David Breedlove -- My Story
Retired from software development, now interested in part-time work -- either remote or locally on the Monterey Peninsula. Content monitor, writing/editing, instruction/training, website maintenance, and community service come to mind. Surprise me with something I haven't thought of. Sixteen to twenty hours per week would be ideal. I have had several careers, as you will see if you read on. The most recent was software development, going back to the early days of personal computing. Continuing purely as a developer/engineer doesn't appeal any longer. I would rather spend my time in other ways.
But so you know where I've been: First in the software development realm:
- The most recent engagement was as principal full-stack developer with a startup on an internet-based wellness business management suite where I worked partly for "sweat equity". The SaaS product we developed was revenue-positive, but the founder was never able to find angel investors to underwrite product marketing costs, or to fully compensate those of us who had invested our own time in the venture. Sadly, that experience cost me five years of late-career earnings.
- Prior to that I was with a local branch of a national educational testing company, developing internal client-server business applications, until corporate IT took over all internal software development.
- Before that I was with another startup -- the opportunity that brought me to Monterey -- developing one of the first website construction tools on the market. Although the product was successful, the company suffered similar financial shortfalls and disappeared.
- And even further back, for over a decade I was a contract developer almost full time with a national food company, and in solo consulting practice with other clients.
Years back, before coming to Monterey, and before launching into software and internet technology, I had:
- A personal computer training business,
- A PUC-chartered outfitting/transportation service taking skiers and hikers into the Sierra backcountry,
- Yet another startup venture in resource recovery,
- Over a decade in the paper converting industry as an industrial/manufacturing engineer,
- Service as an active and reserve army officer.
After the wellness business venture faded away, I took semi-retirement and began dabbling in other web technologies and offering my skills to local volunteer and civic causes, most recently as president and webmaster with The Gentrain Society of Monterey Peninsula College. During that time I have also been teaching computer subjects as a community college and adult school adjunct instructor.
If you wish to start a dialog, send me an email. But please include the word "stoneaxe" so I can see you aren't a robot who didn't read the whole story. Thanks.