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Headspring Overview

Austin, TX
51 to 200 employees
2001
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Welcome to Headspring, a home for thinkers and doers, innovators and implementers, who thrive on high autonomy and accountability. Our core values drive all of our decisions, from who we work for to the people we work with, and they’re the reason we’ve been ... Read more

Mission: We deliver great software that transforms organizations through high-end consulting services and industry-shaping thought leadership.

Company Updates

  • A company’s core values are the foundation for real growth. CEO Dustin Wells shares how we found ours.

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    Finding core values that drive your company forward - Headspring

    Working with and guiding fellow entrepreneurs has been a passion throughout my career. I've met leaders of companies at all stages of growth who are concerned with key business areas like sales, delivery, marketing, etc. These are all critical elements of growth, but none can flourish without one key ingredient: A strong culture rooted in a common set of beliefs and core values.

  • Software Guru: Headspring named #1 Best Place to Code in Mexico 2019
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    Software Guru: Headspring named #1 Best Place to Code in Mexico 2019 - Headspring

    The MTY team at our company January all-hands. With special team photo guest, Ben. With a newly stringent policy for vetting companies, and a large pool of entrants this year, Software Guru MX has worked to create the golden standard for businesses that offer the best working conditions and career opportunities for software professionals in the region.

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Headspring – Why Work For Us?


What We Believe

We believe there's a better way to build software, to work with clients, and to do business. And we believe that it all starts with people.

We're much more than a provider of enterprise software strategy and development, and the values that drive our company aren't just lip service. We are motivated by our daily opportunity to create a real impact in the world, and to enable our employees, our clients and our community to achieve beyond their perceived potential.

We're a home for thinkers and doers, innovators and implementers, who thrive on high autonomy and accountability. Our core values drive all of our decisions, from who we work for to the people we work with, and they’re the reason we’ve been voted among the Best Companies to Work For in Texas for seven years straight.

As both consultants and thought leaders, we find the better way to build and deliver great software. We don’t just meet expectations, we work closely with our partners to find and fulfill unexpressed needs and transform entire organizations.
Sound like an environment you’d thrive in? Come Join us!

Flexible, Collaborative, Transparent

  • We run our company in the open. Every week, our executive team takes the whole company through the health and status of the business. Everybody here has a chance to see how they contribute to us reaching our goals and to become a part of the solution.
  • We make sure our people are covered in all aspects of life. We offer comprehensive, affordable medical and retirement packages, generous parental leave, flexible work hours and locations, and the best possible equipment. Our team stays focused on our clients because they know we’re focused on them.
  • You know how you work best. Our offices support a wide variety of working styles, with ergonomic personal workstations, comfortable lounge areas, and breakout rooms for team meetings, collaborative development sessions, or heads-down focus.

Learn, lead, and grow together

  • We dedicate time every week for internal training sessions, covering everything from industry-leading development practices to contract negotiation, professional public speaking, and even personal productivity solutions. We want you to grow faster here than you could anywhere else.
  • We know that talented, engaged people tend to attract other talented, engaged people—and we’d love to meet them! Our Grow & Give employee referral program includes both a referral bonus and a matching donation to a charity of your choice.
  • Social impact is more than giving back. It’s tapping into who we are and what we do to make a difference. We do this by partnering with non-profits, participating in local events, contributing to causes close to our hearts—and also by wielding our skills to improve the status quo for colleagues, clients, and our own communities, every day.

Make your mark

  • Deliver solutions that transform organizations—and lives. Our work has improved manufacturing processes, modernized classrooms, raised the bar in retail, and facilitated life-saving medical treatments. The opportunities to make a real impact are always growing.
  • Join one of our numerous peer-led groups like Theme Team, Women of Headspring, the Front-End Forum, or the Reality Check Team, which helps connect our CEO to the needs and goals of our front-line team members.
  • Contribute to one of our numerous open source projects—used by millions of developers around the world—through Headspring Labs, our open source project incubator.

Our Values Speak Volumes:

Our core values are the fundamental drivers for everything we do here, from how we work with clients, to how we grow our team, and even to how we write our code! They’re the bedrock upon which we’ve built the company and the reason that we continue to thrive.

