I have been the Chief Technology Officer for a Japanese Educational Software company for the past 10 years. As CTO for a startup, I wore many hats, including lead developer, team lead, designer, software architect, researcher, and business partner. My main super power is my ON-DEMAND rapid learning capabilities. Typical business meetings included task requests such as: "Paul, I need a subtitle search engine, where I can specify the parts of speech for my search query". On the surface, the request seams simple, but in reality, it involved diving into the intricacies of using various API endpoints to pull in data, designing a database to hold the data, then creating index to index the data, and finally, create a user interface to execute the search and display the data beautifully!
I am a self starter that, for the last 10 years single handedly created an app used by our content editing tean to create compelling educational content. I also created many MVP's for my CEO, which was used for our investors to secure funding.
With zero guidance, I was able to learn all technologies required quickly, to launch our software, manage a team, and provide innovative tools and software for my company.
As well as acting as CTO, I also handled many human resources related tasks, such as hiring and managing outsources, administrating Atlassian Products such as Atlassian Jira, and Atlassian's confluence Wiki - which I used to produce in-house documentation for our team. I also lead all testing efforts on our software.
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Rapid on-demand learning of complicated tech - and then sharing it with the rest of the team.
Completed a four year degree in Computer Science. Lots of fun - Calculus I,II,II, Combinatoral Mathmatics, Linear algebra, Statistics, Programming, Project Management, C++, Java, Logic, AIgorithms, Networking, Databases I,II, - also completed a Cooperative Education Internship Certificate.
Studied business, philosophy, computer programming, mathematics, economics
Developed the Movie English application, an enterprise level application for creating educational content for students using YouTube videos. Built a Multi language Subtitle Editor, interfacing with Google and YouTube Data Api.
Created a virtual educational island called English Village, for over 2500 educators around the world. Scripted and created several in-world Educational games for teachers world wide - including "Puzzle Fun", "Game Buzzer", "Zombie Quiz Game". Coined the term "Holo-teaching" using in world on-demand scenes for role-play teaching in VR.
2004 - 2008
Taught children, teachers and adults English, computers, and multi-media. Created and taught lessons everyday. On the side, developed an internal record keeping program for the school as well as a report card database.
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