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sau.cal
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  1. A combination of the founders’ names Sauter and Callahan. It’s also a play on the word “SoCal“, short for Southern California. Both are symbolic of technology and a casual lifestyle.
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Saucal builds beautiful websites on WordPress and integrates the WooCommerce plugin with panache.

 SEE HOW WE DO IT
You, Our Potential Partners
We know you’re an exceptional, innovative, and confident business-minded individual looking for the same qualities in your WooCommerce agency.

And we know that in today’s saturated market, you’ve got many choices. But how do you find the right choice?  Your team should include the most qualified people found the world over who work together to develop solutions that ensure your business grows and prospers in the virtual world.

At Saucal, we are devoted to improving your business. We set out to make your lives easier by developing custom coded WordPress themes and plugins that provide you with key solutions for growth.

While others set out to create amazing looking websites, Saucal is all about building your business online: making revenue-maximizing WordPress websites, driving big growth in your web-based sales through WooCommerce development, and launching plugins based on bold new ideas. The secret sauce? A focus on designing experiences that are simple, functional, and beautiful.

You want the best results and we can ensure that.

So whether you’re a Startup or Fortune 500 – we will provide results-driven solutions.

We also ensure that you’ll be provided with the absolute best customer care service.

It’s our guarantee.

Our Partners in WooCommerce Wonderfulness

We love working with them. Sounds like they love working with us, too.

I’ve been more than happy with the level of service, ease of use, and openness. I was expecting to be hassled and annoyed, I am completely satisfied with all of your services.

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Karen & Richard Good
Lantern & Scroll

Saucal has a strong expertise in their craft, specifically WordPress and it’s interactions.

In my experience I’ve found the only way to hire a developer for anything relating to WordPress development is if that developer has a strong background in the WordPress codex. For instance, while we are rolling out an integration between forms built on our WordPress site and Campaign Monitor, Saucal was able to utilize their knowledge of WordPress in order to navigate the pitfalls and possibilities of this integration.

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Aaron Levy
Associate Director of Development, Output

I am a tough critic. That being said, Saucal FAR EXCEEDED my expectations. I received honest and friendly customer service from a brand I know I can trust. Before going to Saucal, I checked with some other companies who do similar work. Saucal was by far the best. They even taught me a few things along the way that will help me better manage my website!

Dan Locke
Dan Locke
President and CFO, Persona Pizza Holdings

Working with Saucal has truly been a pleasure. Asides from an eye for design and many helpful suggestions at various stages of the process regarding the layout and style of our page, they have been attentive and available whenever I had questions or approached them with additional requests. They have set the bar for what I expect from web designers, and I look forward to being a return customer!

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Artem Barry
General Manager, Barefoot Hostel
Meet The N.E.R.D.S
New age Engineers Radically designing Digital Solutions

Simply put, we’re a collective team of fully distributed consultants across multiple countries and continents. Composed of digital strategists, designers, developers, and virtual world technologists, we share an insatiable desire to create custom WooCommerce solutions for our clients regardless of industry, market, audience, or cultural requirements.

There is no challenge too big and no solution too small. We are passionate about ensuring your business’ growth in the virtual world, and we harness the power of WordPress to make that a reality.

Oh, and when we’re not busy developing digital solutions for our clients, we’re playing around developing plugins & bots, just for fun.

We like to think of ourselves as an extension of your team and of your business.

LET’S TALK

 

Mitchell Callahan
The Boundary Pusher
Your job title?

Commander

Which languages do you speak?

English, Gangsta

Which languages do you write?

HTML, SEO Juice

Where were you born?

Yellowknife, NT, Canada

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

I remember my teachers hyping up the net in like ’94, selling the dream that you can talk to anyone, anywhere in the world. It seemed crazy at the time, and all I imagined were satellites and pen pals. In ’96 I got dial-up at home, and it was on!

Growing up in the NWT, we had something called North of 60, which was like a territory wide Facebook. I was hooked.  I also got into lot’s of trouble. 🙂

Where in the world do you like to work?

