Last updated April 2016.
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 8 locations, been joined by more than 150 Alumni and booked more than $250k in revenue.
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.
At Penn, I spent three semesters as an intro to CS TA and the next two as the technical lead for PennApps Labs.
I like elegance and hate repetition, which explains my interest in programming languages, having worked in Scala, Haskell, OCaml, C, Java, Coffeescript, PHP, Python and Ruby (amongst others), as well as a bit of shell scripting.
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’m interested in behavioral economics (and online reputation systems more specifically), productivity and developer tools, as well as writing. Oh, and tabletop games, cycling and Bouldering. The common thread is, I like solving problems with the tools available to me.