The Team

We didn’t set out to make the next big app. The project grew out of the lessons learned and passion formed during the winding career of our founder on his own path to satisfying work. Out of that, Dave Barrs developed a burning passion to help students and young professionals find paths to fulfilling work and careers.

Dave spent 12 years, often after work, testing and coaching students and frustrated young professionals. “Aha moments” from students and parents . . . passions unleashed . . . and career paths made right energized Dave and redeemed the frustration he had experienced in his own path.  Eventually a mobile and web platform was the “no brainer” solution to reach as many career seekers as possible.

Dave put his own strengths as a creative, builder and visionary to work building a platform to serve young career travelers. Then his own daughters, their classmates and eventually hundreds of students and young professionals shaped thryver into what it is becoming.

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Purpose

We exist to help people find and fuel their strengths, and to connect them to meaningful and fulfilling work.

We intend to make life better for an entire generation as we unlock a universe full of fulfilling work, engaging employers and delighted customers. Our job is not to tell Millennials what is wrong but to take the best of what has been and marry it with the best of what can be.

Core Values

Uniquely wonderful. Forget snowflakes. YOU are amazing. We lump people into categories to build insights, but ultimately each one of us is uniquely wonderfully.

Here to serve.

When we are at our best, we offer our best to community. We choose to use our individual traits not to pull each other apart but to pull together.

Responsibility = freedom.

It empowers us, enriches us and frees us to pursue life to its fullest.

Authentic.

None of us are perfect, but we can still be respectfully real. The world needs examples, not posers.

Fighters.

For the good of each individual, our users and community. We fight for ideas and love people.

Grateful

For who we are, where we’ve been, where we’re headed, our work, our customers, each other, and opportunities to thryve.

Live like you’re dying and die thryving.

Dave Founder & Chief Rocket Scientist Dave started out his career by not becoming a dentist and seriously disappointing his Dad. After receiving an MBA from Emory University, he worked in construction, landscaping, a wholesale nursery, real estate development, and then in marketing and team communications. During a winding career path, the “Aha moments” for Dave came during career testing and coaching children of some C-Level clients. They asked him to do for their children what he was doing with them in teams. That work literally changed the trajectory of lives and families and inspired the career that was a “calling.” After more than a decade of helping students and their parents on a small scale, Dave focused his creative and building skills into developing a new mobile and web platform that would become “thryver.” When Dave is not hard at work at thryver, you might find him investing in the lives of a few young men, running with Dexter, renovating another house or preparing great food and pairing it with the right wine or beer. When he really gets away, you might find him pulling a billfish out of deep blue water, bird hunting or tracking down a wild boar. He also likes to read books printed on paper. He has surrounded himself with brilliance by keeping Amy, his wife of 30+ years and his grown daughters  and son-in-law at his side.  

Dave

Founder & Chief Rocket Scientist

Dave started out his career by not becoming a dentist and seriously disappointing his Dad.

After receiving an MBA from Emory University, he worked in construction, landscaping, a wholesale nursery, real estate development, and then in marketing and team communications. During a winding career path, the “Aha moments” for Dave came during career testing and coaching children of some C-Level clients. They asked him to do for their children what he was doing with them in teams.

That work literally changed the trajectory of lives and families and inspired the career that was a “calling.” After more than a decade of helping students and their parents on a small scale, Dave focused his creative and building skills into developing a new mobile and web platform that would become “thryver.”

When Dave is not hard at work at thryver, you might find him investing in the lives of a few young men, running with Dexter, renovating another house or preparing great food and pairing it with the right wine or beer. When he really gets away, you might find him pulling a billfish out of deep blue water, bird hunting or tracking down a wild boar. He also likes to read books printed on paper. He has surrounded himself with brilliance by keeping Amy, his wife of 30+ years and his grown daughters  and son-in-law at his side.

 

Kevin Graphic Communications Guru & Director of Reclaimed Pallet Projects Kevin churns out great UI and communication graphics on-the-fly. His sense of visual relevance is aided by having read the entire Internet. His ability to communicate visually compensates for the fact that he has spoken few words ever since his mom shredded all his original Pokemon cards. Even so, he is able to instantly quip a movie quote for any awkward occasion. He graduated from GA Tech with a degree in BioMedical Engineering.  He has worked in college on a dorm-based app startup; with the Global Center for Medical Innovation; theTruly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture; and with The Walking Dead as a Stand-In. His experience as a Peer Leader at GA Tech brings a valuable perspective to our service to students. He infuses his passion for social good into everything from what he eats to what he works on. With a nearly balanced set of thryver skills he is great at helping tackle whatever we are chasing down at the moment. We bribe him with large quantities of natural food, lots of empty wine bottles to cut into glasses and affirmation for his passion to re-claim pallets and make them into clever objects like coasters, tables and bonfires. When he’s not in the Rocket Labs, he can be found roaming the North Georgia mountains, running an insanely long race with no training or chilling with a herd of music festival hooligans.  

