Jesse wanted to be an English teacher in high school, so he spent 16 years in software development and finally got there!
He started a small web development business with two friends right after high school, building it up enough to pay the bills by the time he graduated (with a degree in sociology). Original business partners moved on, and Jesse moved from HTML/CSS to building back-end features in PHP in order to keep the business running.
For the last six years, Jesse has worked as a PHP developer and DevOps engineer. He’s built cloud infrastructure and developed APIs. On the side, he built swhenever.com, the Twin Cities concert calendar that he wished already existed. It took a long time, but gave him the chance to learn a lot, including React, Node.js, Python, Docker and Kubernetes.
- He has probably seen hundreds of concerts
- He ran for office once
- He’s a cat person, but not a hater
- He loves sci-fi and fantasy
- Gif is pronounced “jiff”