My focus has always been on the human side of development - I love to bring unknown techniques to the forefront and make them accessible for everyone. I work best in diverse teams, and have worked remotely for over 10 years. Let's create something amazing together!
— Nick (@qrush)
Director of Platform Engineering (2022-present)
- Updates soon…
Engineering Manager (2020-2022)
- Managed 5 direct reports on the App Platform team to development new primitives/building blocks for the entire Engineering department
- Introduced ADRs (Architecture Decision Records) into use and led their adoption as a way to build consensus on big problems
- Led/directed projects to move Wistia’s CI system onto GitHub Actions, centralized documentation via Spotify’s Backstage, helped formalize our visual design system as its own package via Storybook/NPM
Staff Software Engineer (2019-2020)
- Led the effort to re-architect the billing system onto Stripe from Braintree
- Rails upgrades, performance tweaks, GraphQL and more!
- Watching a lot of cute dog videos
Chatterbug, Engineering Lead (2017-2019)
- Helped launch a new language learning service using WebRTC in October 2017
- Performed code reviews, mentored mentor more junior members of the team, assisted in planning software iterations
- Led a revamp for internal communication, from how all-hands meetings work to daily information sharing across the company and 3 different timezones
- Ensured infrastructure uptime for our customers and set up alerting for critical services
Agrilyst, Senior Engineer (2016-2017)
- Continously delivered a Rails 5 / React app to track data for indoor farmers and growers
- Mentored and pair-programmed with junior developers and get them up to speed with Rails and JS
- Maintained an API for external temperature, nutrient, and soil sensors to visualize their data
- Worked directly with customers to diagnose issues and with hardware vendors to integrate their equipment
Basecamp, Programmer (2011-2016)
- Launched, improved, and maintained two major new products: Basecamp 2 in 2012, and Basecamp 3 in 2015.
- Developed the company's first in-house iPhone app.
- Redesigned and reinforced our application to work on every iOS device, established a team working on native applications on iOS and Android.
- Created a knowledge base for the company's internal services and apps to assist with on-boarding for new employees.
thoughtbot, Web Developer (2009-2011)
- Shipped several client projects involving microdonations, social media, and integrations with iOS applications.
- Contributed to many OSS libraries, including paperclip, clearance, and factory_girl.
- Mentored junior developers in the company's budding apprenticeship program.
- Launched a product to help visualize Redis data.
I worked for several organizations while in college, including:
Open Source Contributions
- RubyGems.org - Started in 2009 as "Gemcutter", now serving Ruby gems for everyone.
- RubyGems Guides - Modernized RubyGems' documentation with up-to-date tutorials.
- Jekyll - Maintained the library, cut down issues, built out an extensive test suite.
- Ruby on Rails - 11 patches and counting.
- sub - A simple way to organize shell programs with subcommands like
- motion-layout - A iOS6+ auto layout DSL for RubyMotion apps.
- m - An RSpec-inspired test runner for Test::Unit and MiniTest.
- Mx. Desk - A coworking billing service, formerly known as Desktime.
- CoworkBuffalo - Buffalo's premier Coworking community, which I cofounded in 2012.
- NickelCityRuby - 200 people visited Buffalo to celebrate Ruby in 2013 and 2014.
- OpenHack - A framework to host social coding meetups. Spread to 80 cities and counting.
- pickaxe.club - Weekend-only Minecraft server hosting.
Googling a git question? You may have run across my git ready knowledge base. If so - thanks for reading!
Here's some of my favorite samples:
- Open Source Guilt & Passion
- My next open source project: a project for others
- When I start testing
- Dynos are Done
- A Diverse Conference
Check out more at my archive.
Not counting lightning talks, where I've written twitter bots on stage and made silly GIFs of myself:
- RailsConf 2018 - The GraphQL Way: A new path for JSON APIs
- RailsConf 2016 - Awesome Extractions Done Quick
- RubyNation 2015 - rubygems.next
- #inspect 2013 - RubyMotion: The sleeper has awakened
- RailsConf 2012 - Code spelunking in the All New Basecamp
- boston.io 2012 - Test Driven Development
- CodeMash 2012 - Becoming a Ruby Gemcutter
- RailsConf 2011 - Cutting your own RubyGems
- Scale 9X - Redis: Data Cheeseburgers
- MountainWestRubyConf 2011 - Behind the Keys: Redis Oyster Cult
- RailsConf 2010 - Lapidary: The Art of Gemcutting
- Ruby Midwest 2010 - Redis: Persistence Power
- RubyConf 2009 - Gemcutter: The Next Step in Gem Hosting
Ruby Hero Award, 2010
Interviews / Press
- 1/18/2015 - People Not in the News Commenting on the News: Meet Nick Quaranto
- 8/14/2014 - Motion Meetup #4 with Nick Quaranto
- 4/7/2014 - After years of brain drain, young people are moving back to Buffalo
- 3/14/2014 - Encouraging entrepreneurs at a new co-working space
- 4/9/2013 - RubyMotion Success Story: Basecamp for iPhone
- 2/1/2012 - A Chat with Nick Quaranto About RubyGems.org Internals
- 6/17/2010 - RailsConf 2010 Video Interviews
- 10/30/2009 - The Future of Ruby Library Distribution
Rochester Institute of Technology, 2005-2010 B.S. in Software Engineering, B.S. in Computer Science