A bored dog,
an engineer
and an idea…

A bored dog,
an engineer
and an idea…

28Gorilla was founded by Andy Philips and Glynne Townsend in 2017, after they met while working at a local startup in Scottsdale AZ.

Their natural energy to solve problems and create value soon outpaced their day jobs and so they started to develop ideas of their own for a new company.

With that, Ridealong was born – a smart dog collar that would enable dog owners to communicate, engage, play, and watch over their dog from anywhere in the world. The product utilized GPS, an accelerometer, camera, speaker, microphone, battery, Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular technologies. Although the idea gained traction, it ultimately went unfunded. However, the journey of the development experience resonated with Andy and Glynne, along with the opportunity to make smart devices, apps and data for just about anything. From there, 28Gorilla was born.

Today we have become one of the fastest growing engineering companies in AZ. We boast clients from across the USA, everything from the Fortune 50’s to the small startups that are still thinking about their name.

We love hearing ideas – contact us today to find out how we can help bring those ideas to reality!

What’s with the Name?

One of the hardest parts about naming a company is making sure that the domain name is available. Over the years, Glynne had built a library of them from things that seemed catchy to him at the time. He asked Andy to select one, who chose 28Gorilla as he thought it sounded cool and punky, reminding him of Blink182 and his days as a drummer in a college rock band. He was denied on many occasions, but ultimately won after being persistent. This was much to Glynne’s wife’s frustration. You see, 28Gorilla was the password she used for everything, being that it was her favorite number and animal. Needless to say our first job as a company was to change all her passwords.