I’m David, the new man in charge of our small (but perfectly formed) Technology/Engineering Department at Newspaper Club. I took over as CTO when Tom departed to pastures new (pun absolutely intended) a few months ago and I figured it was about time I said hello. I definitely wasn’t gently prompted to write this by our resident social media expert Sarah… honestly…
We’re now in what could be called Phase 3 of the technical development of Newspaper Club. Tom led the development of some cool toys when we were a startup, those were built upon and developed over the last few years, and I’ve now got the exciting job of directing and developing the tech to support the rapidly growing business that Ben, Russell, and Tom started more than 5 years ago.
A bit about me: I’ve been coding since I was 7 (1989!) and have fond memories of STOS on my first computer, an Atari 520 STFM. It smelt funny, ran hot, but was totally bulletproof and never let me down. I had pre-internet days of dialing into local BBSs and many blazing rows over excessive phonebills with my (ultimately quite understanding) parents. I spent a lot of money buying dodgy pirated games from the Barras and I lived through what I guess most people would think of as the birth of the modern internet. I even spent some time writing for a silly money VC funded gaming company called Barrysworld.
While the internet was sorting itself out in the early 00’s — seriously, it was rubbish — I spent my time working as a live sound engineer in venues and festivals. For a couple of years I co-owned and operated an art, education and event space called Boxxed, a shell of a Victorian warehouse that we converted and is now, ironically enough, a hub for startups in Birmingham. While I was there I was introduced to the pure joy of Ruby on Rails (as well as the horror of JS) and decided it was about time I came back to coding. That was about four years ago and since then I’ve freelanced, co-run an agency, consulted, and have now settled in at Newspaper Club to build some cool tools.
I’ll be making regular posts here talking about our technology stack, our infrastructure, what projects we’re working on, and what makes us tick. We’re a small business and as such there’s very rarely a dull moment — my Trello board has a ‘high priority’ list that only ever seems to get longer, plus we’re pretty intensively working on two super-secret projects that we’ll announce properly in the not too distant future.
So that’s it for now. Next time we’ll talk tech. :-)