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Career highlights include being founding CTO at CoinDesk, one of the leading cryptocurrency news sites. I built CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index, which is referenced by publications all over the globe.
I was also technical co-founder of Student.com, one of the world’s leading online marketplaces for student accommodation, in which I rolled out and scaled up infrastructure in offices across Asia, Europe, and USA, inter-connected via VPNs which crossed the Great Firewall of China, and oversaw distributed software engineering teams.
This is all built on a diverse skill set developed over 25 years of software engineering and networking experience, summarised as:
- Extensive knowledge of VPN protocols including configuring and supporting IPSEC and OpenVPN tunnels
- Securely connecting worldwide locations to offices in Shanghai through the Great Firewall of China
- Ensuring the security of corporate networks through setup and monitoring of Firewalls & Intrusion Detection Systems, anti-virus/anti-malware scanning of systems, and performing vulnerability testing on applications and APIs
- Sysops / devops using a mixture of local physical servers, dedicated data center servers, and cloud services
- Traditional desktop IT support, including designing and rolling out multi-site, multi-country corporate networks
- Hands on development and support of multiple call centres based across the globe, using Asterisk and global VOIP gateways
My research and contributions have been featured in a number of leading news and technology publications including:
- Shelley High School, Huddersfield (1990 - 1996)
- BSc Computer Science from The University Of York (1996-1999)
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