Work With Me

Hi, I’m Dan 👋

I’ve been working in tech since 2007 as a full-stack web application developer, team lead, and enterprise architect.

I am passionate about:

📓 Clear technical communication
💻 Developer happiness
✨ Product design
⚓ Resilient systems
🚀 Hobby rocketry

Engineering isn’t bounded by the stack. Shipping the right things made the right way takes people, culture, strategy, focus, and experimentation.

I’m Looking For

  • A mission-driven, product-focused organization. These criteria are a proxy for an organization that can:
  • A senior technical role; staff engineer or engineering lead
  • Teammates that will help me grow and learn new things
  • A generative organizational culture
  • BONUS: A role that can take advantage of my deep experience with Ruby on Rails

Location

  • A remote-first team—preferably asynchronous In-person meetings are invaluable in some circumstances including building relationships and intense bursts of collaboration—like a pop-up studio.
  • I am open to a hybrid role in the Boston metro area
  • I will not relocate to any state where reproductive rights are not protected

Skills

I am a rigorous, versatile, software engineer with a broad base of experience. I am equally adept at thinking, writing, and functioning at strategic, tactical, and operational levels. I am equally comfortable:

  • Talking with executives about goals and direction
  • Discussing pros and cons of decisions with team members
  • Helping junior team members on their path to mastery
  • Discerning a business need then designing and implementing a solution
  • Assessing and realigning a business process or procedure
  • Troubleshooting an issue with a production server or service Assuming it is some flavor of Linux. My skills and experience with a Microsoft stack are limited.

I have extensive technical skills and have been actively growing my expertise in higher-order concerns like product ownership, executive management, and organizational performance.

APIs
10+ years
AWS
4 years
Agile
10+ years
Application Development
10+ years
Bash
10+ years
Bootstrap
5 years
CI/CD
10+ years
CSS
10+ years
Docker
4 years
Enterprise Architecture
5 years
Git
10+ years
GitHub
10+ years
HTML5
10+ years
JavaScript
10+ years
JSON
10+ years
Linux
10+ years
MySQL
8 years
Okta
4 years
PostgreSQL
5 years
REST
10+ years
Relational databases
10+ years
Ruby on Rails
10+ years
Ruby
10+ years
SDLC
5 years
Software Testing
10+ years
SQL
5 years
SSH
10+ years
SVN
3 years
Technical writing
5 years
User Interface (UI)
10+ years
User Experience (UX)
5+ years
Web design
10+ years
Web development
10+ years

Trivia

  • I was the 2132nd person to get a GitHub account when I signed up as @danhorst in 2008. In June 2022 there were 83 million user accounts on GitHub putting me in the first 0.003% of users.
  • I started working with Rails version 1.2. It’s come a long way since then.