Last updated June 2020.
In one sentence:
I do Growth Engineering.
I spent 2016-2020 at Opendoor, first as an early engineer, then as an Engineering Manager. Now I’m at MasterClass!
Between 2013 and 2016, I built out a product engineering consulting company, helping clients such as Dropbox, Pebble, Boomerang, and Binti grow and expand lines of business through a combination of product management and engineering.
In 2014, I left San Francisco to travel while working remotely and co-founded a boutique work+travel company, Hacker Paradise. Since the company’s inception in 2015, we’ve run trips to over a dozen locations and been joined by more than 800 Alumni.
In 2012, I graduated with a CS degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where I started the PennApps Hackathon, a now-biannual event with over 1,500 student participants from universities across the US and beyond.
Engineer I got into programming when I was 15, working on silly little games in Visual Basic. From 2006-2009, I was a software engineer in the Israeli military. Since then, I’ve have had the opportunity to work on engineering problems for companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Pebble, and Baydin (they make the Boomerang for Gmail plugin). I’ve also built several MVP and acted as ‘first engineer’ to help startups to raise subsequent funding. On occassion, I will act as a technical consultant for first-time non-technical founders who want help with estimating complexity and hiring/managing their initial hires.
In 2013, I was one of the authors and maintainers of Houston, a Django Admin-like zero-config admin for Meteor apps that has consistently been at or near the top 10 plugins for Meteor.
Tech Community Organizer From 2009-2012 I focused on making Penn’s CS department more start-up friendly; to that end, I started the PennApps hackathon, (the first major student-run hackathon in the US), and Penn Labs, a student-run, school-funded development group that focuses on improving student-run technology. I received the C N. Weygandt Award for my contributions to the school.
In 2013, I helped start The InternProject, a non-profit comprehensive resource for summer interns in the Bay Area to make sure they got the most out of their summer here, as well as the Campus Data Summit, helping grow the Student Data movement.
AlexeyMK.com has had over 600k page views since October 2010; several pieces, whether on hackathons, the internship process, or (strangely enough) Richard Stallman gain some popularity.
I have also been featured on TechCrunch, ProgrammableWeb and AllFacebook and spent a semester as a columnist for the Daily Pennsylvanian.
Other Interests I’ve become an increasingly mediocre triathlete in the past few years.