Sitting at my desk at home, or perched on my laptop in an Airbnb. Or, cruising the streets and using my phone. I love being in modern, warm spaces with lots of windows.

Where in the world are you now?

62°21’50.82″N 114°25’57.19″W (look it up, good times!)

What led you to work at Saucal?

For the freedom to work where I want, and to put my focus on internet technology.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

If I wrote this a year or two ago, I’d probably say thinking outside the box – probably Mojito, or Second Screen for U/E.  Now, I’d say it’s the nuances of running a successful business.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

That’s easy – travel & bitcoin.

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Meat and veggies.

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

“When I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this
50 inch screen, money green leather sofa
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur
Phone bill about two G’s flat
No need to worry, my accountant handles that”

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

At age of 12, I was suspended from school for accessing sensitive data about teaching staff. The RCMP nearly got involved until my parents assured them there was so much more to me than just hacking. This proved true two years later, when one of my websites was featured during a live broadcast of MuchMusic, Canada’s original version of MTV.

 

Dominik Sauter
The Virtual World Evangelist
Your job title?

VP of Miscellaneous Digital Stuff & PMP

Which languages do you speak?

English, French, Swiss-German, Serbian, Robot & some Spanish

Which languages do you write?

HTML, CSS

Where were you born?

Ottawa, ON, Canada

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

My first experience on the internet was with an early portal of AOL (previously known as America Online). It was what the internet shouldn’t have become, and sometimes fear what it may be again… centralized portals for any of your web activities.

Where in the world do you like to work?

Almost anywhere. 5 months ago I was in Calgary, Canada, then moved to Berlin for a few months, ate lots of tapas in Barcelona then going to find some business zen in Portugal. You can say I am addicted to seeing new things and experiencing new people and cultures. I speak several languages which also helps me connect with many people.

Where in the world are you now?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

What led you to work at Saucal?

I was in Ottawa where I started and ran a hostel, it was lovely but after living in hospitality almost my entire life, I decided I needed a new challenge. One day, I think around Canada day, Mitch and I chatted about how we would love to start a company together. A few months later I moved to Calgary and not long after Mitch came to visit me. About 6 months went by and Mitch was living in the home office. Saucal was born.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Most definitely 3 projects stand out to me since our start. Our first mini project that we decided to do was silly, but taught us a lot about market research as well as viral marketing. It was a random video chat site which connected people from all over the world. Very quickly in a few weeks we gained ten’s of thousands of visitors. We did decide to shut it down shortly after as people we’re becoming silly on our service. Soon after, we created a DIY website builder called Mojito. It allows small businesses to create amazing websites with little startup money. What I am proud of, was that our great team was able to create a much more seamless and simple WordPress experience. It taught us the fundamentals of WordPress itself, making us very specialized in that technology. The most interesting challenge I engaged in was creating our Bitcoin merchant tools. We created an awesomely simple Point of Sale system for businesses to accept Bitcoin as well as easy to use plugins for popular shopping carts. Shortly after we licensed our product to one of Canada’s major exchanges.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

I love to go for a great dinner with my wife & have a few pints with my best friends Mitch and Matt.

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Spaghetti Bolognese!

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

“Whoop Whoop! That’s the sound of the police.”

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

I worked for Sony BMG & helped several producers with creating everything from beats to melodies. I also got arrested twice in one day completely randomly by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have the best and worst luck at the same time. I almost bought a flight on the most recent German Wings crash in the French Alps. It gives me a new outlook on things.

 

Matias Saggiorato
The Obsessive Planner
Your job title?

Code Perfectionist

Which languages do you speak?

Español, English

Which languages do you write?

CSS, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, C#

Where were you born?

Bell Ville, Argentina

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

I guess it was around the year 2000. I was 10 years old, and most of what I did was download small games, or mods to games I was playing at the time. It wasn’t until around 2003/4 that I had my first contact with a web programming language, when I was trying to set up a signup page for a MMORPG game server I had for the cybercafe i worked on at the time (after school of course, lol). I didn’t have any idea of PHP at the time, or ASP. But I did everything I could to get it up, and find a way to change the stock web files I managed to get from online forums.

