Keri Clowes, left, and Hargobind Khalsa work at Quick Left to help small businesses manage their information-technology needs. Jonathan Castner/For BizWest

Quick Left the right turn on businesses’ way up

“One of the standard rides in Boulder is to go north on 36 to Jamestown or Ward, and there’s a place in the road where you have to take a ‘quick left’ look over your shoulder before heading up the canyon,” said Ingrid Alongi.

The gesture allegorically matches a move entrepreneurs might want to make before taking their business to the next level. Asking questions such as, “Do we have enough staff to handle the next level?” and “Are they equipped with the right knowledge?” can generally determine how successful the ascent will be.

That’s where Quick Left, the company Alongi co-founded in 2010, comes in.  Its services and products help make sure a business has the foundation to help it handle what’s just around the corner in terms of growth.Merc100_2015bldrvalley

Quick Left’s target market is companies that are in the post-Series A venture round of funding phase. “When they’re funded with more than $1 million, they’ve generally proven themselves, and we can support their team so they can keep up,” Alongi said.

“For example, Series A companies can sometimes be scrambling to hire people, and we’ll be their engineering team while they’re hiring so things keep moving.”

In addition to its agile software distribution model, Quick Left services include development, design and consulting.

“The term ‘consulting’ is different in our world,” Alongi said. “It means we’re actually doing the work – writing code and making sure things are being done the right way.

“By giving our experience and advice on how to approach problems, we’re actually helping them build solutions.”

In 2014 Quick Left merged with Sprintly, a move that increased its reach and offerings. The merger added offices in Portland, Ore., and San Francisco to Quick Left’s office in Boulder and combined Sprintly’s agile SaaS with Quick Left’s engineering expertise.

“The biggest reason for our growth is that merger,” Alongi said. “The Sprintly product is a monthly recurring revenue, and we’re now in more cities.”

As far as what makes Quick Left unique, she describes it as a different way of doing the same thing other companies do.

“We have a term called Adaptable Agile, which is a software development methodology that helps conduct projects,” she said. “A lot of companies consult on agile but we use it by adapting to the company’s own style.

“We use the tools they’re using and become one of their team rather than coming in to change things.”

Adaptable Agile creates a framework for an agile process that is flexible enough to fit in with a clients specific needs and existing teams.

Quick Left works with at least 10 clients at any given time with its staff of 38.

In 2012 Quick Left’s revenue clocked in at $5,171,020. In 2013 it was $3,475,395, and in 2014 it was $5,171,020.  The company’s one-year revenue growth was 48.789 percent and its two-year revenue growth was 84.412 percent.