Hello, I’m Sean. I’m a data, devops & innovation expert.
Looking for an Amazon Solutions Architect with some scrapes & bruises? I’ve worked with startups for well over a decade in the Publishing, AdTech, Online Education & Fashion industries.
A bit about me…
While studying Computer Science, I was building servers in my dorm room. Fitting together buses & network cards, motherboards & memory, I loaded up Linux when it was for hackers only. Writing C, C++ & shell scripts were your essential toolbox to getting things to work!
My first industry job in New York was for a small startup. Being a technology team of one, meant exposure to diverse challenges & projects. Office & network support one day, robust application building the next. Code quality, automation & testing became crucial to juggling so much, with few resources. Those early roles gave me a taste of databases, and I became more and more involved with data stores of all kinds.
From there I shifted to consulting gigs as a lot of opportunities were popping up. New York’s startup ecosystem was growing at a rapid clip and I was able to parlay my communication & people skills to help businesses with performance problems.
What I’m doing now
I’m working for startups & enterprises, most of them in New York City, San Francisco & LA. A few include SoulCycle, Grovo Learning, AppNexus, Rent The Runway, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Adweek & Zagats.
Many see me as a guy that gets things done. Translated into more specific terms, I identify and troubleshoot the problems that hinder website performance, and facilitate the business to scale quickly. I help raise the bar in operations by instituting best practices and facilitating inter-departmental communication so that everyone’s working toward the same goal.
If that’s still too abstract, I suppose I could be described as a plumber, the guy that unclogs the internet pipes and flushes out the obstructions so the web can scale. I’m also the 9-1-1 tech guy. The emergency response dude you’d call on that, hopefully rare, occasion when something goes horribly wrong with your cloud datacenter.
Ultimately, I think the most valuable thing I bring to any client is my ability to distill all the technical intricacies into a language everyone can understand and offer the optimal solution to help the business grow.
Where I’m writing…
How to find me?
Check out my latest blog posts
Find many more social links at the bottom of the page.
What I’m big on…
It’s my job to know how different technologies interact with each other. So any topic in the following areas tend to capture my attention:
- Datacenter evolution & virtualization (Why I wrote the book)
- Provisioning, deployments & automation (How to use Terraform)
- Web scalability & performance (5 things are toxic to scalability)
- Caching with elasticache & varnish (5 ways to cache websites)
- High availability (The Myth of 5 nines)
- Lean startups & agile methodology
I also enjoy the perfect cup of joe, extreme fitness rock climbing and growing my small business. Social Media, blogging and website analytics are like frosting on the cake! Here’s How I got my pagerank up to 5.
I share a lot of morsels & insights monthly. signup for Scalable Startups, my monthly newsletter. Take a look at our best of… to get a taste of what I’ve written.
How can I help?
I’m here anytime, even if you just want to chat. Give me a call +1-213-537-4465 or email me at sean at iheavy.com. Feel free to visit our pricing page and request a quote. You may also find a sample executive summary useful.