Where in the world do you like to work?

I love to work from home, in stuff I like. Having breaks whenever I need them, and continuing when I have the necessary focus to do so.

It takes off part of the stress.

Where in the world are you now?

Córdoba, Argentina

What led you to work at Saucal?

Well, you know the story (no, you probably don’t, but lets say Matias has known Mitch and Dom for a while, now). The good old nacho contacted us. And since that time, one project came after the other.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Hmm, I guess the most interesting challenge I had to overcome was Mojito.

I wouldn’t know how much I know about WordPress now if it wasn’t for it, that’s for sure.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

I watch a lot of TV Shows, and also enjoy watching movies.

I’m also a gamer, so whenever I get the chance I catch the gamepad and start up a good game. They’re in a way like interactive movies for me (in some cases at least), some others are just terribly fun.

I also like spending time with friends, enjoy a good “asado” (our own version of barbecue here in Argentina), and have fun with the people I care about.

What is your favourite food/beverage?

My favourite food would be any sort of pasta. But as an Argentinian, I also enjoy a good Asado, joined with some Fernet (a drink, more info here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernet).

Dwi Ash
The Dual Personality
Your job title?

the designerd

Which languages do you speak?

English, Bahasa Indonesia, Basa Sunda

Which languages do you write?

PHP, JavaScript, Shell Script

Where were you born?

Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

My first experience was in 1999. It was when I still in my middle school. At that time, internet access was a luxury thing in our country, it was too expensive to own it in our own home. So we got a thing called warnet (stands for warung internet, literally internet cafe).

Just like any other boys at that age, my motivation to use Internet was to access pornography sites and chatting via IRC. The average speed of the internet at that year in our country was no faster than 8kBps. Can you imagine the struggle to access porn at that speed?

Who you are? What are a few key points that make you, you?

I am a human. I want to help people with any possible resources I have with me.

Where in the world do you like to work?

In a remote village surrounded by beautiful nature but with a very good internet connection.

Where in the world are you now?

Between Cimahi city and Bandung city

What led you to work at Saucal?

Since the day I know about WordPress/Automattic I really want to work in a distributed company.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Time differences, since I live in the other side of the globe, most of Saucal-ers live in the western hemisphere while I’m alone in the eastern.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

Playing with my kid

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Fried rice & tea

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

“The only thing that matters is just following your heart and eventually you’ll finally get it right”. It’s from “in this diary” by The Ataris. My favorite song from my high school days, but it still stick to my ears till today.

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

I can’t ride bicycle. Haha

Laura Melo
The Mama Bear
Your job title?

Coder Mom

Which languages do you speak?

Español, English

Which languages do you write?

CSS, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5

Where were you born?

Riverside, Argentina

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

I think it was in the 90s, I’m not sure exactly the year, it was in my first visit to the public National University, I was visiting it in a king or guided visit to help us to decide what to study. They showed us ‘the internet’ and I fell in love.

Where in the world do you like to work?

At home, I love to work in pyjamas, I can’t do it often but I really enjoy when I do it.
If I could, I’d love to move my house to the beach and I would work from there, well, I’m at Riverside now, it’s nice too.

Where in the world are you now?

Riverside, Argentina

What led you to work at Saucal?

I wanted to work in a good working team, to stop working alone and to me grow and learn more. I wanted to move myself into new challenges and I found Saucal.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Work in Mojito platform, trying to get involved in an already made code by a more expert coder than me.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

Gardening, yoga and tai chi.

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Chai Tea, beer and chipas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A3o_de_queijo)

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

My favority song is in Spanish, it’s called: ‘Todas las hojas son del viento’ (all the leaves are of the wind) de Pescado Rabioso and it talks about being parent.

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

Going camping to Iguazu falls with my best friend in the jungle, the two of us (girls) alone for 5 days, on the third day we have went to a hostel because an animal scratched the tent during night. But we were so asleep that only realized about the scratches in the morning.

Renato Bennemann
The Happy Traveler
Your job title?

“Make it better” Expert

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

Humm, I think it was around early 2000’s and all that I wanted to do was to download music (at an amazing 3kb/s download rate) with eMule and KaZaA without any idea of how any it all worked.

