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David Brownman
Software Development Engineer

About

Software Engineer and all around tinkerer. I like productivity apps, CSS, automation, and folk music.

Work Experience

Zapier
September 2016 – Present
Platform Engineer
Dividing my time between adding new features to existing integrations, writing new ones, and working on the developer platform.
SalesforceIQ
May 2014 – May 2016
Software Engineer - Internal Tools
Created internal tools that upped the productivity of other employees, both technical and non-technical. Also worked directly with the CTO to quickly roll out (mostly) pre-alpha and MVPs of new projects.
Highlights
  • Acquired by Salesforce 3 months after joining
  • Re-wrote internal information site in the interest of stability and user experience
  • Created a full-featured ruby sdk to access our API
  • Architected a testing framework from scratch to provide unit tests for our Zapier app
  • Maintained a set of ruby and javascript scripts and plugins that drove business operations
International Referee Development Program
March 2014 – Present
Technical Director
Technical lead responsible for the creation and maintenance of the IRDP website.
Highlights
  • Worked closely with the International Quidditch Association to power worldwide referee certification tools
  • Internationalized most of the site into 3 languages
  • Used Parse to implement backend and authentication and expanded Parse Ruby Gem to fit site needs
backstitch
May 2013 – August 2013
Software Development Intern
Full stack web development, focusing on Rails. Creating webpages from mockups, improving data processing for external links, and social media management.
Highlights
  • Learned Ruby/Rails, Javascript, and HAML on the fly to be able to be a productive member of the team
  • Aided marketing intern int he production of Google ADWords campaigns, demographic targeting, and UX design
Fetchnotes
May 2012 – August 2012
Software Engineer Intern
Backend development on a Python/Tornado stack. Developed on the API and improved object oriented design of storage objects.
Highlights
  • Expanded upon a flexible API to afford access to Mongo objects both internally and (eventually) other developers

Awards

  • May 2016

    SalesforceIQ

    GTM Hero

    Awarded for "Acts of cross-functional heroism" and enabling the sales team to excel as a result of extraordinary work

Volunteer

Michigan Quidditch
October 2010 – May 2014
Co-Founder, Webmaster, Director of External Relations
Along with two others, founded and nurtured the team into greatness
Highlights
  • The team won multiple tournaments, was the only team to ever beat Middlebury (World Cup V), and was at one point ranked #3 in the world
  • Planned two incredibly successful Yule Balls (2013, 2014) which both sold out (raising generous capital)
  • Coordinated a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised $2600
Kol HaKavod A Cappella
September 2010 – May 2014
Member
Participated in twice-weekly rehearsals, frequent gigs, and twice-yearly concerts.
Highlights
  • Competed twice in Kol HaOlam (National Jewish A Cappella competition) in Washington DC, winning 3rd place on our second outing
  • Recorded an awesome CD!
Life Support Development Ministry
June 2010 – September 2010
Counselor
Coordinated day care activities for under-privileged youth in inner-city Houston.
Highlights
  • Coordinated outings, such as a group trip to the Houston Zoo
  • Acted both as a role model and a source of stability for kids generally lacking in these areas

Education

  • 2010 2014

    University of Michigan

    Bachelor of Arts

    Social Computing Informatics

    Courses
    • [EECS 492] User Interface Development
    • [SI 422] Usability Evaluation
    • [SI 401] Ethics and Information Technology
    • [EECS 388] Computer Security
    • [SI 301] Models of Social Information Processing
    • [EECS 281] Data Structures and Algorithms

Skills

Software Development
Ruby Javascript Python Java
Web Development
HAML SCSS AngularJS Sinatra Express

Languages

  • EnglishNative Speaker
  • JapaneseRusty