009: Community – featuring Clark Sell

Blue Blazes

009: Community – featuring Clark Sell

Clark Sell, co-founder of THAT Conference and Unspecified Software, stops by our podcast to talk with J. about community and industry conferences. During the journey through this popular topic in the software world, they share their thoughts on: · Why conferences are worth attending · Pros and cons of in-person vs. online events · Networking and meeting people at conferences · How to build a case for your boss that you should go to one In addition to insights like these, Clark and J. have advice for conference goers and how to get started if you’re interested in speaking at events like these. Pick up some great tips and see how conferences can bolster your career and professional network in today’s episode.

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About Today’s Blue Blazes Guest

Clark Sell is a historically trained software developer, architect, and product manager who loves helping people and has found passion in building products that build communities. He is guided by a mission to create software that connects people in profound and meaningful ways. His professional experience includes working at Microsoft and Telerik. Along with his wife, Clark is co-founder of Unspecified Software and THAT Conference.

THAT Conference is one of the largest family-friendly technology conferences in the world. During the pandemic, they created a SaaS platform to “connect geeks across the globe.” Also known as SUMMER CAMP FOR GEEKS®, THAT Conferences are held in-person twice a year (once in Texas, once in Wisconsin) and digitally throughout the year. To learn more about this program of peer-to-peer learning opportunities, check out the website here.

Montage Portal

Montage Furniture Services provides furniture protection plans and claims processing services to a wide selection of furniture retailers and consumers.

Project Background

Montage was looking to build a new web portal for both Retailers and Consumers, which would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other legacy systems. The portal needed to be multi tenant and support branding and configuration for different Retailers. Trailhead architected the new Montage Platform, including the Portal and all of it’s back end integrations, did the UI/UX and then delivered the new system, along with enhancements to DevOps and processes.


We’ve logged countless miles exploring the tech world. In doing so, we gained the experience that enables us to deliver your unique software and systems architecture needs. Our team of seasoned tech vets can provide you with:

Custom App and Software Development

We collaborate with you throughout the entire process because your customized tech should fit your needs, not just those of other clients.

Cloud and Mobile Applications

The modern world demands versatile technology, and this is exactly what your mobile and cloud-based apps will give you.

User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Design

We want your end users to have optimal experiences with tech that is highly intuitive and responsive.


This combination of Agile software development and IT operations provides you with high-quality software at reduced cost, time, and risk.

Trailhead stepped into a challenging project – building our new web architecture and redeveloping our portals at the same time the business was migrating from a legacy system to our new CRM solution. They were able to not only significantly improve our web development architecture but our development and deployment processes as well as the functionality and performance of our portals. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Trailhead has proven themselves to be a valuable partner.

– BOB DOERKSEN, Vice President of Technology Services
at Montage Furniture Services

Technologies Used

When you hit the trails, it is essential to bring appropriate gear. The same holds true for your digital technology needs. That’s why Trailhead builds custom solutions on trusted platforms like .NET, Angular, React, and Xamarin.


We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Web App Development
  • Cloud Development
  • DevOps
  • Process Improvements
  • Legacy System Integration
  • UI Design
  • Manual QA
  • Back end/API/Database development

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

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