If there is a single word that summarizes our attitude toward pretty much everything, it is this. We push ourselves. We push technology. And we push the boundaries of conventional thinking. Did you notice that hummingbird in our logo? That’s no icon, that’s our symbol. Hummingbirds are flying ninjas—focused, energetic, and wickedly fast. They are the perfect visual representation for who we are and how we work.


Just a small portion of our amazing people

Barg UpenderFounder

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Barg Upender


Barg Upender is the Founder of Mobomo, with over twenty years of software development experience for federal and commercial customers. He specializes in mobile app development, user experience design, Web 2.0 designs, social media, cross-browser development, and Agile project management. Barg has written numerous articles, and presented workshops at various conferences: he has received many awards for his user experience expertise. With two successful companies (Mobomo and Intridea, a web application development company) to his name, Barg was elected as one of Washingtonian magazine’s Top 100 Tech Titans in the D.C.-metro area. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford. He is a 2008 alumni of the prestigious MindShare CEO Network, the leading entrepreneur network in the DC-metro area.

Ken FangPresident

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Ken Fang


Ken Fang is the President of Mobomo, primarily overseeing the strategy and operations of the company. He works closely with clients to create mobile solutions to meet their strategic needs, and is adept at developing apps on all major mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and mobile web. In addition to running Mobomo, Ken is the founder and chairman of Altum, Inc., the market leader of enterprise grants management and performance management solutions for federal and philanthropic organizations. In 2009, the Washington Business Journal recognized Ken as one of the D.C.-metro area’s top minority business leaders; additionally, he has published a number of titles and articles in educational software and advanced computing technology. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a certificate in Bioinformatics from Stanford University.

Brian LaceyCEO

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Brian Lacey


Brian Lacey was named CEO of Mobomo in April of 2015, since the company has grown around 50% in revenue and 50% in employee growth each year. Under his leadership he has led Mobomo to being named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies (2015,2016), Best Places to Work (2016), Webby Award (2016), Muse Creative Award(2016), DCA Live Media(2016), Top website and mobile developer by Clutch (2015, 2016).

Brian serves as a thought leader in the industry recently being named as an industry chair to Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.

He received a double B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Wendy KessellCFO

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Wendy Kessell


Wendy Kessell is Mobomo’s Chief Financial Officer. She manages all financial and administrative aspects of Mobomo and oversees its security matters. Wendy holds a BS in Accounting and Management from the University of Maryland University College, graduating in three and half years while working full time in the Accounting Department of a satellite manufacturing company. She passed the CPA exam at her first sitting in 1991 and became a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) in 2007. She also is a notary.

Wendy joined Mobomo as a partner in 2011. She also is the CFO of Altum, Inc. (since 1999) and the CFO and Managing Partner of Dimora Enterprises (since 2014).

Prior to Altum and Mobomo, she was the Controller (1992-1994) of Keystone Corporation, a telecommunications company. Keystone was purchased in 1995 by the owner of National Telecom, USA. Wendy was CFO of both companies from 1995 to 1998 when the telecom consortium relocated all operations to Florida. Wendy started her own public accounting firm in 1998 which she sold to Metro, Metro and Associates in 2008.

In 2015, Wendy was recognized with an Executive Management Award by Smart CEO Magazine. This is her third award by Smart CEO Magazine as in 2010, the publication chose Wendy for a Smart CFO Award and her fellow finalists selected her as THE Smart CFO. The Executive Management award celebrates C-Suite executives for their creative management, vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and undeniable work ethic. In 2015, Wendy also was recognized by Who’s Who of Distinguished Alumni for ascending the summit of professional accomplishment and by The National Association of Professional Woman as VIP Woman of the Year Circle for 2015-2016 for excellence, leadership and commitment to her profession, while encouraging the achievement of Professional Women.

