Damian Nowak is a CEO at Virtkick. He's a Ruby coder, an Arch Linux hacker, and drinks good beer.

Work experience

Nov 2017
present
DreamHost
via Virtkick
Remote
Lead DevOps EngineerLeading a DevOps Engineering Team under a B2B contract between Virtkick and DreamHost. Migrating old infrastructure from dated configuration management tools to Terraform and Chef. Converting the development process from Vagrant and Gerrit to Docker and GitLab. Automating build, test and deployment of DreamHost's services using GitLab CI, Helm and Kubernetes. Setting up and maintaining Kubernetes clusters.
Nov 2017
present
Undisclosed
via Virtkick
Remote
Senior Ruby & DevOps EngineerUnder a B2B contract, I'm driving a technological change in a dated application used by hundreds of thousands of users in the United States. Development tasks include changing architecture, tuning performance, improving security and bringing the project up to par with best practices. DevOps tasks include setting up infrastructure & application metrics, monitoring, alerting, automating configuration management and deployments, and improving security.
Apr 2017
Nov 2017
Tenfold
via Virtkick
Remote
Lead Site Reliability EngineerLeading the SRE/DevOps Team under a B2B contract between Virtkick and Tenfold. Automating Tenfold's infrastructure using modern DevOps tools, Ruby, Python and shell scripts. Managing on-call rotation and escalation processes in relation to SLAs. Reacting to incidents, performing root cause analyses, and outlining proactive solutions. Improving data security processes and solutions, including employee onboarding/offboarding.
Jun 2014
present
Virtkick
San Antonio, TX
CEO & Senior Ruby EngineerLeading Virtkick - the best VPS control panel for hosting providers. Outlining company strategy and fundraising - raised $1M in 2015. Overseeing the product and managing employees. Developing Rails application, Sidekiq jobs and Python backend. Working with devops engineers on infrastructure & deployment automation.
Oct 2013
Oct 2014
8x8
via SoftwareMill
Remote
Senior Ruby EngineerWorking on Zerigo DNS and VPS applications - both the webapps and the backend services. Developing PowerDNS pipe backend for Zerigo DNS. Helping the devops team manage DNS nodes with Chef.
Nov 2010
Dec 2014
AtlasHost
(sold)
Remote
CEO & Ruby EngineerFully managed hosting of Atlassian's applications, mainly JIRA and Confluence. Installing and administering - both operating system and application layer. Developing Rails websites. Automating deployment and operations with Ruby and Chef.
Apr 2012
Sep 2013
Undisclosed
via SoftwareMill
Remote
Java DeveloperDeveloping an internal banking web application for a financial instution in South Africa using Java, Groovy, JavaScript and Knockout.js. Lead JavaScripter & unit tester.
Jun 2009
Apr 2012
Spartez
Gdansk, Poland
Junior Java DeveloperDeveloping and maintaining plugins for Atlassian JIRA and Confluence using Java, Struts and JQuery. Developing and maintaining my.spartez.com - an on-line store for software licenses - using PHP and Kohana framework. Learning and following agile and extreme programming principles - especially unit & functional testing, continuous integration and code review.
2005
2010
Freelancing
Remote
PHP DeveloperCreating and search engine optimizing of lots of small websites and applications written in HTML, CSS and PHP. Most applications used MySQL, a few used PostgreSQL. Some applications are still alive but I'm not that brave to disclose them. ;-)
2000
2005
"Freelancing"
Gniew, Poland
Fixing People's ComputersMy parents got me my first computer in fall 1997. That's how it all started. Just a couple years later I was the kid known in my small hometown for being good with computers. I made some great extra money on "fixing" people's "computers" (Windowses).

Technologies

Schools

2007 to 2011Gdańsk University of Technology
(Politechnika Gdańska)
Received the title of Bachelor of Science.
Thesis note: 5 (very good). Final note: 4.5 (good plus).
2004 to 2007Collegium Marianum
(Liceum Katolickie w Pelplinie)
Graduated with commendation.
Took faculties in Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Awards

2012 1st place in the contest for the best thesis written in Java technology, organized by e-point. I wrote a Java application for search engine optimization and marketing related activities.
2015My business Virtkick was accepted to Techstars Cloud 2015 accelerator program. 10 companies were selected out of 1,100 that applied. I raised $1,000,000 from investors shortly after the program.

Lectures

2011"Without Wordpress. Alternative blogging" for members of Tricity Ruby User Group.
2011"Search Engine Optimization. In theory and practise" for postgraduate students of Gdańsk University of Technology.
2012"IntelliJ IDEA for power users" for colleagues from SoftwareMill.
2014"Preliminary to Search Engine Optimization" for editors of Radio Gdańsk.
2015 "I raised $1,000,000 from investors. Here's how" for members of Tricity Ruby User Group.

Community

June 2018Panelist and judge at 3 Day Startup - San Antonio.
April 2018Panelist and judge at 3 Day Startup - San Antonio.
June 2016Mentor at StartupNext - San Antonio.
May 2016Mentor at Codeup - San Antonio.
Apr 2016Mentor and panelist at 3 Day Startup - San Antonio.
Dec 2015Participant at 3 Day Startup - San Antonio.