About

I am a product manager and web developer with a focus on web APIs, developer experience and VR/AR.

Website: http://dashron.com
Phone: (608) 318-3274
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: dashron
Github: dashron
Speaking & Writing: http://dashron.com/about

Work Experience

USA Today2018 - Present

Senior Product Manager, API

Managed the quarterly roadmap and high level processes of the API Services team, and most projects that touched the internal GraphQL API

  • Led a cross-team initiative to migrate from a legacy API to the new API
  • Designed and iterated on more scalable processes for working with our consumers
  • Evangelized lean MVPs and clearly defined development phases to improve visibility into, and the success of our development process
  • Evangelized and built an improved developer experience for our consumers, including documentation, design guidelines and more
  • Led multiple cross functional API transformation projects
  • Assisted other product managers in defining and accomplishing their API needs

Vimeo2015 - 2018

API Product Manager

Developed strategy and tactics for the API and Developer portal, along with managing the priorities and sprints of the API engineering team

  • Lead API designer
  • Transitioned the company to a design-first API process
  • Transitioned the company to a distributed API development process
  • Evangelized the benefits of API first development and helped ensure the first projects moved smoothly and successfully
  • Built developer surveys and testing plans for gathering developer feedback on our products
  • Selected our core KPIs and continued to improve them over time

Vimeo2015 - 2015

Lead API Engineer

Engineering and strategy for Vimeo's developer portal and API

  • Responded to escalated support cases from external developers and partners
  • Managed two additional engineers and helped them grow personally and professionally

Vimeo2014 - 2015

Senior API Engineer

Engineering and strategy for Vimeo's developer portal and API

  • Authored the public Node.js library
  • Co-authored the public PHP library
  • Responded to escalated support cases from external developers and partners

Vimeo2011 - 2014

Application Developer

Full-stack engineering for various Vimeo features

  • Helped rewrite the old API, starting with a full suite of automatic tests.
  • Wrote a node.js library for the old API
  • Wrote the intitial spec and most of the back-end work for the Dropbox upload integration
  • Created the XBOX Live authentication integration
  • Created the IOS push notification integration
  • Built Vimeo's first notification system

College Humor2010 - 2011

Developer

  • Helped with a major overhaul of the core site framework
  • Worked with a Scribe + MongoDB based stats system
  • Designed and developed a subscription system
  • Developed a Facebook application that incorporated Facebook Credits.

Education

Madison College2007 - 2009

Associates in Applied Sciences, IT Programmer/Analyst


Skills

  • REST & GraphQL API design

  • Developer experience

  • Public and internal API strategy

  • API product lifecycle

  • Roadmap creation

  • Various programming languages