Lee J. Pender

Technical leadership

Professional Experience

January 2015-Present

Founder and CTO

Thought Driven

A boutique remote software consulting agency, specializing in native and web app development. Recent clients include:

August 2019-present
University of Chicago/RISC
  • Our agency was selected by Steven Levitt.
  • Using TDD/XP, built a system of microservices in Elixir and a websocket-based app in React/Typescript.
  • Led engineering and product design efforts including technical architecture, process documentation, user-testing, design iteration and deployment.
  • Built data pipeline deployed on AWS, responsible for performing analysis on billions of data points per year.
March 2023-present
2k games
  • Repeat client with two sucessful projects completed over the course of two years.
  • Oversaw buidling of a wiki for a large game release in Rails / Contentful.
  • Led a software development team in the creation of an internal tool and data pipeline using a Rails microservice and a Node/React/Typescript web app.
  • Wrote and modified IAC deployment scripts in Terraform.
July 2020-present
  • Built a series of lead-generation assessments in React.
  • Led a series of initiatives to migrate blog data and simplify their tag ecosystem using Ruby on Rails and MySql.
  • Architected new blog systems design including cache system design, theme, web application firewall rules, redirects, etc.
Feb 2019-July 2020
Mack Weldon
  • Acted as fractional CTO for Mack Weldon, making build/buy decisions, overseeing architecture, monitoring and security.
  • Oversaw zero-downtime cutover from Rails to Shopify for a site doing 10 figures in revenue per year.
  • Ensured seamless integration with 3PL/logistics during the cutover.
  • On my own initiative, built a system which alerts on late orders saving the company tens of thousands in lost revenue.
Nov 2018-Nov 2019
  • Worked on the Rhombus project, involving Eth oracles.
  • Revamped landing page, removing jank during page load, improving load times and SEO, implementing features and new designs.
  • Created concept and slide deck for presentation at Eth Denver.
  • Concept design and buildout in Jekyll of their blog "Oracular Spectacular".

April 2014-August 2015

Software developer II

SkilledUp Accelerator

  • Developed an educational web platform in Rails and React, working in a startup incubator within one of the largest online education companies in the world, in collaboration with members of the team at thoughtbot NYC.
January 2011-April 2014

Lead front end developer

HealthGuru.com/Kitara Media

  • As a member of the senior engineering team, I oversaw the front end department during a period of substantial growth, from 20-60 employees, culminating in our acquisition by a publicly held company, Kitara Media.
  • Implemented a responsive redesign.
  • Worked on internal tools and led the frontend team on implementation.
March 2010-January 2011

Front end developer

HealthGuru.com/Kitara Media