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Fretless teams up with TechPoint to launch Xtern Bootcamp

Xtern Bootcamp
The software development community in Indianapolis is amazing. When the future Fretless team started working together, we became active in (and soon began organizing) local Meetups. The people we met and the attitudes we encountered defied every stereotype.

TechPoint has played a big role in getting the Indianapolis tech community to this point, and their leadership continues to ensure that Indy attracts talented people and great companies. Their Xtern program provides students with the best internship experience around, and it’s been hugely successful.

We’re thrilled to be working with TechPoint to write the next chapter in this story. Xtern Bootcamp is a 10-week summer program to help bridge the gap between college and career. Read the full story at TechPoint.

How We Work (And Why We’re Different)

Freedom Collaborative—Ending Modern Slavery Together

Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again. Human trafficking is a real and growing threat to our planet, and Chab Dai is at the forefront of putting an end to this pandemic with Freedom Collaborative.

They approached us because they were struggling to make ending trafficking a worldwide effort. There are plenty of anti-human trafficking organizations, but they weren’t talking to each other. The available foundations were all disjointed, and weren’t working in unison. Nor was there any central repository of information, books, and media related to trafficking.

Chab Dai knew that they could streamline their efforts and become a global leader in stopping human trafficking, and they put their trust in us to help them do just that.

Their existing website and applications were barely functioning. Their data was incomplete, and new features weren’t launching on schedule — which made scheduling many of their initiatives with their global partners particularly tricky.

When we started working with Chab Dai, the first thing we did was to host a Roadmapping session — which is our way of getting to know the why behind the projects we work on, and what part we played in solving the underlying problem.

Afterward, we went to work. We improved the reliability of their website, and streamlined the way that they were able to push new updates to their global partners. Our team helped them organize a central “library” — catalogs of books, films, articles, and other media specific to fighting human trafficking. We drastically enhanced their directory of global organizations, and made it easy to filter these organizations.

Our process made it so that Chab Dai could reliably and effectively execute on their anti-trafficking campaigns. We provided straight answers to their questions, and made it so that they knew exactly what we were working on and when we’d be able to get it to them. The team at Fretless was in close communication with Chab Dai.

So what did this mean for them? What effect did we help bring to putting an end to human trafficking?

As a result of our engagement, traffic to their various web properties is up by an order of magnitude—1074%!—and the community is engaging like never before.

Our partnership has helped accelerate the end of trafficking, and we couldn’t be happier to have played a role in that.

How could Fretless help your organization reach its goals?

Fretless ♥ Indianapolis

At Fretless, we’re proud to call Indiana home. We are members of The Speak Easy and contributors to Verge. We organize, sponsor, or volunteer for The Indianapolis Ruby Brigade, Indy Hackers, Rails Bridge Indy, and re:build.

Get To Know Us

Co-founders Miles Z. Sterrett and Dave Strus have been spending way too much time together since 2006, when they first teamed up in code and in music.
Miles Z. Sterrett

Miles Z. Sterrett

In 1997 Miles built a site dedicated to providing notation for popular guitar riffs. (It didn’t take off.) Having gotten his first taste of building for the Web, he later made it his profession, working in the exciting world of startups (some better funded than others) and freelancing. In 2007 he started working at the region’s largest datacenter, where he was forced to share an office with some bozo named Dave.

Building applications for the Web has long been a passion of his, though cultivating communities has become a new passion. Miles organizes The Indianapolis Ruby Brigade, runs Indy Hackers, and, once in a while, helps with the Indianapolis Javascript Society. He finds people to be even more interesting than the code he spends hours upon hours writing. That said, you’ll still find him glued to his guitar once in a while.

Dave Strus

Dave Strus

Dave began his first company in 1997. (It didn’t take off.) That same year he started his first band. (It didn’t take off either.) He then gave university the old college try, earning a degree in computer science (magna cum laude).

Java, .NET, and PHP gigs followed, at companies large and small, until attending the “Building of Basecamp” workshop in 2004 led to an obsession with the then-new Ruby on Rails framework.

He left development behind to become an Enterprise Software Manager, before once again devoting his energy to helping others build great products. And trying to play guitar as fast as Miles.

Get In Touch

If you’re looking to work with a team who understands business and technology, let’s have a candid discussion about the services you need and see if we’ll be able to help.



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