Couples Who Code: Web Developers Julia Ott and Matt Beedle

Couples Who Code: Web Developers Julia Ott and Matt Beedle

Rosie Allabarton

To coincide with Valentine’s day we wanted to celebrate and embrace couples, friends and business partners who work together in web development, UX design and UI design by offering 2 for 1 on all of our courses. But how common is it for couples to work together? And, what are the advantages of having your partner by your side? We met coding couple Julia Ott and Matt Beedle to find out.

Julia and Matt first met when Julia was working for Matt’s company, 1000jobbörsen in Berlin (now: softgarden). Matt was the founder and Chief Technical Officer, while Julia was the Financial Controller.

Julia was looking for more flexibility in her working life, and had always wanted to start her own business. However, she knew she had to learn some new skills and make a break from her job if she was going to make this career change. Programming seemed like the natural choice, as she had a lot of experience working at startups in Berlin.

It was a combination of this experience and the flexibility of the programming lifestyle that first drew her towards learning web development with CareerFoundry. Her and Matt now have a lifestyle many of us dream of, working and living as digital nomads, travelling the world and working as they go: no office, no routine, and ultimate flexibility.

Not your typical office job: Julia and Matt in sunny Thailand.

Collaboration is at the heart of this partnership. And not just in terms of the couple’s young son who was born in the Fall of 2014, but also on their creative and business projects. Matt and Julia work together on, a vegan meal plan. The app allows you to create your own shopping lists based on what you want to eat, the app then auto generates the nutritional information for the ingredients you have typed in so you know exactly what you’re eating.

The idea behind the app is to ensure that as a vegan you are getting the right amount of nutrients you need without missing out on your favourite meals, normally a hurdle for those new to a vegan diet. Ultimately Julia, with support from Matt, hopes to turn her site into a whole lifestyle business.

Julia and Matt’s collaborative project,

As Matt is more advanced than Julia right now, he coordinates the tasks she needs to do for the app according to the knowledge she has so far acquired on the CareerFoundry Web Development Course.

The idea for the site came to Julia after their son was born. It was then that her and Matt decided they wanted to do something with more meaning, something that impacted their environment. They wanted to make it easier for people to stick to a vegan lifestyle, and with their site they can help newbies find easy to prepare, nutritious meal ideas every day.

Working on the website has other advantages: with a small baby Julia would’ve found it hard, if not impossible, to return to her previous job, with long hours and a strict office culture. By switching careers, skilling up and following her dream she was instead able to use the invaluable experience she had picked up in her old job plus the business acumen and confidence it gave her, to give starting her own company a try.

**For Julia having the combined support of her boyfriend Matt, and her CareerFoundry web development mentor Omar Mekky, she is able to dedicate her time to learning and building her new business. **

If you’re interested in learning web development like Julia, check out theCareerFoundry Web Development Course, and if you’re a couple hoping to learn web development, UX design or UI design,check out our 2 for 1 offer on all our courses here!

Are you a couple who codes? Or are you a designer looking for a coding partner? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rosie Allabarton

Rosie Allabarton

Contributer to the CareerFoundry Blog