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Christopher Kalika

Entrepreneur & Product Developer


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I'm a Senior, Fullstack Web Developer with a Product Focus

I'm a Senior Web Developer (15+ years) with management experience, lots of startup/entrepreneurship experience, a business degree and a product/quality focus.

I've been working IT since 1998, starting as a junior developer/network admin and working my way up through the ranks. I've held roles in development, dev/ops, architecture and management and I come to new projects with a great deal of experience and a very product-focused view point. The question I always delve to understand is "What is the value proposition of [that feature | the product | the business model | the offering]?" What is this thing supposed to do? Why does someone care enough to pay for/use it? How do we emphasize that and make it more meaningful? If the feature doesn't add to our core value proposition, then is it something we really should be investing our time and effort on?

As an entrepreneur and startup coach, my focus is more often than not on product and value proposition development. I work with Product Owners, Project Managers and Architects to better understand user needs/requirements and how they might best fit with business needs/requirements to make sure that we develop the best product we can, given the constraints.

Fundamentally, I try to bring the most value (in time saved, lessons learned, quality increase, delivering to deadlines, etc.) that I can to the teams and projects I work with.

Inebriated Gentlemen

Lead Developer

June 2015 - Present
Inebriated Gentlemen is a data company focused on drinkers, consumables and pubs. For the last few months, I've been working on PintBoss, a social drinking games platform in which players can get paid to play drinking games.
IDAC Media

AngularJS Developer

March 2015 - June 2015
IDAC Media is a development and design company based in Glasgow, Scotland. I helped develop a car finance/cost and specifications comparator system for a Tier 1 company within the automotive industry.
Lean Greens

Shopify Developer

February 2015 - April 2015
Lean Greens is a "greens superfood" supplement developed and manufactured in the UK. I helped redevelop their entire technology stack and processes, using Shopify, ClickFunnels and ActiveCampaign.
Digital Receipts

Founder & Developer

July 2014 (Ongoing)
Digital Receipts is a data company focused on receipt data capture, use and enrichment. It's a company and offering that I've been developing and continue to do so on an ongoing basis.
Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries

User Experience Architect

March 2014 - June 2014
Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries (CalMac) is the ferry company that services the islands off the west coast of Scotland. I helped them work through and develop the user experience of their new ticketing experience (online and offline).
Learning Bird

Technical Co-Founder

March 2011 - December 2013
Learning Bird is an data company focused on the K-12 education market in North America. I headed up the technical aspects of the company and oversaw (read: coded and managed) the development process of our products.
Beyond The Rack

Lead Developer

October 2009 - December 2010
Beyond The Rack is Canada's leading flash sales company with more than 10m users. I headed up the development team and focused much of my efforts on backend and process development.
Timbec Media

Lead Developer

March 2009 - October 2009
Timbec Media is a touch screen kiosk company based in Montreal, Canada. I headed up the development team and architected the offering, both for the kiosks and the administrative backend.
Various Companies (Australia)

Freelance Developer

January 2008 - December 2008
I spent 2008 living and working in Australia. I worked as a trainer (programming), developer (for a major video game), project manager and infrastructure architect.
Dawson College

Web Developer

September 2003 - December 2007
Dawson College is Montreal's largest English Language college. I worked on a wide variety of projects including the first attempt at an eLearning platform, a web-based inventory management system and a centralized authentication system using Novell's NDS.
Xaxix Internet Solutions

Web Developer

April 1999 - June 2001
Xaxix Internet Solutions was a web design and development company in Montreal, Canada. I developed several CMS solutions, two eCommerce projecets and an extensive webmail client and numerous web sites.

Front End Skills

These are some of my front end skills.

  • AngularJS
  • BackBone
  • Two Way Data Binding
  • JQuery/Zepto
  • Polymer
  • Socket.io / Web Sockets
  • D3.js & RaphaelJS
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • SVG & Canvas
  • GSAP/CSS3 Animations
  • Local Storage
  • Geolocation
  • Web Components
  • CPU Profiling
  • Native Javascript
  • Ionic / Cordova/Phonegap
  • API Development
  • Localization

Backend Skills

These are some of my backend skills.

  • Node.js
  • ExpressJS
  • PHP 3.x/4.x/5.x
  • NGinx/Apache
  • MySQL
  • Oracle
  • NoSQL
  • Redis & Memcache
  • RabbitMQ & Kue
  • Java

Mobile Skills

These are some of my mobile skills.

  • iOS (Swift)
  • Android (Java)
  • Cordova / PhoneGap
  • Blackberry (WML)
  • LocalStorage
  • Profiling
  • Power Management
  • Bandwidth Optimization
  • UX/UI Architecture
  • Security Audits
  • JS/CSS3 Optimization
  • CSS & JS Optimization

General Skills

These are some of my general/other skills.

  • Customer Driven Development
  • TDD & BDD
  • Agile & Scrum
  • Lean Methodology
  • A/B Testing
  • Analytics & Metrics
  • Data Modelling
  • Training
  • Shopify & Liquid
  • Wordpress & Ghost.io
  • IoT Development
  • System Administration


I return to university, attending Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada in 2011. While studying there, I co-founded Learning Bird, an education technology company with a focus on individualized and data-driven learning.

I completed a BCom in Entrepreneurial Management in 2013, winning the Eric C. Douglass Entrepreneurship Award upon graduation.

Language Skills

I speak English and French fluently, Spanish semi-fluently and can get by in a smattering of other langages.

Christopher Kalika