Here's a little background:
I spent ten years as a front end developer. Eventually I got more excited about the concepts and design behind products than their implementation. At that point I started focusing on UX and Product Management roles.
I also end up leading/managing teams a bunch. My personality is suited to it, and my proclivity toward bringing order to chaos brings me into these sorts of roles whether I look for them or not.
I've also worked on a couple of startups, including a fitness app entirely of my own design. You should check it out.
On a more personal note, I have a few activities that keep me engaged outside of work.
Once upon a time I was a competitive fencer. It was a huge part of my life, and I got some amazing opportunities to travel the world as a result. I even took a run at making an Olympic team in 2008. I didn't make it, but what an exciting journey!
Since then, I've gotten really into cooking. I spend an inordinate amount of time teaching myself new techniques and trying out new dishes in the kitchen.
I also picked up a new sport (I guess old habits die hard). At least it keeps me from gaining 100 lbs on my foodie adventures! ;-)
BUILDING AWESOME TEAMS
FRONT END DEVELOPMENT
WEB DEV (PHP, ROR, ETC.)
INTERNET OF THINGS
SPORTS / FITNESS
PSYCHOLOGY / ANTHROPOLOGY
Jon Marcel and I were co leads at our super secret stealthy start-up. Marcel brought a focused leadership ability we needed to navigate the rough seas of the start-up. His drive to lead people to win was an awesome asset to the company and that drive allowed it to improve under his leadership.
-- Jon Dodson
Jonathan was a key part of the team, bringing technical strategy, planning and implementation skills... Often he would be faced with multiple conflicting priorities, with no clear resolution from outside, yet could navigate this to get things done and keep teammates and co workers informed. Throughout chaos he maintained the sense to know urgent from important, and always took appropriate care of both.
-- Christine Brumback
Jon is an excellent development manager because he skillfully and gracefully handles the balance of developer time and expertise, management and user expectations and technological capabilities. It was a pleasure working for Jon and I'd love to do so again in the future.
-- Brian Belhumeur