About

Brian Rountree

My Story

Experienced software executive leading multiple teams building applications using cutting edge web technologies. Experience building some of the largest consumer web properties in the world.

Highly skilled and experienced front end and API layer engineer with a proven track record of building and launching new products as well as cleaning up and scaling existing products.

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Capabilities

Programming Skills

HTML5
80%
Javascript
90%
CSS3
84%
REST
64%
Service Oriented Architecture
82%
CI / CD
90%
Python
26%
Cloud Computing / OpenStack
78%
Node.js
70%
Angular/js
73%

Organizational Skills

Leadership
75%
Recruiting / Growing the team
90%
P&L Responsibility
73%
Engagement
80%

Experiences

Director of Engineering, Racker Tools and Developer Relations

Rackspace

2012
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Present

Lead multiple cross functional teams (70 - 100 rackers over the course of my role here) responsible for building out scalable, highly distributed web applications to enable Rackspace support staff to deliver "Fanatical Support" to Rackspace customers. Built out fully a staffed and capable Product Management team, six engineering teams and a dev/ops team. Utilizing cutting edge technologies like MongoDB, Elastic Search and AngularJS, these teams rebuilt our support tools from scratch. In addition to leading our internal tools development efforts, I also took on the responsibility for the Rackspace Developer Relations Group. Grew the DRG from 3 to 28 people in a period of 9 months. Focusing on key hires in the industry, I assembled a top notch team of SDK authors, Evangelists, API Documentation specialists and developer support roles. Oversaw the design and initial build of developer.rackspace.com as well as the more experimental http://rackerlabs.github.io/ Led the release of SDKs and starter kits for the Rackspace Open Cloud in Python, Ruby, .NET, Node and PHP. Oversaw the budget and travel of the evangelists speaking at conferences around the world and saw to the creation of actionable success metrics to measure the performance of the organization

Senior Software Architect

Rackspace

2011
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2012

Software Architect in the Rackspace Cloud focused on middleware and front end technologies. Control panel interfaces, APIs, and OpenStack.

Front End Engineering Architect, Open Social Platforms

Yahoo!

2010
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2011

Technical lead for front end architecture of the Yahoo! Open Social platform stack.

Front End Engineering Architect, Yahoo Finance

Yahoo!

2010
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2008

Tasked with the Front End Tech Lead position for the new global Yahoo! Finance.

Leading the development of XSLT, PHP, CSS, JS, HTML for the biggest and best finance web site on the planet.

  • Technical lead for new international front end team at Yahoo!
  • Provided technical leadership to a global team of 10 Front End Engineers
  • Responsible for the overall architecture decisions for client side code for Yahoo! Finance
  • Launched 2 new real-time quote projects in rapid succession. Real Time Quote Summary and Real Time Order Book Information
  • Integrated a front end build process to allow easy development as well as a deployment that follows all 14 of Yahoo!'s Exceptional Performance Guidelines.

Senior Technical Yahoo!, Yahoo Media Group

Yahoo!

2005
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2008

Front End Engineering Lead, Yahoo! Shine. http://shine.yahoo.com.

  • Acted as the liaison between Engineering and UED to ensure site design would be highly performant as well as appealing
  • Provided technical leadership to 5 Front End Engineers, and was responsible for the initial requirements assessment and task scheduling
  • Integrated a front end build process to allow easy development as well as a deployment that follows all 14 of Yahoo!'s Exceptional Performance Guidelines.
  • Worked with the YUI team to extend the Rich Text Editor control to allow for image uploads as well as real-time video embedding and preiew
  • Project launch: March 31, 2008

Front End Engineering Lead, Yahoo! Tech http://tech.yahoo.com.

  • Provided technical leadership to 4 Front End Engineers
  • Built a full ajax search integration using data from Yahoo! Shopping
  • Integrated multiple news feeds from Yahoo! News
  • Built out interactions and UE flourishes on the Quick Guides
  • Helped build an http web service-based reusable, modular, presentation framework to support several Yahoo! Media web sites.
  • Recruited by engineering managers across media properties to assist on projects due to excellent performance on Tech team.

Portal User Experience Engineer

SAIC

2004
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2005

  • Managed front end engineering tasks associated with maintaining an existing company intranet (accessed by 50.000 employees every day)
  • Provide technical leadership for new feature development.
  • Designed, built and deployed a semantically correct, standards-based set of html templates for the company intranet
  • Created all the CSS to control the presentation of the new templates
  • Mentored existing web team staff in areas such as Javascript development, AJAX, web standards, CSS, etc.
  • User interface and front end engineering lead on 3 patented web applications for the Air Force

Developing Products Is Easy

Developing People is Hard

I love both

Portfolio

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Rackspace Developer Center

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Yahoo! Finance

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Airport Terminal Vector Illustration

Vector
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Yahoo! Shine

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Racker Labs

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20 Years in Code

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Awesome Project

Website, Branding

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Contact Details

  • 127 Vance Street, San Antonio, Texas, 78210
  • 210-850-9193
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