Our story


Kelly & Timur (founders)

  • We are former scientists with PhD and MS degrees in chemistry and biology. Shortly after academia, we taught ourselves how to code. Kelly is a frontend and Timur is a full-stack web developer. Together, we've built over a dozen software projects for ourselves and our clients.
  • In the past, we founded a VC-funded software company. We built Drizzle (paywall software) to break even with 2 employees but ultimately shut down the company. We grew unhappy working on numerous customizations for big customers. Since then, we promised to build a product with many small customers instead of a few big ones. We self funded Async and all of our open source projects.
  • We wrote a popular (and profitable) web development book and became active in open source.
  • Our SaaS Boilerplate is a popular open source project and upcoming book for engineers who want to build a SaaS business using TypeScript. Revenue from our books and Async buys us time to contribute to open source and to work with local nonprofits.
  • In 2018, we released our internal team communication tool: Async. We built numerous software projects for ourselves and our clients using Async. In every project, Async helped us stay focused, calm, and healthy.
  • We've lived in big cities and tech hubs but ultimately settled on 30 wooded acres of the beautiful Pend Oreille county of Washington state.
  • We enjoy working from home, swimming, berry picking, growing plants, cooking and hiking with our 2 dogs.

  • Del (first and only employee) and his family

  • I'm a back-end developer. I studied software engineering in college and have nearly 10 years of experience building web apps with Python and JavaScript.
  • Before joining Async, I developed CMS, eCommerce, and various types of SaaS applications.
  • I am active in open source and have contributed significantly to Builder Book and SaaS Boilerplate.
  • I live in Mongolia. I enjoy working remotely and spending time with my wife and 2 children.

  • Hatchet and Grizzly

  • Hatchet (left) and Grizzly (right) are our first dogs. They are both German and Czech Shepherd mixes.
  • Grizz is a therapy dog and Hatchet is a guard dog. But both are responsible for Kelly and Timur's breaks for fun time and hikes.