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Rafe Colton

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Hi, I'm Rafe. I work as a developer managing small-business systems at the Himalayan Institute.

"Hobbies" include intentional living, international travel, meditation, and chai.

Current Employment

Himalayan InstituteLead Developer - 2015 Oct to Present

Formal responsibilities:

  • Evaluation, budgeting, and implementation of small-business software solutions
  • WordPress site creation & maintenance using PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • DNS / domain management

Other responsibilities:

  • copy writing and editing
  • wireframing
  • vendor selection and management
  • project management
  • product management
  • people management
  • IT support
  • conference delegate—hiring and sales
  • customer support
  • tour guide & retail associate

Notable Projects:

Himalayan Institute Website

Global Humanitarian Projects Website

Open Source Contributions

Technical Skills

Technologies I use daily and/or in which I am most proficient

Bash, Git, Markdown, WordPress, PHP, HTTP, HTML, & CSS

Technologies I have used professionally

Go (Golang), Ruby, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Nginx, Ubuntu, Upstart, Rbenv, Rspec, Rack, Sinatra, Rails, Chef, Ansible, Docker, JavaScript, & Awk

Technologies I have used professionally but not recently

Capistrano, Python, RabbitMQ, HAProxy, SmartOS, Joyent/SDC, AWS (ec2 and s3), & Berkshelf

Technologies I have learned but use infrequently

C, Objective-C, Java, & Oracle SQL

Soft Skills


Writing (recent example), sales, customer service


Attention to detail, problem solving, information organization & presentation, clear communication, setting expectation, responsibility

Speaking Engagements

Dockercon Europe - December 2014, Amsterdam

"doing the old thing the new way"

Work Experience

Apple Inc.Software Engineer - 7 months

  • Platform engineering, infrastructure deployment & automation for Maps
  • Full-stack development using Rails, Sinatra, AngularJS, PostgreSQL, and Redis

ModCloth, Inc. Software Engineer - 1 year

  • Developer tools and continuous delivery pipeline
  • Deployment & infrastructure automation using Docker and Ansible
  • Go (Golang), Bash, Ruby
  • Spoke at Dockercon Europe in December 2014

ModCloth, Inc. Associate Software Engineer - 1 year, 4 months

  • Server-side applications and web services using Ruby, JRuby, Rails, RSpec, & Go (Golang)
  • Installation, configuration, and use of PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Memcached, & RabbitMQ
  • Provisioning, administration, & automation, using Chef, of SmartOS and Ubuntu VMs on Joyent
  • Bash scripting

Kemists Software Engineer - 4 months

  • Full-stack web application development in Ruby on Rails & JavaScript
  • iOS 5 application using Objective-C & JavaScript
  • Strategic planning and rapid business development
  • Administration of Google AdWords account

Fireman Creative Web Development Intern - 5 months

  • Full-stack web development building websites for small business customers
  • Website creation using WordPress, PHP, LESS, jQuery, and MySQL
  • Built

Apple Inc.Specialist, Expert - 3 years

  • Leading store sales, facilitating daily store operations
  • Providing assistance for new store openings and other special events
  • Mentoring new-hires

University of Pittsburgh

BS, Computer Science with Honors 2011 Jan to 2012 Apr
BA, Politics & Philosophy 2007 Aug to 2010 Aug