We're a collection of no-nonsense technology, design and media professionals who believe in doing the right thing for our clients.

For us, doing the right thing means being honest, efficient, and excellent. We all believe in doing the simplest thing that gets the job done right. We don't cut corners and we don't create obstacles.

As professionals, we'll work with you to discover your needs and provide a plan for delivering. Because of our broad range of expertise, we promise that you're always getting the most honest and efficient solution. Our experience and passion for quality ensures our excellence.

Our members are available for hire independently or in groups and can provide full-service solutions as well as staff augmentation. Look through the services we can provide and check out each of our members individually. We love what we do and we'll find a way to help you.

  • Application Development & Design
  • Business Kickstarting
  • Mentoring, Coaching, & Training
  • User Research & Interaction Design
  • Print Design & Illustration
  • Information Security Consulting
  • Video Production & Editing
  • Photography
  • Socializing
  • Virgil Bistriceanu
  • Justin "Gus" Knowlden
  • Gabriel Gironda
  • Daniel Hodos
  • Rachel Janke
  • Alex Rakoczy
  • Vladimir Andrijevik
  • Jordan Powers
  • Adam Flikkema
  • Carl Brahms
  • Eric Walsh
Virgil Bistriceanu

Virgil Bistriceanu

Throughout his career, Virgil has built, managed, and motivated teams of smart, independent, innovative and eager-to-learn, loyal professionals who have a true sense of ownership of the products they create and support. Most recently Virgil was Centro's CTO, after six years as CTO of MyPoints.com, followed by more than 4 years in senior technology leadership positions at United Airlines and its subsidiaries.

Virgil is a true believer in agile software development, a big supporter of the FOSS movement, a Computer Science instructor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an information security consultant.

Favorite Drink: Scotch

Professional Work

Over the years, we've collectively worked in-depth with a large number of start-ups and established companies in a number of capacities.

Technology Services

  • Groupon
  • Rosetta Stone
  • United Air Lines
  • CareRunner
  • MyPoints.com
  • ...

Web Design & Development

  • Motley Fool
  • Scrum Alliance
  • Chicago ISC
  • KidFresh
  • AIGA
  • ...

Multimedia Services

  • Harley Davidson
  • Sweetwater Tavern & Grille
  • Trace
  • 2010 Census?
  • ...

Community Work

You may have already picked up on this, but we're very passionate about our work and we're also very multi-dimensional. We spend a lot of our spare time building tools to make tasks easier for ourselves and those like us. In addition, we spend a lot of time just being creative and sharing that creativity with others. One could say we're interested in art for art's sake; the process, the product, and the effects. We firmly believe in giving back to our respective communities through direct participation.

Open Source & Technology

  • Riot
  • Smurf
  • Why Validations Suck in '96
  • Simpleton
  • Jubilator

Media & Society

  • Ritual
  • Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
  • Ack & Nak
  • Honors Breakfast Club


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Contact Us

Though you can contact any of our members directly through their various web personas, if you'd contact Thumble Monks directly for any reason, simply send an email to collective@thumblemonks.com, hit us up on Twitter or even check us out on GitHub