The Story So Far

Steven Maguire

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Hello - I’m Steven Maguire. I’ve been building software since 2004. Today, I focus on building healthy, productive technology teams. I strive to build teams offering stability, continuing education, mentorship, and career tracks.

As of June 2018, I am the head of technology as Vice President of Engineering at Scripted is a two-sided content marketplace based in Chicago, IL. The technology stack is equal parts Ruby on Rails and JavaScript.

From January 2016 to February 2018, I served as Vice President of Technology at Earth Class Mail. The technology stack was C#/.NET, Ruby on Rails, and client-side JavaScript, hosted on Azure and AWS.

In two short years at Earth Class Mail, I made a big impact. I grew the technology team from two members to ten and I lead the effort to stabilize the software platform. The result of this effort was a three-fold increase in company valuation. The company got acquired and I decided to leave to pursue new adventures.

I spend some of my remaining time engaging with my community:

I moved to Chicago in 2010 to work on the TrainSignal team. I served four years as the technology team leader, product owner, and an engineer. I contributed a fair amount of C#, JavaScript & PHP code. TrainSignal afforded a chance to flex my UX muscles. We built a game-changing subscription-based online learning platform for IT pros. With the launch of the platform, TrainSignal got acquired by Pluralsight.

Following the TrainSignal acquisition, I spent a couple years helping startups in Chicago. I served in many part-time advisory roles. And I served in one full-time staff role as Head of Engineering for Packback; I left Packback in good hands.

I graduated from ECU in 2008. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media Production.

As a result, filmmaking became a hobby of mine. I produced a short film in my last semester of college. Having relocated to Chicago, I joined teams to produce films for the 48 Hour Film Festival in Chicago, IL. First with Catington Station for a silent film in 2012. Second with Whiskey Muzzle for another film in 2013.

As a full-time college student, I designed and developed a lot of small projects. One of my favorite projects was a blog that focused on people named “Steven”. For that project, I conspired with my good friends, Graham and Rich.

My personal projects use of one or many of these frameworks, tools, and technologies:

  • Laravel - an open source PHP framework.
  • Ruby on Rails - an open source Ruby framework.
  • AngularJS - a popular JavaScript framework.
  • Foundation & Bootstrap - frameworks to develop front-end code faster and better.
  • Codeship - powerful continuous integration and delivery.
  • Envoyer - no downtime deployment of PHP applications.
  • Forge - easy server setup and management of applications tuned for PHP.
  • Trello - a simple tool for organizing any project.
  • Digital Ocean - simple cloud hosting, built for developers.
  • Twilio - adds SMS and telephony to web applications via API.
  • Pusher - provides API support to make web applications respond in real-time.

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