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Paul Curry

Paul Curry

@cr3

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Phone:07515 938765
Website:cr3ative.co.uk

I'm a friendly digital native who helps businesses achieve technical excellence.
I deliver performant solutions, prove concepts quickly, work at scale, and offer accessible insight to complex systems.

I work primarily in the online media, digital advertising, and consumer connectivity sectors.
I have launched planes from space, built nationwide WiFi platforms, and even helped keep Google secure.

My work has been featured in all major UK media/news outlets, the publications below, and more.

List of sites my work has been featured on

Professional Work

References available on LinkedIn or by request.

2015 - Present

BuzzFeed UK

Developer, New Formats

Developing new ways to tell stories for BuzzFeed. Stay tuned!

2014 - 2015

Trinity Mirror Group

Developer

Full-stack developer for the Mirror Online and us vs th3m teams. As well as looking after the back-end servers and handling the server/data side of a largest-of-type Tumblr to Wordpress migration, here's a sample of my public facing work:

Primary developer for...


Programming provided for...


And much more (including actual journalism) behind the scenes!

2012 - 2014

LetsJoin / Praxis Networks

Technical Project Lead

Building WiFi solutions for partners in the transport industry.

Key Achievements

  • Architected enterprise-grade WiFi platform
  • Built custom on-vehicle server operating environment
  • Scalable to tens of thousands of vehicles
  • Extreme constraints handled seamlessly
  • Back and front-end development, with responsive CSS3
  • Rail-certified hardware and software specifications/development
  • Helped drive technical discussions with TOCs and enterprise partners
2011 - 2012

Bluepod Media LTD

CTO

Updating a nationwide WiFi estate to modern standards and leading the technical operations team for a small business.

Key Achievements

  • Upgraded estate to modern Linux platform
  • Strategy advisor to the board
  • Integrating and customising for industry partners
  • Cost-effective solutions delivered on schedule
  • Produced work for Odeon, Cineworld, Vue, GAME, and others.
2011

Hoop Associates

Programmer

Develop Sledge, Hoop's in-house CMS, and provide strategy assistance / architectural solutions.

Key Achievements

  • 7000% improvement in core CMS speed
  • Seamless onboarding of new team members
  • Effective client management
  • Produced work for PepsiCo, private clients and local councils.
2007 - 2011

The Viral Factory

Technical Advisor

Strategic development for viral video + development of links to industry partners, point-of-contact for web trends and innovation.

Key Achievements

  • Talent, Concept, Execution: Led the project from idea conception, execution and an industry-first advertising strategy for Samsung SSD Awesomeness
  • Technical Engineer responsible for on-project assistance, tracking and retrieval of camera rig travelling in near-space for Project Space Planes
  • Produced work for Blackberry, Motorola, Skype, BBC London, Fiat, Shell, Diesel, Philips, Paramount, Activison, Samsung and many others.

Public Speaking

2012

SXSW Interactive

Hacking SXSW for Smiles and DorkBot Street Cred

Conceptualised and developed by myself, Jon Burkhart, and David Caygill. We built a talking paper shredder and unleashed it on Austin, Texas, in this one-off intimate talk with other like-minded technical tinkerers.

2009

In the City 2009

"The seldom seen kid - the unheard story of Paul Curry and how he almost created Web 3.0"

I spoke at ITC about Music Search Plus; you can see more information about this service above.


Personal Projects

2009 - 2012

Sickipedia

Developer and Community Leader

An online dictionary of rude jokes which enjoyed considerable growth soon after launch.

I built the Sickipedia v1.0 from the ground up to launch the community, with v2.0 being a collaborative effort with my team.

By the time v3 launched, the site was handling thousands of visitors at a time. We were continually updating and tweaking the code, scalability being paramount - the highly optimised software was handling tens of thousands of users at once.

The site has since been sold to a new owner.

2005 - Present

b3ta

Developer

An very British digital arts / discussion community.

I update the code behind the scenes, with more notable improvements including building the new homepage and revamping the administration tools.

Music Search Plus

Creator

Instant music and video searchers. Coded and maintained until July 2009. I spoke publically about my experiences with Music Search Plus at In The City 2009.

The service was among the first to offer users instant streaming and downloads of freely available music. Referred to (by some!) as "The start of Web 3.0", the service took the web by storm, and provided me with a sharp introduction to the world of scalability.

Within a week, the service was experiencing a considerable traffic surge (4m+ hits per week at peak), having been featured on a majority of the popular social networking sites of the time, such as Digg and Reddit. The success of this service was largely due to the stability of the infrastructure behind it, such as the API connectivity and distributed processing.

At the time of retiring the site, it had served over 450 million downloads.