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Chris Dzoba

Chris Dzoba

Senior Director of Engineering at Reside Network

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Seniority

20 Years

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Executive

Management Experience

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Career Path
Scaling Team

Hi folks, I’m Chris, Senior Director / Head of Engineering at Reside (a modern real estate brokerage, residebrokerage.com). I’ve been writing code since I was 12 (am now 31), incorporated my first LLC when I was 16, have been involved with 6 different startups since I was 18, and have been an engineering manager for 1.5 years now. I was the second employee at Reside, which now has a size of 60 people. The engineering team is 18 folks. I grew up in North Carolina, moved to SF 5 years ago and currently live in Cole Valley.

Sorry, I am not currently available for mentoring sessions.

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Free Alternatives for Sourcing Technical/Engineering Candidates
11 September

Chris Dzoba shares creative means to source potential candidates for free/without using a hiring firm or else.

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Chris Dzoba

Chris Dzoba

Senior Director of Engineering at Reside Network

Strategies You can Use to Convince Your Leadership about Promotion and Salary Upgrades
11 September

Chris Dzoba shares how he approached the challenge of handling a fairly large team at an early-stage startup, and how he stressed the importance of promotions and allowing salary upgrades to his leadership.

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Chris Dzoba

Chris Dzoba

Senior Director of Engineering at Reside Network

Experience

Head of Engineering / Senior Director of Engineering

Reside Real Estate

Apr 2016 - current

Reside is the exclusive real estate brokerage for top performing agents. I am on the company's founding team and am in charge of the entirety of the Eng Org. In my time here I have: In Engineering: \- Grew the engineering organization to 21 people, 4 teams, 2 locations (SF, India) \- Established a well architected, feature rich application for our users, driven by configurations managed by administrators in a separate admin application. React, Firebase \- Built out key features in our application: a Document Viewer for the documents our agents use, all of our analytics pipeline, a framework for our microservice architectured backend, our CI process, and more \- Established & maintained an excellent Agile process. At various points/teams, we have used Scrum, Kanban, 1 or 2 week sprints. \- This process, and usage of Jira Fix Versions, has allowed consistent on time delivery every quarter for the last 5 quarters \- Took on a struggling marketing engineering team, improved productivity by establishing process to streamline external requests \- Oversaw implementation of an effective QA process involving Cypress for automated tests and Zephyr for test management \- Grew two members of the engineering team into managers \- Been involved with 3 patent filings \- Promote Reside's involvement with multiple open source projects \- Promote Reside's engineering-driven blog, tech.residebrokerage.com Company Wide: \- Established performance reviews while the company searched for an HR leader \- Interview candidates for essentially every position in the company \- Impacted the Onboarding team by building out process \- Lead the Real Estate Procurement team (entirely unrelated to eng) to help build out their process \- Established and run bi-weekly company-wide all hands Senior Software Engineer: April 2016 to August 2016 Lead Engineer: August 2016 to January 2017 Director of Engineering: January 2017 to February 2018 Senior Director of Engineering: February 2018 to Present

Senior Software Engineer

creativeLIVE

Jun 2013 - Apr 2016

CreativeLive is the world’s largest live streaming education website. The company has raised nearly $30 million in VC funding from investors including Greylock, CrunchFund, Google Ventures, and The Social+Capital Partnership. Joined as the fourth engineer on a team that has since grown to 12. The engineering team's primary goal has been to transition the site from Drupal to Node.js, however my role was much broader than that. I have: \- Helped transition the entire site to Node.js. This required interfacing with PMs and designers, writing Backbone, Less, Dust, Node, Angular, and Requirejs code. \- Created an onboarding process for new engineers with Vagrant and GitHub which gets everyone committing code on their first day. \- Created a style guide (creativelive.github.io/styleguide) to help design and engineering stay on the same page. \- Owned instrumentation of analytics platform, which enabled the company to go from little to no understanding of user behavior to very advanced understanding. Utilized Segment.io, Mixpanel, and Google Analytics. Primarily work with Node.js, Backbone.js, Dust.js, jQuery, Less, Bootstrap, and other technologies. I also regularly use Git/GitHub, Jenkins, and Vagrant. I started at CreativeLive while living in San Francisco and have worked remotely from Austin from August 2014 to January 2016.

Software Developer

NetApp

May 2011 - Jun 2013

Primary engineer for the development and maintenance of the Monitoring and Host Configuration sub-plugin. Shepherd the sub-plugin through the release process and work with others to ensure compatibility with business and technical goals. \- Built Role Based Authentication Control into the product using Java. Ensured compatibility with the upcoming release of NetApp's OS. \- Helped transition the broader team to an Agile development process. Managed relationship with our QA team to share resources, inform on testing goals, and ensure delivery of a high quality product. Primarily work with Java, Eclipse, VMware vSphere, Data ONTAP, Google Web Toolkit, Perforce, ReviewBoard, Linux, and Agile Methodologies on a daily basis.

Project Manager Intern - IBM TV

IBM

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Developed for Lulu.com’s web front end in my role as summer intern before transitioning to part time intern. Completed tasks using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and Photoshop. \- Transitioned to a role as the third person on an internal project called Lulu.TV, which eventually formed its own company with a mission similar to Youtube. Created nearly all the graphics used on Lulu.TV until the summer of 2007. \- Added tag cloud functionality when tag clouds were still a new idea. New features allowed users to select multiple tags at once and returned the intersection of that search. \- Designed and began implementing both the back and front end of a novel social news site that combined the benefits of social news with the benefits of suggestive algorithms based on user activity.

Undergraduate Researcher

North Carolina State University

Jan 2008 - May 2009

Researched AI planning algorithms, specifically, planning algorithms which spawned planning algorithms. These oversaw planning algorithms and intervened if the spawned planner was taking too long to execute. Programmed with Lisp and regularly read journal articles on AI.

Web Dev Intern

Lulu.com / Lulu.TV

May 2006 - Dec 2007

Developed for Lulu.com’s web front end in my role as summer intern before transitioning to part time intern. Completed tasks using HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and Photoshop. \- Transitioned to a role as the third person on an internal project called Lulu.TV which eventually formed its own company with a mission similar to Youtube. \- Created nearly all the graphics used on Lulu.TV until the summer of 2007. \- Added tag cloud functionality when tag clouds were still a new idea. New features allowed users to select multiple tags at once and returned the intersection of that search. \- Designed and began implementing both the back and front end of a novel social news site that combined the benefits of social news with the benefits of suggestive algorithms based on user activity. \- Utilized PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Photoshop, vim, and Red Hat Linux regularly.

Owner

Nexodyne

Jan 1999 - Jul 2011

Incorporated at age 16, Nexodyne offered web services and a forum focused on video games. The site is no longer actively maintained; however, it is still online. One service, the Email Icon Generator, was highlighted in the February 2006 edition of PC World Magazine, on the Kim Kommando radio program, in an article on About.com, and made it to the front page of Digg.com.

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