We help you build your startup.

We are your technical expertise.
We build your product and provide guidance to get your product to market faster.

Tell us about your startup!

Ruby, Rails, JavaScript and HTML5

Technical Guidance

Like an acting Chief Technology Officer, we help analyze your target market and problem-space, and connect your market with the technical vision of your product to choose the best technology stack for your needs.

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CTO and Development team

Scalable Dev Team

Our passionate development team is here for you. We quickly build your Minimum Viable Product, providing a lean yet strong base from which to build. With your MVP, you’re able to launch and begin gathering feedback and gaining momentum as soon as possible.

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Design and Branding for your startup

Branding & Design

We'll be your creative experts to get your product the best brand in the market.

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These are some happy clients!

I have worked with many software developers in my career. Alfa Jango has not only deep technical expertise, but what is more valuable and rare, is a team that acts as a founding CTO, providing great advice on what to build, in what sequence, saving you money and increasing the likelihood of your success.
— Ed Farrell,
Alfa Jango brings our ideas to life, but more than that, they constantly go above and beyond, applying their insight and care to every aspect of our application. Thoughtful, thorough, and true professionals - it is an absolute privilege to work with this team.
— Cait Holman,
I'm certain that my start-up wouldn't be at the point it is now without the professional work of Alfa Jango. I hit a home-run by working with Alfa Jango!
— Nic Stelter,
Steve Schwartz and the rest of the Alfa Jango team have been absolutely integral to the development of PriceLocal from conception to launch and beyond. Alfa Jango listens well and always provides solutions that exceed expectations.
— Matt Chosid,

Our past, present & future

Housed in the Northern Brewery historic office building in downtown Ann Arbor, MI, Alfa Jango, LLC is dedicated to helping your business grow and scale with web-based software and application development.

We work closely with startups to quickly grow and transition them to viable companies with minimal investment, by developing and building a successful Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and then quickly iterating thereafter.

And for our enterprise clients, we use this same lean methodology to build reliable, tested, scalable applications with minimal cost.

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We the Team

Steve Schwartz Managing Member / Developer

Steve has co-founded several successful software start-ups as managing partner at Alfa Jango. Steve co-founded and served as CTO for CarCode, which was acquired by Edmunds.com in 2014. He is highly involved in the open source software movement having developed and maintained several popular open source projects, including jquery-ujs and jquery-rails in Rails core, which has been downloaded over 30 million times. He has his BS in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. When not building startups, Steve plays guitar and soccer (not at the same time usually) and races cars.

Scott Goci Developer

Scott's passion for entrepreneurship spurred him to join Alfa Jango so he could help people build great startups. A self taught programmer, he helps people learn to code as co-organizer of Coffee House Coders, and is heavily involved in the tech community here in Ann Arbor. Scott is also building his own startup, TrueJob, which helps both job seekers and employers find better matches.

Kevin Ryan Graphic Designer

Kevin leads all our design from UI/UX Design, Branding, Graphic Design and Illustration. After years in the agency world Kevin brings his skills and creativity to Alfa Jango's team. He loves to spend time with his kids, floating on the pontoon in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Angie Mininni Office Manager

Angie came to Alfa Jango in 2013 with experience in real estate, but a passion for start-ups. As office manager, she keeps everyone in line, making sure they are where they need to be and have everything they need to be their best. She can easily be found at the local coffee shops, spoiling her Chiweenie, or raving on and on about Jared Leto.

Richard Peng Developer

Richard specializes in Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, Elasticsearch, and Modular CSS. Richard's full-stack experience and passion for modular, reusable code brings amazing value to the team. When he’s not busting out awesome code, he can be found swing dancing, biking, hiking, and disc golfing.

Jonathan Gabel Developer

Jonathan came to Alfa Jango a wide knowledge of Ruby, Javascript and CSS. He began his programming career with front-end web design, adding javascript UI enhancements as a specialty before moving to MI. Jonathan has a BA from Carleton College and MFA from Rutgers University. He taught Sculpture, 3D-design, Ceramics, Drawing, and Digital Arts, and currently teaches Contemporary Art Theory online for Mercer College.

Max Langensiepen Developer

Max began writing Ruby and JavaScript in 2013 at his first startup. Being a corporate software consultant prior to that, he brings balance to the force at Alfa Jango between the two extremes of corporate and startup software development. Max enjoys making music, singing karaoke, road cycling, and maintaining a healthy state of future shock. Max is passionate about social justice and diversity in tech.

Alec Tower Developer

Alec loves traveling and seeing new places. He spent four years as a touring musician throughout the Midwest and East coast. He received a BS in Computer Science from U of M Flint. Alec joined Alfa Jango bringing his knowledge of Ruby, Rails, HTML/CSS, Vanilla JavaScript/jQuery, refactoring, and debugging.

John Hoinville Director of Operations

John comes to Alfa Jango with experience in team leadership, product development, project management, and business analysis. He has worked with everyone from Fortune 10 companies down to small entrepreneurial startups. John's passion is people and building amazing applications for his clients. When John is not working he loves to spend time with his wife and three daughters and is passionate about long-distance running.

Where do we go from here?

Let us show you in these four steps, and we will be on our way.

Step 1 Talk with us

Send us a message so we can setup a phone call. In the Ann Arbor or Detroit area? Let's grab a coffee! If we're a good fit, it's on to Step 2!

Step 2 Dive in and plan

We'll take you from wherever you are in the startup planning process to having a solid outline and budget for building your Minimum Viable Product. This MVP will include what we'll build and more importantly what we won't build.

Step 4 Support & iterate

Now that the MVP is launched,
the journey is getting started.

Tell us about your project & join the team.