Jeff Knutson, Software Developer in Minneapolis, MN, United States
Jeff Knutson

Software Developer in Minneapolis, MN, United States

Member since January 23, 2014
Jeff is an engineer, developer, and entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in working with both Fortune 100 companies (such as 3M and Best Buy) and medium/small business. He has led development teams and also been a strong individual contributor for a team. Most of his experience has been in the Microsoft space, but in the last 3+ years, he has worked primarily in React/Angular to sharpen his JavaScript skills.
Jeff is now available for hire




Minneapolis, MN, United States



Preferred Environment

Visual Studio/VS Code, .NET, C#, JavaScript, Git

The most amazing...

...thing I've recently built is the search code for, which performs a Google-like search over the product catalog with a user query.


  • Full-stack Developer

    2019 - PRESENT
    BlueStem Brands, Inc.
    • Developed for the Tools team, responsible for developing and supporting internal web applications/tools used to publish content to the various Bluestem retail web properties.
    Technologies: React, Jest, Git, Jest, Sinon, Chai
  • Principal Good Guy

    2008 - PRESENT
    Good Guy Consulting
    • Provided custom software consulting, development, and training services for the financial, IT, insurance, legal, and retail industries.
    Technologies: .NET, C#, JavaScript, React, Angular, Web API, ASP.NET MVC, SQL Server
  • Full-stack Developer

    2017 - 2019
    Brightpeak Financial
    • Developed web applications allowing applicants to apply for savings accounts and term life insurance policies with Thrivent Financial.
    • Built a back-end API using C#, MSTest, Moq, Bitbucket, Jenkins, and ASP.NET Web API to collect health questionnaire information. This system allowed customers to provide their own health information for an insurance application instead of having a customer service representative collect it on the phone.
    • Provided production support for Brightpeak web applications. Developed PowerShell scripts to automate common support tasks, wrote ad-hoc SQL queries to read/update support data in SQL Server, and maintained/enhanced several C# WinForms support tools.
    Technologies: C#, JavaScript, Angular 4/5/6, PowerShell, SQL Server
  • Adjunct Faculty

    2017 - 2017
    Divergence Academy
    • Taught a three-day Windows PowerShell course. The curriculum is based on the book Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones.
    Technologies: Windows PowerShell
  • Front-end Developer

    2016 - 2017
    Best Buy
    • Re-platformed the Best Buy Mexico website ( to the in-house platform. Helped migrate the Best Buy Global Header/Footer from English to Spanish, built the store details page, and built portions of the product display page. Other responsibilities included production support, release management, creating Jenkins jobs for builds/running automated tests, and interviewing new candidates.
    • Built Geek Squad on Demand (GSoD). In September 2016, Best Buy piloted GSoD in the Cleveland and Atlanta markets to help consumers schedule in-home tech repair and support for their consumer electronics. I worked directly with the business stakeholders and designers to implement an MVP.
    • Developed the front end for a new page on containing content relevant to post-purchase (product manuals, Geek Squad Protection plan details, product specifications, and links to Geek Squad support options). Version 1.0 of the product support page went live in November 2016, just prior to the holiday season and was built as an MVP geared towards televisions only. Technologies used: JavaScript, Backbone.js, Mocha, Git, Webstorm, Grunt, and Jenkins.
    Technologies: React, Node.js, Express, VS Code, Jest
  • Full-stack Developer

    2015 - 2016
    Dow Jones
    • Developed/supported the site.
    • Prototyped customer self service for the Wall Street Journal using React and Node.js.
    Technologies: C#, Visual Studio 2015, .NET 4.5, NUnit, Web PAI, React, Git Node.js
  • Application Security Specalist

    2014 - 2015
    Best Buy
    • Performed security assessments/penetration testing.
    • Provided technical guidance, consulting, and governance for Best Buy's customers, workforce, partners, and other business stakeholders regarding security best practices.
    • Handled code reviews for security defects.
    • Wrote ad-hoc PowerShell scripts to perform specific security assessment actions.
    • Maintained and enhanced internal websites used for doing penetration testing and generating reports.
    Technologies: Burp, IBM AppScan, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, PowerShell, Kali, NMap, Burp Proxy
  • Developer

    2014 - 2014
    Cache Financial Services
    • Provided .NET and JavaScript development expertise for a provider of mobile remote check deposit capture services for small to midsize financial institutions.
    • Supported and added new features to an internal website used by the bank’s back office to review/approve/decline uploaded checks.
    • Participated in peer reviews for all code check-ins.
    Technologies: C# ASP.NET MVC JavaScript, SQL Server IIS
  • Web Development Consultant

    2014 - 2014
    Thomson Reuters
    • Helped build new features for the WestLaw Next suite.
    Technologies: AngularJS, Backbone.js, JavaScript, C#, Visual Studio 2012, XSLT, TFS
  • Web Development Consultant

