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Software Developer, 2014 - Current

  • In charge of the Rails backend application
  • Built and maintain the payments integration that processes millions of dollars a year for egghead
  • Integrated SAML for our enterprise customers
  • Work with a small team of junior developers on building and maintaining the backend application

Software Consultant, 2014 - Current

Okapi, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Part-time CTO for a small software development shop specializing in government training software
  • Consulted on a Docker deployment project
  • Assisted getting a PHP application up and running on three different PaaS hosts

Software Developer, 2012 - Current

Kongregate, Portland OR

  • Maintain and optimize one of the largest and oldest Ruby on Rails applications in existence. Kongregate receives over 10 million visits per month across more than 60,000 free-to-play single- and multiplayer games.

  • Work across the entire stack, from MySQL query optimization to Ruby and Node.js background jobs to front-end HTML, Javascript and CSS.

  • Implemented a lapsed-gamer mailer with customized messages for every user which increased retention by ~5%.

  • Debugged and fixed some thorny EC2 / SSH bugs

  • Daily work on tasks using Pivotal Tracker, GitHub, and the Jenkins continuous integration server.

Platform Developer, 2011 - 2012

Emma, Portland OR

  • Ported the audience management system of Emma, including mailing list management, audience searches, administration, and sending mail into a REST service in Python, PostgreSQL and Redis.

  • Built a search engine that consumes a JSON search description, builds an equivalent SQL query, and executes the query on a sharded PostgreSQL database system. This is used for filtering all requests that come into the audience REST service.

  • Worked with and extended a large Django application that forms the front-end of Emma's email marketing service.

Software Developer, 2007 - 2011

Rentrak, Portland OR

  • Designed, developed, and deployed two different demographics systems for linear television that have set the direction of all future demographics systems at Rentrak. These systems overlay postal- and household-level segmentation on top of hundreds of billions of television view transactions.

  • Developed a SQL-like language that compiles to C++ using Perl and Parse::RecDescent to enable internal users to query the view repository.

  • Designed a new product from scratch with another developer focusing on the backend data processing. Built a DSL-like system within Perl for succinct summary table definition which allows developers to create new summary tables quickly and with very low maintenance overhead.

  • Wrote one-time and repeatable data extraction and analysis programs for the CIO and the research department to better understand hundreds of billions of television view transactions.

Side Projects

  • Mastering Modern Payments, a book about integrating Stripe payments with Rails.
  • Twitter Fiction Reader, a curated archive of fictional twitter accounts. Simple Sinatra application.
  • Docverter, an open source document conversion web service.
  •, my personal programming and tech related blog. Recently converted to a simple Sinatra application.


Bachelor of Science in Management Computer Systems

Computer Science Minor
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Graduated December 2006


  • Ruby, Rails, Python, HTML/CSS, Javascript, Perl, Java, Shell scripting
  • Agile / Test-driven Development, Pair Programming, RSpec, Jasmine
  • Git, SVN, CVS
  • Linux, Mac OS X
  • PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis