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Michael Hansen

I'm a software developer living in Portland, OR.

Email: modality2@gmail.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/modality



Software Developer, Infrastructure Group October 2015 - Present

I work on infrastructure and internal tools. BuzzFeed's application ecosystem is heterogeneous and includes everything from the 11-year-old Perl app which makes up the core website to our microservice architecture which supports a swarm of Tornado, Django, and Go services. In this position I've performed maintenance and built features for nearly everything. Some projects I've had a hand in:

Front-end Developer, Games Team May 2014 - October 2015

I was the first developer hire for BuzzFeed's (now defunct) Games Team (BuzzFeed has games?). My achievements in this position include:

We worked primarily in Javascript, both for the games themselves and our Grunt deploy tool. We also used S3 and a bit of Ruby for our infrastructure and internal tools.


Organizer + Event Handler June 2016 - June 2017

I helped to run Donut.js, Portland's greatest sweet treat-themed Javascript meetup.

Paperless Post

Software Engineer + Development Manager June 2010 - May 2014

I led a team and later helped supervise the daily development activities of the 30-plus engineering team at Paperless Post. My responsibilities included:

We used many tools, including Ruby, Rails, Javascript, ActionScript, Postgres, Redis, Go, and Chef.

Website: http://paperlesspost.com

Thrive + LendingTree

Software Engineer August 2009 - April 2010

I worked for Thrive, a personal finance management product. I owned most of the front-end and interactive features. We used JBoss with Richfaces for the server, and on the front-end I worked with jQuery and ActionScript.

Wikipedia entry: Thrive

Rebel Monkey

Software Engineer December 2008 - July 2009

I worked at Rebel Monkey on CampFu, a virtual world with games in the vein of Club Penguin. This was the job where I cut my teeth on serious Javascript development. I owned all front-end Javascript and CSS development, and built the front-end for our lobby/matchmaking application.


Software Engineer February 2008 - October 2008

Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. Computational Media August 2003 - December 2007