Working as part of the CTCT's social media focused team, I work on creating applications to help small businesses with their social media needs. Previously worked on applications where Ruby on Rails sat in front of Java services and used Backbone.js to provide a richer client side experience.
Web Developer / Postling.com
- Helped to build social media based tools for small businesses. - Maintained the site and created new features in PHP while driving as much interaction to the frontend as possible (utilizing vanilla JS and jQuery). - Lead mobile app development for iPhone (using Appcelerator).
Web Programmer / RJ Michaels, Inc.
- Worked with clients to create sites or applications to help their business needs. - Created custom file access application utilized by companies to give access to design blueprints, order invoices and other data to company approved vendors. - Transformed PSDs to real applications. Typically either custom made PHP applications or content management systems.
Web Programmer / Front-End Designer / IDPShops
- Lead development on an application allowing anyone to create and manage e-commerce stores using thousands of products manufactured by IDPshops. - Built a rich interface utilizing Ajax to create smoother interactions and speedier loading times.
Web Programmer / Commercial Software, Inc.
Worked on a previously created custom Multiple Listing Service, adding in new features and fixing existing bugs in the application during my time there. Worked directly both on and off site with clients to educate on how to use facets of the application as well as providing support to them when they encountered issues.
Web Programmer / Saginaw Valley State University
Hired to help conversion of athletics portion of the website to the new content management system that the school was using.
University of Michigan-Flint
Computer Information Systems
Saginaw Valley State University
Computer Information Systems
Activities: Travel Crew, Living Leadership Program
Ben Casnocha has been Reid Hoffman’s chief of staff for the past 4 years and shared the following lessons he learned from him:
1. People are complicated and flawed. Root for their better angels.
2. The best way to get a busy person’s attention: Help them.
3. Keep it simple and move fast when conceiving strategies and making decisions.
4. Every weakness has a corresponding strength.
5. The values that actually shape a culture have both upside and downside.
6. Understand someone’s “alpha” tendencies and how that drives them.
7. Self-deception watch: even those who say they don’t need or want flattery, sometimes still need it.
8. Be clear on your specific level of engagement on a project.
9. Sketch three possible outcomes for a project: the likely upside, likely ‘regular’, and likely downside scenarios.
10. A key to making good partnerships great: Identify and emphasize any misaligned incentives.
11. Reason is the steering wheel. Emotion is the gas pedal.
12. Trade up on trust even if it means you trade down on competency.
13. Tell the truth. Don’t reflexively kiss ass to powerful people.
14. Respect the shadow power.
15. Make people genuine partners and they’ll work harder.
16. The people around you change you in myriad unconscious ways
If there were a museum of terrible self-help ideas, the new years resolution would have its own wing. I mean, in a nut, if new years resolutions worked, you wouldn’t need them. The problem with new years resolutions, setting aside the drunk-in-a-paper-hat part, is that people get frustrated because they have all this enthusiasm to say, ‘Oh, the calendar’s changing so I should be different!’ And we commit, or half-commit, to some kind of outlandish change to ourselves. And most of us, in my experience, end up failing miserably and feeling worse than when we started. Which if you do that for enough years becomes a kind of rehearsal where the real habit you’re building is sucking. You’re building the habit of unrealistic expectations you can never live up to, and then being really great at sucking at them faster and faster every year until you’ve got a big scrotum of anger.
No. I saw her body later, in front of of my grandmother’s house where I was living. I didn’t tell the cops it was in front of my house because I didn’t want to involve my grandmother. I believe I told them it was in front of ‘Cathy’s [not her real name] house, but it was in front of my grandmother’s house. I know it didn’t happen anywhere other than my grandmother’s house. I remember the highway traffic to my right, and I remember standing there on the curb. I remember Adnan standing next to me.
Finally, I suspect that for Apple the most important part of Apple Pay may be its use in apps, not at physical retail. If you can acquire a credit card and address with just one tap then a major cause of drop-off and cart abandonment goes away, and that in turn alters the calculus around whether you make an app or a website: you have to get people to install the app (which is a cause of drop-off), but after that everything is seamless, whereas on a mobile website you don’t need to drive an install but do need to get people to type in their card