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We're digital geeks who love what we do

Tragic Media is a San Diego-based technology company, specializing in custom software development and digital support services.

We are a small, high-performance team built to architect and scale modern digital experiences. Our strength is in working collaboratively with internal stakeholders to strategize, design, develop, and scale innovative solutions that drive real business value.

Whether you are enhancing your website, modernizing existing applications, building new business software, or moving your infrastructure to the cloud, we can help. Don't let your next software project turn into a tragedy!

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 landscape. Existing digital agencies were ill-equiped to scope and manage the growing complexity of digital technologies. Rooted in marketing or design, these agencies did not understand how to scope or build the custom software their clients needed.

He saw the "tragic" way that client projects were treated at these agencies, either being outsourced and poorly built overseas or being hobbled together by underskilled internal resources. Ultimately the solutions that were delivered were poorly built, and a nightmare to manage and scale.

Initially Tragic served as a white-label resource for other agencies, helping to save them from their own development tragedies. Slowly, the company started to build a reputation for trusted, reliable custom software development.

Over the last decade, Rich has built a team of technical experts - and more importantly a brand - focused on providing expert technical support and solutions for brands of all sizes.

Partnerships and Associations

  • Drupal Association
  • Hubspot Partner
  • Google Cloud Partner
  • Avalara Partner

Todd Budzinski

Web Wizard

Todd is our back-end web wizard. He has more than 10+ years of experience in programming professional websites and applications, specializing in languages such as PHP and Python; frameworks like Drupal and Laravel; and has extensive server experience building lean cloud-based infrastructures. He 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.

Todd's career started to take off while working at Digitaria (now the global agency Mirum), where he gained exposure working with large brands like Taylor Guitars, Qualcomm, SAIC, and Petco. His next career move was to Business.com where he became one of the most valued engineers on the team. Todd left Business.com to work as a consultant for several agencies in San Diego. He first started working with Tragic as a consultant way back in 2011, and helped continously over the years as we grew until coming on-board full-time as Tragic's lead engineer.

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.

Don't let your project turn into a tragedy.