I’m a 33 year old creative, experienced and friendly Technical Lead. My main work is at Pretty where I lead a small .net development team mainly working on the ETX Capital website. In my spare time I’ve been setting up my own Android development company AT Platforms as well helping my wife build her startup herbal tea company Tea Dragons.
I have skills and expertise in many technical areas, I currently develop mainly in asp.net MVC and Android. I’ve been the architect and lead on many highly technical and critical projects in the financial space. I’ve also released several android apps.
As well as technical skills I also have a good understanding of design, I undertake all of the design and UI/UX for my projects outside Pretty
My new company AT Platforms is completely boot-strapped, I have got this far using spare time and savings. To continue building my company, I need some more flexibility so I’m looking for contract/freelance work to aid this. I’m also considering a full-time move to (the right) tech startup to gain experience and contacts(and hopefully equity) to aid the eventual success of my own company.
I love designing and building things and in the process finding creative solutions to problems. I like nothing better than a well built finished system.
My dream is to build a highly successful product based company.
Please email me if you would like to talk in person – email@example.com
I’ve been coding Android since 2008 and have a number of apps in the Android market. My first, MicroJam was a finalist in the Android Developer Challenge II and finished in the top 20 of the media category. My most recent app is VisualSpreads is a white-label trading application that I hope to sell financial institutions.
Technology(in no particular order)
Projects at Pretty
Role: Technical Lead/Developer
ETX Capital International Expansion
Technology: asp.net MVC 2, Jquery, SQL Server 2005, Resx.
The latest project I’ve been running is the expansion of ETX Capital into Europe. We’ve produced new websites for France, Italy and Germany. We also upgraded all dynamic content to run on asp.net MVC 2.
ETX CRM (intranet site)
Technology: asp.net MVC 2, LINQ to SQL, Jquery, SQL Server 2005.
This project tied together several disjointed database systems into an easy to use bespoke CRM system.
ETX Seminars (intranet site)
Technology: asp.net MVC, LINQ to SQL, Jquery, SQL Server 2005.
A seminar/event booking system written in asp.net MVC.
ETX Capital Website – http://www.etxcapital.co.uk
Dates: 2008 – Present
I lead the team involved with on-going maintenance and improvements to the ETX Capital website.
ETX Capital Online Trading Platform – http://www.etxcapital.co.uk
Tradindex Online Trading Platform v2 – http://www.tradindex.com
Dates: 2005 – 2008
Technology: asp.net 2.0, Webservices(JSON), Microsoft AJAX, SQL Server 2000
John Ross – http://www.johnross.co.uk
Technology: Flash, Actionscript 2
I used to be an occasional flash coder, this was the last flash website I wrote. A photography portfolio site.
Tradindex Online Trading Platform – http://www.tradindex,com
Dates: 2003 – 2005
VisualSpreads – http://goo.gl/sww0e
Technology: Android(Java), asp.net MVC 2, RabbitMQ, Entity Framework, SQL Server 2008, Azure
My latest app, a white-label trading app. I’ve built a skinable front-end Android app and a basic back-end trading platform written in .net and hosted on Azure(for demo purposes). I am currently in the process of finding a buyer for this App.
Snow Storm Wallpaper – http://goo.gl/6UKUX
I little experiment with Live Wallpapers. I initially created this at Christmas to give away to the Londroid group as a Christmas present.
Finandced – http://www.streetappschallenge.com/solutions/19
Technology:Android(Java), Thompson Reuters Data API.
My entry to the Thompson Reuters StreetApps Challenge. This is no longer available in the Android Market as the API was only available for the duration of the completion. A demo video is still available.
MicroJam – http://goo.gl/tKuXR
Technology:Android(Java, C++), FruityLoops, Audactity
My first Android app and a finalist in the Android Developer Challenge II. I developed the app and produced the loops a user can remix.
MicroJam – House Sample Pack – http://goo.gl/bPNZs
Technology:Android(Java), FruityLoops, Audactity
An add-on loops pack for MicroJam.
AT Platforms – http://www.atplatforms.com
Technology: Android, asp.net MVC 2, Entity Framework, SQL Server 2008, Azure
The company which I am in the process of building.
Windlip Custom Snowboards – http://www.windlipsnowboards.com/
Technology: asp.net, LINQ to SQL, SQL Server 2005
Windlip asked me to create logo and e-commerce website. The logo is still used on all Windlip boards. They paid me with custom snowboards 🙂
Tea Dragons – http://www.teadragons.com
Role: Owner/Developer/Designer/Chief Tea Taster
Our(Hannah my wife and myself) herbal tea business. I have designed the logo, packaging, labels and website. I also built the online shop which is ruining on shopify. I am in the process of designing labels and packaging for a new soft drink we are launching. Day to day running of the company is handled by Hannah.
FASBET – http://www.ehorsex.com
I built the initial front-end protoype for the FASBET betting exchange. Using the prototype they acquired their first client – ehorsex.
Glut Buster – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJD_wUqGh1A
I created this video to pitch for start-up funding from Innovate 10. This is my dream service that I want to build when I’ve made my Tech millions.(or when I find someone to fund it)
I have :
BSc In Computing
HND in Software Engineering
GNVQ Advanced in IT
When I’m not working or coding(this isn’t very often) I like to:
Play with my Kids
Hunt for wild food
Forage for mushrooms
And back before kids, when I had more time and disposable income I used to:
Play in a samba band
Play in an indie-rock band
Produce electronic music
One day, I’ll do all of these again!
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
My posterous (lots of lovely mushroom pics) – http://simondixon.posterous.com/
My own productions on last.fm – http://www.last.fm/music/longhairedsi/Free%2520Icecream?ac=longhairedsi
My personal blog – https://simonwdixon.wordpress.com
Twitter – @longhariedsi