Hi there! My name is Samuel, though most people call me Sam. I made this website to keep track of where I've been in my professional life, for my own sake, but I hope you find it useful as well.
My story is not unlike many others in the technology field, one where a hobby became a life-long passion. For one reason or another, I have been creating software for over 15 years. The industry took hold of me as a teenager, during long Montana winters with little else to do, and really cemented itself once I moved to Silicon Valley.
As a very fortunate person indeed, my career has provided a lot of growth over the years. I've had the opportunity to work with some incredible companies, as well as create a few of my own. You could say I've had a lot of on-the-job training in both software engineering as well as business management.
One persistent theme across all of the work I find enjoyable is solving hard problems with a great team. Most recently, I find myself taking on leadership roles, however I enjoy and resepect every aspect of the creation process.
BRD is a financial technology company focused on the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. As CTO, I am responsible for defining and carrying out the product vision for the company.
In the over 5 years I have been at BRD we have seen incredible growth and expansion. From relatively humble beginnings as a simple Bitcoin wallet for iOS, the BRD portfolio is now much more diverse. Some of the highlights over the past 5+ years include.
Making Friends' mission was to dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of autism care services. We started in 2013 with an iPad game focused on teaching social skills to kids on the medium-high autistic spectrum. In 2014 we pivoted into a patient management platform as we learned more about the space. In 2015 our staff and product was acquired by Nightingale.
Lightt began as the manifestation of my desire to create a moving, daily portrait of mine and my friends life. In a way, it is sort of the ancestor to Snapchat and Instagram Stories. It was a video capture and consuption application that allowed you to capture short segments that became part of an infite timeline you could jump into at any time.
It was acquired in 2014 and shuttered in 2015. You can still see videos of it youtube.
Steamboat Labs is a technology botique specializing in building MVP products for entrepreneurs. We've built companies that started as sketches on bar napkins as well as provided mission-critical technology for Fortune 50 companies, and nearly everything in-between.
Yammer is a workplace communication platform that has been described as a private Facebook for your company. I joined at a time when they had no mobile team or vision to speak of. In a few months time, I designed and created their iPhone app and soon after the iPad app. These became the basis for the apps developed by the Android team which I also lead.
Joined as a Django (Python) web developer and roles evolved to include mobile web and eventually, once the iOS API was released, mobile native developer. We were primarily building mobile telephony, focused on creating a SIP stack that could be deployed on demand for customers globally.
Though I am currently the CTO of BRD, I am enthusiastic to help young companies and entrepreneurs get their businesses started. I am also available for speaking engagements and training in engineering and business leadership.