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Hi. I'm Blake Walters!

Profile pciture

My career as I know it started way back in 1995. I designed and built my first website that year. It was awful. A local music group paid $50 for a site full of frames, tables, and font tags that ignited a passion and would lead to an entire career. Along the way, I've built websites, web applications, and engineering teams for small businesses, global brands, and world-class startups.

Currently, my focus is on software engineering management and leadership. I'm proud to lead a team of talented, full-stack engineers who are building and shipping the future of design collaboration. My aim is to build great engineering teams, to empower them to operate independently, and to help them ship meaningful features to users quickly and reliably.

Today, I'm a Software Engineering Manager at InvisionApp, working remotely out of my home in Longmont, CO. Outside of work I'm a husband and a new dad, an avid amateur photographer, a serious car nut, and spend what little free time I have left playing as many video games as possible.

Experience

Software Engineering Manager, InVisionApp

Engineering manager for a dedicated, high-performing team of full-stack engineers building collaboration and conversation tools across the InVisionApp suite of products. Responsible for technical and product leadership, mentorship, hiring, agile development practices, and cross-team collaboration.

Software Engineer, HashiCorp

Lead front-end engineer across HashiCorp's suite of products - Terraform Enterprise, Vault Enterprise, Nomad, and Consul. Primarily responsible for driving design and implementation of Ember.js applications built by the front-end development team and used to support products built by HashiCorp for both enterprise and open source use.

Software Engineer, Big Cartel

Lead front-end engineer for the Big Cartel e-commerce platform. User interface and application work built in Rails utilizing vanilla JavaScript, SASS, and HAML and single page app experiences built in Backbone.js. Work emphasized thoughtful, responsive builds and best practices to enable usage across a wide variety of devices and platforms.

Major contributions included the seamless checkout application tying into the platform's theming system and integrated with Stripe and PayPal express to provide stores with a style-matched checkout flow for their shop. As well as a bespoke mobile admin tailored to touch devices built on a hand-rolled UI framework that handled routing and page specific script execution.

Sr. Front-End Developer, Viget Labs

Senior member of Viget Labs front-end development team. Responsible for front-end development, web application development, and custom content management system implementations.

Notable project work included sites for Duke Admissions, Epic Games' Unreal Technology, Rumble Games, and Philippe Cousteau's EarthEcho organization.

Sr. User Interface Architect, Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Responsible for leading front-end and web application development for high profile clients. Developed agency-wide architecture for front-end implementations and defined the process by which standards-based user interfaces were implemented. Responsible for department education, mentorship, and technical project management.

Notable project work included the American Express Open Forum, Microsoft's Windows.com, Burger King's BK.com and more for clients such as Domino's Pizza, Volkswagen, and Coke Zero.

Web Developer and Designer, Delta Systems Group

Responsible for the design and implementation of small business websites and web applications.

Education

University of Missouri - Columbia

Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a focus in web application development as well as a minor in Mathematics.

Skills

Agile development practices, microservices, cloud infrastructure automation, continuous deployment, production readiness and operations, team building, mentorship, performance reviews, setting and tracking business and product goals, cross-team and stakeholder collaboration.

Specific technical skills include HTML, CSS, Javascript, Node, Ruby, GoLang, and MySQL as well as a spectrum of development frameworks both server- and client-side.

On the Web

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