About Me

I’m Zander (aka ZPH and ZPH)

Polyglot, problem solver and remote-worker, and engineering leader. I enjoy solving problems using the right tools for the job (according to technical capability, ecosystem support, and team composition). I have solved problems in production with various languages and platforms. I’ve been the CTO of a 50 person startup, a Sr. Director of Engineering, and most recently leading a deeply technical backend group.

I’m currently excited and interested in working with:

  • Golang 1
  • Databases at scale
  • Log Architecture and Data pipelines [eg]
  • Elixir/OTP/Phoenix
  • Clojure (as long as there’s clojure/spec involved)
  • Distributed & Fault Tolerant Systems

For a list of open source projects that I’ve worked on, see my .

As for the software stack that I have known and loved (daily use || proficient):

  • Languages
  • Golang
  • Elixir
  • Clojure
  • Typescript/Javascript (ES6, React, Redux)
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • Bash (<3 the cmdline)
  • SQL (PG)
  • Datastores
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redshift
  • Mongo
  • Redis
  • Riak
  • Nginx, Traefik
  • AWS (EC2, S3, Kinesis, SNS, Lambda, CloudFront, Route53, ELB)
  • Kubernetes, Docker, & Docker Compose
  • CI for testing and release artifact builds
  • Imgproxy and imgix for on the fly image optimizations
  • Honeycomb.io/Statsd/Datadog/Librato (monitoring/metrics)
  • Vim/Neovim
  • Emacs/Spacemacs (for Clojure & Org-mode)
  • Lately a sweet vscode setup

Technologies I want to spend more time with professionally and personally (ORDER BY interest DESC):

  • GRPC / Protobufs (they’re the future 😍 and the past 🤔)
  • Golang (fast, predictable, dull and small syntax surface area 🐿️))
  • Elixir (because how could one not love OTP 🔮)
  • Clojure (the parenthesis are like a million hugs)
  • Rust or Haskell (to improve my craft of software engineering)

Conferences I’ve Known and Loved

  • 2016 - StrangeLoop (St. Louis, MO)
  • 2016 - Ruby on Ales (Bend, OR)
  • 2015 - StangeLoop (St. Louis, MO)
  • 2015 - Ruby on Ales (Bend, OR)
  • 2015 - Ruby For Good (Arlington, VA)
  • 2015 - Ruby DCamp (Arlington, VA)
  • 2015 - ElixirConfEU (Poland)
  • 2015 - CodeMash (Sandusky, OH)
  • 2014 - Steel City Ruby (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2014 - StangeLoop (St. Louis, MO)
  • 2014 - Ruby on Ales (Bend, OR)
  • 2014 - Ruby For Good (Arlington, VA)
  • 2014 - Ruby DCamp (Arlington, VA)
  • 2014 - ElixirConf (Austin, TX)
  • 2014 - CodeMash (Sandusky, OH)
  • 2013 - Steel City Ruby (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2013 - Ruby Midwest (Kansas City, MO)
  • 2013 - Ruby DCamp (Arlington, VA)
  • 2013 - Madison Ruby (Madison, WI)
  • 2013 - LoneStarRuby (Austin, TX)
  • 2012 - Steel City Ruby (Pittsburgh, PA)

I enjoy programming, pairing, remote teams, Open Source Software, databases, commandline tools, FP and some other important buzzwords.

I’m very fortunate to be happily employed with a few standing offers but if you want to offer me the chance to work on challenging things with kind folks, I’m happy to chat. Though to set expectations realistically, it’s unlikely I’ll be drawn away from my current team because they’re wonderful folks <3.

-ZPH zander@xargs.io

Public Key for Secure Communications or to Report Site Vulnerabilities (all of which will be publicly credited):

https://keybase.io/zph/key.asc

1 (low excitement, high productivity and reliable/performant systems)