Hi, I’m John Barton - startup CTO and obvious Microsoft Encarta® enthusiast. I’m the solo founder of which builds tools on top of GitHub to improve team communication. My true passion is boring friends and co-workers alike with slideshow presentations of Nautical History Facts.
I’ve spent most of my career leading small to mid-sized teams with a focus on developer-driven ops. Most of my time these days goes into leading product, design, and engineering at Amber. I ran Hecate as a full time business for a while and keep it ticking as a bit of a hobby on the side.
Previously I was VP Engineering (defacto CTO in the second half) for 99designs. Before 99 I was co-founder of the film centric social network Goodfilms with the inestimable Glen Maddern and Charlie Gleason. Even before that, I led engineering for the Envato marketplaces. I did even more things before that which you can scroll through at your leisure on My Linkedin.
I maintain a few open source libraries and hobby projects. godotenv is a reasonably popular port of the much more popular Ruby dotenv project. letour is a website I refresh annually that lets Aussies sleep through the Tour de France and catch the highlight reel in the morning without spoiling the result. sqltocsv is a handy little Go library to make it easy to do spreadsheet exports from your database. I started a parody “nanoservice” called SHOUTCLOUD, only for the term nanoservice to be used unironically mere months later. My most popular project by far however is the sarcastic joke RFC for the 7xx Developer Error HTTP status codes.