An overview of projects developed by Chris Were over the past 20 years

Rappsio — Founder & CEO

Jul 2015 - Current

Founder of the Rappsio platform, a new way of developing web applications in the cloud. The cloud framework can deliver everything from a traditional website through to a complete business solution.

This project involves:

  • Rapid prototyping / proof of concept development
  • Product development
  • Financial management
  • System architecture design and implementation
  • Infrastructure management
  • UX design
  • Software development
  • System administration
  • Marketing / messaging experiments
  • Customer interviews

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Community Data Solutions — Co-Founder & CEO

Jan 2010 - Jun 2015

Co-Founder and CEO of Community Data Solutions, providing information management solutions to Australian Non-Profit orgnasiations. The company grew to over 15 staff and 1000’s of users during my five years leading the company.

Being a startup, responsibilities covered all areas of the business:

  • Product development
  • Financial management
  • Building software engineering team
  • Establishing company culture
  • Business analyst
  • System architecture design and implementation
  • Performance and security monitoring
  • Process improvement

IAP2 — Software Engineer & Consultant

Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

Providing technical assistance and consulting services to the IAP2 Federation and their affiliates across the globe. Scoping appropriate solutions to help improve operations and communication between members, contractors and trainers.

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Mozzler — Founder

Oct 2009 - Apr 2010

Mozzler was an experimental real-time news search engine utilising Twitter which processes several terabytes of data per month.

In September 2009 the website was launched at the “Real-time Techcrunch” conference in San Francisco. A video of this launch can be found here (from 6.5 minutes).

This project required creating large scale web indexing tools to scrap relevant content from the web, while dealing with large amounts of data - making it searchable in near real-time.

There were many interesting challenges around scaling the solution and using the (at the time) experimental Cassandra document store.

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Marketech — Lead Software Engineer

Mar 2007 - Nov 2009

I was the lead software engineer at Marketech, an online CFD broker, based in Perth. This role involved scoping features, managing the implementation and development of new software, implementing existing Open Source software and productivity tools within the company.

I was responsible for re-architecting the existing trading software to be highly scalable and performant, using experience gained in the FeedTagger project.

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Newsalerts — Founder

Aug 2006 - Oct 2007

Newsalerts was an online service providing email notifications when a company appears in any Australian newspaper, leading Australian financial website - or when the company makes an ASX announcement.

Sold in 2007.

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FeedTagger — Founder

Feb 2005 - Sep 2005

Founder of experimental news platform FeedTagger. An RSS aggregator with an emphasis on navigation by tags.

After initially launching and gaining 1000 users in it’s first week, the service was re-archicted to scale - using techniques pioneered by Google and FriendFeed.

Google then launched Google Reader which was almost identicial in functionality, so the project was shut down.

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The Event Shop — Software Engineer

Feb 2002 - Feb 2004

Initially employed as a web developer while studying at University. I was responsible for developing and maintaining several marketing websites and implemented numerous open source software tools to improve business efficiency and online marketing.

I was the project lead, outlining the initial scope and design of a new online ticketing system to manage multiple venues, layouts and pricing structures.

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Searson and Were — Founder

Feb 1999 - Feb 2002

Searson and Were was a web development agency providing websites and online stores for Adelaide businesses and government organisations.

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