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Career TL;DR
Summary of my professional life
If a traditional resume works better for you, you can download my latest from this page (I'm pretty proud of having a LaTex resume, wdyt?)

Hyped Summary

TL;DR a technologist hoping to start my own thing someday. Founded a startup in 2014, made some bank but not enough to be considered a real job; also taught me how inexperienced I was with technology. Joined the Singapore government's digital transformation team thereafter, made wonderful relationships and thoroughly enjoyed the social-good aspects but got worn out from the bureaucracy from beyond my department. Joined StashAway, loved it but it matured beyond a startup pretty soon after I joined. So I went to an even earlier stage startup to get my full startup experience. Currently at watchTowr as a founding member building a system to help secure large organisations; because which techie doesn't think having a legitimate reason to hack others is cool?

You'll want me in if...

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    You are trying to deliver awesome software products/services using Agile methodologies
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    You're looking to improve the business and technological resiliency of your product through adoption of cloud-native architectures and technologies such as Kubernetes
  3. 3.
    You're looking to kickstart a sustainanable engineering culture with a focus on the fine line between engineering excellence and delivery effectiveness
  4. 4.
    You're looking for someone who is both technically capable and business-savvy to front an engineering team

I'll want in if...

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    You are in the bootstrap/scaling out phase of the product/organisation
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    You pay well and my rewards are tied to performance instead of butt-in-chair time
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    You focus on outcomes over processes with a culture of trust and autonomy
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    You can offer me a challenge that involves both people and engineering

Highlights of my missions thus far...

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    Stared programming with C++ using Borland and DJGPP in 1999
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    Got banned from Neopets after automating my trading of marketplace items in 2000
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    Removed IT controls on laboratory computers in and enabled my class to play counterstrike over LAN in 2001
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    Created a tool that helps life science researchers easily find primer sequences to order for PCR analysis in 2013
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    Founded and bootstrapped my own tech startup serving as a platform for local musicians to be heard in 2015. Earned my right to say I've received the fabled First Dollarβ„’.
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    Joined the digital transformation team at GovTech in 2016 before it was cool and was part of its growth from about 100 people to about 500
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    Part of the seed team that brought the MyCareersFuture product in GovTech from zero to one in 2017, helping to scale the engineering team from two to 25
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    Brought Kubernetes and IaC concepts into the tech stack of MyCareersFuture in 2017 way before Kubernetes was cool
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    Did a technical demo of MyCareersFuture's CI/CD pipeline to the Prime Minister of Singapore in 2018
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    Spoke at the DevOpsDays Singapore 2018 conference
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    Met the authors behind many super-widely-used open-soruce packages at KubeCon Barcelona in 2019
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    Serendipitously had lunch with Kent Beck in Singapore in 2019
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    Led my tribe's DevOps chapter and co-led my department's DevOps chapter from 2019-2020
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    Got more than 100 stars on a single Github repository in 2019
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    Managed to somehow get a new job when COVID first hit in 2020 and everything was a mess
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    Got the chance to mentor junior engineers at JuniorDevSG in 2020
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    Attended the Newfield Ontological Coaching programme and graduated as a trained coach in 2021
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    Led the implementation of an organisation-wide runbook solution at StashAway in 2021
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    Led the Communications Guild at StashAway in 2021
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    Part of the architects group at StashAway in 2021
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    Joined watchTowr in 2022 as a founding team member