About Sumo Software Corporation
From There To Here
Sumo Software Corporation is a rapidly growing software engineering consulting firm with a team of passionate people.
It wasn't always that way.
Back in 2001, one man's dream launched a business in an apartment-turned-office. After 10 years of abuse, Mark Lauter gave the middle finger to the corporate world and became a freelance software developer.
He incorporated as "One Lauter Inc." in 2004. It was a play on Lauter's last name combined with a moment in the movie "This Is Spinal Tap" when a character shows off his guitars. The documentarian comments on an amplifier which had a setting from 0 to 11. The musician replies that the amp is "one louder" than a standard amplifier - you know, for when you need that extra push over the cliff.
But by 2006, Lauter realized he had a name recognition problem. He changed the name to Sumo Software Corporation in 2008, inspired by a gift of a funny sumo wrestler figurine given to Lauter by a friend who visited Japan.
At this same time the company was undergoing the fortuitous assemblage of a brilliant team who possessed the right chemistry for the future. Lauter met Scott Ertz and Nick DiMeo at St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneurship Academy. Those connections led to Lauter to future CFO Jonathon Wurm.
From its humble beginnings as a one-person shop in Lauter's apartment, Sumo now has six full-time employees and four contractors. Sumo relocated into a spacious new office building in the prestigious West Shore area of Tampa in the middle of 2012.
Sumo has developed such advanced products as a real-time license plate recognition system, tax return verification software that seamlessly integrates with the IRS, and several GPS tracking systems. It has proved a leader in people-first design, and development of ultra-high-performance systems. Lauter says that coding makes up 20 percent of the firm's development process; most of it involves addressing client needs with a focused business analysis and design process.
The business ethos remains focused on the simple but cutting-edge idea that good people produce good software and good software makes the world a better place to live.
Good software makes the world a better place to live.
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