We are Bad Dinosaur

Our values

Honesty and transparency

We put our clients first, and this means always being upfront with them. We are transparent about our pricing and keep you involved during the development process through frequent co-design meetings. Sometimes our honesty means turning down work that won’t be a good match for us. If we feel that your project is not a good fit for us after our initial chat, we will let you know and recommend someone else to do the work if we can.

Keep it simple

We believe in creating simple software that is easily scalable. We believe in working fast and lean, delivering an MVP as quickly as possible. What allows us to deliver results so fast is our agile methodology that emphasises building the essential stuff first into a scalable MVP to help you secure your first paying customers and investors.

Personal service

We strive to be a one-stop-shop for all our clients’ software needs, and the quality of our services makes clients come back to us again and again. We include our clients in the development process through frequent co-design meetings, letting them contribute to the development process by giving feedback and asking any burning questions they might have.

Bad Dinosaur, software development agency in Edinburgh

A brief history

We love learning about people’s early-stage ideas and working alongside them to make their dreams into reality - from that initial idea you have in the shower to proposal, from MVP to hosting, we are passionate about offering a complete service to our clients and supporting them in every stage of their product’s life cycle.

Bad Dinosaur was founded in 2013 to solve an industry-wide problem. Having worked as a developer both as a freelancer and in-house, Kyle had grown frustrated with big agencies that worked slowly, didn’t always include the client enough in the development process, and ended up delivering a product that was not only expensive, but not what they really wanted. In founding Bad Dinosaur, Kyle was also inspired by the work philosophy of Basecamp founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier-Hansson, as laid down in their book Rework. Their concepts of lean development, with short, quick iterative releases was something he felt passionate about, and went about offering this minimum viable product service to fellow entrepreneurs and small businesses around Edinburgh.

In late 2016, Kyle joined forces with Russ, a developer with years of experience and a knack for business development, in order to collaborate on bigger projects and diversify the range of services offered by the company. Since then, Bad Dinosaur has experienced a great deal of growth, and has been able to offer more services to help businesses and startups create amazing digital products efficiently and cheaply.

Now based in Edinburgh's Sugar Bond and having also expanded into Glasgow, the team has grown from just a couple of developers to a diverse and talented team of 12.

May 2013

Kyle founded Bad Dinosaur 👨‍💻

March 2017

Russ joined Kyle as Director 🤝

Nov 2017

Bad Dinosaur grew to a team of 5! 🎉

Jan 2018

Moved to our own office space in Edinburgh 🏠

July 2018

We expanded to the city of Glasgow 🏙️

March 2019

Bad Dinosaur grew to a team of 12! 🎉

July 2019

We ran out of space so we took on a fancy new office in Sugar Bond🏙️

Bad Dinosaur, software development agency in Edinburgh

Meet the team

Kyle

Kyle

An entrepreneur with almost two decades of coding experience, Kyle's passion is using tech to create great products for people. Having worked in and around a varietyof digital agencies as well as inhouse software, he's been around the block when it comesto taking an idea all the way through to delivery.
Russ

Russ

In his 10 years of experience in the web development industry, Russ has worked closely with some of the largest name brands in the world to develop digital products. Russ is focused on product design and strategy, and spends most of his time distilling and understanding the problems that our clients are trying to solve.
Lindsay

Lindsay

With extensive skills as a designer, illustrator and front-end developer, Lindsay works closely with clients on the early stages of their journey -- from storyboarding and product design, all the way through to fully functional HTML/CSS templates.
Nicky

Nicky

The longest standing backend developer, Nicky works on the web as well as our ventures into Xamarin app development. He's great in product workshops and (with a background in teaching) he'll tell you all about our MVP process.
Ian

Ian

With a strength in problem solving, Ian is a great asset for backend development and solution architecture. His database knowledge and ability to quickly understand a client's needs means he brings key skills to the ongoing development efforts.
Finn

Finn

Previously working as an instructor at CodeClan to help the next generation of students make their way into the tech industry, Finn brings a great and varied skillset to both backend development efforts and client workshops.
Eliot

Eliot

Coming to tech via the creative world, Eliot is a designer with a great eye. With a background in film and animation, he brings creative solutions and movie trivia to every project!
Rosie

Rosie

With extensive experience in account management, Rosie is our business development manager, helping to grow and develop the company's portfolio. Her enthusiasm for client collaboration and skills in building close business relationships has helped us grow and expand into exciting new areas.
Michelle

Michelle

Making Scotland her fourth and (hopefully!) final country to call home, Michelle switched teaching English as a second language for a more challenging and fulfilling software developer career. She is a back end developer who enjoys telling the story of a web application though the strength of her programming logic.
Reece

Reece

After serving in the Royal Air Force, Reece decided to change up his career and become a software developer. With previous agency experience, he is perfectly suited to work across a variety of projects as a backend developer at Bad Dinosaur.
Finlay

Finlay

Having trained and worked professionally as an architect, Finlay brings a fresh perspective on digital product design to the company from his background in the built environment. With a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail, he possesses a distinct understanding of assembling ideas, testing, validation and the ability to weave together elements of iconography, typography, colour, space and texture across multiple mediums.
Graeme

Graeme

Having spent the first 15 years of his career as a private equity investor, Graeme was looking for a challenge and decided to start his own software firm. It was eventually acquired by eVestment, a Nasdaq company, where Graeme continues to work on product management. Graeme advises on strategy, operations and other business stuff.

Come and visit

Our HQ is located at Sugar Bond, in the lovely Bonnington area of Edinburgh.

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