Who you are? What are a few key points that make you, you?

Tricky question, I think we all are constantly looking for that answer. A consider myself a humble and empathetic guy who always tries to get the best of any situation.

Where in the world do you like to work?

To be honest, if I have coffee and music it is all good.

Where in the world are you now?

The Netherlands

What led you to work at Saucal?

The company focus on WordPress, I am huge fan of it.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Until now, getting used to the remote office experience is the most interesting thing around here, to work with great people and for customers from all over the world is a big plus.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

Getting to know interesting people.

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Beer!

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

“Sentir com inteligência, pensar com emoção!” from a Brazilian group, kinda hard to translate since it is a word game with Portuguese, but it is something like “be smart about your feelings and passionate about your ideas”.

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

Oh man, me and my cousin were chased by a cow all over a hiking trail for long time years ago, how we get to it is a mystery to me still today.

Paulo Iankoski
The Articulate Engineer
Your job title?

Super Awesome Developer

Which languages do you speak?

Português, English

Which languages do you write?

HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript

Where were you born?

Arroio dos Ratos, Brazil

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

It was in 2000 with one of those AOL disks for free connection.

Where in the world do you like to work?

I like to work at home.

Where in the world are you now?

Porto Alegre, Brazil

What led you to work at Saucal?

The opportunity to work anywhere and learn with other people.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Til’ now, the Output cart AJAX update made me proud, but Motorotica and Doorstep Desserts integrations were great too.

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

Play sport games on PS4.

What is your favourite food/beverage?

I love to eat hamburgers, but Japanese and Italian foods are great for me too. Champagne, Weiss beer and soda are my favourites beverages.

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

I have no favourite song.

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

I was a Mechatronic Engineering student and I worked with CNC operator until I met WordPress.

Olga Kuvshinova
The Supreme Ruler
Your job title?

Coordinator of amazing projects

Which languages do you speak?

English, Russian, Portuguese and basic German.

Which languages do you write?

Some PHP, CSS, learning JS

Where were you born?

Saint-Petersburg, Russia

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?

I think it was 2002 when I got a first computer and internet connection. I was 13 and a friend of mine, a few years older suggested that we have to go on a dating site! So I guess internet for me was a tool for communication from the start. 🙂

Who you are? What are a few key points that make you, you?

I like to learn constantly, new things, new people, new cultures. I think this is what makes me, me, even this me is changing trough time.

Where in the world do you like to work?

In a place with fast solid internet. 🙂

Where in the world are you now?

Portugal

What led you to work at Saucal?

My desire to do good quality things with a great team.

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?

Learning how everything works. (I still do)

What is your favourite activity outside of work?

Traveling, surfing, cooking and eating

What is your favourite food/beverage?

Everything that tastes good. 🙂

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?

“But if I try to think
Of something better than this
Heaven comes down
And reminds the luck we live.”

Russian Red, “Fuerteventura”

Most interesting story or factoid about you?

Once a guy stole phone from my pocket in the tram and I made him to give it back to me.

Vinicius Lourenço
Elvis
Your job title?
Awesome WordPress Engineer

Which languages do you speak?
Portuguese and English

Which languages do you write?
HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and a little bit of Python

Where were you born?
São Paulo – SP – Brazil

What was your first experience with the internet? What year was that?
In 2000 when I was 10 years old, I used AOL, ICQ and mIRC. GeoCities hosted my first web site… the nostalgia!

Who you are? What are a few key points that make you, you?
People around me say that I’m a good friend, good person and a funny guy. Most of the time, I’m good humoured, positive and have a smile on my face. I like to make people laugh, I also love to learn and share. I believe in God and Christ as my saviour.

Where in the world do you like to work?
Most of the time at home, but sometimes in a co-working place!

Where in the world are you now?
Now in São Paulo – SP but sometimes I spend time in São Carlos – SP.

What led you to work at Saucal?
Learn with brilliant minds, participate in amazing projects and also be a part of a wonderful and lovely team!

