Jamie Kosoy
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๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸปHi! I'm Jamie. I'm a design-minded developer. I work as a Software Engineer at Stripe. Prior to that I ran my own studio, Arbitrary, and before that I was Technical Director at Big Spaceship. I live in the Bay Area halfway between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay with my wonderful wife Hilary and daughters, Nola and Molly.
๐Ÿ—‚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.
If I'm known for anything, it's my time at Big Spaceship. While there I led development on projects like NikeAir.com and Skittles.com. I also helped build out + manage a team of amazing coders, both in size and subject matter expertise.
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.
๐ŸŽ“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.
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.
๐Ÿ“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.
โ˜•๏ธ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.
๐Ÿ”—Get In Touch