Meet the Team

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Nick Yarmesch

Ever since he can remember, Nick has been interested in technology. His idea of fun includes reading technical manuals for microcontrollers and reverse engineering the barcodes on Nespresso capsules.

 

In college, he built the hardware and developed the software to retrofit his 2002 Lexus with a secure receiver that unlocked his car when he approached wearing his Apple Watch.

 

After graduating with his BA in Computer Science from the University of Florida, Nick was recruited by Brady to join Dycom, where he worked on building scalable and secure data processing applications using event driven architecture and modern development best practices. Nick left Dycom to start UpLink in 2022.

 

You’re most likely to run into Nick in his blue Cayman on the trip between his house and Starbucks.

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Alex Grant

Despite being dubbed affectionately as “The Robot” by his co-workers at PwC, Alex Grant will surprise you with his quick wit and on point memes. Alex is a stickler for test driven development and high-quality code.  He started his career as CPA at PwC in IT Audit, but eventually found his calling writing software. He worked on many enterprise projects within PwC, including authoring the developer SDK for PwC’s Halo Analytics platform, as well as working on the backend analytics processing engine. Most recently, he was the lead software engineer on PwC Extract, which is a secure data extraction system for collecting client business and financial data used in audits.

 

Alex Grant turned down a promotion to a management track so that he could stay focused on doing what he loves most: writing great code.  He left PwC to start UpLink with the rest of the team because he wanted the challenge and because he wants to democratize the capabilities of software currently used by large enterprises.

 

To avoid confusion at work, he and Alex Maher both go by their last names. But unlike Maher, he kept his CPA license in good standing.

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Alex Maher

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Master of Accounting, Alex started his career as a CPA at PwC in New York auditing the IT departments of some of the largest banks in the world. On nights and weekends, he taught himself how to code. Several years later, he transitioned into software development, leading some of the highest performing development teams at the firm who were responsible for building significant parts of the Halo analytics platform. 

 

After leaving PwC, he went to work at a large telecom construction company leading four teams responsible for building the company’s next generation field data collection platform, which is used daily by thousands of employees and subcontractors for mission critical work. He left to pursue his dream of starting his own company focused on building world-class software and making it available to companies of all sizes.

 

Somewhere during all that, he married his college sweetheart, Laura, and moved back to Florida, where they raise their two young sons, Brooks and Jack.

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Brady Ochse

Brady is passionate about two things: building great software, and Chipotle. His passion for software comes from the personal satisfaction of a job well done and the positive impact that great software can have on people around the world. His passion for Chipotle is less rational.

 

Brady studied Computer Science at the University of Florida, where he met Nick. As top students in the program, the two became fast friends. After graduating with his BA, Brady began working at Dycom. 

 

His problem-solving skills and leadership ability earned him quick promotions and a reputation for writing great code quickly. While at Dycom, software architects and lead engineers would often seek his advice when designing new solutions, because although he’s incredibly smart, he never makes you feel dumb.

 

Ultimately, Brady wanted the software he built to be accessible to people and companies who couldn’t afford to hire an entire team of engineers, so he left to start UpLink. 

 

Brady lives with his girlfriend, Jessie, and their cat, Song.