Shawn MacFarlandChief Technology Officer (CTO)

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Shawn MacFarland

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Shawn MacFarland is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Mobomo, bringing more than 20 years of software engineering experience designing and developing both federal and commercial enterprise solutions. Over his career he has developed shrink wrapped and mobile apps, lead teams and business units, linearized legacy costs and championed modern approaches, and most recently architected and directed the creation of an AWS dual Region FedRAMP compliant Content Management PAAS. He loves to solve complex technical problems and to oversee the implementation of solutions to those problems. Over the years he has worked with large projects based on COM/CORBA C++ Enterprise, JAVA EE, Ruby on Rails, Percussion, both Drupal and WordPress CMSes, and node.js. He is OS agnostic, loving Linux and Windows equally, so long as the master-images are CIS-Benchmark compliant and current with security patches. Rather than focusing on a specific language stack, he advocates polyglot solutions to leverage language strengths to the specific problems spaces in which they excel. Because he respects the difficulty of distributed computing problems he prefers cloud service solutions particularly AWS-based offerings, to the creation of custom coded solutions to handle enterprise infrastructure services. He is currently driving company wide technical vision and coordinating multi-discipline engineering teams to make this vision a reality. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Paula CintioniDirector

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Paula Cintioni


Ms. Paula Cintioni is the lead interaction designer at Mobomo. She has 9+ years of experience, including web/mobile interface, interaction, and usability design. Her job consists of directing the strategy and delivery schedule of all graphics deliverables. In addition, she’s the director of our team in Buenos Aires coordinating the whole offshore operation.

Gerardo PinkusCreative Director

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Gerardo Pinkus

Creative Director

Gerardo Pinkus has been passionately delivering exceptional graphic design for 8 years now. As Mobomo’s Art Director, he’s the beacon that leads all the design efforts to bring every product delivered to its highest quality. Mr. Pinkus’ attention to detail and talent help him set the desired styles tailored to fulfill every client’s needs.
His first steps in the digital world began years ago designing websites for a variety of clients at design studios. Later on, he jumped on board into the mobile world to which he has devoted his career up to today.

William HaymesDirector

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William Haymes


William is a Director with two decades of experience in IT. Working on whitehouse.gov with both the Clinton and Bush administrations, William started his professional life as a graphic designer and worked his way up to be the manager of Web Technologies and Application Support for the White House. Having additional experience with other Washington-based organizations, he’s well equipped to navigate the special challenges that beltway projects can contain. Known for a good sense of humor, William can make the most of any situation and works hard to make everyone’s experiences as stress-free as possible. When not building SharePoint lists or PowerPoint decks, William likes to play with his two dogs, two cats, and three guitars. (Not all at the same time, of course.)

Jason SchulteDirector

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Jason Schulte


Mr. Schulte is a Senior Software Engineer at Mobomo. With more than 10 years of software engineering experience, he has exceptional proficiency in designing and developing enterprise applications. Prior to joining Mobomo, Jason founded and ran his own company, Exceptual Technologies, which focused on providing infrastructure, hosting, and web development for businesses. Jason’s software expertise includes MySQL, JavaScript, JQuery, Xen, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and PHP, amongst many others. Additionally, he has deep expertise with content management systems, such as Drupal and WordPress. Besides coding, he enjoys coaching junior developers and providing top-tier support to end users and clients. Jason holds degrees in Computer Science from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Missouri State University.

Karandeep KangDirector of Sales

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Karandeep Kang

Director of Sales

Karandeep Kang is a Director at Mobomo, bringing extensive expertise in quality assurance, test management, test automation, requirements gathering, and development management. He received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William & Mary.

Mary MatalasDirector

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Mary Matalas


Mary Matalas has over 15 years of client-focused experience developing strategy and leading teams in delivering digital, social networking and cloud-based platform solutions with both public sector and commercial clients. Her strengths are in working collaboratively with clients to build long lasting, trust-based relationships and in building creative, motivated cross-functional teams that deliver high quality services and products.

Ryan McNeyDirector

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Ryan McNey


Ryan McNey is a Director at Mobomo. He brings 6+ years of IT experience supporting federal and commercial clients, with a specific focus on Systems Integration. Ryan is passionate about design, problem-solving, and collaboration. He received a B.S. in Business Management from West Virginia University.

