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Meet Christopher McCarthy of Zagaran in Leather District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher McCarthy.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Zagaran was founded in the summer of 2013 by Benjamin Zagorsky, Josh Zagorsky, Kevin Fan, and myself. Our goal was to build a startup funded entirely by revenue. Originally working out of the Honan-Allston Public Library, Zagaran was profitable within the first six months and has grown to 11 full-time employees without taking on any outside investment. We did this by building a versatile, adaptable, and multifaceted team. We provide full-stack software engineering services to companies, hospitals, universities, and governments. We also develop SaaS products such as Instant Census, an automated SMS survey tool for university researchers, and RetroacDev, which helps startups and their CPAs collaborate to claim the federal R&D tax credit.

Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest challenge for us has always been resource allocation. Any time we spend developing our own products is time we can’t spend on consulting, and finding the right balance there is tricky. Especially when, as is wont to happen now and again, a client you were counting on doesn’t come through. Fortunately, we have an incredible team that has been able to take everything in stride.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Zagaran is a full stack development team with a broad base of skills in every aspect of software development. You can find our preferred technology stack at

One of the things that I believe sets us apart from others is the fact that we’ve taken on no outside investment, which is a testament to the quality of the work we deliver. Many of our customers come back to us with more work following the initial engagement, and a large portion of the new business we generate comes from referrals of past clients.

We’re known for delivering high-quality code on difficult projects with tight deadlines. We’re adept at stepping in and salvaging situations where another team has left you in the lurch.

At this point, we’re most proud of having landed our biggest deal to date, a 3-year, 7-figure engagement with a local government. We also just hit $2M in lifetime revenue, which was a big milestone for us.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Boston is an incredible place for technology start-ups of all stripes. Since it has such a large startup scene, there are a ton of high-quality resources and services for businesses just getting started. The large number of startups also provides both healthy competition and opportunity for collaboration to make sure a new business is able to grow and refine itself. Plus, with Harvard and MIT just across the river there’s no lack of high-quality hiring prospects.


  • $250/hour for Software Engineering

Contact Info:

  • Address: 186 South St
    4th Floor
    Boston, MA 02111
  • Website:
  • Phone: (617) 843-5535
  • Email:

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