Chris Maddox

writings

doings

forward deployed engineer: Elizabeth Warren for President @ Reach 2019–

Building grassroots campaign software with Reach to help Lizzie build a ground-up movement for America (etc.)

Building full-stack features with Python (Flask, FastAPI), Javascript (React, React Native), etc.

Developing…

founder-in-residence @ Wefunder 2018–2019

Ran the second batch of XX, a 12 week program for early-stage startups. Reviewed hundreds of startups, interviewed dozens, funded eight.

Responsible for 1-1s, group office hours, and hands-on mentorship on all aspects of company building such as:

  • co-founder communication
  • product strategy
  • fundraising
  • engineering
  • enterprise sales
  • not going to conferences
  • emotional support
  • financial modeling
  • email and paid marketing
  • prioritization
  • go to market strategy
  • sales collateral
  • affiliate programs

…and the rest.

novelist 2017–

in progress.

founder, ceo @ Seneca Systems (acqh. Coinbase) 2014–2017

Led people, culture, sales, marketing, customer success, fundraising, product strategy, hiring, etc.

Sold into major US cities like Chicago, Oakland, San Jose, Boston, Detroit, and Miami.

YC S16 + seed round from Cowboy Ventures, Initialized Capital, and many wonderful angels.

Hired an incredible team and built a values-centric organization we could be proud of.

principal engineer, culture @ Gusto (née ZenPayroll) 2013–2014

Interviewed every potential hire, regardless of department, for fit with our values and contribution to our culture. Implemented our version of the employee of the month—the infamous JSMEBFPPA. Gave company-wide presentations on values and advocated for doing the right thing even when it was hard. Led to ZenPayroll being named the best place to work.

Engineered the first two releases of ZenPayroll's public API, from writing documentation and integration tests through full implementation and working with dozens of partners to integrate to launch.

Rewrote backend processing of long-running jobs to be fault tolerant, modular, and threaded for performance. Spoke at RailsConf 2014 about the open sourced library behind processing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Championed ZenPayroll Giving feature, allowing employees to donate directly from their paycheck. Built front end user interface, backend processing, batch file creation, and ACH transactions for payments.

Built full-stack integration with Freshbooks to push accounting information (taxes, wages, contractor payments) from ZenPayroll.

engineer @ LivingSocial (acq. Groupon) 2012–2013

Core team, building for tens of millions of dollars in daily ecommernce transactions.

Built recommendation system, worked on partnerships including the largest daily deal in history (Starbucks)

Culture team representative in engineering organization.

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