Ian Hafkenschiel, Software Developer in Portola Valley, CA, United States
Ian Hafkenschiel

Software Developer in Portola Valley, CA, United States

Member since June 2, 2017
Ian is an entrepreneur, web developer, and a licensed attorney from Silicon Valley, California. He has been building large-scale web and mobile apps for start-up companies for 15+ years, helping clients create a web presence with clean, professional, and friendly websites and top-notch search engine results. Ian enjoys developing the technology for early-stage start-up companies using modern tech stacks, test-driven development, and engaging user experience.
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  • AT&T
    React Native, React Native for Web, React
  • Sidecar Health
    React, JavaScript, Git, Jira, Confluence
  • Seedstages
    React Native, Python, Django, Cloud Firestore, MySQL, WordPress, Figma, Zoom



Portola Valley, CA, United States



Preferred Environment

React Native, React, React Redux, Bootstrap, Node.js, Python

The most amazing...

...project I built was a start-up job search app called Seedstages with video conferencing, which I grew from managing two interns to 115 in nine months.


  • React Native Engineer

    2021 - PRESENT
    • Debugged issues porting React Native and C++ project over to React Native for Web.
    • Met with manager and coworker for weekly stand-up meetings.
    • Improved efficiency and clarity of code refactoring.
    Technologies: React Native, React Native for Web, React
  • Senior Front-end React Developer

    2021 - 2021
    Sidecar Health
    • Developed customer-facing code for the Sidecar Care website.
    • Unit tested all code submissions and responded to QA feedback.
    • Participated in daily stand-up meetings as a front-end representative.
    Technologies: React, JavaScript, Git, Jira, Confluence
  • CTO

    2020 - 2021
    • Managed an over 100 person company of app developers, UX engineers, data scientists, cybersecurity, and marketers to build a mobile app and web platform to connect students with start-up internships.
    • Taught upskilling workshops in React, mock-ups, and UI engineering. Trained project managers in React Native and Django.
    • Coded framework and core features in React Native and Redux, then reviewed all engineering pull requests and personally fixed the majority of bugs found by QA before roll-out to production.
    Technologies: React Native, Python, Django, Cloud Firestore, MySQL, WordPress, Figma, Zoom
  • Web Developer

    2018 - 2020
    • Managed the technical ownership of two large PR platform sites.
    • Updated inherited proprietary PHP code to new PHP version and debugged resulting deprecated code.
    • Debugged problems such as misfiring email daemons.
    Technologies: PHP, MySQL
  • CEO

    2018 - 2020
    Get Crypto Tax
    • Built and operated a revenue-positive website that helps cryptocurrency traders calculate their capital gains for tax filing. Featured on CNBC and Business Insider.
    • Designed and implemented a logo and dashboard theme in Adobe Illustrator and Bootstrap.
    • Built CoinMarketCap.com price scraping for calculating altcoin prices into dollars for capital gains conversion.
    • Designed a custom dynamic Google keyword ranking results of my company against my top competitors to assess effectiveness of marketing efforts.
    • Managed an online marketing partner and two interns that helped with writing SEO content, for example.
    Technologies: CodeIgniter, PHP, MySQL, AWS, Web Scraping, CSV Import, SEO Tools
  • Lead Developer

    2018 - 2020
    Real Identities LLC
    • Built and maintained a web app (Codeigniter PHP) to help controlled product gatekeepers identify fake IDs.
    • Designed and maintained a WordPress public-facing website and integrated it into the CodeIgniter member site.
    • Supervised two programming interns to make modifications on the PHP site.
    Technologies: PHP, CodeIgniter, MySQL, Bootstrap, WordPress
  • Senior Web Developer

    2018 - 2019
    • Rebuilt the Magento 1 site from scratch in Magento 2 to look nearly identical to the original.
    • Managed the 6GB database code migration and moved servers from HostGator to AWS on a VPC with seven servers.
    • Debugged and upgraded a custom bulk code importer from CSV into Magento 1 and 2 using PHP.
    Technologies: Magento 1, Magento 2, PHP, CSV, MySQL
  • App Developer

