<== About me


This is what I do

Hi, I'm Anton Katunin

I love programming, human psychology, snowboarding and motorcycles. My favourites are: Hello Internet podcast, Cautionary Tales podcast, and Mr. Nobody movie. I live in Melbourne, Australia and you can find me on Internet:

History

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Airtasker

Staff Software Engineer
Jun 2021 - now
Remote, Australia

Split Payments

Lead Developer
Jun 2018 - May 2021
Remote, Australia

I joined Split at the product adoption phase as a first full time employee. During my employment the company grew by 9 times in 3 years (from 5 to 45 people). While my title always stayed the same as Lead Developer, I carried out many roles. There are three distinct phases:

  • 1st year - establishing architecture, sharing product manager role, delivering features
  • 2nd year - scaling team from 3 to 10 developers, establishing core processes and culture
  • 3rd year - engineering manager of 15 developers

A lot has happened in three years, below is a quick reminder to myself of my contributions:

  • Meetings: speaker equality, rough consensus, retro, this + last format, punctuality, Discord, 1-on-1s, shaping, grooming, watercooler, donut time.

  • Development: build, maintain and produce core functionalities and architecture.

  • Delivery: ShapeUp, kanban, open source contributions, 20% time, conventions guide, product & tech demos, product & team roadmaps, OKRs.

  • Mentoring: feedback form, retros, shuhari onboarding, comprehensive PR review, 1-on-1s, pairing culture, what + why.

  • Team: roles over titles, direct responsible individual principle, team values, offline discussions, watercooler, brags, donut time, burger time, closing the meeting (qotw), skill matrix, quick budget, autonomy and flexibility, bookshelf, hiring, onboarding.

  • New tools: Asana, Discourse, Discord.

Used: Event sourcing, rails 5-6, stimulus.js, webpack, AWS, blue-green deployments, 100% test coverage

Car Next Door

Senior Developer
Mar 2017 – Jun 2018
Remote, Australia

During my time at Car Next Door I took part in many initiatives: introduced new architecture, wrote a workflow system, reduced test time from 14 to 4 minutes, wrote API, added analytics platform, optimised company processes.

Read my memorable moments at Car Next Door

Ride Next Door

CTO, Lead Developer
Nov 2016 – Mar 2017
Remote, Australia

Ride Next Door was a subsidiary product of Car Next Door. I worked in a small team to execute on an idea and deliver the product to the market. It was a bus shuttle service which was designed for commuters. If you are from the US, it was a Chariot's clone.

After joining the company 3.5 months later we launched the service. There were four of us: developer (myself), designer, operations lead and director. For a small and new team we delivered the MVP to the market rapidly. I developed hybrid mobile apps, backend api and web driver interface. Technology to list: vue.js, ionic, angular.js, Rails, web sockets, analytics (keen.io).

Opensight

Co-Founder / CTO
Dec 2013 – Oct 2016
Remote, Australia

Opensight is a joint venture where I performed the CTO role. We developed an engagement platform for social networks to reward content creation, measure and encourage word of mouth advertising. I was responsible for the system architecture, team management, business and product development.

Used: Rails 4, ember.js, react.js, redis, elasticsearch, postgres, mongodb, hybrid mobile apps, ionic, aws

Appointuit

Rails Developer
Dec 2012 – Dec 2013
Remote, Brisbane, Australia

Worked in a small medical startup in Brisbane. I maintained and enhanced their web application.

Used: Rails 3 and others

Client Heartbeat

Rails Developer
Dec 2012 – May 2013
Remote, Brisbane, Australia

A short contract to maintain an existing Rails application.

Used: Rails 3 and others

Oddsense

Rails Developer
Jul 2012 – Oct 2012
Remote, Australia

Joined an existing project as a contractor to upgrade and develop new functionality. It was an interesting experience to work on a web analytics tool as a single developer.

Used: Rails 3, elasticsearch, mongodb, sinatra, rspec, devise, cancan, slim, delayed_job, fb_graph, heroku

Everyday Hero

Rails Developer
Jan 2012 – Jul 2012
Brisbane, Australia

Rails front-end and back-end developer for a number of different applications, working in a scrum team.

Used: Rails 1, 2 and 3, sinatra, devise, miniTest, capistrano, delayed_job, MySql, statsd, RabbitMQ

Technology One

Programmer
Jan 2011 – Jan 2012
Brisbane, Australia

Maintenance, support and enhancement of enterprise software (Supply Chain module).

Used: VisualStudio 2008, VB.Net, MS SQL 2008, TFS

Olitek

Software developer
Nov 2009 – Jan 2011
Northgate, Brisbane, Australia

I was the main developer of a new system for the business, which merges the functionality of previous solutions into one software, covering the entire business process. My duties include close interaction with a client, software and database design, as well as final deployment and integration.

Skills: Project planning, bug tracker, system and database design, while using MS SQL 2008, Visual Studio 2008/2010, C# .Net, LINQ-to-SQL, Entity Framework

The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Information Technology, Software design
2007 – 2010

  • Average GPA 5.9
  • Activities and Societies:
    • ITEE OCA (on campus alumni)
    • ITEE SCC (student consultative committee)
  • Awards:
    • Dec 2007 Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement
    • Jul 2007 Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement
    • Jun 2010 Best Group Project (Advanced IT project 2010)
    • Jul 2010 Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement

IES Foundation Year

2006 - 2006

Tribes Club

Feb 2019 - now

Tribes Club is a service for managing online communities and facilitating meetings based on governing principles.

Ruby Burgers

Nov 2019 - Feb 2020

Ruby meetup with an attempt at philosophical discussion around what makes good code. Stopped due to Coronavirus.

active_interaction-extras gem

Jul 2016 - Jun 2019
Github repo

Extensions to active_interaction gem.

pagelet_rails gem

Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Github repo

This library is a summary of my experience over the years. It addresses the increasing complexity of big Rails applications. It introduces new architecture which brings a lot of flexibility to the front-end implementation. Improving performance is one of the big benefits.

Used: Rails internals, perceived performance, turbolinks, content streaming, ssi

Ruby Australia

Committee general member
Dec 2016 - Dec 2017
Website

During my term I consolidated all documentation, launched RubyDownUnder forum, participated in the website redesign project and introduced name tags to all ruby meet-ups in Australia.

Web-airplay

Feb 2015 - Dec 2015
Github repo

Web application packaged as a Mac app to send online video to airplay compatible devices like AppleTV.

Used: traveling ruby, cuba, sinatra, rails 4, vagrant

StoryLine

Founder
Sep 2012 – Jun 2014

In the world with the increasing number of news and blogs, it’s important to filter out the noise. Storyline offers a new way to browse and discover new information on the web.

Used: D3.js, ember.js, rails 3, jQuery

TopicRay

Founder
Aug 2011 – Jun 2014

TopicRay is an online discussion and collaboration tool, which provides the ability to have multi-threaded conversations in real-time.

Used: Rails 3, heroku, D3.js, backbone.js, ocanvas, websockets, jQuery

VentureBakers

Jun 2012 - Oct 2012

Startup to centralise information for startups in Australia.

Used: Rails 3, cancan, dragonfly, slim