Lifelong programming polyglot, former CTO, and co-founder. I love solving complex problems with simple code, working with product owners, and mentoring teammates on code & career.

graphql influencer, 0.5x hypergrowth unicorn, enterprise agile coach, extremely mediocre.

Work History

Senior Software Engineer

April 2020 - Sept 2021
Literati, Austin

Launched Literati Book Clubs, a platform for discussing books curated by influencers.

  • Built graphql APIs to support iOS, Android, and web
  • Broke down features into tickets, performed code reviews, organized team meetings
  • Committed mostly django code, along with fairly large react and devops features
  • Worked closely with product owners to define goals and experimented to find features users love
key tech python, django, graphql, celery, react, gitlab, postgres, google cloud, sentry

Senior Staff Engineer

2018 - April 2020
The Zebra, Austin

Led teams building all aspects of car insurance quotes. Advocated for simpler system designs, and closely collaborated with product owners to ensure both feature development and tech debt were addressed.

  • Led team to build to build internal CCPA compliance system
  • Led team to build an integration with TransUnion credit rating
  • Led cross-team effort to standardize frameworks
  • Coordinated meetups hosted by The Zebra, including groups like Open Austin
key tech python, django, celery, fastapi, react, vuejs, postgres, docker

Technology Fellow, Engineering Lead

2017 - 2018

During a 1-year fellowship at the City of Austin, fostered a development culture based around empathy, compassion, and teaching.

  • Helped create austin.gov to replace austintexas.gov
  • Created NerdShops™ to teach designers to use git and content strategists to use the terminal
  • Customized and deployed a CMS backend
  • Developed a prototype CMS editor interface
key tech docker, python, wagtail, graphql, react, vuejs

CTO & Co-Founder

2010 - 2017
Ordoro, Austin

Interesting company stats as of 2017 (company has continued to grow since):

  • 2000+ customers
  • $2+ million in annual revenue
  • 19 employees
  • $3 million in funding

I got to do all kinds of fun stuff building ordoro.com

  • Recruited & mentored the development team as it grew from 1 to 9 (as well as 3 interns)
  • Evolved tech stack from single django app to multiple microservices and multiple UIs
  • Wrote a boatload of testable & maintainable code
  • Oversaw dev team interactions with outside groups including customers, support, sales, 3rd-party developers and investors
  • Iterated on development process & cross-team release scheduling
  • Partnered with local tech orgs such as Women Who Code & Open Austin
  • Took on important non-tech duties like health insurance coordinator, office manager and cheerleader
key tech python, node, react, postgres, elasticsearch, redis, docker, nginx, aws, gcp

Special Projects Engineer

2009 - 2010
Bazaarvoice, Austin

Created prototype applications using the Facebook API. Spearheaded first use of mongo, elasticsearch and internal JSON APIs at Bazaarvoice. Worked closely with brands such as Ford and Benefit Cosmetics.

key tech python, mongo, elasticsearch

Staff Software Engineer

2003 - 2009

Developed everything from computer vision algorithms to Windows device drivers to C++ courses to user feedback sessions to robotic Lego monkeys. Also managed several small teams and projects. AMA!

key tech c++, make, python, perl, bash

Other Interests

Austin Rec'ers

I play wheelchair basketball with the Austin Rec'ers. I'm not very good.
key tech wheels, basketball, hoop

Old news

Austin Web Python Users Group

Co-founder and co-organizer of the main python developer group in Austin, with monthly meetings that draw 30-50 developers to discuss a range of topics. This is now a part of the Austin Python User Group.
key tech python