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A Tragic History

Tragic Media was founded in 2009 by Rich Rudzinski after leaving his job at a large national agency in San Diego. Rich saw a growing gap in the digital service landscape. Existing marketing and design agencies were ill-equiped to scope and manage the growing complexity of emerging technologies.

Over the years the company has evolved and pivoted form a white-label resource for other agencies to a web development agency to an ecommerce focused agency and finally to a custom software and technology agency.

Tragic provides its clients with a team of technical experts, flexible engagement plans, and innovative thinking to help them solve their biggest technology challenges.

Partnerships and Associations

  • Clutch Partner
  • Google Cloud Partner

Todd Budzinski

Lead Engineer | CTO

Todd is the backbone of Tragic. A back-end wizard, he has more than 15+ years of experience in programming enterprise websites and applications, specializing in languages including PHP, Python, and Node; frameworks like Drupal and Laravel; and has extensive server experience building lean cloud-based infrastructures in GCP and AWS. Todd spends time keeping up with the latest advances in digital technologies and back-end frameworks to ensure Tragic is always leveraging bleeding-edge tech to produce modern, high performance applications and infrastructure.

Todd has been in software development his whole career, but his skills reached new levels working at Digitaria (now the global agency Mirum), where he gained exposure working with large brands like Taylor Guitars, Qualcomm, SAIC, and Petco. After Digi, Todd  became one of the most valued engineers at Business.com before leaving to work as a consultant for local agencies in San Diego. He first started working with Tragic as a consultant in 2011, and was extremely impactful in our early growth. After several years, Todd came on-board full-time to grow Tragic's engineering department.

Todd is an avid video gamer and can be found playing games on Steam or Battle.net. He also likes to travel the world and has visited many countries including Thailand, Singapore, Laos and Malaysia.

Preventing tech tragedies since 2009