Simon Michael

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Los Angeles, CA, USA

Consulting services

About me
I’m an experienced software developer, sysadmin and mentor who can solve a wide range of problems efficiently and with high quality and reliability. I have created several successful free software projects and shipped significant commercial projects based on Zope, Plone, Rails, Haskell, Javascript, Java, Python, PHP and C, working solo or in small to medium-sized teams. I’m comfortable with front-end and back-end web development and multiple technologies and platforms. Here’s a resume.

I worked in the networking hardware industry from 1990 to 1996 before starting Joyful Systems, my software consulting business. In 2007 I built enterprise web apps with Heroku’s founders at Bitscribe, and from 2011 to 2013 I worked onsite at Gehry Technologies as lead front-end developer for a large SAAS app. Past clients include Gehry Technologies, KCRW, UCLA Institute of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Champion Windows, Engage Group, OpenApp, Webgami, ACEI, Weight Watchers Franchise Association, Vertel, Sonoma Systems and more.

Free and open-source software
My work most often involves free/open-source software solutions. I know what’s available, what’s good, what’s got a bright future, and how to interact with FOSS communities. For you this means lower costs, higher quality, and avoiding lock-in to proprietary solutions or dead-end projects.

I have wide interests and am always looking for new challenges, technical and otherwise, so feel free to ask about things not on this list. I provide:

How I work
I work with clients in southern california and around the world.

If you need a problem solved and don’t want to bother with the details, I’ll use my experience to deliver your desired end result in the smartest and most economic way.

If you want more visibility and control, I can provide an agile, iterative process where

And if you or your team wants to learn how to do what I’m doing, I can train, mentor, document and/or support for as long (or as short) as it takes.

My basic rate is $500 per day; I can also offer hourly, fixed bid and monthly rates. If your project is a good fit we will probably find a way to work together.

Get in touch!
You can contact me for an initial consultation at no charge.