A little background on our team
Founded in 2009 on the basis of mutual respect for each others' work and character, our team is made up of complementary skills and a shared vision of how software should be built. Respected by clients and the online development community, we are experts at building software for the web.
Since spending a couple of years as an electronic engineer on an Antarctic research station (yes, it was cold; no, there weren’t any polar bears), James has spent the last 15 years developing software at a number of consultancies and startups in the UK and US. After a stint at Thoughtworks working for clients like Dixons, AOL & Fidelity, he was the first employee at Reevoo, an early adopter of Ruby on Rails.
James is the author of Mocha, a popular Ruby testing framework.
Chris discovered Ruby as an alternative to a mess of shell scripts and Perl that he was using while working as a researcher at the German Aerospace Center. Learning Rails distracted him during his PhD at the University of Southampton but eventually led to a job as a developer and researcher at BBC Music and later BBC R&D. He spent three and a half years running the data science team at FutureLearn before joining his friends at GFR in early 2017.