Welcome to “Not Invented Here”

Behind each great piece of software is a talented, concientious team of hardworking individuals dedicated to producing the highest quality product using internationally accepted best practices and industry standards. And then there are these guys.


is a program manager. He writes specifications, manages the schedule, and coordinates with his counterparts in the rest of the company. Supposedly.


is a developer. He takes Owen's specs and turns them into living breathing code. He believes programming is an art, and you can't rush art. He also believes that a "low G" on a ukulele is a crime against nature.


is Desmond's pet hamster. Or, possibly, Desmond is Meatloaf's pet developer.


went to all the best schools and made a series of excellent career choices. He's still trying to figure out how he ended up managing Owen and Desmond. After his overpriced buyout of OWND he was removed from his job.


is an acerbic developer on Owen and Desmond's project.


was Desmond's senior project in college, now upgraded to the latest developments in A.I. and programmed by Owen to be his ideal marketer. Owen isn't the best programmer.


began as Owen's counterpart on a competing project at the same company. She now has Art's old job as VP of Technology.


(rhymes with "Kong") is Desmond's tester. She doesn't have anything against him. She just likes breaking things.

Bill Barnes

spent two decades in the software industry working a variety of jobs from coding to speechwriting before becoming a professional cartoonist. He draws and co-writes Unshelved and is teaching himself ukulele.

Paul Southworth

has been creating webcomics since 1999, including the long-running Ugly Hill and more recently You Are Dead. He has been doodling monsters and funny animals for his entire life, which he feels has prepared him well to turn his pen on the software industry.

Jeff Zugale

does concept art and storyboards for Hollywood and video games and can be found making other nerdy art. In what little spare time he has left, Jeff is a motorcyclist, a hair-metal rocker and also sometimes sleeps.


by Paul, tweaked by Bill and Tyler Martin, who then turned it into HTML + CSS.


by Bill using C#, asp.net MVC, LINQ to SQL, NHAML, MailChimp, Perceptive MCAPI, and Amazon S3. Running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and SQL Server 2005 at CrystalTech.