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Patrick Brennan

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Software Development Engineer, Amazon Music. Previously Senior Software Engineer, TiVo.

Software Development Engineer, Amazon Music. Previously Senior Software Engineer, TiVo.

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Involved In

Side Projects

Lander 2009
Math3d
Orgutil
Playwright Tools
Percentage Gadget

Positions

Senior Software Engineer Microsoft December 2014 - present
Senior Android Developer Acompli April 2014 - December 2014
Software Development Engineer II Amazon Music September 2012 - March 2014
Senior Software Engineer TiVo May 2009 - September 2012
Senior Software Engineer Electric Cloud April 2008 - April 2009
Senior Software Engineer BlueShift Technologies April 2006 - March 2008

Education

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Mechanical Engineering

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Product Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Smart Home
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Software development • Android • Embedded Systems • Git • Android Development

Key Accomplishments

WHO AM I?
I am an experienced software professional with a passion for quality and a commitment to delivering a complete solution to the customer. I have diverse experience in multiple domains, and I am ready, willing and able to contribute to almost any level of the stack. I am versatile and able to ramp up quickly on new technology.

WHAT HAVE I DONE?
I've had the good fortune to have had an eclectic career which prevents me from overspecializing. I've kept my interest level high by being able to dive into challenging new opportunities. At Acompli, I was one of two Android developers. Together, we created the Acompli Email & Calendar App from zero to Play Store in 5 months, and we continued to refine it in weekly updates, a practice we continue after Microsoft acquired the company and rebranded Acompli as Outlook. At Amazon Music, I have been able to make a positive impact on the user experience for the Amazon Cloud Player for Kindle Fire and Android, which is used by tens of millions of people. I am particularly proud of the impact I made to the latest app's fluidity, cutting the rate of frame drops nearly in half. At TiVo, I was a key contributor to the Series 4 ("Premiere") DVR and helped drive features and bug fixes for a brand-new implementation of the interface on a very ambitious schedule. At BlueShift Technologies, I was responsible for the entire motion control layer of an industrial robot in a production setting, but I also helped out at multiple levels of serving the customer. During a trip to a customer site in Korea, faced with a malfunctioning robot and a pending delivery, I spent all night troubleshooting until I isolated the trouble to a faulty wiring harness, which I fixed myself.

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?
I love technology and I love its potential to create things that are actually useful and valuable to other people. I am looking for an opportunity to create new tools which will empower people. I feel really fortunate to be in a place and time when there's so much more potential to be unleashed.
Specific technologies don't matter so much to me: the landscape is always changing and today's hot new ticket is tomorrow's old news. (Flash, anyone?) The most important thing for me is to have a chance at grasping the fundamental value of each new bit of kit, and leverage a firm grasp of fundamental theory to make the best use of it.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I'M NOT IN THE OFFICE?
I like learning new things, and burnishing my skills. In the past couple of years, I've become very proficient in Python, primarily through my own efforts off the clock. This skill has held me in good stead at work, since I have on occasion been able to write Python code to solve specific problems. Mostly, though, I do this for my own benefit, and I've posted the code from some of my side projects at my GitHub page. Usually, these projects address a single, simple need of mine, although I have written a simulation game (jerky screencap here, apologies in advance) which I enjoyed immensely.

I have only posted one application of my own on Android Market. Consistent with my other public work, this addresses a specific need; in this case I wanted to give my wife a simple way to perform percentage calculations. The result is Percentage Gadget, and it currently lives on 10K-50K Android devices. My wife tells me she uses it every single day.

I have recently cultivated a passion for Arduino, the open-source hardware hacking kit. The platform makes it extremely easy to create inexpensive, small, simple, smart machines. To date, I have built a total of five complete Arduino projects, including a wireless light controller and automatic watering machine for our Christmas tree, which was only partially successful (the sap from the tree got back into the water reservoir; next year I will add a check valve to the build). I plan to post the code for all my Arduino projects in time.

I also write, and sometimes produce, my own plays in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. In 2013 I wrote and produced an edgy comedy called Singulariteen at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. We sold out four performances and received a Best of Fringe Award for the play. I also used my Arduino skills to create some of the practical on-stage effects!

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Jim Whitfield
We worked together at TiVo
Patrick showed enthusiasm for his day job project AND still found time to be an early innovator on the Android platform. Patrick is a pleas ... ure to work with both in his communication style and ability to deliver.
May Allam
We worked together at TiVo  •  Director, Engineering, TiVo. Previously Sr. Manager, Software Development, TiVo.
Patrick is a fantastically smart, focused, self-starter, and hardworking individual. He invariably understands exactly what a project is all ... about from start to finish, and how to get it done quickly and effectively. He combines top notch engineering skills with a creative spirit. Patrick was always a pleasure to work with. Just a wonderful colleague.
Richard Belcinski
They're my school  •  Principal Software Engineer, Apixio. Previously Principal Software Engineer, IntegenX, Inc..
Patrick has terrific passion for technology and it's affect on people.
Richard Collyer
We worked together at TiVo  •  Senior Engineering Manager - Mobile & Mac, Intuit. Previously Senior Engineering Manager, CoreUI Team, TiVo.
to me an entrepreneur is someone who has a passion for something and turns that passion in to a business. I know that Patrick has personal ... passions that he has turned into successful products (i.e. the play he wrote and directed). He certainly has the skill and drive and has done it before, so I see no reason to think he will not do it again.

Suzanne Horner
VP of Untapped Potential, Modern Developer https://learn.modern-developer.com/ and Owner/Operator, EQ Recruiting. University of Alberta grad.