[Xtern Software] Happy 19th birthday to us!

Xtern Software is 19 years old! We are past the adolescent angst of our early teens and excited for our 20s 🙂

Our founder, Keir, started Xtern out of his townhouse in Northwest Greensboro in 2002. He soon found a demand for custom software within the Piedmont Triad and well beyond. We continued to grow consistently each year. And needed additional staff to support the growth of the business. Our team of 12 is currently composed of 8 software developers. 

We take pride in the fact that our company, at nearly two decades old, still retains its original president, employs developers local to the region, and puts customer service front and center. It’s important to us to run our business with a strong sense of integrity.

In addition to custom software, Xtern also creates products. In 2016, we launched HaystackCRM. It is a nimble, intuitive, and transparently priced alternative to other CRMs. And it was lauded as a Top 10 Startup to Watch by NCTech in 2018. In 2020, Xtern launched HarmonyB2B, a user-friendly database and content manager that seamlessly integrates with products a company may already be using.

A bright future

We are confident that our 19th year will be our best year yet. We’ve continued to partner with longtime customers, and have added some really exciting partnerships to our portfolio. In addition to partnering with affordable housing nonprofit, Community Housing Solutions, we are delighted to be partnering with historic civil rights landmark, Magnolia House. And in the coming months, we’ll share an incredible project that will expand our software development reach beyond what we ever thought possible. Stay tuned for what our 19th year will bring! 

[Xtern Software] Let’s go UNCG!

The UNC Greensboro men’s basketball team just qualified for the NCAA tournament and our team couldn’t be more excited. Our team of 12 is packed to the brim with UNCG grads and affiliates: 7 alumni, 2 university-affiliated spouses, and 2 instructors in the Department of Computer Science. 

Computer Science at UNCG 

The Department of Computer Science was created in 2006 when the Department of Mathematical Sciences was split into two units: the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computer Science. While the department is relatively new as an administrative unit, the courses and degree programs are high quality and mature, with a B.S. program offered since 1991 and an M.S. degree program offered since 1998. Computer science courses existed for over a decade prior to that as part of a computer science concentration within the mathematics B.S. degree. Department faculty have been with UNCG for as many as 20 years, giving continuity to instructional and research activities. The department has over 500 students pursuing either a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science or a minor in the discipline. 

Xtern founder Keir Davis began teaching in the department in 2020 and teaches Programming Languages. He also is a part of the department’s Industry Advisory Board. Our Senior Web Developer, Ike Quigley, has been teaching in the department since 2016 and currently teaches Software Engineering. 

For both, teaching has been the perfect complement to their day-to-day work. Says Keir, “I love getting back to basics and reconnecting with why I love software development.”

Our team is so proud of our UNCG ties and we are looking forward to cheering the basketball team on to victory!

[Xtern Software] We are excited to grow our team this summer!

It’s early March, which means that internship season will soon be upon us! 

Fun fact: Greensboro, North Carolina, is home to 50,000+ local college students. Though not all of them live here during the summers, a fair number do, and that’s where Campus Greensboro comes in. 

Among other things, the organization runs the Campus Greensboro Fellows Program: “A competitive, 10-week summer program that includes a paid industry internship and opportunities to build your network, enhance your professional development, engage in the community, and explore Greensboro as a place to thrive as a young professional.”

With a staff of twelve humans and four dogs, our size allows us to be nimble and highly collaborative. This is the perfect environment for an internship! (And not just because of our furry friends :)) Our small staff size means that our internships do not need to be narrow in scope, and our interns can explore lots of different projects and tasks related to their area of interest. 

And, at a time when most software development is done off-shore, Xtern architects custom software entirely within the walls of our Fisher Park (North Carolina) office. Our developers are graduates of UNCG, AT&T, and other local institutions. We are proving that tech can thrive outside of San Francisco, or even the Research Triangle. 

That’s why we are excited to continue to grow our local talent pipeline by partnering with Campus Greensboro. We are hiring a Project Management intern and a Creative Services intern. Our hope is to equip local students with the skills and tools to thrive in Greensboro and beyond! 

In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing more about our incoming summer interns.