Who is Ian?
I use the web to turn Ideas Into Profits
I'm a pilot, startup guy, team leader, and a problem solver.
When I'm not working, I enjoy writing code, tinkering with embedded electronics, crafting business models, home remodeling, and flying small airplanes.
Track record of building and maintaining loyal teams of highly talented individuals
Problem solver capable of communicating with technical and non-technical stakeholders
I wrote code that has moved millions of dollars and billions of views
Owner or senior leader in several startups, including several successful exits
What counts to me
Assorted web properties
I like making websites. These are some of my properties:
Midwestern Work Ethic Meets Web Tech
Jan 2017 - Jan 2023
Solve hard or unique problems and publish whitepapers with the results.
Feb 2016 - Oct 2016
Design and implement big data machine learning platform.
Jan 2015 - Oct 2016
Define core product. Create business model, hire team, lead fundraising, initial marketing, HR, etc. Create architecture for web, mobile, and BI platforms.
Jan 2008 - Jan 2020
Develop, manage and maintain package tracking service that supports multiple shipping services through a minimalist interface. Provide back-end tracking services for hundreds of businesses and serve over 17 million tracking requests per month.
Jan 2010 - Feb 2015
Senior Director of Web, CTO
Support the company during our successful sale. Responsible for architecture and development for BookRags.com and related properties. Build and manage a team of QA and developers. Act as both scrum master and project manager. Design, migrate, and maintain a high availability AWS infrastructure.
Apr 2011 - May 2012
Develop site architecture, back-end components, database schema, and API interfaces. Manage Amazon Web Services deployment for a rapidly growing database and highly scalable environment.
Oct 2007 - Feb 2010
Big Fish Games
Design and implement new e-commerce solutions such as payment methods or account security features. Maintain and improve a payments platform responsible for millions in monthly transactions. Organize the development effort behind becoming PCI DSS compliant.
Jun 2005 - Oct 2007
All Star Directories
PHP/MySQL developer for college lead generation company.
Sep 2004 - Jun 2005
Web developer, content provider, systems administrator.
Jan 2001 - Nov 2004
Manage and support web hosting environment with 200+ customers
Nov 1999 - Jul 2004
Manufacturing Test Engineer
Develop and maintain automated manufacturing test fixtures and the supporting software. Create technical documentation for telecommunications hardware. Build and maintain a web-based bug tracking platform.