We are Bad Dinosaur

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 include the client in the development process, and ended up delivering them a product that was not only expensive, but not what they really wanted. In founding Bad Dinosaur, Kyle was inspired by the work philosophy of Basecamp founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier-Hansson, as laid down in their book Rework.

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.

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 🏠

May 2018

We launched a new logo and branding ✨

July 2018

We expanded to the city of Glasgow 🏙️

Bad Dinosaur, software development agency in Edinburgh

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 in three weeks or less. 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

Meet the team

Kyle Whittington, Director of Bad Dinosaur


A serial 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 variety of digital agencies as well as inhouse software, he's been around the block when it comes to taking an idea all the way through to delivery.

Russ Peterson, Director of Bad Dinosaur


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 McDougall, Designer and front-end developer at Bad Dinosaur


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 Holloway, back-end developer at Bad Dinosaur


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 Henderson, back-end developer at Bad Dinosaur


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.



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.



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!



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.



Coming from a biomedical and cognitive science background, with years of experience in the the tech industry, Annabelle is one of our backend developers at Bad Dinosaur. She brings a varied range of skills and her enthusiasm for problem-solving is a great addition to any project.



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.



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.



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.



With first-hand software agency experience, Robbie is a great fit for Bad Dinosaur. We've bought him on board to help with our marketing and outreach including our social media and PR.



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.

Shoshanna, doggo at Bad Dinosaur.


As Bad Dinosaur's director of fluff, Shosh is in charge of welcoming visitors to the Bad Dinosaur HQ, afternoon cuddles and the odd zoomie.

Popcorn the resident unicorn


Someone who brings sunshine and happiness to the team, Popcorn is usually found grazing nearby. The world is full of rainbows and Popcorn is keen on riding every single one of them.

Come and visit

Our HQ is located at 6 Beaverhall Road, in the lovely Canonmills area of Edinburgh.

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