Developer, consultant and team lead with over 18 years of internet experience, successfully deploying and managing complex projects. Currently working as Head of Core Engineering at Tamedia in Zurich.
Tamedia Digital "Core Engineering" is a centralized expert engineering team that provides services, solutions, and innovation support to the many companies in the Tamedia portfolio: Ricardo, 20 Minutes, Doodle, Homegate, JobCloud, Tages Anzeiger, Tutti, Starticket and many other brands.
Working together with tech teams and external suppliers to build cross-company projects and shared services, leading a team of powerful hackers who provide consulting and expertise, realizing a wide range of applications around traffic, commerce, growth and publishing. Core Engineering brings great value and innovation to the entire portfolio of Tamedia.
Currently serving as CTO, ad-interim for Ricardo.ch. Engaged to develop a new platform to bring a modern architecture to a engineering department with over 60 people in both Switzerland and France. Introducing organizational changes, including cross-functional teams, domain-driven thinking, and strong engineering culture by empowerment, ownership and trust.
Joined local.ch as an on-site contractor in 2011, and shortly thereafter as a full-time senior Rails engineer. Became engineering lead for the web team in late 2012, responsible for web architecture, resource planning, deployment and infrastructure in coordination with various product owners and departments within local.ch.
Led a core team of eight talented front-end engineers on web and mobile projects, and managed various contractors, designers, partners and vendors. Together, the team replaced the legacy web platform in 2012 with Rails (in 9 months), launched a new customer center, deployed a national sales application, along with many APIs, services and infrastructure. Towards 2015 the web department grew into three cross-functional teams.
Local.ch is one of the top most-visited websites in Switzerland, with over 4.5 million unique clients. In 2013, our team won the Silver Award at Best of Swiss Web for the Technology category.Showcase
Founded Somebox GmbH/LLC as a boutique development company of web and mobile projects. Provided project management, product development, and consulting.
Somebox was a distrubuted company, made up of remote teams of developers. Projects were managed using agile processes, in a transparent way, collaborating closely with customer with excellent results.
Some project highlights:
Primospot provided parking information for densely populated metropolitan areas. It was a free service using google maps to find public on-street parking information. Mobile apps for iOS and Android were developed as well.
Primospot received much positive attention, including a feature article by Nick Bilton of the New York Times as well as being featured in Apple Stores worldwide and in the 2010 iPad Keynote by Steve Jobs.
As a partner (and investor) together with founder Micheal Hill, I developed mmuch of the back-end rails and service layers, and helped create content tools and integrations. Some of the challenges included importing of a wide variety of city parking data and geospatial information, large-scale busy/free scheduling, and crowdsourcing photos and information.
The service was available in New York, Boston and Seattle, with data updates coordinated with city departments and numerous commercial parking partnerships. Primospot also developed custom apps and widgets for parking-related services.Showcase
Back in 2000, I helped create a dynamic artist community, designed a flexible framework for managing art and images. It was originally built in Perl, with several large sections now ported to Rails. Over the years, I continue to help with the project, advising on hosting, expansion, and ongoing development efforts for this site, which after many years still thrives as a close-knit community of artists in Western Massachusetts.
Part-time manager and consultant for web site and digital media distribution. Served as project lead for the Rails website and e-commerce store, developed in 2006, and later as advisor on technology purchases, vendors, staffing and strategy. In 2010, I helped hand over the site to ThoughtWorks, who now continues development of the platform.
Democracy Now! is recognized as a leading alternative news organization, and serves millions of unique users, offering a daily 1-hour show which is streamed and archived in many formats.
Lead contractor and programmer for the Vision Resource Assistance (VRA) project, an online, Adobe Flash-based mentored training course designed for instructors in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and low vision care. Featured text-to-speech technologies, animation and courseware, CMS, and comprehensive testing tools.
Atomic Fridge produced web sites, games, and digital content for numerous entertainment companies such as Nickelodeon, the American Museum of Natural History, USA Networks, Timex and the New York Times. Responsible customer relationships, software architecture and developing interactive concepts and games, managing the team, and project delivery. Developed in Flash Actionscript, Perl, PHP and Java.
The company launched a variety of online projects for clients such as Nickelodeon (we produced 65 games in one year!), Volvo, USA Networks, Space.com, AOL, and The American Museum of Natural History (including a Webby Award winning children's site that's still going strong today).
This Internet World article was published on Atomic Fridge in 2000. It's a nice look into what life was like for my company at that time.
Network support engineer and programmer at the University of Pittsburgh. Hired initially in the Department of Human Genetics, later at the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and as finally as a support manager and Certified Novel Netware Engineer. Served as president of the Pittsburgh Netware User's Group.
Computer Science, Music Composition
1990 – 1993
Activities and Societies: Tulanian school band, Tulane Jazz Orchestra, Computer Club