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Who? During the day I’m a full stack software engineer at Lorem Technologies, building the future of freelancer marketplaces. At night I’m a product prototyper, avid reader, and relentless optimist. In the past I worked as an entrepreneur in Latin America. Proficient: Javascript (ES5/6), Node, React, Serverless/AWS Lambda, Browser Extensions, AWS IoT, Express, Mongo/Mongoose, Git, Github, CSS3, HTML5, Unity, CircleCI Knowledgeable: C#, Python, Mocha/Jasmine/Chai, jQuery, Material-UI, AframeVR, Socket.io, Vue, Bash, oAuth Familiar: SQL, Sequelize, Hugo A VC once described my core soft skill as: “The ability to perceive exactly what needs to be done.

Recent Projects

Paperspace Monitor 2018 | Solo Project Chrome Webstore Built while working on Fast.ai, Paperspace Monitor is a tiny Chrome extension that checks if you have Jupyter notebooks or compute instances running on Paperspace. It reminds you each hour, so you don’t accidentally leave instances on and accumulate big monthly bills. Revelry 2018 | Solo Project Revelry – turn your sound files into an Express server! I built this to prank my colleagues.

All Life is Problem Solving

Shared on Medium Over time, I’ve been reminded over and over of the phrase: “All life is problem solving.” From birth to death, humans spend our entire lives solving problems. Many of these problems are mundane: ‘I’m hungry.’ ‘Where is it safe to sleep?’ Others are more abstract: ‘How do I solve this equation?’ ‘How do I sell 10,000 widgets?’ ‘How do I cure this disease?’ Philosopher of science Karl Popper first wrote “All life is problem solving”.

Intro

Reflections on business projects, failed and successful:

Speaking

I’ve spoken for audiences in Asia, South America, Central America, North America, Africa, and Europe. Tech Talk: React is Eating the World! NYC A whirlwind tour of the quirky and ever-growing world of React libraries. QuickDrawJS NYC Presentation of QuickDrawJS Wild West typing tutor for programmers, winner of a 40-project hackathon. Ground ControlVR Overview NYC My section begins at 3:45 Overview of the technologies used in an interstellar WebVR simulator about clear communication.

Writing and Essays

Technology / Programming Nested Routers in Express Error Handling Patterns in Express A Gentle Overview of Express.js: Introduction A Gentle Overview of Express.js: Install and Configure A Gentle Overview of Express.js: Basic Routing A Gentle Overview of Express.js: Using Routers A Gentle Overview of Express.js: Middleware Mysterious Errors: Case Sensitive Webpack Imports Mysterious Errors: SequelizeBaseError Insert or Update Violates Foreign Key Constraint The Revealing Module Pattern in Javascript How to Understand this and Binding in Javascript How to Build an Interstellar VR Commlink with Google Daydream and WebAudio Part 1: Making NASA style Radio Transmissions with Tuna.

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MPC

Innovating Education from Within Guatemala’s Top University When I left my position at the MPC, the students gave me this video as a going-away present. In late 2014, I got a phone call that would change my life… The host of the project was Universidad Francisco Marroquín, one of the top universities in Central America. In 2012, they had formed an independent department and autonomous profit center to create educational innovation.

Antigua Trading Co.

Exotic Minimalist Leather Goods I went for a long drive, and came back with a business idea. During 2015, I went for a lot of long drives to think and de-stress from working on [the MPC](). One day I went out driving and came upon a remote town with a row of businesses that sold cowboy boots. I stopped to take a look. I was amazed at the intricate designs and the quality of the materials.

Startup Cities

What if Cities Could Progress at the Pace of Technology? La Limonada, a neighborhod that runs what I like to call ‘slum code’. Making Cities More Entrepreneurial Update 2016: My work with Startup Cities was acknowledged by the World Design Organization when I was selected as a judge to choose the World Design Capital 2020. I’ve long been captivated by the positive role that entrepreneurship can play in the lives of others.

Unschooling

Life is Education Update 2016: My education is featured in a chapter on grit, self-directed learning, and the power of rule-breaking for the 2017 book Mindshift by Barbara Oakley. Dr. Oakley is the creator of Coursera’s Learning How to Learn, a practical and valuable course. Things don’t always work out the way you expect. I was raised in rural Maryland, where my parents were caretakers of a trailer park.

Photos and Adventures

Overcoming The Fear of Sounding Dumb in Spanish by Going to Crime Scenes Frustrated by how fearful I was about sounding dumb when I spoke Spanish, I arranged to host and interpret Spanish for an American documentary film team. We were turned down for a ride-along with the municipal paramedics and thought the project was lost. But I was able to talk our way into the central station of Los Voluntarios, a well-known volunteer paramedic force that works in some of the most difficult, dangerous conditions in the world.

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Zachary Caceres – Software Engineer & Entrepreneur