Josh Kadis

Hi.

I’m an experienced full-stack developer, engineering manager, and product strategist with experience in agencies, news media, and small tech companies. At the moment, I’m a R&D Engineer at The Wall Street Journal where I create interfaces for reporters to access advanced data tools developed in the R&D lab.

Recently

As Director of Product Development at Alley (2014-2019), I provided engineering and strategic direction to Alley’s cross-functional product team. I was also responsible for planning and guiding engineering teams through highly technical projects for large media companies, while contributing plenty of code myself.

As Alley is a fully remote company, I understand how to build a friendly “workplace” that improves the performance of distributed teams.

I also served on the agency’s executive management team, coached and mentored junior and mid-career developers, and represented Alley as a conference speaker and panelist.

Previously

During a hiatus from Alley in 2018, I created a successful membership development strategy and technology roadmap as Director of Product and Engineering for CyclingTips.

Earlier

While a Senior Technologist at Quartz (2012-2014), I improved design processes by incorporating site analytics data and A/B testing, and oversaw Quartz’s innovative single-page web application while developing CMS features for editorial and sales staff.

I also worked with Fortune 500 brands while attending Boulder Digital Works (2010-2011), a graduate program at the University of Colorado, and working as a technologist at Big Spaceship (2011-2012).

Projects

The Most Laps

My favorite personal project is The Most Laps, where cyclists can track the absurd quantities of laps ridden in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. (Other locations are on the way.)

Released in March 2018, the site holds historical data for hundreds of athletes, more than 75,000 bike rides, and upwards of 600,000 laps.

Shift

Shift helps military service members transition to new careers through fellowships with employers like Uber and Major League Baseball.

In 2018, I built the first version of Shift’s public-facing website and set up an analytics flow to measure funnels for potential fellows and employers.

Media analytics and revenue

During my time at Alley, one of the US’s largest daily news publishers tapped me to troubleshoot erratic video ad yield.

Designing, implementing, and reporting the results of numerous A/B and multivariate tests required fluency in analytics, ad ops, quantitative analysis, and even some UX design.

Presented to the client’s parent company, my findings influenced inventory management across their global network.

Miscellany

I’m a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

I build most often with JavaScript, developing server-side and client-side applications. I’ve worked with just about every major framework and have spent a lot of time with Next.js.

In the past I worked extensively with WordPress and developed secure, scalable features for enterprise clients on the WordPress.com VIP platform.

Before embarking on my current career path, I ran content marketing campaigns for major bicycle industry brands like SRAM and Specialized.

I live in Brooklyn.