more than $50,000 for Tsunami victims, and raised $8500 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CoffeeCup Software has enriched the lives of millions of people worldwide, and we are very proud.
Over the years, we’ve found some great people to join the team. Here’s a little peek into the minds and personalities of the crew that keeps this place running.
Time served: 8 years, 8 months, 19 days
The story of Nacho seems totally fictional, even to us. The legend says he was born in prison from a brilliant brick and programmed his way out while only 3 months old. He then trained an anonymous Boy Scout troop near Los Angeles to grow and maintain server farms. Being bored, he built his very own Thunder Hawk spaceship, and with that, made his appearance in various cartoons.
Now, if that seems crazy to you, you haven't been in the same office with him. We're not even sure what his real name is, or if he even has a name. The only thing we know for sure is that his code works like magic, and that's what really counts!
Time served: 7 years, 2 months, 23 days
We are not quite sure when the Gatekeeper joined our team. He swears that he has been with us for years and he’s just so dedicated that he worked himself to the bones.
While he helps out on the creative side, he also serves as our bouncer greeting guests when they come by our office. If only he didn’t drink so much while on the job we would promote him to full time receptionist.
Customer Service Rep
Time served: 1 year, 10 months, 6 days
When Ella isn’t kicking butt in her UX classes or learning game programming, she’s playing fetch with her dogs and jamming out to Enrique Iglesias.
She claims to be from Peru and will describe in mouthwatering detail all of her favorite Peruvian cuisines. However, she’s never been to Machu Picchu and speaks fluid Japanese, so we’re not sure we believe her. Nonetheless, tell her ‘Konnichiwa’ the next time you call our office.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Time served: 12 years, 6 months, 11 days
Alberto is a first-class C++ guy and a total fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Metallica, and a lot of other rock’n’roll bands… and he plays bass in two bands of his own. His bands like to take classic rock songs, change the lyrics, and then play them really loud so people can’t tell the difference.
He also likes the landscapes of his native Asturias, Spain… and its food and drinks. He says the cider there is fantastic, and as long as you don’t have too much you can still work the next day!
Senior Software Developer
Time served: 21 years, 8 months, 8 days
Mike is our designated hitter when things get rough (which is a lot, by the way). He is a programmer who fishes from an oversized rowboat on the weekends and appreciates quiet walks on the beach and a warm glass of milk before bed.
We think the work he has done on the HTML Editor is fantastic, and we can’t wait for him to make more software like Sitemapper or Website Insight. Mike enjoys a certain amount of seniority, so if he didn’t work from home he could use it to get some nice office supplies from the secret stash.
Creative Art Director
Time served: 23 days
Our mystery graphic designer has been working for us in stealth mode. He (or she) is helping us perfectionize the way our software looks and feels from the design capital of the world - Barcelona.
All we can say right now is that she (or he) is learning how to make spectacular new themes, zips around the city on a Moto Guzzi, is a cat-lover and breathtakingly good looking ;-) to be continued ..........
Sales & Office Manager
Time served: 13 years, 8 months, 13 days
Suzanne likes barbecue and guys named Ferris, buys a lot of fancy shoes, and says things like “Stay outta my grill.” She reminds us of Hammy from Over the Hedge, because she’s always running around at 200 mph answering phones and doing office stuff. We try to get her to slow down, but it’s no use.
She’s actually a really nice girl from someplace where they grow lots of corn. If you ever visit our office, she’s probably the first person you’ll see, so please be nice to her.
Time served: 13 years, 3 months, 1 day
Hans is the former CEO of a company that made a little program called WinZip. He joined the team to help us grow and get even better at making software. Hans is Dutch and lives in the Netherlands, so he spends a lot of time expanding CoffeeCup in Europe. Yippie!
Being a world traveler, Hans has seen and done a lot of things. He was still a little surprised by the heat in our south Texas jalapeños. It’s okay though — Hans will probably find something to surprise us with when we visit Holland.
Time served: 13 years, 3 months, 1 day
Budgets, plans, numbers, product specing, financials, content creation, accrual accounting, AARGH.. That's just a crazy pizza combination of all ingredients! Luckily for us, Bob loves making software and writing and web design and people and accounting. Seems like a match made in heaven. Bob used to craft plans and crunch numbers for people like Heineken, L’Oreal, and some giant German bank. And when plans come together there's nobody that says EBITDA with more enthusiasm.
When Bob isn’t up to his ears in CoffeeCup affairs, he likes Sam Adams, live music, and wacky American sitcoms. Since he lives in the Netherlands, American TV shows are hard to come by. Maybe that’s why he moved to Atlanta.