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

Work experience

Jun 2014
up to now
Virtkick, Inc.CEO & Ruby Developer Leading Virtkick - the best VPS control panel for hosting providers.
Overseeing and building the product.
Outlining company strategy and fundraising - raised $1M in 2015.
Nov 2010
Dec 2014
AtlasHost
(sold)
CEO & Ruby Developer Fully managed hosting of Atlassian's applications, mainly JIRA and Confluence.
Installing and administering - both operating system and application layer.
Developing Ruby scripts and Rails websites.
Oct 2013
to Oct 2014
8x8, Inc.Ruby Developer Working 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.
Apr 2012
to Sep 2013
SoftwareMillJava Developer Developing backend services in Java and Groovy and Knockout.js based webapp.
Lead JavaScripter & unit tester.
Jun 2009
to Apr 2012
SpartezJava Developer Developing plugins for Atlassian JIRA and Confluence, e.g. Agile Cards, ScreenSnipe.
Developing and maintaining my.spartez.com - an on-line instant payments system.
2005 to 2010freelancingPHP Developer Creating and search engine optimizing of lots of small websites written in HTML and PHP.
Some of them still live but I'm not that brave to show them here. ;-)

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 was accepted to Techstars Cloud 2015 accelerator program.
10 companies were selected out of 1,100 that applied.

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 2016Mentor at StartupNext - San Antonio.
May 2016Mentor at Codeup.
Apr 2016Mentor and panelist at 3 Day Startup - San Antonio.
Dec 2015Participant at 3 Day Startup - San Antonio.