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Sam Rahimi

I learned how to code at the age of 8. My parents are hippies who don't believe in TV or video games, so when all my friends got an NES for Christmas, I got a TRS-80 and a book on how to write my own games in BASIC.

My interests are extremely diverse, and in university I majored in political science (despite getting 97% in freshman comp sci). Spent a year as a full time politician / lobbyist due to being elected VP of my student union, then went to join a small startup that was attempting to stream video to mobile devices. In 2006! My J2ME code worked, but nobody wanted to pay $20 / megabyte to watch video on a tiny flip phone LOL.

Since then I've held multiple senior & lead engineering roles in Toronto and San Francisco. I used to be a C# / .NET guy, but then I discovered Node.js and never looked back. On the front end, I became a Javascript expert back in 2008 when I was asked to rewrite an entire social networking site to use AJAX. jQuery wasn't stable back then so I developed a very good grasp of the fundamentals. Now I use jQuery and AngularJS, and would love to learn React when I have some time. Hybrid mobile apps are incredibly fun to code, and I am currently building on using Onsen v2 - it's my favorite of the frameworks because it plays nice with whatever JS stack you're using (others, like Ionic, force you to use Angular, React, etc.)

On the business side, I've managed Agile teams at AKQA and IBM. I ran my own startup from 2011 to 2014 called iBroadcast.tv - a social video service that was a clever mashup of YouTube and Facebook APIs, along with some live streaming. It didn't make me a billionaire like I hoped, but for a first startup it wasn't bad - raised a proper angel round and had a team of 5 people during 2012. And recently I've been building a very innovative AI app that might save the world. Didn't launch it Feb 1 as planned, but a beta is coming out in the next week or so. https://textflow.us

Entrepreneurial activities aside, I am looking for a job. Hands-on, management, or a combination of the two. The important thing is that it be with a company that is doing exciting things with technology and that has a fast-paced, innovative culture.

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