Welcome to Solvitur! We’re a tiny software development outfit–usually just one person–that mostly builds things for fun. If anyone ends up using some of these things, all the better, but it’s currently primarily an outlet for interest-led projects, especially apps for Slack.

Why Slack?

I use Slack extensively in my day job, where we were an early beta customer transitioning away from Campfire. It’s been fascinating to watch Slack take over the world, and I honestly have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the way it contributes to a culture of overwork and the deterioration of work-life balance. But at this point we’re reliant on Slack, and as a fully remote company it’s the only place that we all come together. So any time we were brainstorming something about company culture or how to tackle some problem, we thought it’d be most effective if it was integrated with Slack. So Slack has been a fun little sandbox to play in and try to have an impact.

What’s with the name?

I love the phrase solvitur ambulando. Years ago, I started working on a project for fun that had to do with walking, so I imagined calling the project Ambulando and I’d release it from an organization named Solvitur. I never (yet?) finished that project, but I’ve always had fun with that naming pattern. As software engineers, we’re usually trying to solve a problem. Solvitur loquendo means something like “it is solved by chatting”, which feels fair for a family of Slack apps. Solvitur missitando means something like “it is solved by sending repeatedly”, which feels fair for a fast web server. Most of these projects are a bit self-indulgent, so the name might as well be a bit of Latin nerd self-indulgence.

Get in touch

If you’d like to get in touch for any reason, feel free to reach out at [email protected]!