• October 19, 2018

Rocket at 25: The Music of Rocket

If you’ve been around Rocket, you know that music is an important part of our company DNA. What started as an informal jam session back in the early 1990s has blossomed into connections that cut across our Rocketeers, our customers, and our partners. You might find The Rocket Band performing at our company events, tech community gatherings, and industry conferences. And you might find many of us performing at venues around the world, from Las Vegas to Paris to Bonn and beyond.

Music is part of what we do and who we are. In fact, when you come and visit our corporate headquarters you will see (and can touch!) our famous guitar walls loaded with custom guitars, stacks of amps, and memorabilia from our various concerts and events.

Why? Why would a company that makes software care so much about jamming out? Why would Rocketeers from all over the world get together to play music? The answer is that I believe that the collaboration that is required to make and deliver great software is exactly the same as the collaboration that musicians use to make music, to create something that is more meaningful and impactful than the sum of their parts.

In fact, I feel so strongly about this that I recently gave a presentation at TEDxFortWayne about this exact topic. My talk, entitled, “Come Together: Making a Difference with Music and Software,” is all about my personal journey as a musician, an engineer, and an entrepreneur.

A lot of people have written about the link between the “music brain” and the “engineering brain,” but I think you’ll see that my talk explores these meaningful links from different perspectives. If you have a few minutes to watch it, maybe it will give you a bit of insight into how I think and how I believe that Rocket has evolved from two people and one product idea to 1250+ people, 10,000+ customers/partners, and 100+ software products that matter.

Rock — and Rocket — on!​

Andy Youniss

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Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company's main driving force. Andy successfully established and actively manages Rocket's largest OEM partnerships and is guiding the company's growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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