About

Matt Cassara

Hi! My name is Matt Cassara and I’m a Full Stack Web Developer and Technical Coach.

I'm a full stack web developer with a passion for writing writing clean, simple, and scalable code. I'm a natural problem solver with a keen attention to detail. I pride myself on my ability to work among many disciplines and apply the knowledge I've gained from working in Marketing and Project Management. I love optimizing my workflow wherever possible, including using the latest technologies and writing my own scripts when necessary.

I also volunteer my skills at a local non-profit in Brooklyn that is committed to protecting homes from illegal conversions through community education and political action.

Check out some of the cool stuff I've worked on here.

Outside of work, I enjoy weightlifting, riding my motorcycle(s), snowboarding, traveling, talking politics and tech, and playing a few instruments I've learned over the years.

Experience

Full Stack Developer - PlanSnap

New York, NY (December 2016 - Present)
The fastest way to get friends together, even if they don't have the app. From a spontaneous post-work beer to an active weekend away, the PlanSnap gives even the most disorganized person the power to make any social plan in a snap.

As the developer, I'm responsible for building our mobile app using Ionic V1, Cordova, Postgres, Rails, and AngularJS and translating the app into a ReactJS webview for non-app users. I strategize the product with with the CEO and CTO and work with UX/UI designers to implement app designs.

 

Online Technical Coach - WeWork

New York, NY (October 2017 - Present)
As an Online Technical Coach on WeWork's Education Team, I work with students in Flatiron Schools' online curriculum courses. I teach students in online curriculum courses via pair programming over screen share, help students configure and debug their development environments, and submit updates to curriculum to improve clarity and remove errors.

 

Technical Coach - Flatiron School

New York, NY (November 2016 - October 2017)
As a Technical Coach I work with students in Flatiron Schools' online curriculum courses. I teach students in online curriculum courses via pair programming over screen share, help students configure and debug their development environments, and submit updates to curriculum to improve clarity and remove errors.

 

Founder, CEO, and Developer - Dark Square Bishop

New York, NY (July  2016 - Present)
As the Founder, CEO, and Developer at Dark Square Bishop, I lead the planning and execution of digital projects for small businesses, including custom website design, development,
 and product consulting.

 

Operations Manager - TVI Designs

New York, NY (August 2015 -  April 2016)
As the Operations Manager at TVI Designs, I ran the daily operations to ensure all activities and projects were delivered seamlessly and successfully and was responsible for managing TVI’s profitability by overseeing, designing, and controlling production processes.

One of my notable achievements was spearheading a company-wide effort to implement a new project management tool (Teamwork), which resulted in a ~150% increase of time logging by team members and a ~15% increase in agency billing amounts.

 

Project Manager - TVI Designs

New York, NY (August  2013 -  August 2015)
As the Project Manager at TVI Designs, I planned and managed projects for the web development and marketing teams to execute, including management of timelines, material and human resources, and budgets. As the central point of contact, I coordinated with clients, team members, and domestic and international vendors daily to successfully complete award winning projects. I developed experience in building long term relationships with clients, ranging from small business owners to C-level executives.

 

Digital Marketing Coordinator - TVI Designs

New York, NY (June  2013 -  August 2013)
As the Digital Marketing Coordinator at TVI Designs, I conducted market research, planned and managed social media and email campaigns, prepared marketing and sales materials for new and existing products & services, wrote blog posts, analyzed marketing campaigns and produced performance reports for clients and internally for TVI. I also assisted in website project management, planning and production, including managing web projects during my supervisor's month long absence.

 

Marketing Coordinator - Learner First

Kingston, NY (June  2012 -  May 2013)
As the Marketing Coordinator at Learner First, I built the company's digital marketing presence from the ground up, including the company blog, social media presence, and email database. I created and maintained a WordPress blog, managed the company's social media presence, and coordinated email campaigns. I also increased website traffic through the use of PPC campaigns and SEO techniques to drive revenue for the company.

Education

Full Stack Web Developer

Flatiron School -  2016

Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)

Project Management Institute -  2014

B.S. Business Administration

Marist College - 2013
Marketing Emphasis - Psychology Minor
Supporting IT / CS courses

Technical Skills

Languages and Frameworks

Ruby, JavaScript, Rails, AngularJS 1.5, ReactJS, Redux, NodeJS, HTML5, CSS3, SASS, Ionic V1, WordPress, PHP, SQL, Python, Django, Bash, Postgres, MySQL, SQLite, Git, Gulp, Bower, Beanstalk, Jira, WAMP / MAMP

Other Skills

Test Driven Development
Hosting / DNS / Email configuration and management
Agile, Scrum, Waterfall project management methodologies
MVC, MVVM, Unidirectional design patterns

If you'd like to know more about me, pair up on a project, or just grab a beer and chat, shoot me a message at mail@mattcassara.com.

New website coming soon!