Hi. I'm Blake Walters!
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 CircleCI, 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.
Currently serving as Diretor, Engineering for the Core Product Growth and Data Product domains.
Senior engineering manager overseeing multiple teams across the CircleCI product engineering department. Areas of focus included product growth, frontend development, data product, and data platform engineering. Responsibilities included managing managers, performance reviews and feedback, strategic direction setting, hiring and onboarding of engineering maangers and technical leadership, close collaboration with product management and executive engineering leadership, and overseeing organization-wide initiatives.
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.
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.
Major contributions included a web-based checkout and payment processing application, a mobile web-based store administration utility, and a variety of internal and external tools, applications, and marketing websites.
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.
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 clients included American Express, Microsoft, Burger King, Domino's Pizza, Volkswagen, and Coke Zero.
Responsible for the design and implementation of small business websites and web applications.
Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a focus in web application development as well as a minor in Mathematics.
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.