Kevin

Graphic Communications Guru
& Director of Reclaimed Pallet Projects

Kevin churns out great UI and communication graphics on-the-fly. His sense of visual relevance is aided by having read the entire Internet. His ability to communicate visually compensates for the fact that he has spoken few words ever since his mom shredded all his original Pokemon cards. Even so, he is able to instantly quip a movie quote for any awkward occasion.

He graduated from GA Tech with a degree in BioMedical Engineering.  He has worked in college on a dorm-based app startup; with the Global Center for Medical Innovation; theTruly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture; and with The Walking Dead as a Stand-In. His experience as a Peer Leader at GA Tech brings a valuable perspective to our service to students. He infuses his passion for social good into everything from what he eats to what he works on.

With a nearly balanced set of thryver skills he is great at helping tackle whatever we are chasing down at the moment. We bribe him with large quantities of natural food, lots of empty wine bottles to cut into glasses and affirmation for his passion to re-claim pallets and make them into clever objects like coasters, tables and bonfires.

When he’s not in the Rocket Labs, he can be found roaming the North Georgia mountains, running an insanely long race with no training or chilling with a herd of music festival hooligans.

 

Anna Young Professional Consultant to thryver & Part Time Director of Founder Morale Anna has known the founder since soon after birth. While she is successfully employed in the Supply Chain and IT consulting field, her DNA is woven throughout the fabric of thryver. She was one of our first career coaching clients and has been subjected to more career tests than most people. As a former Resident Life Peer Leader, technology startup employee and now thryving young professional, she knows our world. The passion that she and her peers have for excellence in fulfilling work, work/life balance, social good and authentic relationships deeply impacts the spirit of thryver. She also seems to have the singular capacity to connect with the founder when no one else can.

Anna

Young Professional Consultant to thryver & Part Time Director of Founder Morale

Anna has known the founder since soon after birth. While she is successfully employed in the Supply Chain and IT consulting field, her DNA is woven throughout the fabric of thryver. She was one of our first career coaching clients and has been subjected to more career tests than most people. As a former Resident Life Peer Leader, technology startup employee and now thryving young professional, she knows our world. The passion that she and her peers have for excellence in fulfilling work, work/life balance, social good and authentic relationships deeply impacts the spirit of thryver. She also seems to have the singular capacity to connect with the founder when no one else can.

 
Anisha Ga Tech Director of “Yes I can do that” & Resident Hipster Anisha began as a campus ambassador and quickly backed up the promise of “Yes I can do that” to just about anything we ask. She is majoring in Industrial Design and minoring in Computer Science. She is so nice that she keeps great friends even though she is often the one setting the curve so high in class.

Anisha

Ga Tech Director of “Yes I can do that” & Resident Hipster

Anisha began as a campus ambassador and quickly backed up the promise of “Yes I can do that” to just about anything we ask. She is majoring in Industrial Design and minoring in Computer Science. She is so nice that she keeps great friends even though she is often the one setting the curve so high in class.

Gabby UGA Correspondent & Minister of Positive Reactions Gabby is the “Accidental Intern”. We met her doing intercept interviews on campus. Her authenticity and commitment to serve led to an ongoing tenure both on campus and on remote projects. She is majoring in psychology. She helps make the rest of us seem nicer than we are.

Gabby

UGA Correspondent & Minister of Positive Reactions

Gabby is the “Accidental Intern”. We met her doing intercept interviews on campus. Her authenticity and commitment to serve led to an ongoing tenure both on campus and on remote projects. She is majoring in psychology. She helps make the rest of us seem nicer than we are.

Dexter On Site Security (Currently on probation) Dexter is a living metaphor for embedding a broken story in a larger one. Though currently weighing in at 100 lbs, when he was rescued he was locked in a wooden box in a shed and weighed only 70 lbs. He had fleas and ticks, needed dental work and suffered from separation anxiety. After being made whole, he regained confidence and is the self-appointed Director of Security. When he spots a squirrel or bacon, he can run like the wind. But he enjoys any food within 6’ of the floor regardless of who it belongs to. His favorite stuffed toy is Eeyore.

Dexter

On Site Security (Currently on probation)

Dexter is a living metaphor for embedding a broken story in a larger one. Though currently weighing in at 100 lbs, when he was rescued he was locked in a wooden box in a shed and weighed only 70 lbs. He had fleas and ticks, needed dental work and suffered from separation anxiety. After being made whole, he regained confidence and is the self-appointed Director of Security. When he spots a squirrel or bacon, he can run like the wind. But he enjoys any food within 6’ of the floor regardless of who it belongs to. His favorite stuffed toy is Eeyore.

Cruelty Free: No interns were harmed in the testing of our app.