Whether you’re a developer working 9 to 5 and dreaming of going independent, or an established software consultant, there are many aspects of opening and running a development shop that you can’t learn without help or experience. We’re here to help you with that.


Dev Shop U is a webinar series that will save you endless headaches and show you the shortcuts to successfully establishing and growing a profitable custom software development shop. DSU is taught by experts who either run their own Dev Shop or who have a specific expertise in a given subject (like finance or law). The only expertise you need to have coming into DSU is a software engineering/development background. We'll teach you the rest.


We've developed a curriculum based on battle-tested, real world insights with the leanest, most up-to-date approaches to get you competitive and fully-functional right from the start. The content is designed to be absorbed at your pace and in an order relevant to your business's progression, starting with essential core subjects, and then more specialized topics.

Dev Shop 101 is our foundational course, designed to give you real, actionable guidance on identifying and overcoming the organizational, legal, financial, and mental barriers to realizing your own dev shop. This will help you map out where you are, where you need to be, and what tools to equip yourself with to get there successfully and sustainably.

Dev Shop U 101 Speakers

David Aktary

Tim Cason

Mark Magnuson

Francis Potter

Michael McGovern

Dev Shop U is designed to give you an understanding of how to run a Dev Shop based on the experience of those who have done it. We have assembled a team of experienced Dev Shop entrepreneurs from whom you can learn. A few of those are listed above. Click on a name to learn more about that Dev Shop entrepreneur.

David Aktary is the founder of AktaryTech, a custom software development company that’s based in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.  David has been in tech since 1996, interning at a small ISP in central Michigan.  From there, he grew his career at IBM, consulting to the likes of Ford, Chrysler, and the US Postal Service. He then moved on to covering tech as a Wall Street investment banker for JPMorgan, then an independent tech and finance consultant to startups, which turned into running tech and production for one of Nestle’s digital ad agencies.

His current enterprise, AktaryTech, is a leader in custom application development using Node.js that has recently expanded to the Austin market.

David holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Duke University.

Tim Cason is a self-taught software developer with almost a decade of professional programming experience. He has contracted for some of the top media agencies in Los Angeles, including Blitz Agency, Deutsch, and 72andSunny. His experience ranges from advanced front end animations to multi-account continuous user integration for clients like Beachbody and FXNetworks.

Two years ago, Tim started his own web development shop, Fueled on Bacon; since then, his team has grown to 4 people. Fueled on Bacon now launches nearly 30 websites and projects per year and specializes in Wordpress, MEAN stack, and Machine Learning.

Mark is the CTO and co-founder of Austin-based Concepture, Inc.

For over ten years Mark has managed Concepture’s core Development team as well as its Product team and has overseen over 400 custom applications for clients using the Bildr framework.

Bildr is a full-stack web application framework that allows users to build applications without writing any code and also provides an extensible set of APIs for coders to add new elements, functions, and data sources. Once wrapped in these APIs, the code functions become consumable by non-coders through BILDR’s patent pending configuration environment and toolset.

Mark majored in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Kim have two daughters and a son.

Hathersage Technologies President Francis Potter started coding in elementary school, launched his first professional software company at age 16, and has been delivering reliable, scalable and usable technology ever since.

With clients ranging from international conglomerates to newly funded startups, Francis advises executives, establishes well-oiled development teams and leads the successful execution of innovative projects in a variety of fields, including financial services, digital media, adventure sports, retail, consumer products, telecommunications, social media, television, and banking.

Michael McGovern is a Partner with The Gober Group and a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities and Tax practice group. He represents domestic and foreign companies, private equity funds, investors, and industry professionals in the areas of Capital Markets and Private Placements, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Funds, Funds of Funds, Corporate Finance, Real Estate, Tax Planning and Structuring, Tax Controversy, Cross-Border Transactions, Corporate Counsel and Corporate Governance, and Securities Law and Compliance.

Mike works directly with his clients on transactions focused primarily in the technology, consumer products, real estate, and financial and investment products industries, typically ranging in deal size from $250 thousand to over $100 million, and involving parties located in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.


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We value your feedback and want you to get the most out of our program, so we’re throwing in a FREE 30-minute consultation with one of our Dev Shop experts to ensure you’re on the right path. You get to keep the seminars for life, allowing you to view them whenever you like. If you decide the program is not for you or you’re dissatisfied, let us know and we’ll gladly refund your money.