What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve worked on since joining?
I’m new in the team, for sure I’ll have a lot of good and awesome challenges ahead, but now the current challenge is building an amazing marketplace with lot of good features!

What is your favourite activity outside of work?
Spend time with my future wife, family and friends! Also read, meet new people, places and learn how to build or automate things with Arduino.

What is your favourite food/beverage?
So many! Meat, some veggies, pineapple juice and beer! And I’m candy addicted, I especially love 2 Brazilian candies: brigadeiro and paçoca!

Favourite quote or song lyrics they live by (or) that best reps you?
Code is poetry.

Most interesting story or factoid about you?
A funny fact: When I was 5 I drowned in the ball pool.

The Saucal Evolution
2011 2012 2013

Peruse how the Saucal NERDS have evolved through time..

March 11, 2011

Mitch and Dom Start Saucal.  Champagne time!  Oh we’re so young.

March 15, 2011

Launched our first website for Saucal, v1.  That looks incredibly dated now.  We learn fast.

April 1, 2011

Launched our first client site, FuelFlo

April 16, 2011

Mitch and Dom attended their first conference.  The Graphics Canada Expo.  They spoke to a group of business people about the importance of having a web presence.

June, 2011

Saucal attended the CIRA event in Calgary.  Mitch won an award!

July, 2011

Launched the second website for Saucal, v2

December, 2011

Launched Christmas Campaign for Baskin Robbins.

January 13, 2012

Saucal’s first office on Macleod Trail in Calgary.

January 30, 2012

Launched Discovery Air International. We got a free ride on a private jet. 😀

February, 2012

Launched the Town of Vulcan Website

March, 2012

Featured in the Financial Post for our new office!

“After a year in business, Dominik Sauter and Mitchell Callahan, partners in Calgary web design firm Saucal Studios, got tired of working from the apartment they shared. It was constraining, and since they were working from home, their work-life balance was turning into mostly work.”

April, 2012

Featured in the Globe and Mail – Meet Calgary’s up-and-coming Entrepreneurs.

June, 2012

We met big poppa Brett Wilson, where we discussed bidness to the maximum.

August, 2012

Blueseed, the highly acclaimed floating office, launched their new website with the help of Saucal.

September, 2012

Attended Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco

November, 2012

Saucal was featured in a Norwegian publication for our trip to Google.

January, 2013

Launched a build your own unit webapp for Stackmodular.com

February 1, 2013

Saucal was featured on a Regus Case Study video.

“Calgary-based Saucal Studios, a startup design firm specializing in web design, print and online marketing talk about how Regus has helped their company become more flexible.”

February 27, 2013

Launched Maptune our first app that connected musicians.

March 1, 2013
March 1, 2013

Launched McCaw North

March 15, 2013

Hired our first full time employee Matias Saggiorato.  Vin Diesel on the keyboard.

June, 2013

Attended the TECTERRA Geomatics Showcase 2013

July, 2013

Bitcoin Brains, Saucal & Waves Coffee teamed up to launch Bitcoin awareness in Calgary. What a success!

September, 2013

Launched Mojito, a Loveable WordPress Website Builder.

October 8, 2013

Revolutionized the way long scrollers work so that they are search engine friendly.

October 21, 2013

Saucal was featured in the Financial Post for working with Blueseed.

“It’s a long way from Calgary to the coast — but two web developers based in the Prairie city will be making the move sometime soon. In fact, they’ll be going further: nearly 20 kilometres off the coast of San Francisco, to be exact.”

November 1, 2013

Created a Login with Paypal plugin to streamline e-commerce.

November 26, 2013

Saucal gave away tons of free swag!  See Mitchell’s mom rocking it out.

December 6, 2013

Mojito got featured as the Startup of the Week – Calgary Herald.

“Everyone wants a beautiful, custom website, but your options are to either code it yourself, write a big check to a design firm, or use one of the many do-it-yourself (DIY) website builders which offer decent designs, but are quite limited in add-ons, features and customizability.”

December 8, 2013

We’ve moved our Calgary location on 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta.  It’s above Best Buy. Dangerous for techies!

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