After two years of helping the Earth Class Mail technology team grow from two team members to ten, I decided to leave to pursue new opportunities where I can focus on building healthy, productive technology teams that provide stability, continuing education, mentorship, and career tracks for engineers, and support staff, of all experience levels.
In the remaining time I am actively involved in the Chicago tech meetup community, contributing to open source projects, authoring online training material, talking about product development, and volunteering for The All-Stars Project, Development School for Youth as a Program Associate.
For the better part of 2015 I was lending a helping hand to a few early and growth stage startups in Chicago; improving product development processes, recruiting and building product teams, and adding technical vision to strategic conversations.
In the previous chapter of my life, I was redefining the textbook industry for both students and publishers at Packback as the Head of Engineering. I left them in good hands.
My personal projects are typically composed of one or more of these frameworks, tools, and technologies:
- Laravel - an open source PHP framework.
- Ruby on Rails - an open source Ruby 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 configuration and management of applications tuned for php.
- Trello - a simple tool for organizing any project.
- DigitalOcean - simple cloud hosting, built for developers.
- Twilio - a fun platform for adding SMS and telephony functionality to web applications.
- Pusher - a service that provides API support to leverage HTML5 WebSockets and make web applications respond in realtime.
You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.