About Acorn

We’re a boutique web consultancy interested in helping businesses develop innovative approaches to markets in both their local market and around the world.

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Small Team, Global Reach

We (David & Martyn) have lived for over a decade on two continents each, which has stretched and expanded our view of people, relationships and businesses in a number of ways. As a result, we’ve deliberately built our team to be diverse and multi-cultural, as we find the cross-pollination between cultures leads to broader perspectives and better work.

We highly value long-term relationships with both our customers and the people we work with (employees & contractors). That can be seen in the loyalty our clients have to us and in how folks we hire stay with us for long periods of time.

Learn more about us below. And do get in touch!

David Baker

David Baker

Founder & CEO

David got interested in computers as a young boy and quickly knew he'd found his passion. Since graduting with an Information Systems degree (and a certificate in international business), David has consulted with a variety of startups, established companies and educational institutions around the world. Through it all, he continues to enjoy the intersection of people, design, business constraints and technical complexities.

Outside of tech, he can be found engrossed in discussing business, cross-cultural living or enjoying life with his wife and rambunctious young sons.

Martyn Ling

Martyn Ling

Co-founder & COO

While he started deep in the heart of computers, Martyn has found he greatly enjoys business analysis and project management as well. These days Martyn loves working with stakeholders at all levels to identify their real needs and finding innovative solutions that have significant business benefits.

Martyn is currently based in the United Kingdom and has spent significant time in Africa, mainland Europe and the US. He greatly enjoys spending time with people from all sorts of cultures.

Leonard Smith

Leonard Smith

Senior Software Engineer

Leonard started writing code 30 years ago when he needed to solve a problem for which a solution did not already exist. Later, he discovered the Web almost by accident before anyone else in his CS classes even cared about it.

From DOS and Windows, to Unix, Macs, Web or mobile, Leonard's probably worked with it in some capacity. These days, he enjoys helping businesses find creative solutions to all sorts of crazy problems. If he is not learning a new programming language, you might find him in a canoe, lost in the woods, behind a camera, or wandering a dusty library looking for texts in old dead languages.

Emilio Santelises

Emilio Santelises

Senior Software Engineer

Emilio got roped into web development by a good friend after originally pursuing a degree as Telematics Engineer. Passionate about web development and learning new technologies, he’s happiest working with Ember, Rails or some other new tech.

When he's not digging into frontend issues for clients, Emilio's often out spending time with family, friends, exploring local beaches, lakes and rivers or gaming online.

Daniel Mahaffy

Daniel Mahaffy

Senior Software Engineer

Daniel takes pleasure in tackling difficult problems (which is why he got a joint degree in computer science and math). A senior software engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the field, he has led or guided many programming projects spanning both front-end and back-end development. Although these days Daniel focuses more on software engineering, he also enjoys DevOps and Linux server administration.

When he isn't working, Daniel can usually be found playing with one of his daughters, tackling a do-it-yourself project, or solving calculus problems for a little fun.

Mollie Rolf

Mollie Rolf

UX / UI Designer

For nearly a decade, Mollie has had the pleasure of collaborating with a variety of clients—animation, video editing and live event production with the Denver Broncos NFL football team, persona-based marketing and user interface design with tech startups, teaching senior motion graphics at CU Denver, and so much more.

With a solid foundation in visual design, Mollie now enjoys working on technical user interfaces that help people do their jobs better. On the weekends she is usually spending time outside with her friends and family in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Looking for work?

Looking for work?

If working on or with the Acorn team sounds interesting,
get in touch, we’re always happy to chat!

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