About

Welcome, I’m Jake Gordon, a startup software engineer - a full stack developer who builds web and mobile applications for SaaS companies, and occasionally makes games on the side.

Recently I have been exploring the startup scene in Portland (OR) after moving here from Seattle in 2014. I’m currently building the MVP for a unique travel planning tool being bought into the world by an outstanding team over at TripGrid.

Before that I spent 7 years as the Principal Software Engineer helping build LiquidPlanner up from 2 founders with an idea, to a mature product with a broad customer base, growing revenue, and 50+ employees. Before that, I (co)-created Stellent Site Magic, Site Studio, and their Web Content Management platform, a large revenue generator that led to an acquisition by Oracle.

You can find my detailed work history in my resume

While I studied as a Computer Scientist, and my day job calls me a Software Engineer, I no longer really think the word scientist or engineer applies to what I do. I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that software development is much more of a creative, craftsman-like process than a formal science or engineering one.

So, what do I do?

  • I think
  • I read
  • I write
  • I learn
  • I design
  • I code
  • I test
  • I debug
  • I fix
  • I maintain
  • I support
  • I operate
  • I measure
  • I analyze
  • I automate
  • I report
  • I set the tone
  • I manage
  • I communicate
  • I collaborate
  • I lead
  • I mentor
  • I recruit
  • I solve problems

My technical experience includes:

  • Web App Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • API Development
  • DevOps
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • Sinatra
  • SQL
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Ajax
  • jQuery
  • Vue.js
  • Bootstrap
  • Java
  • C
  • C++
  • Postgres
  • Redis
  • Apache
  • Nginx
  • Unicorn
  • Ansible
  • Puppet
  • Chef
  • Capistrano
  • Vagrant
  • Nagios
  • New Relic
  • Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • OS X
  • Windows
  • Android
  • AWS
  • Digital Ocean

I have been doing this for a living for over 20 years, and have been coding for almost 30 years after first getting my hands on a C64 as a teenager in the early 80’s. In 1994 I received my Computer Science degree from Imperial College in London.

Find my detailed work history in my resume