June 1st, 2015 - October 1st, 2015
Taxjar is a start up trying to make sales tax easier for online startups. Taxjar released an API and I built a ruby client to the API for them. On the Taxjar app itself I helped work on some import processes that imported store sales data from places like Amazon.com, Shopify, and Woocommerce. Also worked on various parts of their app that dealt with classfying and identify the tax jusrisdiction for a particular sale. Finally, also helped with some of the core logic that went into handling the different tax codes and requirements for various US states.
Feb 1st, 2015 - June 1st, 2015
Partsbook was a short term gig to help my friend and principal of Partsbook, Vince Wadhwani. I created Auction functionality allowing items to be bid on in a format exactly the same as Ebay.
The interesting part about this project was getting their already existing Sidekiq implementation to handle expiring auctions at a specified time. Turns out most backend process workers are geared
more towards doing recurring jobs rather than one-off jobs at a specific time. However reading through the source allowed me to make it happen. I also participated in a podcast
where we discussed some of the thorny issues involved with the Industry's infatuation with single page applications, I spoke about my mixed feelings with AngularJS.
End Point is a development shop that specializes in Ecommerce using various languages and platforms. I split my time between two types of projects. The first was to develop and maintain
an ongoing project for the law school at Harvard University. They had an app that was a repository of the court cases that were assigned to students as courseware by various professors. The second
was to service various clients who needed help with Ecommerce using Ruby, which included both Spree and Piggyback frameworks. I wrote some blog articles too.
Power Up Development was my own one man LLC where I worked at a freelancer on various projects. In the beginning I worked on a social network called
Divvy which was a start up idea for allowing people to share things with one another. Then for about a year I worked for Microsoft Billionaire
Paul Allen at his startup incubator Vulcan Labs. We worked on an app that would mine emails to pull out relevant information and news for a person's contacts.
This project was called Gist and was eventually sold to Research in Motion Limited who are more famously known as Blackberry.
The bulk of my time during this period as a freelancer was spent working on Ecommerce stores. I built an ecommerce store for City Winery
of Manhattan that allowed people to purchased specific seating at various concerts they put on at their club/wine bar and having discovered
that ecommerce is really hard, I decided it would be a good business move to specialize in doing Ecommerce with Rails. I probably worked on about
20 different ecommerce sites doing everything from green field implementations to customizations. Almost all the store will built on top
of Spree and I consider myself an expert with Spree (and small scale ecommerce).