Meet the Team đź¤ť

Our award-winning software engineers represent every aspect of development, deployment and product management. And they’ve generated many, many millions of successful downloads for happy users.

Hana Taruishi

Senior Software Engineer

Working out of Korea, Hana is a superstar software engineer with solid Javascript experience. He specializes in Javascript (he is the ReactJS guru on our team) and spends a significant amount of his time building Botwork’s in-house UI component frameworks across projects.

Taylor McDonald

Taylor is a full-stack Javascript engineer and a React enthusiast. He enjoys building sleek, intuitive user interfaces, experimental (yet palatable) animations, and beautiful, informative visualizations. Devoted to the user experience and well-versed in the needs and the culture of startup endeavors, he creates solutions that ensure retention, reinforce acquisition, and deserve recognition. With or without the designs and/or specifications of products or features, Taylor engineers creative, efficient, steadfast, and “pixel-perfect” implementations. He also curiously considers and suggests alternatives to the prescribed methods, data models, and architecture of the project, as well as existing “best practices” in web and mobile application development. Taylor has worked extensively with Mike Chang as a senior developer in a previous venture in enterprise messaging, building a highly scalable and performant infrastructure from the ground up, as well as working on client-facing dashboards, tools, and analytics. Building for both web and mobile, he has also held several roles with companies as a front-end and full-stack engineer at critical times of business and product development, quickly shipping out quality code for features when it mattered most, driving growth and locking in future monetization. Taylor holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Omar Sharif

Omar is a DevOps and automation specialist. He started his career at AppLovin (acquired for $1.5 Billion). He has since worked for startups backed by 500 Startups, Y-Combinator, and other notable investors. He has had repeated success in raising product quality and engineering efficiency through automation. He is highly experienced in viral product launches and running consumer and enterprise software at scale. He has worked with Mike Chang for the last 4 years. He placed 1st in a 2016 Hackathon event in San Francisco, held by VentureBeat.

Mike Chang

Once upon a time, a 12-year-old boy with a 15-inch CRT monitor and a 56k modem decided to set up shop making websites for local businesses. That preteen startup upstart has come a long, long way since then, and his passion for startups and people who dare to dream is still going strong.

Mike’s own dreamer’s spirit and multifaceted skillset—a unique combination of engineering expertise, product development knowhow and entrepreneurial skill—have helped him develop a perfect perspective on the unique needs of young startup enterprises. His method includes devoting personal attention to engineering management, a work style that enables him to jumpstart teams and lead them through robust periods of rapid growth.

Before founding Mike Chang Consulting, Mike was VP of Engineering at Pingpad—a bot-augmented wiki for enterprise teams. His engineering leadership enabled Pingpad to successfully navigate around the rise of Slack, as the company pivoted from mobile apps. Funding for Pingpad came from 500 Startups, CrunchFund, Floodgate and Greylock.

Earlier, Mike held an engineering leadership position at E la Carte, the leader in restaurant pay-at-table systems, funded by Y Combinator and Intel Capital. During Mike’s tenure, E la Carte experienced hyper-growth, engaging in new rounds of funding and expanding exponentially in headcount.

Mike also led the development of Presto tablets software and held various engineering roles at Cisco, Electronic Arts, and Zoosk. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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