Graham Powrie, Software Developer in Boulder, CO, United States
Graham Powrie

Software Developer in Boulder, CO, United States

Member since November 22, 2013
Graham is a seasoned developer focused on creating custom web applications that automate and improve business processes, while remaining flexible for iteration. He's a full-stack developer who can deliver a complete product from start to finish individually, or integrate with a team to augment output or lead and mentor. When the need arises, he is a competent project manager and enjoys assessing the long-term challenges a project will face.
Graham is now available for hire


  • Macrostax
    GraphQL, Vue.js, Phoenix, Elixir, jQuery, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
  • DWM Holdings
    JavaScript, Heroku, Redis, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
    Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Ember.js, Phoenix, Elixir



Boulder, CO, United States



Preferred Environment

Heroku, Git, Atom, MacOS

The most amazing...

...code I've written evolves neural networks (genetic algorithms) using processing power from cloud services, reporting results live to a parent app.


  • Senior Developer

    2018 - 2019
    • Triaged and stabilized a Ruby on Rails application with a tumultuous development history.
    • Migrated most important business functions from Rails/jQuery to Phoenix/Vue and cut hosting costs dramatically.
    • Planned from scratch and achieved a major feature attempted unsuccessfully by prior developers, giving the business a competitive edge in the nutrition market.
    • Handled front-end, back-end, design, and devops for the first six months.
    • Hired other developers and a designer to expand the team and accomplish features as a group.
    Technologies: GraphQL, Vue.js, Phoenix, Elixir, jQuery, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
  • Contract Developer

    2017 - 2018
    DWM Holdings
    • Built a robust web tool for configuring light poles with manufacturing grade requirements, validations, and specifications.
    • Created a process for importing raw industrial parts from and exporting complete orders to the company ERP system.
    • Worked with a small team as a senior developer, responsible for architectural decisions, advising, and mentoring.
    Technologies: JavaScript, Heroku, Redis, PostgreSQL, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
  • Founder

    2014 - 2018
    • Ran a one-man-band in the remote worker market space, searching for solutions to the challenges of distributed teams and individuals that also call the office home.
    • Built a Slack bot to encourage genuine team culture building in situations where in-person communication is not possible.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, Ember.js, Phoenix, Elixir
  • Contract Developer

    2015 - 2016
    Decision Resources Group
    • Led and developed for three project teams using Ruby on Rails and Ember for web-based big data display and analysis.
    • Created reusable components in Ember.js to be used across company projects and boost junior development productivity.
    • Built a dynamic, high performance table component in Ember.js and low-level JavaScript where other custom solutions had failed to meet requirements.
    Technologies: GitHub, Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby
  • Freelance Developer

    2011 - 2015
    The Worker Ant, LLC
    • Architected a social network integrated with Facebook from scratch for sailing community founded by Mount Gay Rum.
    • Created an eCommerce store in Ember.js for tango dance shoes with fully customized business back end for inventory, customer, and vendor management.
    • Redesigned for launch with Vogue's media campaign.
    • Created a genetic algorithm and web interface for exploring how different variable effect selection of solutions.
    Technologies: Heroku, Git, Adobe Photoshop, CSS, ActiveAdmin, WordPress, Ember.js, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Lead Developer

    2009 - 2011
    • Created a mobile web application for bidding/managing automobile auctions live for Manheim Auctions.
    • Created an image resizing API that provided an intelligently sized image for mobile devices with a single URL.
    • Created a mobile application (iOS/Android) for chemistry process timing/management for Thermo Fisher Scientific.
    • Mobilized the existing desktop site of TimeWarner Cable with geolocation matching to service areas.
    Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, CSS, Appcelerator Titanium, Drupal, jQuery Mobile, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Freelance Developer

    2007 - 2009
    The Worker Ant, LLC
    • Started a business for event registration system for dance festivals, managing payments, tracking subscribed events, and providing organization software for event managers.
    • Created websites using PHP-based web software while doing various levels of customization.
    • Created an eCommerce website for selling children's books in physical and digital formats.
    • Created a web app for bill splitting for complex roommate situations.
    Technologies: Git, Adobe Photoshop, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, Ruby on Rails (RoR)


  • Ants

    A personal project exploring genetic algorithms for evolving ant-like things that search for food. The web interface gives information on generation fitness, replay of generation behavior, neural network map, and options for continuing/cloning/modifying the experiment.

  • Bargains

    A hobby project to track "virtues" and "vices" using LiveView. Experimented with the capabilities and limits of LiveView/Elixir, such as: form validation, navigation, animations, styles, hotkeys, URL params, etc.

  • Flaredown

    A patient self-tracking platform for chronic illness. I was responsible for designing the Rails API, implementing the front-end using Ember.js, and managing the development team throughout.

  • eVisit

    A telehealth platform for doctors to connect with their patients, perform checkups, and prescribe medications electronically. I was responsible for designing the Rails API, implementing the front-end using Ember.js, and managing the development team throughout.


  • Languages

    Ruby, JavaScript, Elixir, HTML5, GraphQL, PHP, CSS
  • Frameworks

    Ruby on Rails (RoR), Phoenix, Ember.js
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, Vue.js 2, jQuery Mobile, Vue.js, jQuery, D3.js, Vuex
  • Tools

    Slack, GitHub, Adobe Photoshop, Git, Appcelerator Titanium, Atom
  • Platforms

    MacOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Drupal, WordPress, Heroku
  • Other

    Front-end Development, ActiveAdmin, Back-end Development
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD)
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, NoSQL


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in General Science
    2005 - 2008
    University of Oregon - Eugene, Oregon

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