I was hired by Anatoly Plotkin, CTO of Cryptologic Inc. in 1998 as a 'web assistant' in Toronto. I was promoted to the position of Art Director, hiring a staff of 10 graphic designers. We collaborated with the programming department headed by Serguei Bourenkov to create the world's first multiplayer online casino, in a which the art department rebranded for a dozen clients.
In the fall of 2000 I was hired by an online startup run by Damien Aspinall of Aspinall's Casino in London England. Although I had an amazing time in London, this job was frustrating and futile, ending in 2002 with the sale of the company and a complete layoff of the staff.
In late 2002 I relocated to Vancouver, where I met Bernard Armani, the owner of Dermamed Pharmaceuticals, who hired me to run an e-commerce site selling a new private label of his skin care product line. 'N2 Natural Health' ran for a couple of years until it was determined that sales were not good enough to continue.
Armed now with an array of skills including 3d animation, video compression, web development and Linux system administration, I did many jobs for many people in Vancouver before meeting Ryan Holmes of Invoke Media. This was 2007, just before Ryan would start Hootsuite, and we were making websites for local businesses.
Ryan introduced me to Nick Kerchum, with whom he was backing a project with that would put the work of real local DJs into the background music playing at restaurants and bars. The job was to create a music player using embedded computing hardware and an online portal to manage music on them.
I had been closely following the advent of the x86 consumer electronics platforms and looking for a business case to profit from what they could offer. The business grew slowly, Ryan sold out, but I kept refining the product and there was just enough recurring monthly revenue to keep going. I worked closely with Andrew Latchford of the Cactus Club Café, and Cary Skidmore of Glentel Inc. to reliably deliver media across their chains of stores.
The business peaked in 2012, and as the industry leaned heavily towards cheaper automated solutions from vendors like Spotify and Stingray, growth slowed to a halt. I vacated the roles of hardware, support and logistics to focus strictly on computer programming. I developed three successive iterations of a control system for background music in commercial environments, learning nodejs, Drupal 8, mongodb, and golang in the process.
Now I am doing freelance work, and looking for the next big project to pursue. You can find me on Twitter if you want to chat. I'm eager to connect with anyone interested in teamwork and programming.
(Pictured is my living room in 2010)