Austin WhiteDirector

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Austin White


Austin White is a Director leading complex mobile, web and cloud infrastructure development for at NASA and the International Trade Administration within Mobomo’s Federal Practice as well as a number of political organizations on the commercial side. Austin, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM), also develops on the Microsoft Dynamics platform and the Atlasssian suite. Prior to joining Mobomo, Austin served as a Senior Consultant for Blackstone Technology Group’s Digital Services practice, managing enterprise digital transformation efforts for top U.S. financial and energy firms. 

Peter VanDirector

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Peter Van


Peter Van utilizes Agile and Scrum methodologies to help organizations improve their experiences through the medium of mobile and web. With over a decade of project management experience, he has worked with clients such as the United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United Service Organizations (USO), and Gallup to solve operational and technical problems by implementing new applications and websites to provide a better mobile and web experiences for employees and users alike.

Clinton HergetTechnical Director

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Clinton Herget

Technical Director

Clinton Herget is a Software Engineer with over a decade of experience in architecting, building and supporting complex web and mobile applications in the public-sector and nonprofit spaces. At Mobomo Clinton focuses on DevOps engineering and technical architecture, leading the team supporting USGS.gov and various other USGS applications. His skill-set includes Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Drupal, Amazon Web Services, Chef, Jenkins, Python, Ruby and numerous other languages and tools. Clinton is passionate about automation, scalability, continuous integration, and highly available infrastructure. He holds a B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary and is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Adam BarthelsonTechnical Director

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Adam Barthelson

Technical Director

Adam Barthelson is a Senior Software Engineer at Mobomo with over 5 years of development experience.  His technical background is in DevOps tools such as Docker and Kubernetes, and frameworks including Ruby on Rails, React, Angular, NodeJS, and numerous others. As a former student of George Mason University’s Systems Engineering program, Adam heavily advocates Agile and Test Driven Development best practices.

Lucas RiutzelTechnical Director

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Lucas Riutzel

Technical Director

Lucas Riutzel is a full-stack Software Engineer with 9 years experience in planning, developing, and implementing interactive websites. He enjoys building and managing linux based server infrastructure. Lucas is proficient in numerous programming languages and is an advocate on topics of privacy and security. He has spoken previously at Drupal Camp Chicago and is a co-founder of a local Drupal group.

Miles McLeanTechnical Director

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Miles McLean

Technical Director

Miles McLean is a Software Engineer bringing with him over ten years of IT management and systems engineering experience. Proficient in Microsoft and Linux enterprises, Miles specializes in custom DevOps work surrounding automation, scripting, and software deployment suites across multiple platforms. He is also experienced in hardware, both physical and virtual, as well as network infrastructure, storage, database, and resource utilization management. His free time is spent exploring rivers, forests, caves, and video games around his home in Nixa, Missouri.

