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Philip Riley

Member since June 13, 2016
Over the last 14 years, Phil has proven again and again his ability to get things done, whether it's extending and improving an existing project, or developing one from scratch. He is able to move smoothly between technologies, and has an exceptional ability to dive into a new field and start contributing immediately. He's a great team player, mentor, and thought leader, but also has the discipline to fly solo. Click to continue

Andres Torres

Member since February 15, 2017
Andres is a senior PHP developer and Drupal architect with a wide experience in developing demanding software solutions and Drupal implementations. He has over 10 years of experience working with Drupal and would describe himself as a Drupal solutions architect who can do the back-end, but can also provide the whole infrastructure. Click to continue

Luke Sapan

Member since July 7, 2015
Luke is an efficient and passionate software engineer with more than 14 years of programming experience. He has excelled in leadership positions, but is also great with solo projects. Luke loves full-stack web development and his recent projects exemplify this in the field of administration. Luke is currently working in a senior engineering and systems administration position. Click to continue

Silas Brazil

Member since November 29, 2016
Silas is a full-stack developer with eleven years of experience with industry leaders like Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing. He delivers results and provides professional guidance at every tech level, from databases, server architecture, front-end UX, and highly scalable distributed systems to mobile app development, operations, testing, and project planning. He loves working in fast-paced teams on challenging projects. Click to continue

Carlos Ramirez III

Member since October 29, 2014
Carlos is a professional software engineer and web developer specializing in the Ruby on Rails framework. He has worked with tech companies in New York's Silicon Alley for over five years, helping to build technology-based businesses from the ground up. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Williams College and has been in the software industry for nearly ten years. Click to continue

Nicholas Wakeman

Member since July 28, 2017
Nick's been developing custom applications for a decade, working primarily on the LAMP stack, while also enjoying some Python work. In addition to a rich full-stack skillset, his business acumen and ability to communicate effectively with clients and stakeholders regardless of their technical knowledge sets him apart from most. Over the last few years, he's especially enjoyed building enterprise applications and middleware. Click to continue

Adam Scislowicz

Member since July 21, 2017
Adam is a Software Architect with seventeen years of industry experience. His focus has been on theoretical principles and practical methods that surround embedded platforms and distributed systems. He also has extensive experience with networking protocols. Adam has consistently made top-of-the-line products that position him as an invaluable member of any team. Click to continue

Ted Cohn

Member since February 1, 2014
Ted has 25+ years as a senior architect, technologist, developer, entrepreneur, and CTO. He led Barnes & Noble's Nook team in Palo Alto, created Pleo the dinosaur, Foodiebot chatbot ordering system and worked for Silicon Valley giants like Apple, Excite, and NeXT. He can develop new concepts, join/lead teams, and bring order to chaos. He loves innovating and delivering incredible products. Superb communication and presentation skills. Click to continue

Wesley Reitzfeld

Member since May 18, 2017
Wesley has over 10 years of professional software experience. He started his software engineering career at Endeca, building a database/search engine using C++. From there, he jumped into the fast-moving startup world as a web developer. With 5+ years building Rails and JavaScript heavy applications, Wesley considers himself a true full-stack developer. Click to continue

Ludan Luan

Member since June 16, 2015
Ludan is a well-rounded mobile/web developer with extensive knowledge and experience on the full stack, both front- and back-end. Being a hybrid engineer, he can develop both mobile and web apps and do both native and cross platform for mobile. He can design and build whole systems of any size from scratch using industry-best architectural patterns and software paradigms. He has a special talent for building systems with desktop and mobile ends. Click to continue
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“Working with Enrique has been a pleasure and a relief. His knowledge in the IT space is broad and in-depth. Zoomedia has been in need of this level of support for some time and I feel confident we are an exponentially stronger team with Enrique on board.”
Justin Bane
Senior Technical Lead @ Zoomedia
“I can't say enough about how happy and confident I am in working with Enrique. He brings an enthusiasm to his profession that is very refreshing, constantly surprising us with his depth of knowledge and his capability to not only complete the task, but to surpass our expectations. He presents us with solutions that we would not have thought about ourselves, and sees the problem better than we can explain it.”
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Senior Technical Lead @ Zoomedia
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CEO @ Higgle
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Co-Founder @ nifti.com
“I've been very happy with Juraj. He is efficient, writes great code, and is an extremely nice guy to work with. Most importantly, he is self-motivated -- in his initial pass at the code base he has contributed several optimizations and stability improvements.”
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Dev Team Lead @ eFolder
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