We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Altenburg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
When companies, managers, or people think of adding extra development resources to their existing teams, for the most part, they think of outsourcing to engineers from India or Eastern Europe. This has pretty much been the case for the last couple of decades but what people dont know is that there is a large talent pool of software engineers, designers, and testers located just south of us in Latin America. Zipdev recruits and screens engineers from Latin America and assigns them to our clients based here in the USA. All of our engineers speak fluent English and are also conveniently located in your time zones which is a huge plus.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Zipdev’s co-founders, Mike Lenny and Daniel Altenburg, first met while living in Lima, Peru, where they earned each other’s trust playing rugby and traveling around Latin America together. Zipdev was born after they had both moved back to San Diego, when Mike asked Daniel for help finding solid software engineers to help develop an app he wanted to build. At first they struggled to find the right option. Trying to build out a full team software development team in California was costly, and a couple false starts with teams in disparate time zones was discouraging. But soon they realized that they had a resource that they knew well right in their own backyard: Latin America. So after much searching and relationship building, Mike and Daniel found some very talented software engineers to work with. They then spread the word about their experience with members of the San Diego startup community, some of whom convinced them to start Zipdev and became its first customers in 2015. Zipdev has since grown into a multidisciplinary team of recruiters, software engineers, designers, QA testers, project managers, product owners, and more spanning multiple cities in the United States and Latin America and all dedicated to providing its clients with dependable technology professionals whether remote or onsite.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I feel like we do this all the time because everyone wants to visit San Diego. When friends come to town we tell them to find a spot (vacation rental or hotel) in either East Village, NorthPark, SouthPark, or Ocean Beach. Depending on who is visiting will really determine where we tell them to stay. Spots for grub: CrackShack – best-fried chicken hands down Nico’s – grab a California burrito and head down towards the pier in OB and check out the surf. Pizza Port – best beer and pizza, no questions asked. Coasterra – cause its one of the best views in SD and everyone loves tableside guac. Sab-e-Lee – Amazing thai food located in Linda Vista. Rocky’s – killer burgers and a few cold ones OB Noodle House – the wings and the peanut butter whiskey shots are a locals favorite Convoy Street – You cant go wrong with any spot over there Things to do: Windasea, Birdrock, 11th street or D street for a little surf People watching on the boardwalk at Mission or Pacific Beach. Then you can go get into some trouble at one of the local watering holes. East Village and Gaslamp – you cant come to town and not hit a club or rooftop deck. Petco Park is always a good time. Sunset Cliffs for a little Ronny Romance episode if its a “special guest” Newport Ave in Ocean Beach is raw, fun, and colorful. Balboa Park and the Zoo. If you have kids, then this is a no brainer. Tijuana for tacos and a Xolos game Valle de Guadalupe – cause its Mexican wine country and the views are amazing. *We always tell friends they need to bring their passports cause you know we are the gateway city to Latin America. Here in San Diego we spend a lot of time outdoors. You can find us either at a cool rooftop deck, someone’s backyard for a little carne asada or chillen at the beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and most important shoutout goes to my co-founder, Mike Lenny. Without him none of this would have been possible and I want to just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. Hugs and kisses amigo. Having two co-founders has really helped balance the business, the tasks and working with your best friend is a dream come true. We also would like to thank all of our clients that took a chance on Zipdev and gave us the opportunity to recruit and assign team members to them. And on the flip side, a big shout-out to all of the engineers that took the leap in joining our company along the way. A couple of years ago we decided to join a professional development group called Entrepreneurs Organization. We were accepted into their Accelerator Program called E.O.A. and are proud to announce that we have recently graduated from the accelerator program. E.O. has been such an integral part of our success because it has provided us with the tools and resources on how to run a successful business. We both have our strengths but there are areas of the business that we just don’t know much about and E.O. has provided us with the know-how through learning days, workshops, lunch and learns, and experience shares from other Entrepreneurs. And last but not least, a huge shoutout out to my wife, Justine, and two kids. She is my rock and my best friend. She pretty much gave me the green light to quit my corporate job and go full-time startup. Love you babe!