(Photo courtesy of Tim Johnson)
A little over three years ago, Tim Johnson and a few of his coworkers parted ways with their old jobs to start their own business. The idea was to build custom applications that service the nuclear industry.
Before long, they landed on the name Endevor.
“At the time, we were a little soured with our former employer and I think it came from these ‘Good luck in your next endeavor’ emails,” Johnson said. Plus, the three liked the positive connotations the word implies.
Having the word “dev” in the name of your software development company doesn’t hurt, either.
Founded by Johnson, Andrew Hopkins, John Coleman and Rick Gilbert, the startup has actually doubled in size in the past year-and-a-half. These days, Endevor employs 10 full-time staffers and houses a handful of interns inside some brand-new office space off Route 202.
“We’re not your Silicon Valley, but we’re trying to put together a good space for everyone to be and to enjoy work,” Johnson said.
The startup builds applications for nuclear utilities in Chicago, Ill., Seattle, Wash., New York, Kansas and Delaware.
“We have a reporting engine that can hook up to available data sources and provide a consistent user interface to design the report,” Johnson said. “Any application we build on top of that, we use the same toolbox to help facilitate.”
That platform is called ENGAGE, and it powers two of the most robust Endevor products on the market — background investigation manager Illuminate and EP-Plus, which helps nuclear utilities facilitate testing procedures.
Johnson said Endevor has its roots firmly planted in Wilmington soil (the company was also one of 15 hiring companies at our NET/WORK job fair in March).
“It definitely seems like there’s a growing community here,” he said. “It does feel like its up and coming. We like being here.”-30-
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