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Shawn K

πŸ”¬ Information Scientist

shawn@shawnfromportland.com

It was a distant,
now-forgotten time…

…the iPhone was not yet invented.

There was no Twitter
There was no Youtube.
There was no Spotify.
There was no Stackoverflow.

Facebook had just one developer,
and his name was Mark.

The year was 2004, and I began my professional web development career.

Building hundreds of internet technology projects for some of the world’s biggest brands on teams of extremely talented people throughout the very dawn of the Internet & Information Age has been an ever-changing, rewarding, and humbling experience. I remain continually amazed by the promises of technology.

After earning my B.S. in Computer & Information Science from University of Oregon, I gained my early experience in Eugene, Oregon at small-time web shops and then at a start-up that was the number one competitor to Amazon where I built a marketplace shopping cart system which continues to power dozens of stores to this day such as Easy Street Records, Newbury Comics, and Amoeba Music.

I then relocated to Portland, Oregon where I put in a six-year tour of duty as a full-time back-end engineer and database architect at several of Portland’s leading web agencies in it’s fast-paced and competitive agency scene of the 2010s, where I delivered engineering work for companies including Nike, LG Electronics, Banfield Animal Hospitals, Panasonic, Leupold Sporting Optics, and many more.

During this time, I was one of the team of two back-end developers who brought the webby-award-honored official tourism site for my home state of Oregon, traveloregon.com. I oversaw countless deployments of production dot com websites for a laundry list of top recognizable brands.

Following the overwhelming demand, I left the agency world to go independent and started my own successful engineering and consultation business that I operated for 7 years in Oregon, the Bay Area, and Southern California which extended my capabilities not just in modern web development but also in business and professionalism.

During this time I built a form-building e-signing app that continues to close millions of dollars of real estate deals every day, as well an automated phone pre-screener system that some of the biggest names in the clinical trials industry such as Pfizer continue to rely on to pre-screen thousands of patients into potentially life-saving clinical trials every month.

I also developed my first VR app as a passion project during this time, Bermeo Heights Express, currently 5-star rated on the Oculus store .

It has been a fast-paced and ever-changing ride bringing to life web projects in sectors as diverse as higher education to real estate to tourism to clinical trials to extreme sports to government with the National Parks Service. I have even been entrusted with login credentials to the facebook pages of some professional sports teams (πŸ˜…).

I'm currently located in New York state, and I’ve spent the last year at cissdm.com developing sophisticated SD-WAN software that helps manage the network infrastructure of some of the most recognizable corporations at scale.

I am currently seeking to make the next natural step into the role of Director of Technology for the right-fitting company. Let’s talk! email me at shawn@shawnfromportland.com or try to reach me right now from the chat button below.

Selected Brands

  • Nike Running
  • LG Electronics
  • REI
  • Panasonic
  • Carhartt
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • Traveloregon
  • Portland Timbers
  • The National Parks Service
  • Zumiez
  • Active
  • Salomon Snowboards
  • Hot Topic
  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Copic Markers
  • Leupold Sporting Optics
  • Banfield Animal Hospitals
  • University of Oregon
  • State Farm

My Principles as a Technology Leader

  • πŸ‘‰ To make sense out of chaos
  • πŸ‘‰ To be results-based
  • πŸ‘‰ To collaborate and delegate, not dictate
  • πŸ‘‰ Project methodology IS the project
  • πŸ‘‰ Automation is usually the right choice
  • πŸ‘‰ Documentation is god
  • πŸ‘‰ The product is only as good as your QA
  • πŸ‘‰ Nobody works in isolation
  • πŸ‘‰ No unecessary meetings

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