Own Your Experience

We identify issues and participate in solving them. We accept challenges beyond our perceived abilities and strive to accomplish them. We know we can't determine our circumstances, but we can determine our attitude and outlook. We are the authors of our own story.

Drive for Excellence

We have drive, motivation, and enthusiasm to achieve excellence. We have a strong work ethic and commit ourselves daily to deliver on the promises we make. We hold each other accountable for our commitments. We never give up.

People are Valued

We know that great software serves people, and not the other way around. We work together in a spirit of collaboration and service to others. Instead of "What's in it for me", We ask "How can I help?" We put others’ needs ahead of our own.

Honest Communication

We are honest and transparent with our clients and peers. We're willing to speak up, even when we have bad news. We assume and extend trust by default. We communicate with empathy, support, and candor.

Passion for Learning and Growth

We have a desire to be better. We're willing to admit we might not have the answer. We are introspective and seek help when needed. We are always open to others' feedback. We support each other in continuously learning. We believe there's a Better Way, and we never stop seeking it.


What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face? Every project is a chance to do something different. Sometimes we’re adopting cutting edge tools and frameworks in a new code base and defining best practices, other times we’re helping migrate an ancient mission critical app in some now obscure language to a modern platform without breaking the way people use it. I never stop learning!Nolan, Principal Consultant




Since day one I’ve felt at home here. My work is challenging but fun, and my coworkers are awesome! I feel blessed to work where people are valued and that honest communication and passion for learning and growth are part of the company’s values. Elisa, Consultant





What’s the vibe like in the office? Our offices are open, friendly, and down to business. You see pictures of past events, the jigsaw puzzle in progress, our bowling trophies, and also focused, heads-down work happening at the desks. We have friendly competitions that keep people engaged and having fun when they take a quick break from developing great software for our clients. - Erin, Senior Consultant




Our culture of trust and autonomy encourages change, self growth, and ownership- on and off client projects. The team, beyond invested, competent, and empathetic, is plain cool, and often fast friends. I love leading our clients to better solutions!Patrick, Senior Consultant





What projects are you most excited about? One of the most exciting aspects of what we do is how we help our clients take a step back and learn how tech can make their whole organization better-to gain faster insights, to train people more quickly, and to be more responsive to their own customers. Tech doesn't have to just be a company problem to be solved, it can be a turbocharger.Anne, Principal Consultant




This is by far the best company I have ever worked at. No other organization cares more about their employees’ professional growth and families like Headspring. I am honored to be a part of this team. Danny, Account Manager






What makes someone successful on your team? Solving hard business problems with technology and being curious is key to success at Headspring. We invest a lot of time and energy in building our client’s capabilities to ensure they sustain success. When I joined Headspring, I was looking for an environment that provided intellectual stimulation and fast-paced action and Headspring delivers. - Vasudha, VP, Service Delivery




From my very first day, I was able to understand the importance and impact of the company’s core values. Most companies relegate accounting to the back office. But at Headspring, I’m a valued team member, with lots of opportunities to learn and grow. - Stacy, Sr. Accountant


Dustin Wells: President & CEO

Dustin, who is also the co-founder of Workify, is a proven entrepreneur. His first company, Headspring, has grown from its original location at Dustin’s kitchen counter to a team that now spans nearly ten cities and three countries. Headspring has been recognized for rapid growth by INC 500 and for 8 consecutive years has placed as a Best Place to Work.

Dustin is passionate about using his experiences as an entrepreneur to help other aspiring entrepreneurs.  He is an angel investor and an active mentor for start-up CEOs which includes mentoring at Capital Factory, a cooperative that helps early stage companies launch, fund and grow their businesses.  In addition, Dustin previously served as President of both the Austin chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Technology Entrepreneur Exchange (TeXchange), focusing on providing learning and networking opportunities to help business owners more effectively scale their companies.

Dustin is also a member of multiple non-profit boards and remains actively involved in the community with social impact programs including hosting Central Texas GiveCamps at Headspring over the past few years which is a weekend-long event that provides pro bono technical services to area nonprofits.