    2016 - 2017
    Repair Shop Solutions
    • Built an Android mobile app in PHP and PhoneGap for mechanics to take photos of repairs, annotate them, and send them to clients for approval.
    • Designed a new mechanic shop communications dashboard in Sketch.
    • Developed a mechanic shop communications dashboard using Bootstrap, PHP, and Twilio to send SMS messages to clients.
    Technologies: Cordova, PhoneGap, Sketch, PHP, Bootstrap
  • Web Developer

    2013 - 2016
    • Developed the web IP for a rooftop hydroponic farming start-up in PHP and MySQL as well as UI and UX, including building live data charting, text message alerts, crop scheduling, maintenance system, and product inquiry surveys.
    • Designed and built REST API responsive iPad web app front-end UI in Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery, and AJAX. Built and maintained WordPress and Drupal sites and SEO.
    • Built an MVC-structured, responsive web app using PHP, Ajax, JSON, JavaScript, and CSS.
    • Developed the graphic design, market and competitive research, patent research, PR, CRM, internet advertising, merchandise, business plan, and executive summary writing, financial forecasting, pitch decks, web copy writing, social media, and strategy.
    • Managed an accounting intern from UCSC who was helping us with our business plan forecasts and budgeting.
    Technologies: WordPress, CodeIgniter, PHP, MySQL, jQuery UI, Rackspace Cloud, Angular
  • CEO

    2012 - 2014
    • Built a social network centered around group purchases of event deals.
    • Won first place for Internet/mobile category in the CAPE business pitch competition.
    • Pitched at VCIC Santa Clara and Plug 'N Play events.
    • Managed a team of front-end, back-end, business development and interns.
    Technologies: Management, PHP, SEO Tools
  • Web Developer

    2006 - 2008
    Fantasy Congress
    • Co-developed and brainstormed a fantasy football-style political game using Congressional bills and other data parsed daily from Thomas.gov.
    • The app was written in Java Servlets, featured in NYTimes, on the front page of LATimes among other things and gained about 80,000 users before we took it down.
    • Received partnership offers from Prentice Hall, MSNBC, Pajamas Media. Acqui-hire offer and contracting deal with Politico (KingMaker).
    Technologies: Java, MySQL


  • Seedstages React Native Mobile App

    Entrepreneurs in residence at Drucker Gamelab accelerator of the Claremont Colleges Consortium. Founders Institute accelerator participant.

    Managed an over 100 person company of app developers (React Native, Python, Firebase), UX engineers (Figma, Adobe XD), data scientists (R, Tableau, TensorFlow, D3.js), cybersecurity, and marketers to build a mobile app and web platform to connect students with start-up internships.

    Released 8 versions to the Apple and Android app stores with features such as Agora video chat, live in app messaging, notifications, interview scheduling, job applications system, and swipe card profile discovery. Mobile app was written in React Native with Google Firebase on backend and transitioned to custom Python Django MySQL backend. Built informational webpages in ReactJS and Wordpress.

    Interviewed on Our Future and Declassified College podcasts.


  • Languages

    PHP, Java, Python, JavaScript
  • Frameworks

    Bootstrap, React Native, Django, CodeIgniter, PhoneGap, Angular
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, React Redux, React Native for Web, Node.js, jQuery UI
  • Other

    Startups, Pitch Decks, Software Analysis, CSV, Cordova, AWS, Web Scraping, CSV Import, SEO Tools
  • Tools

    Git, Jira, Confluence, Figma, Zoom, Sketch
  • Paradigms

    Management, Software Testing, REST
  • Platforms

    WordPress, Firebase, Magento 1, Magento 2, Rackspace Cloud
  • Storage

    Cloud Firestore, MySQL


  • Master's Degree in Computer Science
    2021 - 2021
    Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Master of Business Administration Degree in Entrepreneurship (MBA)
    2009 - 2012
    SCU Leavey School of Business - Santa Clara, California, USA
  • Juris Doctor Degree in Intellectual Property Law
    2008 - 2012
    Santa Clara University School of Law - Santa Clara, California, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Computer Science
    2004 - 2008
    Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, California, USA


  • Java Certified
  • React Certified
  • Multiplatform Mobile App Development with React Native
    JUNE 2020 - PRESENT
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Front-end Web Development with React
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Licensed Attorney
    Washington State Bar Association

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