After 5+ years at Raven, an SEO platform for marketers, I had done everything from customer support, affiliate marketing, social media marketing, SEO education, and content marketing. After I was laid off I took the opportunity to think about what I wanted in a career: I wanted to hurt from how much I was learning every day. I learned marketing was just my side quest and software development was my mission.
After 6 months at Nashville Software School and 7 months at LunarLincoln I was hired back by Raven as a software engineer. (Raven is now a proud product of TapClicks.) It turns out my winding path to software development has served me well. Putting a customer's needs first comes naturally after working at Nashville software companies for more than 8 years.
2016 - 2017
NSS is a full-time intensive software development bootcamp. The last half of my 6-month track included multiple team sprints using test-driven development and agile methodologies.
Contributions at Nashville Software School
• Created a website that visualizes changes in board games rankings (tabletoptracker.com)
• Built multiple Angular web applications
• Built projects in Python and Django
• Built RESTful APIs with Django REST Framework
• Managed version control with daily use of Git
• Deployed a Node web crawler to Heroku
• Worked with D3, Google Charts, and Firebase
• Designed ERDs, built databases, and queried data with SQLite
2004 - 2008
While at Belmont I collected audio and wrote 50 stories for NPR.
January 2018 - Present
April 2017 - November 2017
Contributions at LunarLincoln
• Contributed over 200,000 lines of code across 17 repositories
• Regularly shipped App Store updates
• Converted codebases from Swift 2 to Swift
• Frequent work with Auto Layout, APIs, persisting data, custom tables, and MVC
• Daily reviewed code and followed the GitFlow branching pattern.
February 2011 - July 2016
While at Raven, I did everything from customer support, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, content marketing, speaking, writing about SEO, and creating websites using Zurb Foundation.
February 2008 - February 2011
As the Director of Technical Support at Sitemason, I managed the needs of 500+ clients by troubleshooting DNS, hosting, email, and content management issues.
2004 - 2010
I founded a web design company called Diving Board in college. Most projects started with Photoshop mock-ups and were built in PHP or HTML.
March 2006 – August 2006
At NPR-affiliate Nashville Public Radio (WPLN) I produced around 50 stories. For each story, I conducted interviews, wrote the script, collected audio, and edited the audio.
Here are my primary programming languages in order of competency.
Patrick Goley, Co-Worker at LunarLincolnNathan is very sharp and a pleasure to work with. I watched him evolve from being mainly a web developer into building native iOS and Android apps in 3 different languages in only a few short months. He's a great teammate and always has a positive attitude.
Jason West, Analytics Reporting Sr. Manager at DeloitteI had the good fortune to work with Nate for over 5 years. I have rarely seen anyone bring a more positive attitude or stronger work ethic to a job. He consistently worked to improve his own skills and provide more value to the company. Whenever he was given a task, whether or not it was part of his "official" responsibilities, he would gladly take it on and invariably complete it successfully. I would happily have Nate on any team that I lead.
Jon Henshaw, Raven Co-FounderI had the pleasure of working with Nate for several years. He's one of the most creative people I've ever collaborated with. He was always able to take ownership of projects and see them all the way through, with each project producing high quality results.
Shoot me an email if you'd like to chat. By the way, I'm always willing to grab lunch with fellow Nashville Software School folks if it's helpful.
nathan t baker AT gmail DOT com