    2012 - 2014
    Best Buy
    • Helped develop and support the In-Store and Online TradeIn applications, for the Secondary Markets Division. The application was used by the BestBuy employee whenever a client brought in a device for trade-in, to determine the value of the item brought in.
    • Created a PowerShell module to automate code submission for static code analysis to Veracode.
    • Created the initial threat model and worked with the internal Best Buy Enterprise Information Protection team to identify, classify and mitigate threats.
    Technologies: .NET 4/4.5, ASP.NET MVC 3/4, SQL Server, C#, Ajax, REST, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML 5, TFS 2010, and PowerShell (operations).
  • Team Lead/Consultant/Developer

    2011 - 2012
    Thomson Reuters
    • Was a tech lead/developer for the FirmCentral and Concourse products, for the Thomson Reuters Legal division.
    Technologies: C#, .NET 4.0, ASP.NET MVC 3.0, jQuery, JavaScript, MSTest, Microsoft TFS and Backbone.js.
  • Developer/Consultant

    2010 - 2011
    Dow Jones
    • Helped build a data import tool to get Telekurs data into the Dow Jones system.
    Technologies: Visual Studio 2010, C#, Castle ActiveRecord, Windsor Container IoC, MSTest, jQuery, and jQuery UI.
  • Consultant

    2008 - 2010
    Thomson Reuters
    • Documented WestLawNext™.
    Technologies: C#, .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, ASP.NET MVC, WCF 3.5, IIS, JavaScript, XSLT, XML, MSTest, and Microsoft TFS
  • Principal Consultant

    2006 - 2008
    Magenic Technologies
    • Developed a financial calendar web service, ETF center, ETF screener, and live usage statistics.
    Technologies: C#, .NET 2.0/3.0, Visual Studio 2005, ASP.NET, WCF, JavaScript, AJAX, IIS, SOAP, SQL Server 2005, Subversion, NUnit
  • Senior Consultant

    2004 - 2006
    • Developed for a license plate printing manufacturing system, a loan processing system, and a price quoting system.
    Technologies: C#, .NET 2.0, Visual Studio 2005, ASMX Web Services, NHibernate, SQL Server 2005, and NUnit
  • Software Engineer

    2004 - 2004
    • Developed an automated build and deployment system.
    Technologies: C#, .NET 1.1, Visual Studio 2003, Microsoft Application Updater Block/Microsoft BITS service
  • Software Engineer

    2001 - 2004
    • Collaborated with a peer to prototype a plug-in UI. The leadership team demonstrated this prototype to Bill Gates!
    Technologies: C#, .NET 1.1, Visual Studio 2003, ADO.NET and SQL Server 2000
  • Senior Consultant

    1997 - 2001
    • Developer an internet portal for the energy management division.
    • Mentored fellow developers on the team.
    • Developed for the Target intranet portal which delivered a news feed, rotating ads, and a stock ticker.
    • Contributed to the development of a tire retreading manufacturing system.
    Technologies: Visual Basic 6, COM/DCOM, MTS, Visual J++ 6.0 (Java 1.1 and 1.2), ASP, IIS, HTML, XML, XSLT, JavaScript, VBScript, SQL Server 7.0, Visual SourceSafe
  • Consultant

    1996 - 1997
    • Developed setup applications for PowerCerv’s main product lines (PowerTOOL 5.0, PADLock 5.0, PCAdmin 5.0) using InstallShield.
    Technologies: PowerBuilder, InstallShield
  • Consultant

    1996 - 1996
    Consultants in Computer Software
    • Developed for a packaging management system using Microsoft Access 2.0.
    Technologies: Microsoft Access 2.0
  • Programmer

    1995 - 1996
    • Developed for an order placement system used in the Schwan’s call center as well as a commission calculation system.
    Technologies: Visual Basic 3/4, ODBC, DB2, SQL Server and Microsoft Access 2.0
  • Programmer/Analyst Intern

    1994 - 1995
    BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota
    • Developed for Medicare Part B claims processing.
    Technologies: TSO/ISPF, COBOL 370, DB2, JCL, and CICS


  • WestLaw Next (Development)

    I helped build this webssite in 2008-2010 as part of the Document Display team, and am currently helping add additional content to it.

  • Best Buy TradeIn (Development)

    I helped build a lot of the backend code for this website using ASP.NET MVC 4, C#, SQL Server 2008, Stored Procedures, PowerShell, SpecFlow, Microsoft Unity, and MSTest. I created the initial threat model and helped run static analysis code scans using Veracode.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, T-SQL, C#, TypeScript
  • Frameworks

    Jasmine, Windows PowerShell, NUnit, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, .NET, ASP.NET, Angular, Express.js
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, jQuery, Node.js
  • Tools

    Microsoft Visual Studio, GitHub, Git, TFS, Karma, VS Code, Bitbucket, Subversion (SVN), Notepad++, WebStorm
  • Paradigms

    Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Test-driven Development (TDD), Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Agile Software Development, REST
  • Platforms

    Windows Server, Windows
  • Storage

    Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Management Studio
  • Other

    Internet Information Services (IIS)


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems
    1991 - 1995
    Minnesota State University - Moorhead - Moorhead, MN


  • Certified Ethical Hacker V7

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