Ryan Lons

Resume & Portfolio

About me: Software Developer, Entrepreneur, Traveler




Jack of many trades, master of some

Some say I have an insatiable appetite for learning. I think it may be true. There are so many things I want to learn, skills I want to practice, projects I want to implement, languages I want to learn and places I want to travel. I enjoy building things and making them look great. Could be a website, an app, or the furniture in my living room.

I'm not really a code monkey, I bring more to the table than that. Show me something and I'll have ideas, things to try, ways to make it better. I'm not always right, but I course correct well and learn something in the process. I've traveled more than most of people I've met. The more I see the more I'm amazed by the world. Take a look at my online resume here, I may or may not be open to new work but if you're interested in chatting drop me a line.

Reach me via email at: lonsrb@gmail.com



Skills



Portfolio

Quick summary

7+ years professional experience. Split up between Austin TX, the Bay Area CA, and remote work arrangements when I travel. The past 5 years have been more focused on iOS though I've built more than a few sites in my spare time.
Wake Forest University | Bachelors of Science in Computer Science 2007. Minor in mathematics. Deans list. UPE
High school valedictorian 2003

Highlights of my favorite projects

WersDa

About: WersDa is a product location navigation app & sdk. It's purpose it to make shopping at grocery stores and large retailers more convenient. WersDa's navigation is not dependent on GPS or hardware installation. If you have a list of shopping items WersDa can provide an optimized route for you through the store. They system easily handles stores with 45,000 product facings which is the average quantity for grocery stores.

Site: wersda.com

Dates: October 2012 - Present

My role: Co-founder, designer, developer, marketing, sales, and more

My Responsibilities:Everything really, we're a small team and I'm in charge of everything tech and many things not tech. I designed, architected, implemented the WersDa app, SDK, server and web front-end. We've built a patent pending system and I helped create the language and diagrams for the patent. Also, as of right now I'm the primary content creator for the blog so if you're curious check out what I have to say at wersda.com/blog

Akimbo

About: Akimbo provides an awesome prepaid credit card service that makes it easy to create and stick to budgets, manage allowances, and share money with friends and family.

Site: akimbocard.com

Dates: October 2011 - Present

My role: Senior iOS developer contractor

My Responsibilities: I was responsible for architecture and development of the Akimbo Mobile iOS app from scratch to app store. The team collaborated remotely and I worked with backend developers and an superb designer. My involvement presently is mostly maintenance with the occasional new feature thrown in.

EarthScribe

About: EarthScribe was a personal endeavor of mine which is no longer in the app store because I'm choosing to focus on WersDa. That being said EarthScribe was probably my favorite project so far and definitely one of the most complex. EarthScribe is a GPS based augmented reality app that allows users to place graffiti anywhere they like. Passersby can hold up their device and see other peoples graffiti overlaid on the camera using computer vision algorithms to create an augmented reality experience.

Site: earthscri.be //No longer hosted

Dates: January 2010 - June 2012

My role: Designer, developer, architect

My Responsibilities: This was my project so I was responsible for everything. In this case everything include a server with a REST api written in C# .NET and the iOS client. Some of the biggest challenges were the geometry algorithms that could take the users location, heading, and device orientation and properly size and transform the art in conjunction with the computer vision algorithms. I still hope to revive this project someday if nobody comes along to do it first.

Jiff

About: Jiff Inc. is a healthcare startup headquartered in Palo Alto California. Jiff has created the Jiff Platform which integrates with a wide array of health products. The integration of these products allows employers to provide customized and branded health guidance to their employees in categories including weight management, activity, sleep and blood pressure tracking.

Site: jiff.com

Dates: January 2012 - August 2013

My role: Senior iOS Developer

My Responsibilities: Given Jiff's small startup size, every developer plays a huge role in the success of any project. At Jiff we worked in small agile groups to quickly implement minimum viable product apps which we would then iterate on to determine the app's long term potential. One of the requirements at Jiff is that we be able to quickly change the banding in an app. To help the effort I wrote the majority a styling engine that could be feed a plain JSON file that would act like a CSS sheet and rebrand the app dynamically. This was a cool project that allowed me to do some fun UI/UX coding and testing.