In September 2018, on the company’s 8th birthday, Rabid became Ackama - this was to reflect that fact that we work on large digital ecosystems, and given that nature is the largest ecosystem in the world we wanted a name that came from nature. Ackama, or Makamaka, is a small bushy tree with white flowers and red seeds. It’s found on the coast from Whangarei north.
That’s so cool.
OK, OK, so it isn’t a big company, but it is an awesome one.
Resistor’s principals, James and Henry, are impressive senior-senior devs who’ve worked on a bunch of interesting projects, both in their pre-Resistor careers and then in developing the Resistor team. Resistor’s team has a broad background and can take on nearly anything, from innovative core software for startups to architecting large enterprise development.
Geek-wise, one of things I think is fun that Resistor built and maintains is the software that lets the awesome project Oshpark fit a whole bunch of unrelated printed-circuit board prototypes onto a single printed circuit board to optimise pricing on rapid-prototyping of projects that require custom boards.
Pretty hard stuff, and good for geek communities. That’s cool.
With Resistor being based in Auckland, that gives Rabid a more tangible presence in a market that is rapidly growing for us. This allows our customers and potential customers there just a little more comfort of our commitment to Auckland even though, frankly, most of the things we do for our clients we could do from anyplace with good net access.
Also, with their strong client base in the USA, Resistor allows Rabid better access to the US market and, given the current level of the Kiwi dollar, this presents a fine opportunity for US companies looking for great dev and innovation consulting work at effectively lower prices.
As far as the Resistor team is concerned, becoming Rabid gives them more capability for their clients, a bunch more fun, interesting, brainy folk to work with, and a far more interesting company name.
Exciting times, and excellent practice for our next acquisition!