Benjamin Wilson

Director of Technology

BenjaminWilson

New York City, NY

Interested in both developing teams and products with sustainability at their core. This includes championing agile rituals like behavior driven development, continuous integration, fully-automated and deterministic testing internally. While providing vision and leadership to partners in marketing, editorial, sales and product.

Experience

  • Director of Technology
    New York, NY
    Dec 2011 - Present
    Refinery29
    Oversee the media business and a team of 10 engineers.
    • Brought comprehensive testing and better agile processes to the organization
    • Refined sourcing and hiring practices to scale the team responsibly and retain top-tier talent
    • Seek out and Influence new business opportunities, like the company's first iOS app
    • Managed several projects including our 2013 redesign, a bespoke mobile experience (2014), native apps for physical installations (29Rooms 2015-16) and prototyping new native and web experiences usually written in Javascript (Backbone, React, React Native.)
  • Product Vision, Front-End Lead
    New York, NY
    Aug 2010 - Present
    Big Live
    Managing day to day operations for the front-end team, setting standards for quality, perform code reviews and collaborate with business and design professionals to create incredible web experiences.
  • Front-end Developer
    New York, New York
    Jul 2010 - Aug 2010
    Magnani Caruso Dutton
    Lead Front-End efforts for AT&T BusinessDirect and mobile app development for Discover Card Account Center. Discovered I preferred developing products long-term as opposed to agency work.
  • Project Management, Interactive Developer
    Minneapolis, MN
    Sep 2007 - Jul 2010
    Valtira LLC.
    Responsibilities split between managing new product (SaaS) development, consulting and creating eCommerce websites for clients including; Caribou Coffee, Meet Minneapolis, Bloomington Convention and Visitor's Bureau and enStratus. The SaaS projects I lead, such as Valtira OnDemand Landing Pages and SmartSpot, have been utilized by BASF, Liberty Mutual and Thomson Reuters.
  • Audio Engineer
    Miami (South Beach), FL
    May 2005 - Nov 2007
    Zone Productions
    Pro Tools operator, Logic Pro operator, musician, archivist, systems admin and client liaison for Sony/BMG Latin, Christian Castro, Jes Brieden, Jim Rado(creator of the Musical "Hair") and many others.
  • Audio Engineer / Software Developer
    Sawgrass, FL
    Aug 2004 - May 2005
    Sonic Reality Inc.
    Worked on Sonik Capsules, Sonik Synth 2, Miroslav Philharmonik cleaning individual audio samples, tuning and key mapping and optimizing for realtime performance, also adding effects and solid unit testing before distribution.

Education

  • Associates of Science, Audio Production
    Orlando, FL
    Jun 2003 - Jul 2004
    Full Sail
    Disciplines included: audio production, audio post-production, ADR, foley, mixing, mastering, business, music history.