Following graduation, Bifulco worked in software development consulting for Microsoft. Based in Charlotte, he traveled the country envisioning and designing software for some of the world’s biggest brands including Facebook, Nike, Dell, and the NFL.
“I got to see a lot of the country and how a lot of people work,” he noted. “And I learned a lot about myself and also a lot about how I want to work, too.”
As cool as Microsoft’s technology is, Bifulco found himself craving a different way to work – less structure, more autonomy.
In 2014, he started working as the Director of Technology for The Gymnasium, a free, online coding school that provides hundreds of classes for those hungry to learn any one of a series of creative or digital skills. The Gymnasium touts 60,000 students – and continues to grow.
Although second to his full-time career, Bifulco has supported a handful of software development, passion projects along the way. He and former college roommate (now current roommate) and Hygge member Sean Rogers started to develop an app called Push the Pace; they shut down the project in Spring 2017 around that same time, Hygge’s Founder, Garrett Tichy, was starting to assemble a development team to build smpl, software to manage coworking spaces.
Bifulco knew software development – and coworking. He was one of the first to join Hygge back in late 2015.
“I went to Vietnam for a couple of weeks, and then I came back, and Hygge was just…here,” Bifulco remembers.