programming and diy
by philip kelly

My Story

Hello there. My name is Philip Kelly and I'm a Software Engineer. My professional background is in Ruby on Rails, however I've been working more and more on the FE using React / Redux JS and Angular.js. I grew up in the bay area with lots of computers, thanks to my father's job at IBM. My MS-DOS gaming career debuted the day he brought home our first 386 PC. I started programming in BASIC on my TI-86 calculator in high school and made my first graphical game in QBasic, called "Tic-Tac-Yo-Momma!"

I received a BS in Computer Science from CSU Chico. I enjoyed my time in Chico so much that I stayed and worked for Research Solutions, a small document delivery company. I learned a lot and wore many different technical hats: front-end developer, back-end engineer, sys-admin. However, in 2009 I began to tire of working almost exclusively on in-house applications, and leapt at the chance to intern with the interaction designers and strategists at ZURB. Working at ZURB was an awesome experience. Using this knowledge I started a freelancing career in Oakland. In August of 2012 I started working full time with the good folks at Spongecell (acquired by flashtalking).

In 2014 my wife and I packed up our bags and moved to New York City to embark on a new adventure. Laughs were had, friends were made, but the siren's call of California brought us back west in the summer of 2017 (NYC will always have a special place in my ❤️). We traveled around the world for nearly a year, ending up in the Dogpatch of San Francisco. With a rock climbing gym down the street and close proximity to SOMA, I really couldn't ask for anything more. I joined the startup Reflektive, learning all about HR and performance management software. Currently, I'm taking some time off and will be looking for my next gig soon.

My nanobrewery

Twin Trees Brewing Company is a nanobrewery in planning that never made it to fruition. I still enjoy homebrewing as a hobby, so the dream stays alive, slowly simmering on the back-burner.

My Stomping Grounds

philip at the karaoke bar

If you wanna find out more about me, I leave internet footprints in lots of places. Words go on twitter, code on github, and pics on flickr. I love DIY projects, it's a great way to take a break from the computer. Check out my instructables.