Fretless

We build custom software and help your team level-up.

Fretless is a software development and management consultancy in Indianapolis. We organize meet-ups, teach coding, and build applications for web and mobile using Ruby, React, React Native, Angular, Ionic, and more. Let's talk!

Conga (Formerly Octiv)

Octiv is a rapidly growing company in Indianapolis that provides proposal management software. Ongoing success created big expectations for the Octiv development team, which weighed heavily. The leadership team understood that they needed to hire more senior help. The whole team felt the pressure to rapidly enhance and improve the product for their clients. Additionally, they wanted to stay ahead of technical debt, test coverage and framework upgrades. As a result, Octiv started to look for additional senior help in late 2015.

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Freedom Collaborative Anti-Human Trafficking Platform

Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again. Human trafficking is a real and growing threat to our planet, and Chab Dai is at the forefront of putting an end to this pandemic with Freedom Collaborative. They approached us because they were struggling to make ending trafficking a worldwide effort. There are plenty of anti-human trafficking organizations, but they weren’t talking to each other. The available foundations were all disjointed, and weren’t working in unison.

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MOBI Wireless: Training & Mentorship

MOBI Wireless needed to hire additional engineers. MOBI had always looked to build developers from the ground up as much as possible, with their hiring focus being on culture fit first and these new hires would be no exception. They began the groundwork for the process by developing an internal apprenticeship program to take people with little to no experience and turn them into productive junior developers over a brief time frame.

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Get to know us!

The Fretless team is made up of ridiculously good-looking geniuses and the following bozos:

Miles Z. Sterrett

In 1997 Miles built a site dedicated to providing notation for popular guitar riffs. (It didn’t take off.) Having gotten his first taste of building for the Web, he later made it his profession, working in the exciting world of startups (some better funded than others) and freelancing. In 2007 he started working at the region’s largest datacenter, where he was forced to share an office with some bozo named Davey.

Building applications for the Web has long been a passion of his, though cultivating communities has become a new passion. Miles organizes the Indianapolis Ruby Brigade, founded Indy Hackers, and, once in a while, helps with the Indianapolis Javascript Society. He finds people to be even more interesting than the code he spends hours upon hours writing. That said, you’ll still find him glued to his guitar once in a while.

Davey Strus

Davey began his first company in 1997. (It didn’t take off.) That same year he started his first band. (It didn’t take off either.) He then gave university the old college try, earning a degree in computer science (magna cum laude).

Java, .NET, and PHP gigs followed, at companies large and small, until attending the “Building of Basecamp” workshop in 2004 led to an obsession with the then-new Ruby on Rails framework.

Davey was an original member of the Indy Hackers Board of Directors, organized the Bloomington Ruby Brigade, and was the lead instructor and curriculum author for TechPoint’s Xtern Bootcamp.

He has spoken at conferences including Indy.Code(), High Alpha Product Flight School, Campus Insight, and the Indiana University Statewide Tech Conference.

Dana Palazzo

Prior to joining Fretless, Dana completed an immersive full-stack program through General Assembly after changing careers from economic development to web development. ( Dana likes to develop things. ) She became a teaching assistant with GA upon graduation.

Before becoming a developer, Dana was the Vice President at the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation where she worked on public-private initiatives to support economic growth in technology and life science, and programs that supported entrepreneurship.

Dana is one of the organizers of Hoosier Women in Tech (say it with me now: HooWIT!), is a member of the board of the Indiana University Credit Union, and is Secretary of the Board of Public Works for the City of Bloomington. When she’s not coding or serving on a board, she’s usually cooking food or talking about it.

David Jones

David joined the Army National Guard as an Information Systems Analyst in 1997, went on to be a Junior Network Administrator at Purdue University, followed by a career wearing many hats as a graphics artist, network and systems administrator, and web applications developer in the graphics services, construction services, and data center industries before becoming a developer and consultant with Fretless.

A believer in the power of mentorship and pair-programming to grow and accelerate your team, an advocate for clean and expressive code, as well as maintainable infrastructure and DevOps, David is active in the local developer and hacker communities.

Aubrey Strasser

Aubrey began her career as a teacher. She loves the classroom, but left it to raise her family. A serendipitous conversation led to her dipping her toes into the waters of the tech world by helping Fretless get organized. She loves all things organization, and even uses (GASP) paper calendars! Aubrey also serves on the Indy Hackers Board of Directors. When she’s not wrangling the Fretless world, she’s wrangling enjoying time with her family, usually behind a boat wake surfing.

Mike Hurley

Mike has been in the software space for six years and in sales for over a decade. One day while hanging out at the Speak Easy in South Broadripple, he found a handwritten note on the community bulletin board offering coding lessons. Despite his strong desire to learn about programming, Mike decided to stay focused on the sales profession which, thankfully, led him to the Fretless family. Here, he discovered that he shared their affinity for bacon, high fives, and open, honest communication with other humans.

When he’s not doing biz dev things he can often be found playing soccer, hiking, spending time with his fiancée, and to a lesser extent — partially drinking cups of coffee and/or losing his wallet (not necessarily in that order).

Get in touch!

You can find us in Startup Alley at The Union 525.

525 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225