night light - résumé – night light



Looking for some kind of heart inside this great machine.


Staff Engineer, 02/14 - 03/18
Founding frontend engineer on Dropbox Paper from inception to launch, having an influence in almost every aspect of a product that has an enormous surface area, combining: an editor, task manager, slideshow creator, spreadsheet tool, and wiki.
Learned more about a contentEditable editor than any reasonable person should.
Magically merged React into our 10-year-old brownfield codebase.
Dropped cats in boxes, tested lifespan.  
Lead Engineer, 07/13 - 02/14
Founding frontend engineer on Hackpad. Acquired by Dropbox.
Became what is today known as Dropbox Paper. (see above)
Frontend Engineer, 05/12 - 07/13 
Bringing culture to the web through the Cultural Institute  
Frontend Engineer, 09/07 - 04/10
One of the initial frontend engineers at YouTube
Maintained the watch page, viewed well over 2 billion times a day
Spearheaded campaign to drop IE6 support. You're welcome, web developers and Internet users!
Implemented measures to reduce front-end latency by more than 50%
Worked in a loving environment

Main accomplishments:
  - front-end lead on watch page
  - front-end lead on browse and search pages
  - reduced latency saved 35% in inbound traffic
  - reduced thumbnail traffic by 15%
  - reduced watch page size by 28%
  - front-end lead on 'watch v.4' project, tighter design
  - front-end lead on 'watch 960', widening the entire site
  - front-end lead on 'watch v.5' project, complete redesign of video page
  - front-end lead on experimental AJAX watch page
  - mass reorganization of CSS/JS files and content
FireFTP Founder, 07/04 - 11/17     
The free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox
Charityware that's been downloaded more than 25 million times
A small testament to the open source movement
FireSSH Founder, 12/10 - 11/17     
The free, secure, cross-platform SSH terminal client for Mozilla Firefox
Written entirely in Javascript!
Based off of the Python project paramiko
Hello, world. Founder, 07/11 - present
Federated social web blog and RSS reader
Passes swat0!
Based on my custom, opinionated fork of create-react-app called all-the-things
Created alongside a companion technical guide to modern frontend programming
The Rock Hard Times Founder, 09/06 - 04/08
A comprehensive, user-editable site for all things music
Only the most rockin' music database ever invented
Mozdev Group Software Engineer, 01/06 - 08/06
Worked with a tightly integrated team developing custom browser distributions
and plugins based on the world-class Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird projects
Developed in C++, XUL, Javascript, XBL, and related Mozilla technologies
Learned cross-platform software developing techniques (Windows, Linux)
Clients included: Earthlink, Linspire, Angelsoft
Rho Trading
and Securities
Software Engineer, 02/05 - 12/05
Co-developed an in-house trading application written in C#/C++
Wrote many GUI applications that perform various tasks on the trading platform
Wrote library using an API to connect to a trading exchange
Acquired knowledge of working on a large-scale, multi-threaded .NET project

DEFUNCT/RANDOM PROJECTS (or how I learned to stop worrying and learn from my failures)

AIMfire A free, cross-platform AIM client for Mozilla Firefox
The Largest River A stripped-down, minimalistic store proxy


B.A. in Computer Science
4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude

Minor in Physics
Ball State University, Muncie, IN 2002-2004

Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies
Stanford University, 2018  


Languages Javascript, React, Typescript, XUL, Python, HTML, CSS, PHP, C#, C/C++
Systems Mac OS X, Linux (Ubuntu, Debian), Windows, FreeBSD
Spoken Languages English (Fluent), Croatian (Fluent), French (Proficient), Spanish (Proficient)


Writer Wrote a modern, technical coding guide for frontend web development.
Volunteer During summers, help take care of children from an orphanage in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Proceeds from the FireFTP project went towards helping out this particular orphanage

Supporter of LGBT rights: proceeds from the FireFTP project also go towards helping things get better in the U.S, Croatia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina

Built a natural cob home on Pine Ridge Reservation to help foster community and sustainable living

Worked in Trsteno, Croatia to help restore an arboretum destroyed by a fire

Worked at Habitat for Humanity

Helped out at Free Geek, an organization dedicated to recycling and refurbishing used computer systems

Musician Tamburica player (for Croatian musical ensemble in Chicago)
Photographer Work showcased on personal website

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