I enjoy building things.
I've worked across a range of industries & domains, including: several successful startups, large financial institutions, media companies, airlines, and retail.
I'm a zealous enthusiast of open source.
Continuous delivery enterprise strategy lead for a worldclass air carrier in New Zealand.
Led a team at one of the Australia's largest retailers producing a continuous delivery proof of concept on an unusual set of technologies, including: AIX, HPUX, with C, C++, PL/SQL, and Java.
Head of capability development for South Africa. This included on-boarding technical new hires, developing training material, organising conference speaking and attendance for the technical staff, and identifying/addressing specific skill gaps by bringing in external resources.
Tech lead for two (real estate, and comparison shopping) pre-funding Sydney-based start-us. Both startups raised large seed rounds, and succesfully exited.
Co-created LevelUp — a teaching program for university students interested in technology. It now runs in four different countries and has had thousands of students.
Worked off-shore with a team delivering an online dating app for a large UK newspaper in scala and python. Focused on a more sophisticated matching algorithm and search mechanism.
Developed a cassandra-backed time-series database for aggregating and querying tens of millions of events. Used for customer and business facing metrics.
Created a "real-time" browser messaging infrastructure that enabled cooperative editing of spreadsheet-like documents by many individuals.
Involved in transitioning a legacy codebase from Ruby (Rails 2) to Java and then Java to Scala. I was also the company champion of automated testing.
Successfully worked (telecommuting) while traveling across five continents for two years.
Created a reporting interface that allowed registrants and customers to create their own name tags, and create arbitrary reports as either PDF or HTML.
Introduced modern source control, continuous integration and testing practices.
Championed a transition to a service oriented design/architecture.
Surfing, canyoning, BJJ, travel, and general all-around adventure.