Meet the folks behind 5marbles.

Who says you have to be old to be good?

—Bill Ackman



Phil Simon, founder and president

Phil Simon is a recognized technology authority and the award-winning author of eight technology books, most recently Analytics: The Agile Way. He consults organizations on analytics, communications, strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on The Harvard Business Review, CNN, The New York Times, and many other sites. He teaches full-time at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Going back to his very first Commodore 64, Phil has been messing around with tech for decades. Over the years, he has taught himself SQL, HTML, and VBA. Beyond that, he has learned more than enough CSS and PHP to be dangerous.

Phil enjoys golf, tennis, poker, reading, movies, running, music (especially progressive rock), and working out.


Joe, developer

Joe is a born and raised Phoenician and a recent undergraduate from ASU’s business school. At W. P. Carey, Joe received his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems and loved every step of it. His passion for learning, technology, and collaboration made his 6-year collegiate endeavor fly by. As a first-generation American, Joe has an exquisite work ethic and a positive attitude that does not go unnoticed.

Joe’s father studied information systems. As a result, he has been working with computers since the age of eight. Although there might’ve been more gaming at that younger age, the young experience to technology allowed him to understand basic fundamentals of computing. Joe has now been programming and developing information systems for three years in academia. Some of his favorite languages are C#, SQL, and JavaScript. Despite his favorites, he is always eager to learn other languages and has done just that. For his final capstone project, Joe took a leap of uncertainty and developed an iOS mobile application.

His team and he developed with technologies such as Google Firebase NoSQL, Swift 4.0, Swipe, and PayPal APIs as well as other collaboration and project management tools such as GitHub. Joe had never programmed in Swift but that didn’t stop him. He took a course and learned the language in under five days. He developed a fully functional mobile application in just under two months.

When Joe is not having a great time developing technology, he is not one to sit around and think of what to do. Ever since Joe was a young man, he has always enjoyed being outdoors, participating in activities such as camping, gardening, fishing and playing soccer. As for indoor activities, his list goes on and on. Joe loves to play guitar, both acoustic and electric, billiards, bowling, ping pong, as well as just relax and read good book—usually about technology.

JR, developer

JR is a full-stack web-application and software developer. He holds degrees in Information Technology and a Computer Information Systems from Arizona State’s W. P. Carey School of Business. While at ASU, he served as V.P. of Information Technology for ASU’s Initiation Education Solution. In the process, he developed technology and computer solutions for learning in refugee communities.

JR’s background in IT, graphic design, UI/UX design, and mobile-application development gives him a sophisticated grasp on theoretical aspects of information systems. However, his real passion comes from applying that knowledge in building technical solutions—specifically, building mobile, computer, and web applications. JR constantly strives to better himself as a developer. He appreciates good documentation, multiple monitors, and a nice development environment. He turns warm liquids based on expensive spices and beans (coffee) into code.

JR knows C#, .NET, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Babel- ES6/ES2015, JQuery, Angular 4-5 – TypeScript, React, Redux, Yarn, NPM, WebPack, Gulp, Git/GitHub, Radium, ASP.NET, PhoneGap/Cordova, AWS, Heroku, SQL, MySQL, (MongoDb) NoSQL, Express/Node.Js, Linux Server, Bootstrap, Johnny-Five, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and Sketch 3.

As if that isn’t enough, he is currently learning: Python, Scikit, & TensorFlow for machine-learning applications.

JR participates in multi-day hackathons, mostly for the free food, swag, technologies, and networking. He attends live concerts and art-shows. He enjoys long boarding and binge-watching TV shows online.

He also plays several musical instruments such as electric/ acoustic guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums. In addition, he cultivates and maintains a growing vinyl record collection. Finally, he is a leading evangelist in Arizona’s east valley for analog audio.

Alexander, developer

Alexander is a passionate and well-versed developer. He specializes in full-stack web-application development. With extensive experience in the web world, his major coding chops allow him to create intuitive user experiences, aesthetically pleasing interfaces, data-rich web services, and robust database designs.

Alexander has written software for both enterprises and startups. He thrives on translating requirements into working features that carry an innovative edge. In the end, users find his products compelling and exciting to use.

Programming languages and applications: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.JS, PHP, Java, and MySQL.
Frameworks: Angular, React, Express

Alexander is a music fanatic. When not working, you can probably find him playing his electric guitar with a group of friends or hacking together some code. He loves the outdoors.

Khalid, developer

Khalid is a recent graduate from W. P. Carey School of business at Arizona State University. He studied Computer Information Systems (CIS) and received a certificate in analytics. His passion for technology drives him to learn, create, and innovate. Khalid is always looking for a new challenge to take on, whether it’s learning a new language, creating a new app, or exploring new hobbies.

Khalid excels at C#, .NET, Full stack HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL, NoSQL, Swift, Git/GitHub, AWS, Firebase, Sketch3, and Photoshop. He is currently studying Python and machine learning.

Khalid is a very active person. He enjoys sports and his current favorites are mixed martial arts (MMA), snowboarding, and kettlebell training. He also enjoys building computers and DJ-ing.

It takes two flints to make a fire.

—Louisa May Alcott


Anna, designer and illustrator

Anna is a scientist and published illustrator. She combines her understanding of technical detail with art and design to create images that are both informative and eye-catching. Her works have been featured in fine arts reviews, scientific encyclopedias, and in a solo art exhibition at the renowned Harvard Forest Fisher Museum. As a master’s student at Arizona State University, Anna teaches microbiology and scientific illustration and studies the imaging of biofilms.

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Traditional 2D Media (graphite, charcoal, acrylic).

Coming soon!