A one-nerd army for your small business.

Whether it's a backend service running in the cloud, a JavaScript web application, or a mobile application running on an iPhone in someone's pocket, we will work with you to decide which tech is the best fit for your business right now.

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What We Do

Apps. Sites. Inbetween.

Investors prefer to see an app in-hand over 1000 mockups. Customer feedback early and often helps you focus on and refine what matters most. We can start small and iterate and grow the code, backends and tooling to position the product for growth.

Help You Do You

Modern applications combine systems, data and processes from many systems, APIs, and vendors. Integrating with third parties to handle comms, accept money, or fulfillment services allow founders to focus on the unique value their companies bring.

We Help You Decide

It's 2020 and there are so many databases, languages, frameworks, front-end stacks and content engines! We listen to our clients and help them cut through the latest machine-powered-bullshit and put together a system of technology that works best for their company and their customers.

How We Do It

We Think In Systems

We constantly think about the impact of technology on your product and business, and how various processes are affected by technical decisions: how your company works, the security of the business ecosystems, and the impact your customers.

We Believe in Independence

We want to build strong, long-term relationships with our customers, not codependent ones. We are at our best when we are empowering our customers' to grow and remain independent. This might mean spending more time to explain a decision, or build some backend automation, or transitioning day-to-day development of a product to a new in-house team.

Love and Respect

We're a small business, too, and we want everyone to be successful. People and relationships are central to both why and how we still work in technology after 25 years. We care about you and your business. We care about your customers. We care about our craft.

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About the Nerd

Venture Cranial was founded in 2011 by Baron Chandler, a technology professional who has been lucky enough to follow a childhood passion of tinkering with computers into a profession. As a technical and management leader at a national internet provider for over 15 years, Mr. Chandler learned to balance a combination of ingenuity, practicality, and elbow grease to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing company. In 2012, Mr. Chandler left the ISP world to help other companies with their product and data initiatives and technical operations challenges. Today, Baron works as a site reliability engineer ensuring applications remain up and responsive to customers and engineers alike.

Past Projects

Work We've Done

iPad Language Assistant

Created iPad app and matching cloud service for customer to secure multi-year funding for pilot study of approximately 30 middle school students with language difficulties, their parents, and teachers. Non-verbal and semi-verbal students used iPads configured by parents and teachers to communicate througout their entire day and ultimately live more connected and indepdenent lives.

Retro 70s Clock Application

A beautiful 21st century nod to a 70's classic, the Illumitime Polymorphic Clock iPhone app entertains with over 30 different combinations! Rich textures combine with retro-style illumination to recall bygone analog eras of reel-to-reel mix tapes and groovy plaid leisure suits.with a modern twist on the 70's classic clock.

Profile service website for Conference Organizer

Suite of systems and services for company which runs technical conferences used to integrate member profile, conference planning, calendaring, event registration and membership store.
Pricing

Flexible Options

Consultation

$75/hour

Up to 2 hours of initial one-on-one conversation about your business and its technical needs, goals, and high-level direction. Consultation will applied as credit upon execution of contract.

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10+hr/monthly

If your product or business already has a need for a minimum of 10 hours per month, this option can provide a better value and lower hourly rate than Support. The hourly rate can vary according to many factors, including type and scope of work, length of the commitment, and the level of clarity around the work.

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Support

hourly

If you don't have a product or large project but just need a few hours of help here or there, hourly Support a budget-friendly pay-as-you-go option.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As an early employee of MindSpring, a national internet service provider based in Atlanta, Georgia, Venture Cranial's founder experienced first-hand the positive effects of these beliefs on both the employees and customers of a small business:

  1. We respect the individual, and believe that individuals who are treated with respect and given responsibility respond by giving their best.
  2. We require complete honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  3. We make commitments with care, and then live up to them. In all things, we do what we say we are going to do.
  4. Work is an important part of life, and it should be fun. Being a good business person does not mean being stuffy and boring.
  5. We are frugal. We guard and conserve the company's resources with at least the same vigilance that we would use to guard and conserve our own personal resources.
  6. We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort).
  7. Clarity in understanding our mission, our goals, and what we expect from each other is critical to our success.
  8. We are believers in the Golden Rule. In all our dealings we will strive to be friendly and courteous, as well as fair and compassionate.
  9. We feel a sense of urgency on any matters related to our customers. We own problems and we are always responsive. We are customer driven.

We want to employ whatever technology suits your business needs the best. Like many in the technology business, we have experience with many different alternatives and have developed our own opinions about which we prefer to work with.

In most cases, a backend powered by Python 3 will be an ideal choice. Python is a great general purpose language that performs well, has a lot of libraries for integrating with third parties and manipulating data and databases, and has a large and rapidly-growing workforce.

Typically, we see either an Ubuntu- or RedHat-based Linux environment which uses a container technology such as Docker for applications. Containers can significantly simplify development and testing by keeping code together and separate from other parts of the system. Containers also improve stability and consistency by providing a single component to test and deploy.

Infrastructure is more complicated because it encompasses a lot of things. In general, choosing an infrastructure is perhaps one of the most important fundamentals because it sets the tone for future work. It's also one of the trickiest because it often varies with size and scope of the product, cost structure and reliability requirements, and the features needed by the product. Generally, a cloud-based solution (be it one of the Big 3 or mid-sized providers) will make the most financial sense because the cost structure scales with the customer base and business over time. Other concerns such as content delivery, networking, complex backups, and more are less common needs for small business.

In all cases, investing in best practices such as version control, proper testing, quality documentation, secure development, and respecting customer and employee privacy is essential.

We'd love to help you!

Whether you need cloud service or a web or mobile application, or aren't sure what you need, we are ready to be your technology partner so you can focus on running and growing your business.

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