RiNo app-maker and interactive developer Fireant Studio's growth curve steepens in 2013, hiring four

CEO Bob Roman founded Fireant Studio in 2004 and 2013 is shaping to be the company's best year yet.

"Knock on wood, we didn't have any downtime between 2012 and 2013," Roman says.
 
The five-employee RiNo application developer and interactive marketing agency is set to make four new hires in the first quarter of 2013, primarily front and back-end developers and designers.
 
Roman says recruitment is where Fireant struggles the most.

"There's often a huge disparity in technical skill level between applicants and between applicants and clients," Roman says. 
 
A sizable chunk of Fireant's business is in the educational sphere. Roman touts a recent project converting a 1,200-page textbook spanning 260 years of history into an interactive timeline with 1,800 data points.

"We wanted to get it out of the book to further engage a younger, tech-savvier audience."
 
Other Fireant projects run the gamut from Facebook games for Qualcomm to interactive holiday cards for the Gill Foundation, as well as web marketing work for medical startups in Boulder.
 
"Our technological backgrounds give us the ability to straddle several different lines," Roman says. The collective skill set includes JavaScript, Ajax, Drupal and WordPress. 
 
Roman moved the company from Cluster Studios near York Street and I-70 to RiNo in 2010 and has watched the neighborhood rise amidst the warehouses. 
 
"It's amazing," he says. "Every warehouse has a crane on top of it. Two years ago, my reserved parking spot was a running joke. Now you're parking three blocks away."

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