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Double Encore booming after merger

Double Encore staffers on Bike to Work Day.

After merging with Xcellent Creations in the spring, mobile-app developer Double Encore has been on a roll, growing from 43 employees to about 50 employees in five months, with more hiring to come.

"You couldn't have asked for it to go any smoother," says CEO Ben Reubenstein, who founded Xcellent Creations in 2008. "We really came together. It's been a lot of fun."

That applies to culture and operations, he adds. "We went out together and won one of our biggest deals in either company's history," says Reubenstein, who would not reveal the customer due to non-disclosure agreements. Major clients continue to include JetBlue and Major League Soccer.

The company has made several hires in recent weeks, including a designer and a product manager, and is looking for at least four iOS and Android developers as well as a QA engineer with mobile experience. Reubenstein labeled the latter need as "urgent." Double Encore could hire as many as seven new employees by the end of 2013, he adds.

"The key thing we're looking for is people with strong programming skills," he says. "It's got to be the right fit."

Double Encore Founder Dan Burcaw remains active as Chairman, splitting his time with his other company, Push IO, a Boulder-based push-notification provider

"He really drives the messaging and the high-level direction and culture elements," says Reubenstein.

The only post-merger glitch has been a minor delay in the construction of their office space at 16th and Champa streets. They're awaiting a green light to move from temporary quarters on the third floor to their permanent offices on the seventh.

"Things are moving forward," says Reubenstein, targeting late Sept. for the move upstairs.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Eric Peterson with tips and leads for future stories at eric@confluence-denver.com.

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