At some jobs I gained experience in multiple skills at the same time.
Some tech highlights and tidbits
12 great years at SGI: I worked at Silicon Graphics (SGI) for 12 incredible years as a Project Manager, Software Engineer, Technical Lead, System Administrator, QA project lead, and more.
Created Key-O-Matic, a customer facing web Perl program in 1994, when the web was in its infancy. The program saved the company from hiring several additional employees and vastly increased customer satisfaction. It is still being used in production today. Some of the internal ads we made for Key-O-Matic were fun. This programming effort was a massive success.
Helped make Jurassic Park at ILM: Software Engineer and System Administrator at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) during the time that we created the revolutionary effects for the movies Jurassic Park and Schindler's List, among others. Ran 100+ SGI and Sun machines. Wrote their backup system and tools for checking the health of all of the machines.
My friends created the open source movement: I am friends with most of the key people who created Perl, MySQL, and Apache. I helped make the San Francisco Perl Mongers meetings happen for many years. I have been very active in the Perl community. An open source expert who wrote the book "Land the Tech Job You Love" praises this website. :-)
Attended Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT is one of the best best computer science colleges and also one of the best photography colleges. I was the first person there to have a computer major and photography minor.
Below is a little flash program I wrote for fun. Hover your mouse over the area below to see the swirl animate. If you want, you can see a bit more about this 'swirling joy' program.
"Julian is incredibly creative, energetic, and brilliant. No matter what the task he will find a way to make it happen. An absolute delight to work with, he has an eye both for the big picture and the detail to get there. Anyone who gets to spend time with Julian, whether as client, colleague or friend, is lucky indeed."
- Grant Gouldon, my manager at Silicon Graphics. See more testimonials.
I work hard and I love to work on projects. Figuring out the best ways to crack a given nut, and doing my part to bring about great results, makes me happy. I am that rare combination of a "people person" who also happens to have fun obsessing on low-level technical implementation.
I enjoy the process of planning and leading a team to build an engineering project, including creating easily understood Gantt charts. I like writing documentation and specifications. I find writing code and testing fully addictive. QA is vital in any company and it's something I've enjoyed spearheading. It makes me happy to help my coworkers and clients.
At entrepreneur meetings, I am regularly asked to advise others on business approaches, on the ideal technology to use, PR, funding, and a wide variety of challenges that startups face. I have notable experience with almost every skill that's needed to create a startup.
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