To solve interesting problems by developing useful software.
Automattic, Inc. (2011 – Present)
- Improve the accuracy and speed of the Akismet anti-spam service.
- Worked to ensure that WordPress.com is perfectly customizable for every user
AOL Inc. (2009 – 2011)
Principle Software Engineer
- Led technical development of a full rewrite of AOL Shopping.
- Led technical development of a shopping-based Q&A platform for AOL Shopping
- Led technical development of Emurse.com and developed a system to support distributed Emurse-powered job boards
Mahalo.com (2007 – 2009)
Senior Software Engineer
- Led development of Mahalo’s human-powered search engine and underlying CMS.
- Managed and improved API that powered the Mahalo Answers Q&A product.
- Developed browser extensions to support and augment the Mahalo.com user experience.
SearchMe.com (2007 – 2008)
Developed Mozilla-based website imaging technology for use in company’s visual search engine.
AOL/Time Warner (2006 – 2007)
Senior Software Engineer, Netscape
- Primary developer for the Netscape Navigator Web browser, which was based on Mozilla Firefox.
- Developed and implemented features for Netscape.com, at that time a 200MM pageview/month Web property.
- Principle developer for the Netscape.com API; developed browser extensions to demonstrate usage of the API and augment the Netscape.com social news experience.
Web Browser Extensions (2004 – Present)
The source code for all of my extensions (and some other open-source projects) can be seen at http://github.com/cfinke
I have a genuine affinity for software development and problem solving. I am deeply committed to fast and accurate work, and I am able to work flexibly and efficiently.
Awards and Honors
- My browser extension Tapsure won the Best in Show prize in Mozilla’s Mobile Add-ons Cup as well as being the top add-on in the Innovation category.
- I received an AOL ‘QMonster Award’ in the fall of 2010 in recognition of the successful rewrite and relaunch of AOL Shopping.
- My browser extension and Web service FireFound was a Grand Prize winner in Mozilla’s Extend Firefox 3.5 contest
- My browser extension TwitterBar was a winner in the first Mozilla Mobile Add-ons Challenge
- My Firefox extensions ScribeFire, Feed Sidebar, URL Fixer, RSS Ticker, FireFound, and TwitterBar have all been highlighted as Recommended Add-ons by editors at Mozilla Add-ons.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2005
BS in Computer Science