We build web and mobile apps from our studio in Calgary, Alberta
 
 

We believe in kick-ass people, efficient process and positive outcomes

 
 

WELCOME TO AQUANODE INTERACTIVE

 

Who We Are

 
 

The Aquanode office has never been a particularly traditional place to work, we don't wear shoes, we throw angry birds at each other, there are succulents in our conference table and we still think giving our staff five screens each makes them better at their job. It's from that context, and with a space cowboy riding a unicorn on one of our walls (really, it's true) that we are proud to share with you our surprisingly old fashioned values.

We value people and outcomes and engage our clients in much the same way as we do our families. Our passion and super power is the development of web and mobile applications, a calling we undertake with integrity and honesty. Our intention is to earn your trust by educating and then facilitating smart, cost effective solutions that solve the big picture obstacles as well as the day to day challenges within your organization.

Each of our clients has a different need and an opportunity for new efficiencies. We seek to create growth opportunities through the use of secure digital applications for each of our clients. This is our mission, one that our team of educated and enthusiastic professionals show up for, every single day.

Don't work with Aquanode for a clean design, easy user experience and reliable code, you're going to get that at any good shop. Instead put your needs first and don't negotiate your big picture outcomes, insist on solving every day to day challenge. If you can do that, the Aquanode chooses you and we have much to discuss.

 
 
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A couple of thank you's, some reflection and a warm new client (family) welcome.

A lengthy address from Sheldon Pereira, Chief Troublemaker at Aquanode

 

It was 2004 when I registered the trade name Aquanode, at the time, I was hoping to raise enough freelancing cash to buy a cool car.

It wasn’t until 2008, cool car in hand (1995 Eagle Talon TSI) that I had cobbled enough work and big enough goals to leave my job and open up shop, a shop of my own.

The year is 2018 as I write this address, and from my perspective that was a decade, a marriage, two kids, three office spaces, fourteen cars, thirty nine employees, six side businesses and four hundred and two clients ago. I was worn out just with the counting I had to do to write that and that sentence, it took hours to write; I've said good bye to many employees over the years and each has a story and a few  of them raised the bar at Aquanode in tremendously impactful ways.

Kenneth, Rudi and Mr Cho, I've never said thank you for the contributions you made while under my employ, I say to you now, Thank-you! Rudi your structure set the foundation for all things that came after you. Kenneth, we are only today, realizing how much you knew and were capable of in front end development and we miss your coffee snobbery.  Cho, we now have a threshold from which to judge "A hard working employee" and we haven't had one that set the bar as high since you.

These gentlemen evolved our standards, grew our enthusiasm and we have maintained their lofty intentions in their absence. For those gentlemen, for every smiling face that has come through the office in 14 years, and especially for those staffing my team today; Lexie, Paul, Jordan, Carlos, my right hand Cody and my other right hand Chelsea, without whom there would be no capacity, ability skill or saleable product, I had to stop, and remember, and laugh, except for one name or two (Yep, I said it) and even in the missteps, at the best of times and never more than in the worst of times, I learned. 

The early learning went a long way, it was only a year two with a handful of people working in a single open room, and even then only on those rare days when I could separate myself from the grind, I got around to realizing that it wasn't always fun and it wasn't always perfect but we were putting out solid code and not only supporting ourselves but supporting some really amazing clients who were doing some really important things in the world. Some of those clients, they're still with us today and we've rebuilt some tools three times over to keep them and that by itself is worth a 10 year party.

In hindsight, somewhere along the way we came to understand the level at which we showed up exceeded some other providers, and even to this day I'm so humbled to see my team in the office every day, whether I'm there or not. They are the magic that lets me tell you how we use a little bit of magic, some old pizza and alot of coffee to create intelligent and intuitive applications for businesses and schools and non-profits and retailers and just one politician.

If you happen to be a new business considering Aquanode as a provider for your next project, and you are now wondering when the pitch is going to come, scroll down or, just click here instead. This copy space was allotted for me to say a couple of things about what we, the Aquanode team, has built and accomplished together and from the perspective of a new client, I'm thrilled to tell you, the biggest screw ups happened ages ago and are long behind us, and also, we have fun at work, we laugh, we joke and on rare occasion, we might also cry. 

To you new and potential clients you should know this about my business and my team, we are a people first group and at the end of the service and product descriptions, I've learned the same is true of all businesses. So we're going to treat you like people, not a pay-day, and we're going to value your objectives from a functional and needs point of view, not as tasks in project management tool, and while we're doing that you are not just any people, you are part of the Aquanode family, my favourite people.

Here's what you already know about a family, we're not always going to agree, count on us to explain our recommendations and to then also sulk a little if you insist. Expect us to show up for the important stuff, trade show with 2000 people, we'll get it done; Registration opens next week, yikes, which group is onboarding first? The sales guy keep telling people we have it, we'll handle it (And you handle him). It's because you're family that you can also expect something baked at Christmas and yes, because you're family, we probably kept the best batch for ourselves come by the office anytime, you know for a fake visit and the great pound cake.

I'm going to close this open address by acknowledging that without really trying to, I've managed to put some amazing people behind a really great intention, simply put;

Family jokes aside, if you're reading this and wondering if Aquanode is the right provider for your next project, here is the pitch: 

Aquanode Interactive builds awesome apps for kick-ass clients and we want your web and mobile app business. In exchange we are going to show up for you, every day, and use magic to turn pizza and coffee into a more efficient and simpler work experience for you, welcome to the family. Almost.

 

 

 
 
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Sheldon Pereira delivering a talk to the attendees of USUMMIT 2017, Denver, CO

 This mural, painted by the talented Wil Yee, was a custom piece that adorned the entire rear wall of the first Aquanode office. Within the piece we see a pair of Firefox killing Internet Explorer, a Google Chrome flying saucer, many Firebugs, the PMA sailboat, the MySQL dolphin and the Code Ignitor flame, these comprised the tools of the day when Wil was first commissioned and this wall was the focal point of the office for the 5 years we occupied the space.

This mural, painted by the talented Wil Yee, was a custom piece that adorned the entire rear wall of the first Aquanode office. Within the piece we see a pair of Firefox killing Internet Explorer, a Google Chrome flying saucer, many Firebugs, the PMA sailboat, the MySQL dolphin and the Code Ignitor flame, these comprised the tools of the day when Wil was first commissioned and this wall was the focal point of the office for the 5 years we occupied the space.