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. I don't always seek those roles, but my proclivity toward bringing order to chaos brings me into them.
I've worked on a couple of startups, including a fitness app that I designed and built entirely myself. You should check it out.
I like to keep busy outside of work too.
Once upon a time I was a competitive fencer. It was a huge part of my life, and gave me some amazing opportunities to travel the world. I even took a run at the Olympics in 2008. I didn't make it, but what an exciting journey!
Since then, I've taken up cooking as a hobby. I spend a lot researching recipes, time teaching myself new techniques, and trying my hand at dishes I've never made before.
Finally, I volunteer (along with my lovely wife) fostering dogs through the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society. I'm a life long dog lover and knowing I'm making a difference in a dog's life is an amazing feeling!
BUILDING AWESOME TEAMS
FRONT END DEVELOPMENT
WEB DEV (PHP, ROR, ETC.)
INTERNET OF THINGS
SPORTS / FITNESS
PSYCHOLOGY / ANTHROPOLOGY
Jon is one of the most talented product strategists I've ever worked with. He is no-nonsense, focused on great user experiences, and driven by innovation through technology.
-- Jeff Martens
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