Hi! I'm Paul Dowman, a software developer from Toronto, Canada, and the founder of OK GROW!, a software development consulting firm.
I'm an experienced start-up technical lead, the creator of some open-source software, a father, and an all-around nice guy.
A few of the interesting things I have done are:
- Founded OK GROW!, a software development consulting company.
- Director of Technology at GigPark (named one of the top 10 Toronto web startups of 2009). I built the first version on my own and then expanded to a small team that I managed through to the acquisition by Canpages (which was then quickly acquired by Yellow Pages). I then completed the transition and integration with the Canpages.ca site. GigPark was built using Ruby on Rails and Amazon Web Services.
- Created several open-source projects including EC2 on Rails which was very popular at the time.
- Spoke at the FutureRuby conference on Ruby web application scalability.
- Founded a software company in 2003. Created a web-based product for improving the efficiency of on-boarding new employees and managing exiting employees. We defined a market which didn’t previously exist, and all major HR software now includes this functionality. We created a great product that our customers loved.
- Built the first two versions of TurboTax Online, Intuit Canada's online tax software, from 2000 to 2002. This was ground-breaking Java web development at the time and had huge scalability challenges which I enjoyed solving. We developed a stable and reliable app that our users loved.
- Worked in Hamburg, Germany doing web development at the height of the dot-com boom.
- Led and implemented all technical aspects of launching the web development department of an ad agency in 1995. I did this while I was still completing my comp. sci. degree at the University of Toronto. It may have been a slight distraction from my studies at times.
Almost six weeks ago, on the evening of a blue moon, my second child was born. Emma Katrina Dowman came into the world weighing 7 lbs, 10 oz. She's healthy and our family is happier (and noiser and busier) than ever!
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