What is Talixa?
Talixa Software & Service, LLC is a software business located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was started in 2013 to create Android applications, began doing custom contract work the following year, and officially became an LLC in 2016. The name Talixa originates from the founder's time playing D&D and Final Fantasy. Talixa comes from the names Tali and Xanthos - both of which were used frequently as names of characters. These two names were shortened to Talixa to create a short, memorable domain name. The name of the company is pronounced ta-LEEK-sa.
Our values define who we are and drive what we do. At Talixa, we believe in creating quality software that solves business problems. To us, quality means writing code and applications that are maintainable and well designed. We also believe in integrity. Trust between customer and provider is essential, and Talixa will work to earn the trust of your organization through honest business practices, and delivering what we promise. Last, we believe in serving the community around us and the world. Whether that means mentoring students in computer science, or supporting humanitarian efforts around the globe, Talixa wants to make the world a better place.
Who Are We?
Thomas Gerlach - Owner/Chief Engineer
Tom has been programming computers for 20 years. He has worked with countless languages, frameworks, and technologies. Tom is an expert in Java, and has been involved in countless Java projects ranging from simple tools and utilities to large-scale telephony projects and enterprise web applications. He also writes Android software for both the Google Play Store and for custom client solutions. When Tom isn't writing computer code, he enjoys tinkering with robotics, learning foreign languages, and passing on his extensive knowledge of technology and programming to youth in the community. Tom is a US Army veteran, holds a black belt in taekwondo, and enjoys ham radio and studying herbalism.
Winter Gerlach - Owner/Quality Assurance Analyst
Winter is a tech nerd. She tinkers with Python programming, web design, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, and graphical design. Winter also enjoys testing software and finding bugs. She likes playing the Zelda and Mario series of Nintendo games, has watched every episode of Clone Wars numerous times, and loves Marvel movies. She is an avid reader of books and comic books, and loves everything Disney. Winter also enjoys crafting and can crochet just about anything from blankets to Star Wars dolls. Winter travelled to Mexico in 2016 to build a house for a family in an underdeveloped community, and is looking forward to returning in 2018.
Nick Gordon - Business Strategist
Nick joined the Talixa team to provide business insight to a company of tech nerds. In order to foster internal growth and sustainability, he assists with a variety of operational functions including product research, lead generation, and general business strategy. In line with his love of all things strategy-related, Nick enjoys playing tabletop games such as Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Risk, and DC Comics Deck-Building Game. In his free time you might also find him hanging out with friends playing the highly popular augmented reality mobile app, Pokémon Go, or video games from the Super Smash Bros. franchise. He also has an interest in pursuing software engineering and hopes to learn Android development.