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Summary
Experienced Internet software architect and technology team manager with a software engineering background, a startup attitude, and a record of delivering production quality systems at prototyping speed.

Led web technology development at three early stage ventures, each with a liquidity event during my tenure based on technology built under my leadership: Citysearch (IPO after merging with Ticketmaster.com), Stamps.com (IPO), and Rent.com (acquired by eBay for $435 million).
Experience CampusExplorer.com
June 2007 - Present VP Technology Santa Monica, CA
Early stage web startup
ThisNext.com
December 2005 - May 2007 Co-founder / VP Technology Santa Monica, CA
Co-founder of buzzword compliant web startup.

· Technologies used include: Perl, Linux, Apache, mod_perl, Mason, MySQL, SQL, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript.
Rent.com (acquired by eBay)
July 2001 - November 2005 Director of Technology Santa Monica, CA
· Led engineering team in the development of the Rent.com web sites including the public sites, internal support systems, integration with accounting/financials and external service providers, and the launching of several new verticals/businesses.

· Performed a complete rearchitecture and reimplementation of the legacy renter web site in 3 months, replacing IIS/ASP/NT with Apache, mod_perl, and Mason on Linux using Oracle on Solaris.

· Grew engineering team from 3 to 12 and matured the development process accordingly to support the growing needs of the business as it moved from startup to IPO/acquisition candidate.
Stamps.com
April 1999 - June 2001 Senior Web Architect Santa Monica, CA
· Led a team of six engineers in the development of a dynamic web site designed for high performance and scalability.

· Architected web systems using Apache, Perl, mod_perl, Mason, thttpd, and Oracle on Linux and Solaris.

· Developed source tracking, cobranding, ROI reporting, to optimize marketing spend.
Citysearch.com
July 1996 - March 1999 Senior Software Architect/Engineer Pasadena, CA
· Led a team of ten engineers in the development of a database-driven online guide to local events, businesses, and community information. This software was used by top media companies to produce award-winning web sites in cities around the world.

· Implemented critical portions of the software system in Perl (along with some C++ and Java) with connections to back end databases including Oracle, Informix, and Illustra and the Verity search engine.

· Led the gradual migration from startup chaos to reasonable software development practices, reducing risks and improving quality while retaining rapid development response times.
Structural Dynamics Research Corporation
June 1994 - July 1996 Senior Systems Engineer/Webmaster Cincinnati, OH
· Developed the corporate web site and intranet starting in the Spring of 1993, when fewer than 100 web sites existed on the Internet.
Structural Dynamics Research Corporation
June 1991 - May 1994 Technical Development Engineer Cincinnati, OH
· Developed C modules for a new version of a world-class mechanical design automation software system including topology traversal, data management, archive file, and error handling.
Process and Computational Design Services, Inc.
June 1985 - May 1991 Vice President Cincinnati, OH
Contract consulting and software development. Clients included Xetron Corporation, Procter & Gamble, University of Cincinnati Computing Center. Fun projects included:

· Alphanumeric satellite communications base station using C and Objective C on the NeXT/Mach platform.

· Complete preprocessor and parser for the C programming language.

· Transparent OS-level disk mirroring with fail-over for the QNX operating system.

· Object oriented windowing system in C++ for a proprietary embedded system.
Education University of Cincinnati
1991 Bachelor of Science
Computer Science
Cincinnati, OH
Awards: Full Tuition Albert B. Voorheis Honor Scholarship; Mary Rowe Moore Admission with Distinction.
Skills
· High volume, scalable, secure, and complex web site technical architecture and design
· Perl, C, C++, Java, ... (but mainly Perl lately)
· Linux, Solaris, IRIX, Mach, HPUX, ... (but mainly Linux lately)
· Apache 2, Apache 1, mod_perl, Mason, thttpd, CGI, ...
· MySQL, Oracle, SQL, database schema design, ...
· HTML, CSS, XML, XHTML, JavaScript, HTTP, SMTP, DNS
· Subversion, CVS, ClearCase, ...
· postfix, qmail, sendmail, bind9/named, ...
· make, imake, lex, yacc, sh, bash, ...
· Technology team building, engineering management, process and growth management
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Eric Hammond