Who is Taylor and what does he do?
I'm a senior software engineer experienced in full-stack development with a focus on backend, distributed systems, and am very experienced in Python. I also enjoy architecture and system design, refactoring, code quality, and automation.
I deeply value open-source software and the opportunities it creates to learn and build products faster. My professional code is predominantly private, though I'm always exploring more opportunities to open source. From time to time I share my code for small projects and utilities I've created.
I really enjoy writing about software, and like to contribute to collective blogs as well. Here are a few posts I've authored or co-authored recently:
- What is Software Security?
- Apache Airflow and the Future of Data Engineering: A Q&A
- Apache Spark Streaming for Real-Time Customer Insights
- PyCon 2015: Are we still changing the world?
My startup journey has been a whirlwind — here are a few quantitative observations so far.
Developed software for startups from top accelerators
I've done software development for startups graduating from three top accelerator programs: AngelPad, Techstars, and The Brandery.
According to the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, these are some of the best accelerators in the world. As a startup, getting into one is highly competitive. Working for startups through several top accelerators is a unique experience from how each accelerator's style and focus become embedded in the company's DNA.
Top 5% on Stack Overflow
Top 1% on Codewars
On one of the most popular sites for programming puzzles, Codewars, I've reached the top 1% overall by completing hundreds of kata challenges created by programmers worldwide.