Digital + Analog Builder
After years in the digital arena I set out to create a business based on making physical goods with my hands. Last year was a record year for us with a 39% increase in revenue and 159% increase in profit. Our products are stocked world-wide, our retail shop has been featured in the New York Times, and our briefcase in Forbes Magazine. What I'm most proud of, however, is an idea that started on a workbench in my living room now provides high-paying jobs for people to work with their hands and an experiential retail shop that serves as a community hub.
At the time there were only few E-Commerce platforms available for small to medium sized companies and they were either too expensive, too slow, or too bloated with features that most people don't use. For these reasons, I wanted to build a platform to launch my own store and also give it away for free to other makers so they could focus on putting money toward growing their business.
Joining on as the fifth employee and first developer I was tasked with laying out a roadmap for growth and technological innovation. I made us early proponents and users of responsive development. While training all new developers and creating libraries of reusable code and best practices, I also built sites for a sorta big electronics company, a James Beard award winning chef's new endeavor, a chess Grandmaster, and the guy who created love.
I developed web applications to help the Sales Division manage the customer journey and reliably predict touch points and actions that lead to closings on deals. I was also a part of a team that developed and launched the company's biggest identity and website overhaul in its history. One of my last projects involved proposing sales opportunities and trends in analytics visualizations.
For my first job out of college I was lucky to land at a company that developed all their software in-house and to sit a few desks away from some seasoned developers and architects who gave me a great foundation of design patterns and standards. My initial assignment was working on the sales application used in all the call centers. From there I worked on a team that developed our own computer to telephone interface. Lastly, I worked on an application to integrate all sales applications and transport data between them.