The Mobomo code

8 principles that guide and inspire everything we do

It’s easy to run from challenges, and it’s far too convenient to blame constraints. But that’s not how we roll. We decided long ago that complacency was just not in our DNA, so we developed what we like to call a culture of yes. While others run for safety, we jump into the fire. We take on the world’s most complex projects, and we deliver them on time and on budget. For as long as we can remember, we’ve defied expectations and embraced the insurmountable, and we’re still just getting warmed up. So bring us the impossible, and let’s leave the simple to everyone else. You’ll find us out front polishing the corners of the bleeding edge.
We like making things. We like taking problems, twisting them into ideas, and developing them into solutions. We work with cool clients doing important things, and we wouldn't have it any other way. When you believe in what you build, most of the other pieces just seem to fall in place. You attract all the right people, and they bring pride and ownership in everything they do. We believe strongly in our clients, and if you take a good look at our work, you’ll see that belief reflected throughout.
We are not numbers here, and this is not the matrix. We are a family and our clients here are everything. Our team is driven by empowerment, and every one of us has sleeves rolled up to our elbows. Here, camaraderie is currency and commitment is everything. Our unity is the lifeblood that courses through this place, and our dedication to each other is the fuel that powers us through late nights and big challenges.
Success here is as much about trust as it is about technology. And trust begins with happy clients. Keeping our clients happy is not a box we check off on a generic list of responsibilities, it is the driving force behind everything we do. This business is ruled by reputation, and we will win on service every single time. We’re conduits and catalysts—our clients come to us for guidance and look to us for leadership. Their success is our own, and their trust is a privilege that we carry with honor.
This industry favors the fleet, and we move faster than anyone. Our speed begins at the first stage of a client engagement and accelerates throughout the process. While others are waiting for the ink to dry on a proposal, we’re already knee deep into prototyping. Time is a luxury, but for our clients, it is seldom an option. For that reason, we have developed The Mobomo Way — a framework for development that keeps our processes lean, our projects effective, and our agency humming.
There is something very effective about the mentality of a startup. Too often, we’ve seen successful organizations become bloated and slow, more concerned about appearance and hierarchy than clients and creativity. Not us. We refuse to succumb to that space. We fundamentally believe that you need structured chaos to do anything worthwhile, and that is exactly what you will find here. You won’t encounter a lot of slick salespeople or sit in planning meetings to discuss other meetings. We build fast, learn quickly, and evolve daily. Why would we ever change that?
In this industry, complacency is the villain, and death usually occurs by stagnation. The world moves quickly, and it is far too easy to fall for the familiar and embrace the expected. But what fun would that be? We are entering a new era in technology and it is going to be awesome. Refrigerators are speaking to watches, cars are chatting with the road, and everything is becoming increasingly digital. Our people geek out on this stuff. They daydream in pixels, obsess about technology, and fall asleep with fresh ideas still racing through their heads.
Walls are not welcome here. Simple as that. Walls make us smaller. Less effective. More predictable. Few pioneers are left in this industry, but we are determined to remain among them. We are on a quest for greatness, and that requires blazing our own trail. We will refuse to accept a label or follow the path of conformity that others have laid before us. What we are building here simply does not exist anywhere else. It’s time to give the big boys a run for their money.


A few achievements we’re proud of

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Webby Award2014, 2016, 2017


NASASmall Business Subcontractor of the Year




Inc. 5000 6 years in a row (2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018)


MUSE CREATIVE AWARDSPlatinum Award Winner, 2016, 2017
Rose Gold Winner, 2018

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HOT IN WASHINGTONAward Winner, 2016

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BEST PLACES TO WORKAward Winner, 2016, 2017

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DCA Live MediaAward Winner, 2016

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CLUTCHTop Website Designer and App Developer, 2016, 2017

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Washington Technology Named as Fastest Growing Small Business in
Government Market, 2017

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Apps, Live Events, Publications, Videos, Websites, and White Papers Awards Gold Winner, 2017 (USO)


AFCEA Technology Trailblazer Award, 2017 (USGS)

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The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, Davey Awards Website design and development, Silver, 2017 (Pulse)
Mobile Apps - Lifestyle, Silver, 2018 (USO)

Diveresity Award 2017

Diversity Top Rated

Hermes Award Logo

Hermes Creative Awards
Gold Winner (Baby Trax)

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Clutch Top Developers

Clutch Top Developers

W3 Award Winner, Silver, 2018 (NASA, USO)

Clutch Top iPhone App Developers 2018

Clutch Top iPhone App Developers 2018

Clutch Global Leader 2018

Clutch Global Leader 2018


GSA Professional Services Schedule (PSS)



(Subcontractor to Agility, LLC)



(Subcontractor to MIL Corporation)


GSA Schedule 70



Small Business (Joint Venture with DV United)



Small Business (Joint Venture with DV United)


GSA Small Business GWAC Center VETS

(Joint Venture with DV United)



(Subcontractor to CTAC)



(Subcontractor to Booz Allen Hamilton)



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