Jamie Kosoy
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👋🏻Hi! I'm Jamie. I'm a design-minded developer. For the past five years I've been running my own studio, Arbitrary. I live in the Bay Area halfway between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay with my wonderful wife Hilary and my 1.5 year old Nola.
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🗂I like wearing a lot of different hats. I'm a generalist programmer, full stack developer, iOS developer and creative director. I'm not particularly passionate about a specific language or framework. My focus is on polished user experience.
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If I'm known for anything, it's my time as Technical Director at Big Spaceship. While there I led development on projects like NikeAir.com and Skittles.com. I also helped grow the technical team, both in size and subject matter expertise.
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I'm proud of my ability to learn new technologies quickly, help define requirements where there are none, and invent polished user interface mechanics. I love being a part of the creative process.
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🎓My most rewarding work revolves around teaching and mentorship. While in New York I taught code and prototyping in the MFA Design + Technology program at Parsons. I carried that kind of teaching in the Design BA program at the University of San Francisco. More recently I've been developing a curriculum of my own around web development and prototyping.
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My work as an advisor goes beyond my colleagues, employees, contractors and students. I've also advised early-stage startups at TechStars and Bolt. Some companies I've advised include Owlet, Enteriv, Safehub and Keen Home.
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📝I love helping people learn. I've written several articles about prototyping and designer/developer collaboration. I also write about anxiety and imposter syndrome, since I suffer from both of those myself.
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☕️I'm a big believer in local food - San Francisco cannot make a good bagel any better than New York can make a decent loaf of sourdough bread.

I'm an avid fan of coffee. I roast my own beans at home using a 1980s popcorn machine. I do the whole fancy pourover thing... it's like my own personal Blue Bottle here.
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🔗Get In Touch
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkosoy/
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https://twitter.com/jkosoy
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