27 | Head of Development, Mostly Serious
Sometimes a college major leads to a job, and sometimes a job leads to a major, which is what happened for Maranda Reynolds when she went to work as a programmer for Springfield’s Innovative Web Solutions at the age of 18.
“It was a win-win,” Reynolds says with a laugh. “I would learn on the job, and for them I was supercheap, because I had no experience.”
Fast forward a decade, and Reynolds leads development for Mostly Serious, one of the hottest tech shops in Springfield. Under her guidance, the company recently undertook a new website for CoxHealth, overhauled Noble Communications’ CultureWaves trendspotting software and rebranded and is expanding Cause Momentum (the nonprofit crowdfunding platform behind the $1 million Give Ozarks Day), a project Reynolds is particularly passionate about.
“It’s amazing to see so many people using a site that was a technical feat in and of itself,” she says. “There’s nothing better than building something that helps people.”
In that spirit, Reynolds is co-founder, with Krista Peryer, of The Geek Foundation, a new nonprofit that seeks to teach people, particularly young women, how to code. Even in 417-land, Reynolds says, the gender and ethnic gaps in programming are very real, and by removing price as an obstacle she hopes the foundation encourages people to enter the field who might not have considered it before.
A bit of a Renaissance woman, Reynolds also is a singer (she performed earlier this year with Shaun Munday) and an accomplished yogi (she teaches a Sunday night class at Live Pure Yoga).