Dustin’s leadership awards and recognitions include Austin’s Rockstar Entrepreneur of the Year Award and KPMG Executive Leadership Award.


Vasudha Prabhala: VP, Service Delivery

Vasudha is responsible for the delivery for all consulting engagements across all Headspring offices. Vasudha has more than 15 years of industry consulting and helping clients worldwide transform their organizations and improve their competitiveness in the marketplace.





Glenn Burnside: EVP, Ops & Strategy 

Glenn is responsible for day-to-day operations across all consulting practices and offices for Headspring. He has over 20 years of experience in delivering software solutions, ranging from high speed data acquisition for test and measurement, to global e-commerce platforms. His focus now is on setting strategic vision for Headspring’s consulting services, and ensuring that our consultant engineers are equipped with the right environment, equipment, and skills to deliver great software that transforms organizations.



Jimmy Bogard: Chief Architect

Jimmy oversees the technical design and architecture of Headspring solutions, evaluating potential technologies and increasing awareness of technologies on the horizon. Jimmy has more than 13 years of experience delivering solutions ranging from shrink-wrapped products to enterprise e-commerce applications for Fortune 100 customers.

He is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and is an active member in the .NET community, serving as President of the Austin .NET User Group, leading multiple open source projects with millions of downloads worldwide, giving technical presentations, and facilitating technical book clubs. Jimmy is the author of the book ASP.NET MVC in Action, has received the “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award for ASP.NET every year since 2009, and speaks regularly at international technology conferences.

Outside of Headspring, Jimmy is a proud fair-weather fan of Houston sports teams and enjoys attending local sporting events with his wife and children.


John Sarantakes: VP, Sales & Marketing

John is responsible for strategic direction, sales management, business development, and marketing at Headspring. He has over 24 years of experience selling enterprise hardware, software, and SaaS solutions (focused on security and asset management) to enterprises in the commercial, public, and educational sectors.

John helps clients achieve their long-term strategic goals by positioning our unique and accelerated planning and delivery model, aligning software application development to enterprise business goals. His focus now is on setting the strategic vision for Headspring sales and marketing, ensuring that our business is equipped to deliver great software that transforms organizations.


Kathy Chesner: Director, Finance

Kathy oversees the daily operations related to all financial accounting and reporting activities.  As a member of the Executive Team, Kathy provides financial information and forecasting to assist with strategic planning.

Kathy brings over 16 years of both public and private accounting experience to Headspring. Kathy graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Accounting and went to work at the accounting firm KPMG upon graduation.  Most recently Kathy was Finance Manager-Corporate Financial Reporting and Analysis at Hewlett-Packard.

Kathy has been an active volunteer at her daughters’ school in the past and, now that they are older, enjoys volunteering alongside them in the Austin community.  Kathy is an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and enjoys playing golf.

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    Pros

    Headspring cares so deeply about their values. From very intentional career planning to leadership meetings everyone can listen into to random pancake breakfasts, you see the values everyday from the biggest and smallest of actions.

    There's a lot of developers in this world that have god complexes. None of those types of developers are at Headspring. There's so much intelligence and expertise here, but there's just as much humility and excitement to teach. I feel like everyone here is rooting for my success and ready to help whenever they can.

    All the benefits are great - solid amount of PTO (on top of week of Christmas off), work from home Wednesday's (or whenever you need), flexibility work hours, catered Friday lunch... the list keeps going.

    Cons

    No company will ever be perfect, but Headspring is really great at fixing a problem whenever something comes up.

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Headspring Photos

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Headspring Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Headspring (Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Best interview ever; made me feel very comfortable from the beginning. Kinda challenging at the time. It took a while to finish the process, but not to start it. I was referred by another employee. Eventually came to their (now "our") offices; they explained me the whole process, the steps, and the estimated length.

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Headspring Awards & Accolades

  • Best Companies to Work for in Texas, Best Companies Group, 2018
  • Best Companies to Work for in Texas, Best Companies Group, 2019
  • Best Place to Code in Mexico (1st Place), Software Guru, 2019
  • Best Companies to Work For in Texas (Small), Best Companies Group, 2017
  • Best Companies to Work For in Texas (Small), Best Companies Group, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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