stable|kernel is a developer-led company, focused on making good developers great.
CEO Joe Conway is the author of the iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide and spent his career training thousands of developers across the world – including at Facebook and Apple. This training continues today at S|K HQ in a number of ways.
First, one of our four core values is ‘Learn & Share.’ We believe the best way to learn is to forge the path ahead, and then teach others through blog posts, lunch and learns and off-the-cuff chats in our collaborative (and majestic) office space. Developers are also able to attend a conference once per year, all expenses on us. We also believe that being a polyglot makes a developer better in every language, and our team will help you learn new languages and frameworks while contributing to the applications we build.
Our company builds applications for other companies – ranging from large enterprises to startups. A key component that sets a stable|kernel developer apart is that they are actively involved in the impact a product has and the best way to deliver that impact. They are not just implementors, but collectively function as product managers.
We take an active role in evaluating our client’s problems and opportunities, planning and presenting a solution, and then implementing and delivering it. This allows developers to constantly challenge themselves with new problems and technologies. These projects might contain multiple components – from a simple application to a system consisting of HTTP APIs, databases, mobile and web applications. Our projects are most often brand new applications and systems we architect, which allows us to use the latest and greatest in languages, frameworks, and operating systems. Oh, and we really value automated testing.
A developer at stable|kernel works on a 2-8 person team dedicated to a single project. A team consists of other developers, UX/UI designers, and project managers. A typical project takes anywhere from three months to a year. All work is done in our office in Atlanta, GA (which again, is majestic). Because we believe teams work best when they are constantly collaborating, we do not have remote employees – but we do have a flexible work from home policy.
When not working on client projects, we maintain a number of open source (e.g., https://aqueduct.io) and closed source libraries and tools. Developers are able to strike a balance between delivering applications and working on interesting libraries that enable our entire team to operate more effectively.