Kopis’ goal Is To Create Software ‘Where It Doesn’t Exist’

Andrew Kurtz may compare his software company, Kopis, to his favorite music or a legendary knot sliced open with a sword. But the description he uses most often is concise and precise.

“We build software where it doesn’t exist,” says Kurtz, who founded his company in Greenville in 1999.

“We love solving problems, figuring out how to apply today’s available technology to solving a problem. That’s what our team is really good at. We’re building software for somebody today, and it’s different than what we built for somebody yesterday.”

Companies might identify an issue that is holding them back or need a better way to work with their customers or data.

“It’s really simple. If you can find software on the shelf and implement it, and it solves the problem, do it,” he says. “If you can’t, we can build the software to help you. Where we go is driven by the problems our clients tell us they’re struggling with and want us to help solve.”

Kopis has evolved, just as technology has evolved.

“I look at the systems we wrote 15 years ago. Today you can buy software off the shelf for that. The problem that needs to get solved today? It’s just the next problem,” Kurtz says.

“You have to be flexible and willing to change. And improvise.”

That’s where his passion for his business intersects with his passion for music – “jam bands,” a genre made famous by the Grateful Dead and, later, Phish, Widespread Panic and others.