Aaron Hedges, API Product Manager and Web Developer
| (608) 318-3274 | Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
SUMMARY
I am a product manager and web developer with a focus on web APIs and developer experience
EXPERIENCE
ReadMe, API Engineer October 2020 — Present
https://www.readme.com.com
  • Engineer with a focus on API and Reference documentation
  • Applied my Open API Specification and JSON Schema experience to a series of react-based user facing features.
USA Today, Senior Product Manager, API October 2018 — October 2020
https://www.usatoday.com
  • Managed the quarterly roadmap and high level processes of the API Services team and most projects that touched the internal GraphQL API
  • Managed two other product managers
  • Planned and executed a year-long, cross-team initiative to migrate from a legacy API to a new API
  • Planned and executed a year-long migration effort of assets for hundreds of local markets, supporting the larger merger of Gannett and GateHouse
  • Evangelized and built an improved developer experience for our consumers, including documentation, design guidelines and more
  • Assisted other product managers in defining and accomplishing their API needs
Vimeo, API Product Manager October 2015 — October 2018
https://vimeo.com
  • Developed strategy & 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
  • Led the redesign of the developer portal including strategy, buy in, requirements gathering, specification, user experience and more.
Vimeo, Lead API Engineer February 2015 — October 2015
https://vimeo.com
  • 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
  • Managed technical writing projects
Vimeo, Senior API Engineer February 2014 — February 2015
https://vimeo.com
  • Engineering and strategy for Vimeo's developer portal and API
  • Worked as the only full time developer on the new API, following REST best practices
  • Authored the new public Node.js library
  • Co-authored the new public PHP library
  • Responded to escalated support cases from external developers and partners
Vimeo, Application Developer September 2011 — February 2014
https://vimeo.com
  • Full-stack engineering for various Vimeo features
  • Helped rewrite the framework for the old API a testing suite and a node.js library.
  • 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
College Humor, Developer September 2010 — September 2011
https://collegehumor.com
  • Helped with a major overhaul of the core site framework
  • Worked with a Scribe + MongoDB based stats system
  • Built the subscription system and Facebook Credits integration






INTERESTS
Web APIs, Developer Experience, Tabletop & Video Games, Movies, Comics, 3D Printing